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I offer lessons in:

  • Cello
  • Music History
  • Basic Music Theory
  • Sight Singing
  • Classical Voice
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    Maren HaynesOffering private lessons in
    Seattle, Washington
    About MeContact Me
    With over a decade of classical training in cello and voice, I offer private lessons to beginning students of all ages in classical or improvisational styles. I have a wide variety of ensemble experience, and have played in symphonies around the country, indie rock bands, jazz combos, and ethnic music ensembles (including Klezmer and Celtic music). I have a passion for music from around the world, and infuse my lessons with freedom to explore diverse musical expressions, while building skills necessary to develop competency in theories and techniques foundational for any cellist.

    My Teaching Background
    I have studied privately for 15 years with renowned teachers Ilse-Mari Lee, Cheryl Carney and Roberta Bottelli. I received a bachelor's degree in cello performance from Whitworth College in 2006, and have taught privately for 3 years. As a full-time musician, I participate in diverse musical activities daily as a choral conductor, middle school musical theater director, early childhood arts and music instructor, and private cello teacher.

    My Teaching Philosophy
    To me, the most important aspect of lessons surrounds the joy of learning. Private lessons allow a depth of personalized learning, and it remains my constant priority to help my students set and reach their own goals for playing and practicing, whether aspiring to play for the best orchestra in their school, or learning to improvise well enough to join a band. My lessons focus on holistic development of a musical person, and include opportunities for creation and self-expression in addition to formal training regarding the techniques, theories and historical background needed to become a competent cellist and capable musician in any setting.

    Rates And Availability
    I teach from my Capitol Hill home or Ballard office, and can negotiate home visits, if necessary. While I offer lessons on a sliding scale, my standard rate is $40/hour.