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"Marcie Brown is the most fabulous piano teacher, ever. She also teaches violin and cello. She's extremely patient, not outcome focused at all. I recommend her through and through. Her website is marciebrown.com, and she's an Alameda local!"

-Berkeley Parents Network Posting, April, 2011 (more testimonials)

Welcome to Alameda Cello Academy, the Alameda music studio of Marcie Brown, former Cirque du Soleil cellist, symphony musician and educator. I have great students! We have lots of fun together exploring the paths towards creativity and musical expertise. Within this warm and nurturing environment, you will be encouraged to expand and grow artistically and musically. All ages and levels are welcome. Bring your instrument and I will supply the knowledge and the inspiration to get you moving towards musical fulfillment!

Private lessons in cello, piano, and violin are given once a week in my home studio. Rates are $40 dollars for a half an hour, and $70 dollars for 50 minutes. If you need to cancel, please contact me at least twenty four hours before your lesson, or you will be charged your regular lesson fee.

Alameda Cello Academy Tutorial Videos

Watch these videos for tips on the foundations of good cello playing:
posture, bow arm position, scales, and more!
Watch Marcie Brown's cello tutorial videos

Recital Schedule for the Alameda Cello Academy

Spring Recital
Piedmont Piano Company
Thursday, June 4th, 2015 at 6pm

Winter 2013-2014 Performance Photos

ACA Students did a fantstic job this past Winter at a variety of events.
see all photos »

Spring recital will be on June 5th. You can also view past recital photos and hear more about how recitals are an important part of the learning process.

Hear what people are saying about Marcie Brown and Alameda Cello Academy

"My daughter loved her lesson today. Just wanted to say thanks. She worked on her scales for quite a while tonight and was very happy..."

---A Berkeley parent, 9-12

"I had so much fun learning cello from you. Thank you for being so positive and always encouraging."

--Barbie, an Alameda adult cello student and mother of two

"Thanks so much for hosting the recital, we loved hearing all the students. The boys were so proud, it gave them a real sense of accomplishment. I am so glad we found you! Thanks for being such a wonderful introduction to music for my boys."

--a Berkeley parent of one violin and one piano student

"Emma has been asking for a violin since she was two years old. Santa finally brought her one this year (when she was four) and she started lessons with Marcie in February. Emma loves playing her violin and she loves taking lessons with Marcie. In addition to being a great musician and music teacher, Marcie is really good at working with little girls!"

--Anne, Emma's mother

"Marcie uses Suzuki method and games, and she is wonderfully cheerful and upbeat throughout the lessons. My daughter loves her lessons, enjoys playing during the week, and seems to be making progress. Marcie is both skilled and patient, and she makes playing music an entirely fun experience--exactly what you want in a teacher for children. I absolutely recommend her as a teacher."

--An Alameda mom of a five year old cellist

"I've been taking weekly cello lessons from Marcie for three years now, and am very grateful for the progress I've made (it was a matter of weeks before my wife stopped wearing ear plugs during my practice). Many people are tentative about taking up classical string instruments as an adult, but Marcie facilitates continuous and significant improvements by being perceptive, insightful, patient, and encouraging. She challenges you without being intimidating, and instills in you the drive to improve for the sake of making better music. Thanks, Marcie!"

--Sang Kim, adult intermediate student

"If you are looking for your own personality with your cello, Marcie is the right teacher to help find it."

--Tim Burkhart, beginning adult student

More photos of students at lessons and in performance

Congratulations to Patrick, Andrew, Isabelle and Madeline, who played a wonderful concert for the elderly folks at the Cardinal Point Retirement Center in Alameda on Sunday, December 4th, 2011. Bravo to our young talent who also have big hearts and a sense of community!

Fiona at lessons

Anne at her lesson, with a baby on her back! Dedication!

Katja at her first lesson

Six year old Isabelle has fun!

Abby at 3

Larry and Hanna at group class in October, 2009.

Amused spectators at group class.

Jeb the cello dog goes out of his way to make Suzuki siblings comfy.

Rosie and Jeb.

Mozart Mouse and Beethoven Bear.

Ethan and the purple cello.