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Based in Boston, Cherry Kim has taught  for over 15 years. In her work with students she emphasizes a natural approach to cello playing through understanding of how the body and the instrument work together. Lessons cover fundamentals of cello technique, how to play in various musical styles, discovery of structure and harmony in music and efficient practicing. Her approach is fitted to the individual student's needs and to guiding them to be thoughtful musicians.


Dr. Kim has taught at the ArtsAhimsa Music Festival, Camp Encore/Coda, Winchester Community Music School's Summer Chamber Music Festival, and non-major cello students at Rice University and Boston University. She has coached cello sectionals for the New England Conservatory Preparatory Orchestras and was a teaching artist at Boston and Newton public schools. Currently, she teaches through the Boston Cello Academy. Her students’ achievements include participation in the Massachusetts District and State Orchestras.


Cherry is an amazing cellist and teacher. I am an adult student new to a string instrument, taking lesson along with my daughter. Cherry developed individualized curriculum to push our techniques and musical understanding. With my 8-year old, Cherry is extremely patient, keeping learning fun, while challenging the young mind. She uses stories, art, histories, and her own vast repertoire to inspire, to draw out key learnings. I have a piano background, and I am constantly amazed that Cherry can make even a "boring" technical piece sound lyrical and heartfelt. Studying and playing with Cherry is truly a joy. She does more than teaching, she is sharing her passion. I love taking my family to attend her chamber music group and her other musical performances.

- Melinda Huang - 

Ms. Kim is a nice teacher! She really cares about me and my learning. She always uses an
encouraging tone. I like how she gives specific directions.
- William -

Ms. Kim is really fun. I like how she helped my brother sound better on his violin.
- Adelaide -

Ms. Kim taught our son – both in small group and private lessons. She is positive, well organized
and patient. She finds out what the student is interested in and then uses that knowledge to
develop their love of music. We would definitely recommend her as a teacher!

- Angie Stone-

Through her expert instruction, care and dedication, my daughter Elena has benefited greatly from Ms. Kim's cello lessons.

- Emily -

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