Private and Group Cello Lessons, Chamber Music Coaching, Master Classes, & El Sistema WOrkshops for TEaching artists

Teaching philosophy

University and Conservatory trained, Rivas is a passionate cello teacher that strives to create a nurturing environment for all of his students. Inspired by his training at El Sistema in Venezuela and the New England Conservatory of Music , Rivas offers an approach that blends the importance of music as a social change with a high expectation for excellence.

Starting in the fall of 2019, Rivas will join the strings faculty at California Baptist University School of Music in Riverside, CA.

PRivate Cello lessons

Vivace Vilnius Music Festival, Lithuania, 2015

Vivace Vilnius Music Festival, Lithuania, 2015

Learn to play cello or bring your level to the next step. Private and Group lessons for young and adults students are available in person and via skype. Rivas emphasis on a solid technique, based on healthy and “smart” practice habits has helped many students across continents to achieve their full potential. In addition, Rivas’ own active career as a passionate performer serves as a role model for students to find the right balance between technique and music making.


  • 1 hour in-person or online lessons

  • Beginners - Advanced students accepted

  • Student recitals (for students in Southern California only)

  • Coaching for orchestral auditions, college auditions or competitions

  • Advise when renting an instrument

Hourly Rate: $100

For more information about in-person or online private lessons, inquire at the Contact Page

coaching and master classes

Longy School of Music of Bard College, Cambridge, MA 2016

Longy School of Music of Bard College, Cambridge, MA 2016

The more the merrier! Rivas’ love for coaching chamber music groups and cello sectionals for youth orchestras has made a mark in many lives across continents. Whether you have an existing group or want to form one with your friends, your perfect coach is just a phone call away. Rivas will jump in a car or airplane and share his enthusiasm for group learning with you.

Master Classes are also a great way to learn in a group setting. Students feel supported by the presence of peers in the room, and those observing can gain valuable information.

training workshops for “El Sistema” Teaching artists

El Sistema South Korea Conference, Seoul, 2017

El Sistema South Korea Conference, Seoul, 2017

A growing community world-wide, the El Sistema movement is here to stay and Rivas was trained by its founders in Venezuela. Rivas is not only a master teacher in El Sistema style, but he also has the urgency to share his knowledge about the live-changing practice of music teaching.

Throughout the years, there has been a growing number of El Sistema programs starting all over the world and a huge demand for trained teaching artists. Rivas is an activist in making the training more accessible to young musicians who wish to embark in this career path.

Canaima youth Orchestra Documentary

“Watch this documentary and see for yourself the power of music at its best”

— Aristides Rivas