We Fit Music Into Your Life
City Strings & Piano Cleveland has put together a trusted team of teachers available for lessons in your home. We are Cleveland's premier home music academy, with experienced and dedicated teachers available for great violin, viola, cello and piano lessons in your home. Our teachers are experienced with students of all ages and pride themselves on always being engaging, encouraging and fun in lessons.
We offer Suzuki and traditional lessons in your home and our teachers always devise an individualized lesson plan for each student.
Lessons in your home are ideal for today's busy families. We come to you so that you can spend less time in Cleveland traffic and more time focused on your child's success. Lessons are available for beginners, kids and adults all over Cleveland, including Glenwillow, Hudson, Solon, Moreland Hills, and Shaker Heights.
City Strings & Piano provides its students with private lessons brought right to your home, and frequent performance opportunities throughout the community. When you contact us to start lessons, we will work together to find a lesson time that consistently works for you and your teacher. Regular lessons are important to ensure your child makes excellent progress, and we want to set you up right from the beginning! A regular tuition amount is charged to your credit card monthly. You can find tuition information in the dropdown menu under Sign Up, below.
How Does It Work?
Who Will Be My Teacher?
We work with you to find a teacher that meets your needs, level and learning style. Our teachers are committed to crafting a unique learning plan for each of their students.
What Ages and Levels Do You Teach?
We have teachers who work with students as young as 3 years old through adults. Contact us and we will find the teacher who is right for you.
Do You Offer Suzuki Lessons?
Yes, in most cases we can offer a qualified Suzuki teacher to come to your home.
Kelsey Ferguson, violin is currently a student at the Cleveland Institute of Music studying with Jan Sloman where she is working towards a double master’s degree in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy. Previously, she studied with Ivan Zenaty at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Olga Kaler at the DePaul School of Music in Chicago where she graduated in 2016. In both Cleveland and Chicago, Kelsey is an active freelancer, performing with some of top ensembles in the areas, including The Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Fifth House Ensemble, the Akron Symphony, and Cleveland Opera Theater. She also maintains a busy teaching schedule; in Chicago she worked for the Ravinia Festival’s El Sistema program along with other area string programs and private students. Now in Cleveland, she teaches violin at the Cleveland Music Settlement and City Strings, Suzuki Theory at the Sato Center of CIM and is the assistant director of children’s choirs at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. She has had the privilege of playing in masterclasses for Paul Kantor, Frank Almond, Ilya Kaler, and Grigory Kalinovsky as well as attending highly regarded music festivals such as the National Orchestral Institute, Bowdoin International music festival and the Orford Academie. This summer, Kelsey taught Suzuki Violin in Harare, Zimbabwe with the Cleveland Music exchange and was an orchestral fellow at Festival Napa Valley in California.
Peter Ayuso, violin and viola, recently graduated with a Master of Music degree in Viola Performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Lynne Ramsey. Peter graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with both a High School Diploma and a Bachelor of Music degree a concentration in viola performance. During his time at UNCSA, he studied with and served as teaching assistant to Sheila Browne.
Recently, Peter attended the Scotia Festival of Music in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he worked with award-winning composer Philip Glass to create a new edition of Glass’s String Quartet No. 2. In past summers, he attended the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival with a full tuition scholarship as a Young Artist Fellow, the Aspen Music Festival and School as a recipient of the Thomas S. Kenan Institute fellowship, and as a scholarship student at several other music festivals. While attending these programs, he studied with prominent artists such as Kim Kashkashian, Ronald Copes, and James Dunham.
As a staunch proponent of chamber music, Peter is a founding member of the newly formed Vaso String Quartet; a string quartet that is dedicated to promoting underrepresented composers and contemporary music. He has performed in the Rose Studio as part of a program run by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, toured Spain with his former string quartet, the Giannini Quartet, and collaborated with artists such as Wu Man, Yo-Yo Ma, and Ida Bieler. He has studied chamber music with members of the Emerson, Melos, Juilliard, Cavani, and Cleveland Quartets.
As a dedicated teacher, Peter has held numerous private teaching positions. These include roles such as primary instructor of violin and viola at the Cleveland School of the Arts, viola studio teaching assistant at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and Young Artist chamber music coach at the Adult Chamber Music Institute at Kneisel Hall. He teaches both violin and viola using the Suzuki method.
Sophie Benn, cello, praised for her “brilliant technical prowess” (Cleveland Classical), Sophie Benn enjoys a multifaceted career as a cellist, musicologist, and educator. She serves as the principal cellist of CityMusic Chamber Orchestra and was also a founding member of the Cleveland Cello Quartet. A specialist in contemporary music, Sophie performs regularly with local new music groups, commissions new work, and is an Artistic Director of Cleveland Uncommon Sound Project (CUSP), a presenting organization for experimental contemporary musicians and sound artists. Sophie also performs as a baroque cellist, having studied under Julie Andrijeski and Jaap ter Linden. She has participated in many music festivals both in the United States and abroad, including those at Aspen, Banff, and Lucerne (Switzerland), where she served as principal cellist of the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra in 2018. A graduate of Rice University and the Cleveland Institute of Music, Sophie is pursuing a Ph.D. in musicology at Case Western Reserve University, where she studies notation and the performing body.
Before you sign up below, contact us at (216) 290-6490, email@example.com, or using the Contact Us form on this page. We will connect you with a teacher that works for you and schedule violin, viola, cello or piano lessons in your home. You can find price information in the drop down menu below, which reflects the cost of monthly tuition for weekly lessons in your home, excluding group classes or instrument rental.
When you're ready to start, choose your lesson length from the drop down menu below. Our office will automatically adjust charges or prorate as necessary. Please be sure to go over the City Strings & Piano Studio Policies.
(216) 290-6490 | 3420 E Fairfax Rd. Cleveland Heights, OH 44118