Erica Hardy

Active Teacher

  • Region: Cello North
  • Counties: Utah County
  • Accepting New Students: yes
  • Instruments Taught: Cello

About Teacher

Erica Hardy is a registered Suzuki cello teacher with experience teaching preschool through adult-aged students. Most recently hailing from New York City, she offers high-quality, Suzuki and traditional cello lessons in Utah County.

Ms. Hardy is accomplished in group and private instruction, with a particular emphasis on cello lessons for preschoolers and young children. Her students have performed in reputable venues, including Carnegie Hall in New York City. Along with the prestigious Suzuki Music School of Westport in Connecticut, she has taught at Turtle Bay Music School in Manhattan, NY. She has also written and published articles on recital preparation with Astrid Delfino Bernard.

Ms. Hardy completed The School for Strings' Suzuki teacher training program in New York City, where she studied under Pam Devenport. She has also observed lessons and attended classes with Carey Cheney, Alex Croxton, Carey Beth Hockett, Alice Ann O\'Neill, Allen Lieb, Elizabeth Means, Rick Mooney, Mark Mutter and Phyllis Young.

She holds a degree in music from Brigham Young University, having studied under Julie Bevan and LaReita Berky. Additionally, she studied pedagogy with Monica Call, a Kodaly Method specialist. She was a member of the BYU Philharmonic, conducted by Kory Katseanes.

While in college, Ms. Hardy attended the National Cello Institute in California, where she observed teachers including Carey Cheney, Rick Mooney and Phyllis Young. She is a former member of the Utah Valley Symphony, conducted by Bryce Rytting, and has worked as an elementary school orchestra instructor and festival adjudicator.

Ms. Hardy began studying cello in elementary school in Phoenix, Arizona, and was a member of the Phoenix Youth Symphony, where she performed across Arizona and on tour in China. Her principal instructor during this time was Jamie Guy Kellogg.

Ms. Hardy currently lives in Saratoga Springs, Utah, with her husband, three young boys, and way too many pets. She serves on the board for the Suzuki Association of Utah, the cello committee for the Intermountain Suzuki String Institute, and the Utah Valley String Festival. She also started a monthly group class program for local Suzuki cello teachers and students.


Certificate of Achievement Level 1 - Cello - Suzuki Association of the Americas

Every Child Can! - Allen Lieb, School for Strings, NYC

Cello Units 1-8 - Pam Devenport, The School for Strings\' long-term Teacher Training Program, NYC

Suzuki Principles in Action - Mark Mutter, Suzuki Music School of Westport, CT

Cello Unit 2 - Alice Ann O\'Neill, Intermountain Suzuki String Institute, UT

Supplementary Cello Literature - David Evenchick, Intermountain Suzuki String Institute, UT

Revisiting Cello Book 1 - Avi Friedlander, Gifted Music School, UT

Group Class Techniques: Cello, Viola, Violin - Carey Beth Hockett, Intermountain Suzuki String Institute, UT

Cello Teaching Strategies - Zachary Sweet, Intermountain Suzuki String Institute, UT

Cello Bow Development from the Beginning - Zachary Sweet, Ithaca Suzuki Institute

Cello Practicum - Alice Ann O\'Neill

Suzuki Cello Tonalizations - Alice Ann O\'Neill, Intermountain Suzuki String Institute, UT

Short-Term and Long-Term Planning in Books 1-4: Cello - Andrea Yun, Intermountain Suzuki String Institute, UT

Cello Unit 1 - Andrea Yun

Cello VP (2017-2020)

Membership Secretary (2019-Present)

Intermountain Suzuki String Institute, 2017-Present

  • Cello Committee Member
  • Faculty Member

Utah Valley String Festival, 2018-Present

  • Bass/Cello/Guitar Chair
  • Ensemble Chair

Cello Festival of Southern Utah, 2019-Present

  • Ensemble Bravo Conductor
  • Workshop Presenter 
  • Junior Festival Faculty Member

\'CHelō, 2022-Present

  • Cello duet performer

Utah Peaks Players: A Suzuki Ensemble, 2023-Present

  • Advanced Harmony Suzuki Strings cello teacher

Previous Teaching Positions

  • Provo School District (UT) - Orchestra Teacher
  • Suzuki Music School of Westport (CT) - Suzuki Cello and Group Class Teacher
  • Turtle Bay Music School (NY) - Suzuki Cello Teacher
  • Harmony Suzuki Strings (UT) - Cello Teacher 

Previous Performing Positions

  • Vox Humana String Quartet cellist, 2016-2019
  • Saratoga Springs Community Orchestra cellist
  • Utah Valley Symphony cellist
  • Brigham Young University Philharmonic Orchestra cellist
  • Phoenix Youth Symphony cellist