Doug Machiz

I work with students of all levels and specialize in fine-tuning playing posture and technical setup. Once they’ve established healthy playing habits, there’s no limit to what students can achieve. Additionally, I strive to instill in my students a strong work ethic. Each student leaves their lesson with a detailed summary of all the activities we completed, along with a structured practice plan for the following week. My students have participated in a variety of programs throughout the Bay Area, including the John Adams Young Composers Program at the Crowden Music Center and the Young People’s Symphony Orchestra.

I teach private cello lessons both at the Crowden School and from my home in Concord. I perform with Friction Quartet, and occasionally with groups such as San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Opera Parallele, Merced Symphony, and Symphony Napa Valley. Learn more at

37.9461207, -122.0212337

Concord, CA (94518)

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Doug Machiz
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Crowden Music Center, Friction Quartet

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classical, contemporary, improvisation
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Boston University, UT Austin, San Francisco Conservatory

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I find great joy in helping students to command the instrument with confidence and ease. In learning the language of music and the art of cello playing, the student will develop personal accountability and problem solving skills. The student will learn how to be their own teacher.

My teaching focuses on physical guiding, imitation, singing, movement, understanding, and problem solving.


I guide the motion of the student so they feel what it’s like to play. It’s an effective method for teaching tension free motion which is vital for beautiful playing and avoiding injury. Imitation is a powerful practice in learning the language of music. The brain and body learn to recreate what they see and hear.


The ability to produce pitch in the mind and with the voice leads to excellent intonation and captures the full “picture” of the music. Singing the music is the ultimate guide to playing beautifully.


Movement teaches the student to feel rhythm in a visceral way. Counting is an important first step, but feeling the pulse is what creates a grounded and confident performer. The student will march, tap, clap and sway to cultivate inner-pulse.


The ability to read music and understand the structure is vital. The student will understand the notes they’re playing and their role in the music. They will learn how scales, arpeggios and chords are built and be able to play them with ease. A digital or real keyboard is a necessary supplementary tool.


The ultimate goal is to be able to perform in front of an audience. Each assignment culminates in performing with piano or cello accompaniment. This helps the student grow into a confident performer with the ability to collaborate with others.


My curriculum features a diverse repertoire and includes pieces from Suzuki School of Cello, ABCs of Cello Playing, Basic Fiddlers Philharmonic and the Feuillard method. The sequence of assignments gradually adds skills so a new piece is just challenging enough.   

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