Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Cello, Piano, Music Theory
I am currently studying Cello Performance at the University of Houston.
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.
Galveston Symphony Orchestra, Clear Lake Symphony Orchestra, Moores School Symphony Orchestra
Cello, Piano, Solo and Orchestral Performance
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".
I have been teaching for over 6 years.
About Adriana Black
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.