We Fit Music Into Your Life
How Does It Work?
- Give us a call, email or fill out our form, and we'll match you with a teacher that works for you. You can start or stop at any time, and you can schedule a trial lesson.
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.
Hi, I'm Cara, Minneapolis-St. Paul Director of City Strings & Piano. I've put together a group of experienced, friendly and fun violin, viola, cello & piano teachers available to come to your home for lessons. All of our teachers are experienced and talented performers and educators dedicated to your child's success.
Lessons in your home are ideal for today's busy families, and we love making lessons convenient for you so that you can fit music into your life! Our instructors are experienced in Suzuki and traditional methods and love to teach beginners, kids and adults alike! We teach in homes around Minneapolis and St. Paul, including Edina, Maplewood, Minnetonka, St. Anthony, Roseville, Wayzata, White Bear and Woodbury.
Our team of teachers are committed to providing personalized instruction based on your child's needs. We offer regular performance opportunities, group classes and optional instrument rental and sales, so that your child will be ready for success! Tuition rates can be found in the dropdown menu under Sign Up, below.
To contact us with any questions or to start new lessons, just fill out the form here or give us a call at (612) 234-1640 or email at email@example.com. We will get back to you as soon as possible and start working to find a teacher who works for you.
Current students should contact their teachers directly with any imminent scheduling issues, but feel free to contact the office about anything else.
When you're ready to sign up, click here to be taken to the new student registration form. Tuition for weekly lessons is $140, $203 or $266 per month for 30, 45 or 60 minute lessons. Additional time for longer lessons or lessons for siblings or parents is discounted 10%, reflected in the tuition amounts above.
Meet Our Violin, Viola, Cello & Piano Teachers
Meet our team of teachers available for lessons in your home, below. They are violin, viola, cello & piano experts who love to share their experience with their students. They always craft individual lesson plans for each of their students so they can reach their ultimate musical goals. Students can start lessons as young as 3 years old, so contact us today to find out more about how we can fit music into your life.
Isabel Carlson, violin, began her studies at St. Joseph’s School of Music in Saint Paul, Minnesota where she studied the Suzuki method with Dr. Anna Cromwell. She has had the pleasure of working with a range of talented and exceptional teachers such as Peter McGuire whom she studied with while she attended Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minnesota.
As a passionate performer and music educator, she enjoys being a member of the Mankato Symphony Orchestra as well as being employed at S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Mankato, Minnesota where she teaches a music class consisting of music theory, violin and viola group lessons, and coached chamber ensembles. She also conducts the Buela Youth Orchestra and the Saint José Sanchez del Rio IVE Minor Seminary Orchestra affiliated with the church. She has gained experience teaching a diverse range of students of all ages who come from different cultural, multi-lingual, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Her main goals as a teacher are to instill a love for music, provide the student with solid technical skills, and to present a non-judgmental engaging learning experience. Read more about Isabel here.
Dr. Courtney Elizabeth Bell is a passionate cello pedagogue, inspiring students to love music first and map their individual musical journeys second. She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts in Cello Performance at the University of Minnesota in May 2017 as a student of Tanya Remenikova. Other completed degrees include a Master of Music in Cello Performance from the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford (under Professor Mihai Tetel) and a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance at Stetson University (under Professor David Bjella).
Courtney teaches from her private cello studio based in the Twin Cities. Studying the cello since 2001 and teaching since 2010, she has cultivated a philosophy that emphasizes working smart, not hard. Additional experience working with young cellists comes from her summers as the cello teaching intern at the Upper Midwest String Camp in St. Joseph and counselor at Michigan’s Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp where she lived alongside campers and served as a musical mentor. She has worked closely with the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony as the rehearsal assistant for the novice orchestra, Philharmonia East.
Read more about Dr. Bell's extensive performing and teaching career here.
Featured Students in Minneapolis-St. Paul
Congratulations to 17 year old Matthew McNamara for receiving a superior rating at the Minnesota State High School League Solo and Ensemble Festival! Matthew was honored with a score of 39/40 for his performance of J.S. Bach's Arioso for solo cello. He received specific praise for his "lovely, even vibrato and sound". Matthew is a junior representing Mounds View High School in Arden Hills, MN.
When asked what he believes has been his toughest challenge in practicing the cello, he responded that bow control and contact point have been his focus. He is most proud of accomplishing a sense of ease in his shifting, and developing the ability to choose his own fingerings. Matthew is currently a student of Dr. Courtney Elizabeth Bell in Minneapolis-Saint Paul.
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