When I started playing the cello at age four, I found practice tedious and tiring. But as I progressed, the immense joy it brought lead me to new heights. Since then, I've had the opportunity to play in numerous chamber ensembles, festival groups, and orchestras, each of which allowed me to improve my skills as a musician and develop in character. I find it liberating to perform with other musicians, many of whom have since become lifelong friends. The lessons I learned through music have influenced me in ways I never could have imagined when I was four.
More recently, I have intersected my passion for music and entrepreneurship by teaching younger musicians the gift of music and cello performance. I've also been afforded the opportunity to perform at numerous weddings, special ceremonies and family events over the past few years. If you're interested in learning more about my work as a musician, keep scrolling!
Since high school, I've been working with other fantastic musicians who are interested in the performance of beautiful music. Chamber music grants each musician the opportunity to present creative ideas and encourages collaboration across the ensemble, allowing for musical expression that I find immensely satisfying. At Bucknell, I have had the oppertity to continue exploring chamber music under the direction of Professors Lisa Caravan and Qing Jiang.
Special Event Music
One of my favorite parts about playing the cello is sharing the gift of music with others. If you are getting married, or are hosing an event requiring live music, I'd love to take part in your special celebration!
I have a breath of experience playing with pianists, string trios and quartets, but if your needs differ, I'd be happy to arrange an ensemble to suit your needs. My primary goal is to provide a memorable musical experience for your guests. As such, no genre of music is out of the question! I've played everything from Pachelbel's "Cannon in D", to Christina Perri's "A Thousand Years", to Ozzy Osborn's "Crazy Train!" Looking to hire a cellist and/or a cellist's friends? Contact me using the form below!
In addition to playing music regularly, I have had numerous students in my studio since 2014. Using the Suzuki method, I work with aspiring cellist to develop technique and posture, the principles of notes and rhythm, and a sense of curiosity for music. My personalized approach to teaching keeps students engaged during lessons and progressing at a rate which ensures their success. I also remain connected to my students outside of lessons– engaging via email or phone to offer feedback on their progress over the course of the week. In fact, I require that my students send me at least one update during the week, normally in the form of a reflection and actionable to do list. Doing so gives students the confidence they need to practice for auditions or performances that require careful preparation.
Lessons can be done online over Skype or in person, depending on your location. If you or someone you know is interested in playing the cello, contact me using this form.
What makes Ryan's teaching different?
Ryan digitally records each instructional period and sends the file to students, allowing them to easily remember what was said during lessons and form good habits.
Ryan utilizes the Suzuki method, an internationally known music curriculum and teaching philosophy dating from the mid-20th century that teaches students quickly and effectively.
Ryan is available via text and email throughout the week so the learning can continue day in and day out.