reclaim your musical life

Music connects us to each other, but it's also an essential part of connecting with ourselves.

You don't have to win the YouTube olympics, or audition for X factor.  The sound already belongs to you, it will tell you what you need to know.

With over 30 years of experience, I help young players find solid ground, amateurs find their comfort zone and professionals deepen their performance and practice, always with an emphasis on building healthy and sustainable habits and attitude. 

People come to me for help with technique, theory, ear training, rhythm/groove development, improvisation and songwriting.  

And they stick around because I help them feel more human while playing.

But it's not just for musicians.   

I customize a wide range of fitness, dexterity and creativity exercises to unlock previously unseen potential for high-level professionals and beginning instrumentalists alike.  

My studio is located in downtown Manhattan, or we can connect via Skype.  

I offer: performance/repertoire coaching, technique, theory, ear training, rhythm/groove development, songwriting and improvisation.
Classical, pop, rock, blues, jazz
Beginner, intermediate and advanced 
CELLO, GUITAR, ELECTRIC BASS and VOICE.
 
"Trevor Exter is a unique and powerful voice for our time. I have known him for over a quarter century and have seen him blossom as a singer, songwriter and modern cellist. Students will benefit a lot from his disciplined, holistic approach." Chris White, Founder and Artistic Director of the New Directions Cello Festival

"Trevor Exter is a unique and powerful voice for our time. I have known him for over a quarter century and have seen him blossom as a singer, songwriter and modern cellist. Students will benefit a lot from his disciplined, holistic approach."

Chris White, Founder and Artistic Director of the New Directions Cello Festival

"It is rare to find someone like Trevor who is both an exceptional musician as well as an incredibly skillful teacher. His expertise and knowledge of music is matched with this patient and innovative teaching style. His creative language and teaching style creates the most inspiring learning environment for a musician of any level."
 - Ally B. student


focus, connectedness, depth, presence, pattern recognition

While I'm grateful for my early training in the world of classical cello, piano, jazz bands, conservatories and orchestras, the real quest was for a different kind of fulfillment.  

"Trevor Exter is one of the most profound musical thinkers I know.  Classically educated but universally informed, his approach to rhythm and presence speaks to the desire of all musicians - to participate more deeply in their own practice and to more easily connect to their audience. Methods for practice, avenues for focus and center, a more fundamental experience of music in any genre, Trevor contributes that to students and colleagues alike, beginning with yours truly. " Todd Reynolds, violinist for Bang On A Can, Steve Reich, Meredith Monk, faculty at Manhattan School of Music

"Trevor Exter is one of the most profound musical thinkers I know.  Classically educated but universally informed, his approach to rhythm and presence speaks to the desire of all musicians - to participate more deeply in their own practice and to more easily connect to their audience. Methods for practice, avenues for focus and center, a more fundamental experience of music in any genre, Trevor contributes that to students and colleagues alike, beginning with yours truly. "

Todd Reynolds, violinist for Bang On A Can, Steve Reich, Meredith Monk, faculty at Manhattan School of Music

Parts of me were missing - maybe broken - and I sensed that music would be the key.

As I journeyed around the world, hopping from gig to gig and culture to culture, I gathered clues but the voice within me kept growing.  I enjoy singing, writing, putting on shows and making records for the public as much as the next guy, but the real magic is the behind the scenes, in practice.  

That's where you really show up.

 


"Trevor is that rare combination of teacher, mentor, coach, and friend. No matter where you are in your journey he is the perfect guide, giving you the motivation to pursue your passion and the tools to get there. In just a matter of months, he has already changed the way I internalize rhythm and melody. More than that, he has deepened my understanding of how music can be applied to everyday life and how important it is for the soul. What I find most impressive though is his ability to synthesize complex ideas into very simple terms. He is kind of like the Yoda for all us Jedis in training. He taught me how to feel instead of think and for that I am forever grateful. "
 - Daniel D. student

groove, impulse control, mindfulness, tone, confidence

Music is often overlooked as a forum to develop problem-solving skills.  It's equally taken for granted as a connective tissue in society.  When we yearn for a musical life, it's often for far more than mere adventure, validation or stage time.  

It's connectedness that we seek.

We also crave musical fitness.  Music (when done right) is much more than an art form or commercial medium, it makes your brain work better.  Your life will flow when you prioritize music in the right way: not as a hobby, not as a vanity pursuit but as a guide.  Music will flood your life with truth.  Are you ready?

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As you can see, music isn't just about passion.  

Music connects us to each other, but it's also an essential part of connecting with ourselves, seeing the real landscape and taking us where we want to go.  I'll be happy to help you with your journey, click the button to book your session:

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"Trevor is a unique and old musical soul. He is a deep thinker who often resides outside of the box, yet remains firmly grounded in the fundamentals. This gives him a refreshing perspective on the art and technique of making music. Trevor's ideas around memorization, rhythm, understanding harmony and ensemble-work are inspiring and have shifted the way I think about music. Any student of his, whether it be for a one-off or for longer term, will benefit immensely from this kind, relaxed, and truly gifted cellist." Mazz Swift, singer, composer and violinist.  (D'Angelo, Whitney Houston, Perry Farrell, Dee Snider, James “Blood” Ulmer, Vernon Reid, DJ Logic, William Parker, Kanye West, Common and Jay-Z)

"Trevor is a unique and old musical soul. He is a deep thinker who often resides outside of the box, yet remains firmly grounded in the fundamentals. This gives him a refreshing perspective on the art and technique of making music. Trevor's ideas around memorization, rhythm, understanding harmony and ensemble-work are inspiring and have shifted the way I think about music. Any student of his, whether it be for a one-off or for longer term, will benefit immensely from this kind, relaxed, and truly gifted cellist."

Mazz Swift, singer, composer and violinist.  (D'Angelo, Whitney Houston, Perry Farrell, Dee Snider, James “Blood” Ulmer, Vernon Reid, DJ Logic, William Parker, Kanye West, Common and Jay-Z)