As a teacher, I try to create an environment where we can work in a focused way to notice fine details of sound. After a few initial lessons, students find it easier to get into that mental space, and tend to have more fun learning music. Taking time to listen to music is also very important. I set some lesson time for listening sessions and discussion. Students become engaged in what they are listening to when they have a short, informal reflection immediately following the listening. Listening exercises also develop another avenue, or relationship with music for the student.

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  Person Crystal Pascucci
  City Oakland, CA
  Zip Code 94606
  Address Lake Merritt
  Phone Number (510) 485-9233

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Crystal Pascucci

Cellist, Composer and Teacher

Crystal Pascucci began to play the cello when she was eight years old. She studied music performance as an undergraduate at SUNY Fredonia with cellists, Natasha Farny and Roman Mekinulov, and improvisational master, David Rudge, where she received a Bachelorís of Music.

In 2008, Ms. Pasuccci began a graduate professional degree in cello performance at the Hartt School of the University of Hartford, studying with Mihai Tetel. During this time, she continued studying free improvisation and performance art with Robert Black, and graduated in December of 2009.

In April 2010, she co-founded a contemporary music ensemble, The Sophisticates. In August 2010, she began the New Music Cabaret concert series, featuring short performances in vignette style. The goal for the cabaret series is to provide a casual environment for an audience to experience theatrical 20th and 21st century works. Her work in chamber music continued, and in May 2011, she co-founded The Living Room Players, who specialized in standard repertoire.

Ms. Pascucci attended Mills College in 2011, studying cello with Joan Jeanrenaud and improvisation with Fred Frith, Roscoe Mitchell, and Zeena Parkins. She currently resides in Oakland, CA and is working as a composer, improviser, cellist and teacher.

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I've been teaching private lessons for over eight years and currently, I teach from my private studio in the Lake Merritt area of Oakland, CA and occasionally at students residences. I have a passion for teaching music to students of all kinds: beginning through advanced, including adult beginners. I perform and teach classical, experimental, and improvisational styles.

I believe that learning how to play music is more than a technical process of taming your instrument, but a way of exercising and developing thought patterns. Being able to solve rhythm and intonation problems requires a certain kind of thinking and self-awareness. I believe that these kinds of skills are helpful in many aspects of life. I find that having an awareness of sound opens the senses and encourages students to perceive more of every kind of interaction with information, not just musical ones.

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