Cielito de Jesus is an innovative music educator nurturing the talents of young bassists throughout Southern California. Her creative teaching methods are tailored to the individual, focusing on the ease of playing; an approach that fosters a life-long affinity for the instrument and a true passion for music. Cielito is an advocate of the Vance-Rabbath pedagogy and implements those methods in sectionals at several middle and high schools throughout Los Angeles, working with over 60 bassists each week. Through the successes of her teachings in these schools, she has amassed a studio of private students in Long Beach, and surrounding beach cities.
Born in the Philippines, Cielito emigrated to the United States where she began her formative musical training with Nico Abondolo at the Colburn School of Music. She drew inspiration from teachers David Young and Dennis Trembly before spending time in Paris to study music with François Rabbath and Thierry Barbé at the Conservatoire National de Région – St. Maur des Fossés, ultimately earning her Bachelor’s of Music degree under the tutelage of Patrick Neher at the University of Arizona. In 2005, Cielito returned to France and received a Teaching Diploma from François Rabbath.
Cielito is also an avid freelance musician in Los Angeles, performing with regional symphonies such as the Burbank Philharmonic, Westchester Symphony, Torrance Civic Chorale, and the Filipino-American Symphony Orchestra. In her spare time, Cielito enjoys playing handbells and ballroom dancing, as well as making music with her husband (a tubist) and her singer/ballerina 7-year old daughter, Claire.