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About Deidre Emerson

Deidre Emerson
Deidre Emerson
Music Teacher, Master
Location: Franklin, TN
Speaks: English
Instructs: Cello
Education: I have been playing 33 years, teaching over 20. I received my Bachelors in Cello Performance from Birmingham Southern College magna cum laude and Masters in Cello Performance from University of Houston under Vagram Saradjian, a student of Mstislav Rostropovich. I have also attended a number of prestigious music festivals both domestically and internationally.
Performance Experience: I have been playing for 33 years. I have professional experience in almost all genres in Nashville's vibrant music scene.
Teaching Experience: I have taught for over 20 years. My students have ranged from age three to well into their eighties. I can teach beginners through young professionals. I currently teach at Tennessee State University, Nashville State Community College, and Trevecca Nazarene University.
Teaching Philosophy: Music is joy, beauty, and expression. It is called "playing" an instrument so we should play and enjoy while still striving for excellence. I am here to help!

Get to know Deidre Emerson

Deidre Vaughn Emerson first started playing cello at the age of five. She received her Bachelors of Music in Cello Performance magna cum laude at Birmingham Southern College, and her Masters in Cello Performance at University of Houston in the studio of Vagram Saradjian. She has had the opportunity to study and perform at a number of music festivals throughout the United States and Europe.


Deidre has had many opportunities and continues to perform and teach in multiple genres including sacred, religious, symphonic, chamber, modern, country, fiddle, opera, theater, ballet, musicals, soundtracks, and popular music just to name a few. She has led many master classes and clinics as a cellist and conductor for all ages and levels. Mrs. Emerson has been adjudicator for a number of orchestral festivals. She has taught university classes in Orchestra, Applied Cello, Cello Ensemble, String Ensemble, Theory, Ear Training, Aural Skills, Sight Singing, and Teaching Strings. She has been honored as guest artist and guest lecturer for a number of colleges, universities, and professional musicians’ organizations.

Currently she resides in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband Matt and their two small children, Archer and Astrid. Here she teaches at a number of schools and studios and also maintains her own private teaching studio. She also does recording and performance work in this city’s vibrant industry, and is involved in many full time ensembles. She is currently the Professor of Cello at Tennessee State University, Nashville State Community College, and Trevecca Nazarene University.

Deidre Emerson teaches at:
539 Cool Springs Blvd Suite 115
Franklin, TN 37067
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