Rachel Bernstein

Cello Teacher

Rachel Bernstein

SAA Member


Cleveland Heights, OH

Cellist and teacher Rachel Bernstein joined the faculty of the Suzuki Department at The Music Settlement in 2005. She currently works as a Suzuki cello instructor both at The Music Settlment and at home. Rachel is also executive director of Heights Arts, a small, multi-disciplinary nonprofit arts organization in Cleveland Heights, OH, which supports music, literary and visual arts.

Education and Performance Experience
Rachel earned a degree in cello performance from Southern Methodist University, where she studied with Lev Aronson and served as principal of the Arlington Opera and Plano Chamber Orchestra. After receiving her degree, Ms. Bernstein moved back to New Mexico where she served as assistant principal in the Santa Fe Symphony and various free-lance groups. After moving to Cleveland in 1998, Rachel became a member of “The Strings” chamber group with members of the Cleveland Orchestra, and has performed as a free-lance musician. Rachel’s teachers include members of the Boston Symphony at the Tanglewood Institute and Anne Cole of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She performed in a master class with the late Mstislav Rostropovich and as principal cellist under the baton of Leonard Bernstein at the Tanglewood Institute. She has also performed with composer and pianist Marc Neikrug as part of the Santa Fe Chamber Music series and Grammy award winner Marc Doss in recital at The Music Settlement.

Teaching Experience
Rachel has over thirty years of teaching experience in both traditional and Suzuki methods. She is certified in Suzuki books 1 through 10 and practicum. Her Suzuki method instructors include Barbara Wampner, Pam Devenport, Nancy Hair, Tanya Carey and Carey Beth Hockett. In addition to her extensive Suzuki method training, Rachel is certified in level 1 of the Orff Schulwerk method for teaching children music and is trained in the Music Together early childhood music program.

Rachel’s students have won the elementary and Junior division Cello Society competition, and have performed in The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra (COYO), The Contemporary Youth Orchestra (CYO), the Annual Cleveland Composer’s Guild partnership with The Music Settlement.

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