Ms. Andrea Kelley

Cello Teacher, Parent

Andrea Kelley

SAA Member


Lenexa, KS
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BM Indiana University
MM Cleveland Institute of Music

Andrea is a cellist and Suzuki trained teacher with degrees in performance from Indiana University and Cleveland Institute of Music. Her favorite and most influential teachers have been Nathaniel Rosen, for whom she was teaching assistant, and Janos Starker. Over the years she has enjoyed a variety of musical activities ranging from playing with The Who, LedZeppelin and Johnny Mathis to touring Europe with the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival Orchestra and the Robert Shaw Institute in Souillac, France.

Mrs. Kelley completed Suzuki teacher training, books 1 through 10, in Chicago, IL and Ottawa, KS. She founded and directs the Jack and Jill Strings which performs yearly at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Community Program in Johnson County. Andrea is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and past Secretary of the Heart of America Suzuki Association. She teaches at her home in Lenexa, KS (west side, close to DeSoto and Lawrence). Andrea is a Suzuki parent to two, a violinist and a cellist.

Supplemental Courses
- Pre-Twinkle Group Class Success
- Vibrato for the Suzuki Cellist
- Baby Schenker: Using an elementary version of Schenkerian Analysis to develop musical independence

“Andrea’s students play well, with attention to excellent intonation, attention to detail, and development of technique that is always in service to the music. The results of her work with the students speak volumes as to the quality of her teaching. I highly recommend her as a fine cello teacher for all ages, from very young through adult!” Alice Joy Lewis, Violinist and Director, Ottawa Suzuki Strings, Inc.

“When my son first started with Miss Andrea, there was an instant connection and mutual respect between them. She is very nurturing and his learning thrives under her guidance.”

“Andrea is not only a great cellist, she is also an insightful teacher. She has helped my daughter realize her potential by being challenging yet supportive. She is a music educator that really cares about getting to know my child as an individual in addition to helping her become the best musician she can be.”