If you are interested in scheduling lessons with one of our cello teachers, please use the email link at the end of the teacher's biography, or call The Music Store at (480) 831-9691 and speak to a member of our staff.

Mercedes Murrieta

Mercedes Murrieta

Mercedes is a private violin and viola instructor in Phoenix and the East Valley. She also is the String Orchestra Director at a public middle school in Scottsdale for 5th through 8th grades. She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Ottawa University and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Administration at Arizona State University. She is a certified Mark O'Connor Method teacher, and has a passion for learning and applying new teaching techniques.

Mercedes is also a member of the Mesa Community College Orchestra and the Arizona String Quartet. Along with performance instruction in any style of music, Mercedes also tutors in music theory. Her emphasis is on creating a well rounded musician that is skillful on their instrument, but that will also get the most out of whatever avenue the student wants to take, be it composing, performing or teaching. Her instructional style is structured and positive, and she has experience teaching all ages and experience levels.

Please note that due to COVID-19, this teacher is only doing online lessons at this time.

Rates: Contact for rates
Lesson Days: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday
Instruments Taught: Viola, Violin, Cello
Contact: mercedesmurrietathe-music-store.com

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Chris Rice

As an experienced musician, teacher and performer on both piano and cello, I love to share music with others. I have performed extensively with my brother, Johnny, in a wide variety of settings all over the U.S. (from Carnegie Hall to Disneyland), and also in Europe. I studied for 12 years in the private studio of Robert Hamilton, Steinway Artist and Professor of Piano at Arizona State University. I have also pursued advanced studies in Europe, with Johannes Kropfitsch, Director of Piano at the Vienna Conservatory, and Stefan Wojtas of the Kraków Conservatory. In addition, I have done extended work with Philip Kawin of the Manhattan School of Music. On cello, I studied for many years with Taki Atsumi, President of the American Cello Congress and Professor at Arizona State University. I have received coaching on cello from many amazing teachers, including Mstislav Rostropovich, and Eugene Friesen, Grammy Award-winning jazz cellist. The things that I have learned from all of these experiences is what I bring to those who I work with in lessons. I enjoy helping students build a love of and interest in music, and I individualize my approach with each student.

I work with students of all ages and levels in my private studio. I have been invited as a guest teacher in classroom settings around the country, giving master classes to students in private music schools and presenting workshops to students at summer music camps.

Website: www.the-rice-brothers.com

The Rice Brothers in Concert - a brief introduction

Please note that due to COVID-19, this teacher is only doing online lessons at this time.

Rates: Contact for rates
Lesson Days: Wednesdays
Instruments Taught: Piano and Cello
Contact: chrisricethe-music-store.com

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