Formal Experience at a glance:
BMA: University of Michigan, Cello Performance-1990
Registered Suzuki Teacher Training Coursework-1991
MFA: Carnegie Mellon University, Cello Performance- 1994
Burton Kaplan Seminars - 1999, 2000, 2009
American String Teachers Association- 2005- present
Oakland Symphony MUSE Lead Teaching Artist Mentor- 1997-present
Oakland Symphony MUSE Coordinator- 2011-2018
Ford Musician Award for Excellence in Community Service- 2016
Breathing Bow Workshop- Ruth Phillips- 2019
Chamber music:Guiding elementary through adult aged students in principles of rehearsing and performing various levels chamber music for pleasure, performance, and ensemble competitions. The art of communication is gratefully explored in this delicate setting.
Teaching is like tending to a garden, each student should be nurtured to become their own flower, fruit, or vegetable. Beth has developed a nurturing teaching style that meets students where they are at all ages & levels, implementing various teaching techniques including Suzuki Philosophies, traditional classical, creative imagery, and contemporary methods in a supportive and imaginative environment for over 30 years. Today's climate allows us to experiment with technology more than ever before. Zoom lessons are here if we need them.
Let’s work together to bring out the best in all of us!
"Tell me and I forget
Show me and I remember
Involve me and I understand."
Teaching Artist Performances:
In-school and community performances presented through chamber and solo repertoire to excite, inspire, engage, and educate students into appreciating and involving themselves with music. Programs are engaging and interactive, with creative sessions full of listening examples to show students various components of music such as: instrument families, musical eras, styles, stories, moods, tempos.
Teaching Artist Rates:
Teaching One to One Sessions 2020-2021 season
30 minute session= $55
45 minute session= $70
60 minute session= $85
90 minute session= $100
Educational Performances & Workshops 2020-2021 season:
60 minutes= $200
90 minutes= $250
120 minutes= $300
Private and Small Group Teaching through on-line platforms or at Home Studio:
Vandervennet Studios in Oakland, CA 94619
Please Contact Beth for information on scholarship, sliding scale,
or additional inquiries.
Orchestral sectional coaching: Coaching in a group setting strives in highlighting the fundamentals of orchestral section playing while focusing on musicianship and technical proficiency. A hands-on approach is paired with individual attention and group teaching to assist cellists in seeking an awareness of a full section sound. Teamwork is emphasized.
Private Lessons: As we work together, my wish for all students is to explore music while fully engaged in the creative art - ultimately reaching a level of satisfaction or accomplishment at the conclusion of each lesson, series of lessons, or performance.
We will explore how you can grow your technique to support and grow your musical ideas while you learn more about yourself.
You play like you practice. During our sessions, we will strive for thoughtful, thorough, and creative ways to practice as we reach goals in developing musicianship.