Hi, I'm Adrienne CRUTCHFIELD.
I am a cello teacher.
I started teaching cello in 2016 because I realized that after 19 years of playing, cello is the one thing that stuck with me after all these years.
My greatest goal is to inspire budding cellists to take their playing to the next level - high school. I specialize in that awkward late-elementary, early-middle school level student who is learning who they are apart from their friends, and learning what they really want to spend their time on - other than Minecraft.
And they like cello. These cellists typically decide to major in another area - and all of this is good. I am an expert at getting students to hone in on their interests, cello or otherwise and dig in.
But let's back track for a bit.
I come from a family of musicians (and teachers). All of my grandparents were teachers for their entire careers. My grandmother plays viola, my grandfather and parents all play piano, my brother and sister both play violin - even my great-grandmother played the coronet (trumpet's ancestor). Needless to say, I was born to play something. Since no one had picked cello yet, and we couldn't fit a bass in the Camry at the time, I picked the next largest instrument.
I went to school for music - and then changed majors. I started playing cello in fourth grade, and then just never stopped. I received numerous performing arts awards in high school (for orchestra and choir) and was set. I played in two youth orchestras and sung in two choirs (concert and show choir) - simultaneously. I graduated, went to DePauw University School of Music for Music Education on nearly a full-ride scholarship, and two years in --
I quit cello. I was burned out, tired, exhausted, and without a plan. I settled for the next best thing (English), finished my degree in four years and went on to work for the corporate world for the next five years. I still played and gigged, but I was focused on finding anything other than cello to make a living.
After five years of working in corporate, learning new skills, but at the same time unlearning others, I was losing my creative edge (music) and my original passion (teaching).
And we're back. Now I'm a cello teacher and it was the best decision I've ever made.