Emma Schwarz

Cello Teacher

Emma Schwarz

SAA Member


Longmont, CO
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Emma Schwarz is a classically trained cellist, passionate chamber musician, and dedicated teacher from Boise, Idaho. She is the founder and owner of Suzuki Strings LLC, a company that provides private musical instruction to students of all ages. She is cello faculty at West Denver Suzuki Strings and the Boulder Valley Waldorf School, at which she teaches private and group lessons to students aged 3—adult. Emma is also cello faculty at the City Strings Organization, a non-profit that operates Suzuki group classes in underserved schools in the Denver Area.

Emma obtained a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance and a Graduate Certificate of Suzuki Pedagogy from the Lamont School of Music, where she studied under internationally acclaimed cellist Matthew Zalkind and Suzuki Pedagogue Heather Hadley. She holds long-term training through all 10 books of the Suzuki Cello Method, has completed the cello private and group practicums from the Suzuki Association of the Americas, and has completed the SAA’s “Suzuki Principles in Action” (“SPA”) training. A lifelong learner, Emma highly values continued education and is constantly seeking to heighten her mastery of cello playing and teaching through supplemental courses. Emma has studied Suzuki Pedagogy with Heather Hadley, Beth Cantrell, Renata Bratt, Andrea Yun, Zachary Sweet, and Tanya Carey. She has also taken extensive training with Icelandic-American cellist, Sæunn Thorsteinsdottir, through her “Cello Sound Alchemy” course. In addition to her passion for continued cello education, Emma loves to push the limits of her mind by reading, studying Swedish Language, aural skills, Chess, and Yoga.

In 2017, Emma accepted an invitation to study at the Malmö Conservatory of Music in Malmö, Sweden with professor Samuli Örstromer. While studying in Malmö, Emma produced two concerts with two chamber groups, and performed in two master classes for the world-famous soloist Thorleif Thédeen. While in Malmö, Emma also performed in a folk music ensemble, in which the musicians learned European folk tune arrangements entirely by ear.   

Emma is trained as a student of the Alexander Technique and will complete her teacher training in 2024. Her training in this method has influenced her playing and teaching of the cello enormously. As a result of her education in the Alexander Technique, Emma has mastered concrete strategies to assuage performance anxiety and prevent and/or unlearn nefarious mental and physical habits. Emma cultivates relaxed posture and good “use of self” from the very beginning with her students, so that they enjoy beautiful ease of motion in their playing.

Emma believes that musical instruction has the power to cultivate confident, compassionate, and resilient individuals. Her first priority in the classroom is nurturing a positive self-image and a growth mindset with her students; her second priority is developing technical and musical excellence on the cello. Emma believes that cultivating empathy, resilience, and poise through musical instruction is one of the most powerful means by which we can create a more beautiful world.