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about

Emily Allen is a cellist, teacher, and writer living in Madison, Wisconsin. In 2019, Emily completed her master's degree in Cello Performance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying with Uri Vardi. Since 2019, she has continued her studies with Leonardo Altino.

Emily grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and attended the University of Louisville. She received her BM in Cello Performance, studying with Paul York, and completed a minor in creative writing. 

Since 2017, Emily has worked with cellists of all ages and backgrounds. Currently, she teaches fifth grade strings and middle school orchestra in the Madison Metropolitan School District, and maintains a private cello studio on Madison's south side. She has also played in the cello section of the La Crosse Symphony and Madison Symphony Orchestra. 

Emily enjoys working with all students and their individual goals, but she is most interested in starting the beginning cello student. She considers it the greatest honor and responsibility to be someone's first music teacher. She hopes to inspire a love for music in her students, while providing a strong technical foundation. Her previous jobs as a nanny and tutor help her connect with her young students, as she has maintained proficiency in tree climbing, popsicle making, and knock-knock jokes that almost make sense. 

Emily lives in Madison with her partner, pianist, and fellow bubble tea enthusiast, Eric Tran. Her students benefit from Eric's background as a composer and skill at writing the silliest pedagogical pieces. "The HAPPY ZONKEY" is a collection of some of their favorites.