Cello Faculty

Chris Coleman | Cello

Santa Clarita, CA | Studio

Chris Coleman has been around music, and music teachers, for as long as he can remember—literally. Having grown up with two violin teachers for parents, as well as an aunt and uncle close by who taught flute and piano, he assumed that all adults were music teachers and was shocked to discover that not everyone was a musician!

As a young child, Chris naturally gravitated towards the cello (the ‘black sheep’ of the family in that regard) and started Suzuki cello lessons at the age of three with Barbara Balatero in Seattle, moving on to advanced studies with Rajan Krishnaswami after progressing through the method.

Chris was fortunate to have studied Suzuki pedagogy from such gifted teachers as Nancy Lokken, Jean Dexter, Barbara Wampner, and Carol Tarr. As a teacher, Chris strives to integrate the classic Suzuki principles of technique, tone, and repetition with exercises and activities that will prepare students for the wide array of opportunities available to today’s string players—from orchestra work, to playing on a soundtrack, to jamming with a band.

Chris' unique background has allowed him to observe many lessons throughout his lifetime, and he has had the privilege of watching countless students progress in their musicianship. Building on that experience, Chris has been able to distill what ‘works’ and what, in the long run, ends up being detrimental to students. As such, he is a strong advocate of the Suzuki principle of the ‘parent-student-teacher’ relationship triangle, and encourages participation in school orchestras and other extra-curricular music activities. If your goal is to foster a long-term love of the cello, and of music in general, in your child (or in yourself!), Chris is a great fit!

Outside of teaching cello, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife Veronica and young son Grey, writing and recording music (in addition to cello, he plays tenor and bass guitar, mandolin, and some piano), leading worship at his church, and studying theology, history, and philosophy.