Megan is currently offering lessons on online formats including Skype, FaceTime, and TakeLessons. 

Megan currently maintains a studio in Austin, Texas with local students and online students from around the country. In demand for her clinics and masterclasses, she frequently works with groups in Texas and Florida. Besides also previously maintaining a local private studio in Florida and Michigan, she has served on faculty at the Ann Arbor Area Piano Teachers Guild's Summer Piano Ensemble Program and has served as a chamber coach at the PhoenixPhest! Chamber Music Festival.  Contact Megan Chartier to inquire about openings in her private studio.

pricing and contact information is located on the bottom of this page 


EXPERIENCE

I began teaching privately nine years ago, establishing a steady private studio within the past six years.  I have used my background as a principal orchestral cellist, chamber musician, and pop-classical crossover musician to inform a unique teaching experience for students ranging from 5 to 95 years old.  My eclectic experience helps to tailor each lesson to the individual goals of the student.  In addition to volunteering at local public schools, I have been recently on faculty at the Ann Arbor Area Piano Teachers Guild's Summer Piano Ensemble Program as well as the PhoenixPhest! Chamber Music Festival.

METHODS USED

For beginning students, I usually begin heavily with physical technique, music theory exercises, and scales.  From there, I use Rick Mooney's Position Pieces as well as solo repertoire from the Suzuki books to develop musicality and efficiency.  The solo works chosen are designed to work toward the interests and goals of the students (competitions and/or genre interests).  For advanced or adult students, I treat our lessons more broadly, integrating cello playing, music history, and an exploration of the genre as a whole to establish passion and long-term goals.  The students' interests, then, directly influence the lessons as I provide these students with a handful of pieces to choose from.

LESSON STYLE

As a passionate player, my teaching style heavily relies on sharing and developing my students' excitement for the cello.  My educational background in music history, music theory, and body awareness combined with a personal dedication to expressiveness, creativity, and technology help to organize a well-rounded experience for my students.   As each student begins different needs, goals, and abilities, I heavily rely on the "beginning with the end in mind" mindset for each individual student.  My lessons are typically broken down into scales, etudes, and solo works - and if time allows, a fun exercise chosen by the student (jazz improv, music theory, extra solo work).


STUDENT AND PARENT TESTIMONIALS:

I loved my first lesson! Had a great time. Felt very relaxed. Megan is a great teacher. Best patient and pleasant. She took her time to explain. I’m so excited and looking forward to our next lesson!
— Sarahi R. on May 28, 2016
Megan Chartier is a professional cellist, and in combination with this has the rare ability to be a sensitive and thoughtful teacher. In a short time Megan took me from a complete beginner to understanding complex concepts covering all aspects of playing the cello. Her basic instruction, as well as insights to guide my understanding of how to hold the bow properly, correct finger position, swinging movements, appropriate weight, etc, took me further than I imagined. Throughout our lessons Megan stay tuned in to my instructional level, while accelerating my understanding of how to move towards excellence. Megan truly exemplifies ‘beginning with the end in mind.’
I highly recommend Megan as a Cello instructor.
— Julie M. (Adult Student) on August 27, 2015

pricing for lessons:

60 minutes = $80

45 minutes = $60

30 minutes = $45