Passionate about arts education and the future of classical music, Arlen is a dedicated private cello teacher on the East Coast. She holds a small private studio in Philadelphia, where she travels to once a week, as well as a private studio where she resides in Manhattan. She has experience working with a wide array of ages and abilities, from students as young as 4 years old to pre-conservatory students to adult beginners and amateurs. She has given public masterclasses in the United States, Canada, China, and Germany, and served as guest cello coach of numerous ensembles in the greater Philadelphia and NYC metropolitan areas. Arlen has coached chamber groups across North America, and mentored pre-college students at the Curtis Institute of Music.

Mentored by faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music, Arlen’s teaching approach puts the emphasis on each individual student and what they hope to gain through their musical pursuits. Her goal with each new student is to meet them where they are, feed their love of music, and tailor lessons to each individual’s strengths, needs, and goals. Her hope is that through the collaborative efforts of both teacher and student, the student will not only build a solid technical and musical foundation, but also learn to practice more creatively and efficiently, and gain confidence and comfort in playing the cello and using music as a means by which to express themselves.

Having spent her early years learning through the Suzuki method, Arlen is a strong proponent for the method, and is currently working towards obtaining Suzuki teaching accreditation herself.

If you are interested in taking lessons with Arlen in New York, Philadelphia, or online via FaceTime, please contact her here, or e-mail her at To find out more, please visit her on thumbtack