In-person and Online Lessons Available
My teaching style is uniquely tailored to each student because everyone has a different way of learning and musical growth. I structure my lessons to match my students’ personality, learning style, as well as emphasizing on solid technical foundation. I believe that a fun and educational environment can foster a special relationship between the student and their instrument, thus allowing students to find joy in learning! The most important aspect of a one-on-one lesson is the teacher and student relationship and I believe in encouragement and positivity in my teaching studio. My students have gained great success in Junior & Senior Districts, school orchestra evaluations, New England Conservatory's Preparatory School, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, among others. Private lessons in Manteca,CA, or online (via Zoom or Facetime).
Lessons are offered at 30, 45 or 60-minute increments based on students' age and playing ability. Lessons may be taught in both English or Mandarin Chinese.
What does a typical cello lesson look like?
Scale/ Arpeggio/ Warm-ups
Technical Exercises/ Etude (Vibrato/Shifting/Thumb Position)
Solo Piece (and/or additional district pieces)
Recap of the lesson by writing in your notebook or filling out a mutual google doc on what to focus on for the week.
Practice Journal Sample
Stephanie is a Suzuki registered teacher. She has also participated in CelloKids Teacher Training Seminar by CelloBello led by faculty: Mike Block, Yari Bond, Madeleine Golz, Sandy Kiefer, and Andrea Yun.
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"Stephanie is a fantastic teacher and has already helped me so much with the cello. She uses every minute of our lesson time well. She is very patient, kind and understanding. She was also very aware of an arm injury, and gave me a lot of feedback on how to fix it, and how to adjust my playing so that my progress wasn't slowed. I love how many different approaches she has to all aspects of the cello. She's fantastic, highly recommend!"
- Kimberly, Adult Student
"Stephanie is an amazing Cello teacher. She teaches me in a fun way! I enjoy every lesson! She is my first cello teacher and I think she will be my last cello teacher, too."
- Joy, Age 9
"Stephanie Chen is a very patient and capable cello instructor. I am 66 and she has been a wonderful inspiration with her teaching style. Every lesson seems to be just what I need at the time.”
- David, Adult Student, Age 66
I started weekly lessons with Stephanie in August 2019. She is the quintessential teacher. She cares about her students’ success. She instills good habits and technique from day one. She caters to her students’ needs and interests through a variety of learning material and exercises. In less than a year, I’ve learned scales, solfeggio, and repertoire. I highly recommend any student at any age looking for a high quality teacher to check out Stephanie’s studio.
- Cynthia, Adult Student
"Stephanie is kind and patient with all her students. She is creative with her teaching styles and her passion for cello inspires me to be the best player I can be!”
- Sherry, Age 17
"Stephanie is an amazing cello teacher. Her teaching style is the best I've seen and her lessons are always enjoyable."
- Tianna, Age 17