New York City Cello Teachers
Andrew Tsai is a composer and cellist with a diverse educational background hailing from both STEM and conservatory training that allows for quick adaptability in teaching methodology. Holding degrees in psychology and music composition, he studied under Bryan Dumm of the Cleveland Orchestra during his undergraduate years at the Cleveland Institute of Music, previously studying under Keith Robinson of the Miami String Quartet and Xiao Lan Wang of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. His performance career has led to performances with orchestras in the Boston-, Philadelphia-, and Cleveland-areas. Outside the realm of classical performance, he is the founder, arranger and former cellist of the Cleveland-based pop ensemble A Nickel For Your Thoughts. When his cello is not in hand he is an active film composer as a current graduate student at New York University's Steinhardt School.
As an instructor, Andrew believes that musical ability is not grown through talent but through passion. He takes a holistic approach to teaching cello by incorporating elements of music theory training crucial to developing a comprehensive sense of musicality. He also encourages students to have an open mind regarding musical genres.
Spencer Rudolph studied music performance at the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music, earning his B.A. in 2013. A classically trained string player, Spencer started playing violin at age four, later learning viola, cello, piano and guitar.
Since graduating from SUNY Purchase, Spencer has composed original scores, performed in a wide range of musical venues and taught private as well as small group lessons to students of all ages. Spencer enjoys teaching students of all levels and ages but particularly excels in working with young students with learning differences. Believing that a passion for music lies within all of us, Spencer explores each student's interests, creating individualized lesson plans that might include anything from a discussion of complex music theory concepts to a rendition of Darth Vader's Theme Song.