Melodicello Studio moved to the Riverview Club Condos on the Hastings/Yonkers line in September of 2021. The space offers a beautiful view of the Hudson River and NYC skyline. The many years at the Dobbs Ferry Woman’s Club allowed the studio to grow and prosper. Although we all enjoyed the wonderful surroundings of the historical house, we are now ready to welcome new vistas and possibilities!
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/or 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, Indiana University School of Music, Boston University Young Artists Program at Tanglewood, Interlochen Arts Academy, Greenwood Music Camp, Green Mountain Music Festival 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, the Ars Viva Chamber Orchestra and the Rondo Young Artist Festival. Several students are currently pursuing careers as professional musicians.
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.