Instructor
Joined in
2018

Adriana Black

Instructor

Teaches Cello, Piano, Music Theory

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Teaches at:
Levels Taught

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Areas of Instruction

Cello, Piano, Music Theory

Education

I am currently studying Cello Performance at the University of Houston.

Current Projects

This year I am performing in a trio for saxophone piano and cello. This trio was written by a student composer at University of Houston. The student is currently composing additional solo cello pieces for me to debut.

Current Band(s)/Gig(s)

Galveston Symphony Orchestra, Clear Lake Symphony Orchestra, Moores School Symphony Orchestra

Specialties / Genres Taught

Cello, Piano, Solo and Orchestral Performance

Performance Experience

I performed with the Bay Area Youth Symphony at Jones Hall my Freshman year of high school. My favorite orchestral performance was playing Prokofiev's "Alexander Nevsky" with the Moores School of Music Symphony and Choir. As a soloist I have performed and won multiple concerto competitions including the "String Division Concerto Competition at San Jacinto College" and the "Sam Houston State University Summer Conservatory Concerto Competition".

Teaching Experience

I have been teaching for over 6 years.

About Adriana Black

Hello! My name is Adriana Black and I am a cello performance major at the University of Houston, Moores School of Music. I am attending the university on a full scholarship from the organization "Music Doing Good". My private instructor and mentor is Professor Vagram Saradjian, a former student of Mstislav Rostropovich. Under his direction, I have learned how to work with students of all ages and level. In high school, I studied with Ms. Fran Koiner and Dr. Daniel Saenz. I have played piano from the age of two and have been playing the cello for a total of six years. During my piano studies, I participated in both Piano Guild and Gold Cup for many years. While I was studying piano under Stephanie Toepoel, I was coached on piano pedagogy, specializing in students ages two-twelve.

Performance experience: After studying cello for a year, I began competing in local concerto competitions. At thirteen, I won my first competition at Bay Area Youth Symphony. I also competed in the Clear Lake Symphony Concerto Competition, and took third place at the Sam Houston State University Summer Conservatory Concerto Competition. I currently play in multiple small and large ensembles at the Moores School of Music. In addition to my school studies, I play at Clear Lake Symphony, Galveston Symphony Orchestra, and I am hired for contract positions for special events. Throughout my years of playing, I have had the privilege to play in Jones Hall and meet both Yo-Yo Ma and John Williams, and perform as the guest artist at several studio recitals.

Teaching experience: I have taught beginner piano and all levels of cello for six years. Music theory and aural skills are of the utmost importance to me, and I look to enforce them in every aspect of music studies. I strongly believe in adapting curriculum to what works best for each individual student. I understand that each student is unique; therefore, their studies should be specialized for their interests and goals. I enjoy working with all ages and have taught students as young as three. For younger students (ages three to six), I focus on rhythm, coordination, motor skills, and exposure to classical music in fun and unique ways. For older students (ages seven and up), I continue to enforce basic skills, but expound upon their importance and include scales, music theory, and aural skills.

As both a soloist and orchestral performer, I have played a variety of styles, and enjoy teaching everything from early baroque music to 20th-century pieces. I am looking forward to meeting you and beginning your music studies. 

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