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.

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


Jade Gates

Jade Gates

Jade began playing the cello at age 10. She participated in school orchestras and the Phoenix Youth Symphony throughout middle and high school. She alternates between playing in quartets for weddings and corporate events, to performing solo for church congregations and the rock bands Disturbed and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. She has taught beginning cello students previously, and has coached peers as principal cellist for 6 years through orchestral programs. She is currently in the Arizona State University orchestra for non-music majors, and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree at ASU in Neurobiology.

Jade has performed in various summer music camps, including the University of Denver's Lamont Summer Academy in Denver, CO, the Idyllwild Arts Summer Orchestra Program in Idyllwild, CA, and the Tetra String Quartet Camp in Scottsdale, AZ. She also played a series of concerts in China with the American Festival Orchestra in 2016. She hopes that her strong enthusiasm for participation in summer festivals and youth symphonies will inspire her students to pursue exciting, new outside-of-school programs.

Rates: Contact for rates
Lesson Days: Monday
Instruments Taught: Cello
Contact: jadegatesthe-music-store.com

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