I have been teaching cello in the Bay Area for over ten years. In addition to my private studio in San Francisco, I teach cello and cello ensemble at Cal Poly (California Polytechnic State University) in San Luis Obispo. I serve as the faculty cellist for the Pacific Crest Music Festival in Dunsmuir, CA, and Chamber Music by the Bay, an education and performance series 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 as both performer and teacher, a successful learning experience is one that:
helps the cellist 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 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 lifelong journey that constantly evolves. With a good technical foundation and a strong spirit, cello can become a space not only to achieve artistically but also to grow as a human being.
If you're interested in lessons through my studio please visit the studio website for more detailed information about lessons and other opportunities.
"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