Prospective Families

Studio Schedule

Mondays: Marriottsville

Tuesdays: Marriottsville

Wednesday: Catonsville 

Thursdays: Marriottsville - Openings: 4:00 & 5:00pm

About the Studio

Whether using traditional or Suzuki methods, Catherine focuses on building technically strong cellists who have a high attention to detail.  While Catherine holds her students to a high standard, she believes that it's just as important to support, encourage and have fun.  After all, with the combination of skill, hard-work, confidence, and a love of playing, the sky is the limit!

Students in the Cello Studio of Catherine Mikelson are highly-motivated. They take weekly lessons, practice daily, and participate in studio events such as recitals, group classes, and outreach concerts.

Catherine's students have participated in and earned principal seats with various BSYO ensembles, the Howard County GT Orchestras, Peabody Preparatory ensembles, and MCYO ensembles. They have also consitently received top scores in the ASTACAP (American String Teachers Association Certificate Achievement Program) exams.  


Joining the Studio

If you are interested in joining the studio, please read this page and the Methods page carefully.  Remember that like any relationship, you want to find a teacher who will be a good fit for your family. Vice versa, I accept families that I feel will be a good fit in my studio.  I look for dedicated familes who are committed to the long and fulling journey of learning an instrument.


- Daily Practice

- Daily Listening  (Suzuki Students)

- Weekly Attendance of Cello Lessons

- Attendance of Studio Events

- Parental Involvement, Attendance, and Support

Steps for Prospective Suzuki Parents

- Explore the Suzuki Association of the America's website

- Read Shinichi Suzuki's Nurtured By Love

- Bring your child to observe lessons

- Observe a Group Class 

- Start Listening to the Suzuki Cello Book 1 CD

"It becomes ever more apparent how lucky we are to have you as our teacher. We could not have done better." - K., parent
"The growth my child has demonstrated in his work ethic, resilience, poise in new situations, I believe is directly due to your instruction and the Suzuki Method. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!
- N., parent
"I love cello." - G., 6 years old
"Thank you for being so patient and kind."
- D. and S., parents
"Thank you for all of the hard work and inspiration that you give at each lesson.  We appreciate it so much and are thankful for the opportunity for our child to study with you!" - V., parent
"Cello is the best!" - P., 7 years old
"Thank you so much for being such a wonderful teacher! I am so thankful for the improvement I have made because of you.  You're awesome!""
- S., 14 years old
"Best cello teacher ever." - A., 11 years old

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