Emma Schwarz

Cello Teacher

Emma Schwarz

SAA Member

Contact

Denver, CO
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www.emmaschwarzsuzukicello.com

Emma is a classically trained cellist and passionate chamber musician from Boise, Idaho. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from the Lamont School of Music as a student of internationally acclaimed cellist Matthew Zalkind. Emma has long term training through all 10 books of the Suzuki Method and has accepted an offer to return to the Lamont School of Music for a Graduate Certificate in Suzuki Pedagogy in the fall of 2019.

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

In the fall of 2017, Emma was invited to study at the Malmö Academy of Music in Malmö, Sweden with professor Samuli Örstromer. While studying in Malmö, she produced two concerts with two chamber groups, and performed in two master classes for the world-famous soloist Thorleif Thédeen. While in Malmö, she 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; she has taken weekly private lessons for 3 consecutive years. 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 learned concrete strategies to assuage performance anxiety and unlearn harmful mental and physical habits. She cultivates relaxed posture and good “use of self” from the very beginning with her students, so that they enjoy ease of motion and playing while avoiding the tendency to develop poor habits.  

Emma believes that musical instruction has the power to cultivate confident, compassionate, and resilient individuals. Through her graduate studies and long-term Suzuki Pedagogy training, she is vastly experienced in both private and group instruction. Her first priority in the classroom is nurturing positive self-image and tenacity in the face of challenges with her students; her second priority is developing technical excellence on the cello. Emma believes that developing empathy, resilience, and poise through musical instruction is one of the most powerful means by which we can create a more beautiful world.