The Krentz Cello Studio is one of the nations finest pre-college studios. With students having won dozens of national and international competitions and opportunities, the studio is proof that the best single motivator is playing well. When we imagine playing the cello, we imagine sounding great. We want to make music with a cello voice that we can love! The Krentz Cello Studio helps to build some of the finest young players around.
The Krentz Cello Studio is about building a strong technical foundation from the ground up for the students to enjoy the full potential of their instrument. From day 1 a team is created for each student: the student, the parent, the teacher. A pianist who the students play with and receive supplemental coaching with will be added as they advance. With this support system and expert training from Mrs. and Dr. Krentz, students have the chance to be the best they can be.
Dr. Kevin Krentz
Kevin Krentz is a respected teacher, inventor and performer. He is founder of Krentz String Works and Artistic Director of the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival.
Haeyoon Shin Krentz
Haeyoon Krentz has been teaching for 18 years and has worked with some of the leading teachers of the past century including Janos Starker and Also Paris. She currently holds her studio in both Bellevue and Seattle.
We at the Krentz Cello Studio wholeheartedly believe the easiest way to begin on the cello and probably any instrument is to use the basic theory behind the Suzuki Method. The central idea of the Suzuki Method is simple: learning both to play an instrument and to read music at the same time is very difficult. It is much easier to learn an instrument initially by rote and introduce note reading later. However, depending on the age of the student and their rate of development, both Dr. and Mrs. Krentz transition much earlier than official Suzuki training into a note-reading and technical exercise-type traditional approach based on the student’s mastery of the instrumental basics.
Another principal of the Suzuki Method focuses on parental involvement and is also a major part of the Krentz Cello Studio’s practice routine. Students with very active parental coaches progress many times faster than those left to practice alone at home.