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Wendy Velasco - Cello Instructor
(562) 903-0010 (hm.)
(562) 760-2609 (cell)



Wendy Velasco - Cello

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B.M. Cello Performance, Summa cum Laude
University of Southern California

Royal Conservatory of Music
ARTC in Cello Performance


Wendy has taught the cello for over 20 years to students of all ages and levels, from the young beginner to college music majors. Her emphasis is on a strong technical foundation while developing a student's love for classical music. However, it is not unusual for Wendy to incorporate the latest pop songs into a student's repertoire, especially when it can highlight a specific technique that is being taught. Wendy follows the leveled certificates of the Music Teacher's Association's Certificate of Merit Program (CM). At the end of each level, students are awarded a certificate (whether they participate in CM or not). Please visit for additional information on CM. Wendy also uses a practice incentive program which rewards consistent and effective practice.


Wendy Velasco is an active freelance cellist in the Los Angeles area. She completed her undergraduate education with a Bachelor of Music, Summa Cum Laude, from the University of Southern California. Previous instructors include: Eleonore Schoenfeld, from USC; Bernard Greenhouse, of the famed Beaux Arts Trio; Harvey Shapiro, from the Juilliard school; and Vladimir Orloff, from the University of Toronto. Ms. Velasco is the Assistant Principal cellist with the New West Symphony which performs in Thousand Oaks, Oxnard, and Santa Monica. She has performed for movies and television shows and with such area ensembles as: the Pacific Symphony, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Long Beach Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, and the Mozart Camarata. For many years, she was the personnel manager for the Riverside County Philharmonic. She has performed with such artists as Pinchas Zuckerman, Anne Akiko Meyers, Sarah Chang, Philippe Quint, Lara St. John, Anton Kuerti, Angela Cheng, Christoper O’Riley, Arnaldo Cohen, Vassily Primakov, Jens Lindemann, Jon Nakamatsu, Yakov Kasman, Gil Shaham, The 5 Browns, Andre Bocelli, Van Cliburn, Cho-Liang (Jimmy) Lin, Robert Thies, Stewart Goodyear, Jan Jiracek, Corey Cerovsek, Andrew von Oeyen, and many others.

In addition to teaching privately at Iced Pita Music Lessons, Ms. Velasco has performed many educational performances for 3rd graders, introducing them to the string family and classical music. As well she has served on two “Arts for All” committees which seek to improve access to arts education for public school students. She is an active member of the Music Teacher’s Association of California (MTAC) and the American String Teacher’s Association (ASTA).


  Lesson offerings:

Cello for all ages and levels



  Teaching hours:

Mondays, Wednesdays, Sundays; please contact Wendy for further availability


1. Lessons are paid monthly and due on the first week of each month. Students are responsible for all regularly scheduled lessons unless canceled by the instructor. There are no credits to the next month's tuition for lessons canceled by the student.

2. Since it is not always possible to for-see and avoid every schedule conflict, students will be allowed 2 "sick days" per year where he or she can cancel by 9:00 on the morning of the lesson and still receive a make-up lesson. Make-up lessons that cannot be rescheduled in the same week will be made up in December or July. Accommodations can also be made for family vacations with at least 2 weeks notice.


"Wendy has the gift of inspiration. She brings out the best in young people.

In comparison to other teachers we have worked with, her lessons are planned, well thought out, and clearly have a progression. Blending lessons on music theory with drills and well known musical works kept my son interested, and he could see his own progress over time, helping give him internal motivation.

After more than 3 years, my teenaged son still comes back from lessons with Wendy upbeat, excited to show me what he has learned, and eager to practice."


"Wendy has shown our son the fundamentals of playing cello in a way that encourages his excitement and creativity. As a result of her influence, he has shown a willingness to work very hard to accomplish his goals.

Her wonderful intuition for identifying the best learning style for our son has allowed him to grow musically at a much faster pace than we ever expected.

Wendy is so positive and energetic, and it makes him really excited to come work with her each week. It's amazing how she is teaching him to think about his playing so that he himself can learn to recognize his own errors in playing or pitch.

Our experience with Wendy has given our son confidence, wonderful technical improvement, and sense of joy and fun while playing. We recommend her very highly as a teacher."


"I love taking lessons with Wendy! She is very nice and experienced. The waiting room is very cozy too. Yummy candy, toasty drinks...I name it and you've got it! Iced Pita Music Lessons is a wonderful and excellent place"

Alice C.

Student Progress Videos:

View some of Wendy's students and see how they have progressed.

5-year student - 1:53

2.5-year student - 1:14

5-year student - 1:42

4-year student - 0:56


(562) 903-0010 (hm.)
(562) 760-2609 (cell)


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