'Once Upon My Cheek'

'Flight of the Bumblebee'

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Sera Smolen

EDUCATION AND TRAINING:

I have always been equally passionate about playing the instrument, learning, and teaching music.  Playing the cello invites us to explore every aspect of ourselves.  We awaken, develop, then integrate the knowing, willing, feeling and intuition.  We discover how discipline and freedom belong together.  We become citizens of the world as we play music from around the world.  We learn to express the ineffably beautiful sentiments of the greatest composers.  The great masterpieces awaken in us the first glimmers of one's own, individually unique musical voice.  

Here is a list of the schools, programs and teachers I have worked with on this journey.

 

Dr. Sera Smolen: 

EDUCATION

Union Institute of Graduate Studies: Ph.D. in Music Education and Applied Cello 1993-2000

Cornell University: Graduate work in Education, 1987-88, partial masters degree

Ithaca College School of Music: Graduate work, Permanent Certification for teaching Suzuki Method, all levels 1984-1986, partial masters degree

Ithaca College: B.M., Public School Certification, Performance Certificate, 
1972-1977

Magic Mountain Music Farm: Practice Marathon Retreats with Burton Kaplan, winters 1995,6,7, Summers 1993-4

Music for People with David Darling, 1981- 1983, Musianship and Leadership program,1994-9

Aspen Summer Music Festival, 1978-1979

Meadowmount School of music, 1976-1977

Ithaca Violoncello Institute, 1974-1975

TEACHERS:

Cello performance: Einar Holm, Alan Harris,Colin Hampton,Robert Newkirk,Rolfe Gjeltsen,Burton Kaplan,Laszlo Varga

Improvisation:David Darling,Steve Brown,Hank Roberts, Alice Kanack

North Indian Raga:Daniel Birch,Joep Bor

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

Opus Ithaca School of Music, Ithaca NY (opusithaca.org) 2016-

Cello Studio, Ithaca, NY, 1988-2016; Certified Suzuki Instructor, ages 3-up, Pre-Twinkle to Book 10; Creative Ability Development at all stages;Waldorf School cello instructor 1987-2008

Cello, Improvisation, Improvising Chamber Music, The Kanack School, Rochester, NY, 2006-10

Cello, double bass, Mansfield University, Mansfield, PA., 1999- 2005

Music Therapy Department, Mansfield University, from Spring 2000. Research, design and implement an ongoing Improvisation workshop series, topics spanning a 4 year program.

Adjunct Professor, Alfred University, Alfred, N.Y., 1995-1996

Cello instructor and Program co-ordinator, Ithaca Talent Education, Ithaca, N.Y.,1987-1994

Sabbatical replacement for Cello, Hobart-William Smith College, Geneva, N.Y.,1983-1984

Guest Clinician at Regional Suzuki Workshops, U.S and Canada, from 1988

Instructor at annual Summer Suzuki Institutes from 1989:
- Ithaca Suzuki Institute, from 1989-1994
- North Eastern Suzuki Institute, ME., from 1994-2005, 2011-2012
-Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute, Wilfrid Laurier University, 1997-present

-Edmonton Suzuki Institute, University of Alberta, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012

-Ogontz Suzuki Institute, New Hampshire, - 2006-2008

-Music As Play: All-Improvised summer program-Ithaca, NY- from 2009

Festivals: 

New Directions Cello Festival: Assistant Director, Educational co-ordinator, Steering Committee, performer, workshop presenter, writer, 1991-present

Chiron Festival of the Creative Spirit: Performer, consultant, from 1988-1999 Young People's Composition Festival: Co-ordinator, (for young composers, part of Chiron, above)1996-2000

Binghamton Cello Festival: Workshop leader, consultant, 1989-2007