Emma Schwarz

Cello Teacher

Emma Schwarz

SAA Member


Denver, CO
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I am a classically trained cellist and passionate chamber musician from Boise, Idaho. I hold a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from the Lamont School of Music as a student of internationally acclaimed cellist Matthew Zalkind. I am trained through all 10 books of the Suzuki Method and have accepted an offer to return to the Lamont School of Music for a Graduate Certificate in Suzuki Pedagogy in the fall of 2019.

I am cello faculty at the Boulder Valley Waldorf School, West Denver Suzuki Strings, and City Strings.

In the fall of 2017, I was invited to study for a semester at the Malmö Academy of Music in Malmö, Sweden with professor Samuli Örstromer. While studying in Malmö, I produced two concerts with two chamber groups, and performed in two master classes for the world-famous soloist Thorleif Thédeen. While in Malmö, I also performed in a folk music ensemble, in which we learned European folk tune arrangements entirely by ear.

I am trained as a student of the Alexander Technique; although not certified as a teacher, I have taken weekly private lessons for 3 consecutive years. My training in this method has influenced my playing and teaching of the cello enormously. As a result of my education in the Alexander Technique, I have learned concrete strategies to assuage performance anxiety and unlearn harmful mental and physical habits. I cultivate relaxed posture and good “use of self” from the very beginning with my students, so that they enjoy ease of motion and playing while avoiding the tendency to develop poor habits.  

I love teaching and sharing the transformative qualities of music with my students. My favorite aspect of music making is the personal growth it engenders not only in musical development but in all aspects of character. Studying an instrument teaches one to constantly search for self-amelioration; I cherish this growth-mindset and seek to instill it in myself and my students.