Zou Zou - Teacher #1786

- Cello

- Music Appreciation
- Music History
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)
- Solfege

- English

Teaching Philosophy

I believe that the process of learning how to play an instrument has an invaluable impact on a person's development and life experience, no matter when they start. As a teacher, I work with each student to build their technique so that they can confidently express themselves on the instrument. Additionally, I help each student establish a practice plan to optimize the skills they have learned in the lessons and integrate music-making into their day-to-day lives. My philosophy is that everyone's life can be enriched by playing music. My approach is to listen to my students, learn about their musical goals and assist them in achieving those goals.

Musical Education

I have a B.M. in Cello Performance from the University of Wisconsin- Madison, where I studied with Uri Vardi and Parry Karp. Following my bachelor's degree, I served as the cellist for the Nightingale String Quartet at the University of Nevada, Reno, where I also trained as a student of the Orchestral Career Studies program.

Awards and Distinctions

2015-2016: Acting Assistant Principal for the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra
2015: Winner of the University of Nevada, Reno Concerto Competition
2012: Winner of the University of Wisconsin-Madison New Arts Venture Project
2010-2014: Recipient of a full-tuition, merit-based performance scholarship at the University of Wisconsin- Madison

Special Skills and Training

2016: Madison Bach Musicians Baroque Chamber Music Workshop 2011-2015: Your Body is Your Strad Feldenkrais for All Performers Workshop


30 Minutes: $39.00
45 Minutes: $49.00
60 Minutes: $59.00

There is a one-time registration fee of 25 $ charged with the first lessons. All Taxes are included in prices, if applicable

NOTE: Your Credit card will be charged ONLY when the first lesson is set up and confirmed with the teacher


1. Cancellation Policy

Lessons not cancelled or rescheduled with at least 24 hours notice are billable to the client and payable to the teacher. This does not of course apply to travel fees unless the notice is effectively given at the door and the teacher has travelled to the location.

2. Cessation (quitting) Policy

A client must provide a 2 lesson notice period to stop lessons. So a weekly student needs to give 2 weeks of notice, a biweekly student works out to 3 weeks notice and a twice weekly student works out to a week of notice.

3. Illness Policy

Lessons cancelled due to illness or extraordinary circumstances with less than 24 hours notice remain billable to the client and payable to the teacher.

BAH teachers are encouraged to offer a make-up lesson at a future date in the interest of client relations and general goodwill. This only makes sense as teaching a student with the flu for example, will ruin the rest of your week's employment.

No more than 2 lessons may be made up due to illness within a 60 day period.

4. Rescheduling Policy

Any lesson can be cancelled or rescheduled with at least 24 hours notice.

Summer Vacation and Extended Absence Policy

Clients may schedule longer absences for trips etc. 24 hours notice is required.

It is normal and typical for students and about 20% of our teachers to schedule a break in the summer. We do not enforce a notice period (see cessation of lessons) at the end of a long summer break.

5. Evaluation Period

There are no free trial lessons with Beethoven at Home but we do offer a 2 lesson evaluation period where it is easy to try out a teacher. There are no free lessons during the evaluation period and clients may choose to discontinue the lessons at any time by providing the required 24 hours notice. After the student's 3rd lesson the required 2 lesson notice period will apply (see cessation of lessons above).