Lila enjoys teaching students of all ages and levels in her studio in Dobbs Ferry, New York. The name “Melodicello” pays tribute to her very first cello, a German 19th century Mittenwald instrument appropriately named “Melody”. Melodicello Studio is located on the 3rd floor of the Dobbs Ferry Woman’s Club. This Victorian House built in the late 1800’s affords wonderful acoustics with its high ceilings and wood floors both in the 3rd floor studio and downstairs performance space.
Currently Lila teaches students ranging in age from seven years old through adulthood. All students are enrolled in one lesson per week and perform in three cello recitals per year. The recitals provide each student an opportunity to perform with a cello ensemble and play a solo with a professional pianist. Lila also encourages her students to participate in their school orchestras as well as pursuing additional opportunities in summer festivals and youth orchestras. Many have performed as section and principal players in local and state orchestras including; The National Youth Orchestra of the United States, The New York Youth Symphony, New York Conference All-State and Greater Westchester Youth Symphony Orchestras. Some have been accepted at prestigious music schools and festivals including; SUNY Purchase Conservatory, Manhattan School Of Music, Aaron Copland School of Music, Peabody Conservatory, Boston University Young Artists Program at Tanglewood, Interlochen Arts Academy, Greenwood Music Camp and the Summit Music Festival. Exceptional students have also participated and won awards in solo and concerto competitions sponsored by the Hudson Valley Music Club, the Yonkers Philharmonic and the Ars Viva Chamber Orchestra.
Lila has developed her pedagogy for teaching the cello with the aid of many great teachers and mentors including Phyllis Young, George Neikrug, Evangeline Benedetti, Irene Sharp and Gerald Kagan. She also studied Suzuki pedagogy with Pamela Davenport at the School for Strings in New York City and incorporates that training into her pedagogical approach. Lila firmly believes that all motivated students can learn to play the cello well and considers it a pleasure to work to develop each student’s talent in order that they may enjoy making beautiful music on the cello for a lifetime.