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Dessi N.

Chicago, IL

$50/hr

Experienced Teacher with a Doctorate in Cello Performance

Usually responds in about 57 minutes

Experienced Teacher with a Doctorate in Cello Performance

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Hello interested cellist!

My name is Dessislava, which always proves to be way too long, so I am happy to go by Dessi.

I have taught private cello lessons from beginners to music majors in college. I have also been performing in orchestras and as a chamber musician for twenty years. I enjoy having students who are interested in learning not only how to play the cello but also how to think, identify problems, and learn how to come up with practicing techniques. I also enjoy when my students have questions no matter what they are.

I was a teaching assistant at Michigan State University for five years and have been on the faculty of Albion College (MI) and several Community Music Schools in Arkansas, Michigan, and Illinois.

Hope to hear from you!

Dessi

Testimonials

"Excellent Tutor, Exactly What I Was Looking For!"

- Mark, Chicago, IL on 10/1/14
Music:
Cello

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Cello

I have a BM, MM, and DMA in Cello performance. I have also been teaching cello from beginners to undergraduate college students for the last 15 years (Community School of Music, Conway, AR; Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI). I am great at teaching foundation/basic technique like scales and etudes, but I do also work on the musical aspects of a piece once it is at the appropriate technical level. I believe I explain really well as I always try to look for different ways of making the same point in order to make sure it makes sense to different students.

University of Central Arkansas
Cello Performance
Michigan State University
Master's
Michigan State University
PhD

Education

University of Central Arkansas (Cello Performance)

Michigan State University (Master's)

Michigan State University (PhD)

Excellent Tutor, Exactly What I Was Looking For! — I had never picked up a cello before my first lesson with Dessi, but it wasn't a problem at all. She showed me the correct positioning and how to play in the first meeting and I was able to play on my own almost right away. I had experience with reading music and learning an instrument so she was able to tailor the lessons to my strengths and weaknesses. She's very knowledgeable of the instrument ...

— Mark, Chicago, IL on 10/1/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Dessi will travel within 5 miles of Chicago, IL 60640.


About Dessi

Hello interested cellist!

My name is Dessislava, which always proves to be way too long, so I am happy to go by Dessi.

I have taught private cello lessons from beginners to music majors in college. I have also been performing in orchestras and as a chamber musician for twenty years. I enjoy having students who are interested in learning not only how to play the cello but also how to think, identify problems, and learn how to come up with practicing techniques. I also enjoy when my students have questions no matter what they are.

I was a teaching assistant at Michigan State University for five years and have been on the faculty of Albion College (MI) and several Community Music Schools in Arkansas, Michigan, and Illinois.

Hope to hear from you!

Dessi

Testimonials

"Excellent Tutor, Exactly What I Was Looking For!"

- Mark, Chicago, IL on 10/1/14
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Education

University of Central Arkansas
Cello Performance
Michigan State University
Master's
Michigan State University
PhD

Education

University of Central Arkansas (Cello Performance)

Michigan State University (Master's)

Michigan State University (PhD)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Chicago, IL 60640

Dessi’s Subjects

Music:
Cello

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


Background Check Status for Dessi N.

Dessi N. passed a background check on 4/6/14. The check was ordered by Dessi through First Advantage. For more information, please review the background check information page.

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