Daniel Smith

Cello Teacher

Daniel Smith

SAA Member


Long Beach, CA
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Teaching Philosophy

I believe life is about becoming a well-rounded person, not just a well-rounded cellist, and for that reason I encourage and support my students to put school first, and to pursue their other interests outside of cello and music.

Personal/Professional/Academic History

I am originally from Long Beach, California. I was a Valedictorian at Long Beach Polytechnic High School in 2007, and after deciding to become a professional cellist in my senior year of high school, I pursued a career in cello vigorously in my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the University of Michigan, studying with Professor Richard Aaron. I finished these two degrees in four and a half years, and then decided to pursue a Doctorate at the University of Texas in Austin. I graduated in May of 2015. I spent my time after that performing as principal cellist of the Waco Symphony, teaching private cello lessons, coaching chamber music, and performing with other local orchestras. I decided to move back to Long Beach, California, my hometown, and have been here for about six months.

I am continuing to build my private teaching studio, and am also working to create a new musical arts organization in town called The Infinite Stage.

I studied the Suzuki Method with both Dr. Laurie Scott, and Dr. Alice Ann O’neill, and have been trained through book 2. I have plans to continue my teacher training further this Summer.