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Michael Graham


I am a cellist and a cello teacher, performing frequently with the Oakland Symphony, the New Century Chamber Orchestra, in San Francisco productions of Broadway musicals, and on tour with singer/songwriter Van Morrison.
As a teacher, I have taught and coached at San Francisco State University, California State University East Bay, Sacramento State University, Santa Clara University, and the Crowden School. My students have included principal cellists and concerto soloists with the Young People’s Chamber Orchestra and the Young People’s Symphony Orchestra. I also greatly enjoy teaching adults.
I work with my students to make cello playing easy, enjoyable, and music-centered. We focus on relaxed and efficient solutions to technical challenges, and on listening carefully and imaginatively to create beautiful music. Playing the cello requires a commitment to regular practicing in order to make it rewarding, but the payoff is immensely satisfying.

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Email [email protected]
Phone Number (510) 451-7095
Instruments/Types Cello
Lesson Fee 80 / 65 / 50
City Oakland
Age Range of Students All ages
Education Yale University University of Akron, OH Eastman School of Music
Number of Years Teaching 27
Institutional Affiliation Oakland Symphony
House Calls
Private Lessons or Ensemble Coaching Both
Music Style(s) Taught Classical, Other
* All rates are estimated and subject to change

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