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Cello Lessons

Welcome, Parents and Students!


I am accepting new students in Spring 2024. For information about cello lessons for your child or yourself, please visit my studio website for more detailed info about lessons and other opportunities.

I have been teaching cello and ensembles in the Bay Area for over 14 years. In addition to my private studio in San Francisco, I teach cello at San Francisco State University. I am Artistic Director of the Pacific Crest Music Festival in Dunsmuir, CA and am faculty cellist for Chamber Music by the Bay, an educational outreach program that reaches over 2000 music students annually. I also founded and directed the String Quartet Program at the Thomas Hart School in Pleasanton from 2016-2020.

In my experience, a successful learning experience is one that:

  • helps the student reach his or her full potential

  • focuses on healthy technique, with mindful awareness of one's body and the physical connection with the instrument

  • prepares the student for positive experiences on and off the stage, nurtures his or her identity as an artist, and instills a philosophy of leadership as a contributing musician citizen

  • instills a life-long appreciation and understanding of the diverse languages of music

  • is a source of joy and challenge—not discouragement or burnout.

An education in music is a life-long journey that constantly evolves. With a good technical foundation and a strong spirit, cello can become a space not only to achieve artistically but to grow as a human being.




"I started taking lessons from Laura upon the recommendation of staff at the SF Conservatory and my previous cello teacher. Her lessons are always engaging; we work, we laugh, and I learn a ton. Laura is responsive to my individual needs and goals. She knows when to push and when to give me time to develop. I appreciate the respect Laura has for me as a musician. In the year I've been taking lessons with her, I have made significant growth. I know this is due in no small part to the care and support, deep knowledge, and skill that Laura brings to her lessons. Laura is an accomplished and dedicated musician and teacher. I am so happy to be working with her."   

— Nobie Camarena, student

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