Meet Susanne DiVincenzo

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Genres: Classical, jazz, and pop
Instruments: Cello and Upright Bass (beg - intermediate levels)
Ages: 12+
Available Days: Monday - Sunday
Contact: susannedivincenzo@gmail.com or (609) 602-1828

**Susanne is only providing virtual lessons at this time for students everywhere.  

Schedule a Lesson with Susanne

 Please reach out to Suzanne with contact information above to find available days/times for virtual lessons.

Lesson Rates

30 min : $45
45 min : $65
60 min : $85


Meet Susanne DiVincenzo

I have two favorite instruments, the cello and the upright bass. My love of the sounds they make is why I have been continually performing and teaching for the last 30 years. Performing for receptive audiences is great, but working with young people, training the next generation to be knowledgeable and appreciative of jazz and classical music, is what motivates me. I really like being connected to young players, for their enthusiasm and love of life.

Taking lessons with me, students find a patient, compassionate, caring teacher, committed to their success in music, and all other areas of their lives.

I teach all ages and levels of students, and will vary my approach accordingly. When teaching cello to children, I use the Suzuki method. It is the current standard cello method which works well for all students. For adults learning cello, I tend to focus on material from the Suzuki Method and also from other standard method books, like Dotzauer. Adults have a range of interests and reasons for studying the cello. Sometimes, it’s best to work with pop tunes or other classical pieces. For bass, classical studies, I follow Simandl for foundation and technique; for jazz studies, I rely heavily on teaching standard jazz tunes using Real Books (fakebooks) and the Ireal Pro app for playing along with backing and tracks.

Following 20 years teaching cello and string bass on the East Coast, privately, and playing the Atlantic City Casino Showrooms, and as the Assistant Director of the Atlantic Youth Orchestra, I’ve reestablished myself in Marin, teaching and working with Enriching Lives Through Music in San Rafael and with the Girl’s Jazz and Blues Camp at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley. During covid-times, I got together with colleagues in Sven’s Masterful Orchestra (Big Band with strings). We formed Trio Viva (www.trioviva.com) and have played nearly 100 gigs since June, 2020. Perhaps you have seen us in Mill Valley at Old Mill Park (Mill Valley Arts Festival), Mill Valley Lumber Yard, the Depot or Sausalito at the Yacht Club, Books by the Bay, Poggios; Treasure Fest or at the many other outdoor venues and restaurants where we have appeared.
www.trioviva.com 

 

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