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Laura C.

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  • Teaching since 2007
  • Bachelor of Arts from Barnard College, Columbia University
  • Awarded Dolan Prize from Columbia University
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Laura C.

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I emphasize a physically relaxed and technically accurate approach to cello playing so that students are free to create music without limitations or physical discomfort.
Though playing an instrument takes hard work, it should be a fun and enjoyable experience too! We will work together to ensure that you are learning pieces that interest you and inspire you to reach the next level. By the end of each lesson you will know what to work on for the week and exactly how to practice in order to achieve the most effective results.

Students will learn the fundamentals of music theory and history while focusing on improving their technical facility on the cello. Students also work towards building their comfort with the instrument by practicing increasingly complex exercises and repertoire.

Lessons will be highly interactive and geared towards your personal goals as an aspiring cellist.

About Laura

*** About Me *** I am a classically trained cellist in NYC. I have a master's degree in cello performance from a top NYC conservatory and I am a registered Suzuki teacher for books 1-10. In addition to performing music, I love to teach cello lessons to aspiring musicians of all ages! My musical as

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Taylor B.
Laura was friendly, knowledgeable and made me feel comfortable. I’m looking forward to future lesson with her!
Chelsea
Wonderful lesson! I can't wait for the next one.
Janet M.
My first lesson with Laura was even better than I had hoped. I'm an adult intermediate player who has not played in the past several years. Laura communicated with me several times prior to the lesson to check on my experience, goals, and music requests. During the lesson Laura identified and helped with several problem techniques and provided exercises to help correct them. She was friendly, professional, and made excellent use of our lesson time. She's an excellent coach and I'm so excited to have found her!
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Helen N.

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Starting at $65
  • Master of Music, Cello Performance from San Francisco Conservatory of Music
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Helen N.

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While I certainly place emphasis on technical work and mastery, I also want all students to feel comfortable in expressing their individual voice and interests. I believe that it is incredibly important to encourage students to explore a number of creative avenues within music. Therefore, I am very open to having students explore music outside the classical canon in addition to experimenting with improvisation and composition. An additional component of my teaching style is finding unique and interesting ways to keep students motivated and teaching them how to effectively practice and learn on their own.

About Helen

My teaching philosophy is largely centered around the importance of individuality. The “one size fits all” approach is hardly ever adequate--every student has different needs, strengths, and challenges. While I certainly place emphasis on technical work and mastery, I also want all students to feel

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Charlize
My daughter is engaged and present in the lesson and is finding joy again in her cello.
Shaniya
Helen is an engaging and inspiring teacher. I recommend her highly!
Ellie R.
My 10 year old daughter isr excited to have Helen as a cello teacher. Helen is positive and fun and makes playing cello seem really hip and cool.
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Wei D.

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  • Speaks English, Mandarin, French
  • Artist Diploma from Paris Conservatory of Music
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Wei D.

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Good habits and an excellent attitude make great cellists. It doesn't hurt to love music too. I love music and I love to share my passion with my students.

Having a teacher who is an experienced performer is an important quality in a teacher. I am a professional classical musician currently working as a freelance cellist in the Chicago area. I play with Chicago Philharmonic, the Northbrook Symphony, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the Northwest Indiana Symphony, among others. Before coming to Chicago I played for 13 seasons with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.

I have taught privately for over 10 years including 2 years in Paris. My teaching is a reflection of my teacher, Phillippe Muller. I studied with Msr. Muller while studying at the Paris Conservatory. Msr. Muller is currently a Professor of Cello at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.

About Wei

Even though I have been teaching and performing on the cello for most of my life, it's not all there is to who I am. I am a chef (almost--12 weeks to go), a mom, a wife. I have a cute little Tibetan Terrier that loves visitors. My husband and I love hiking in beautiful places. Studying with m

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Jordane M.
Lovely introductory session! Looking forward to our next lesson. Excited about my homework! lol
Michael
Wei , is an excellent teacher,
She gave me really helpful practical suggestions and tips how to practice my bowing technique and it greatly improved my tone and made it easier to play and more fun too !
Thank you Wei ,you are a fantastic teacher!!
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Erin C.

52 Reviews
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  • Teaching since 2014
  • BA in Music from University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Teaches students 3 and up
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Erin C.

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I teach beginner cello primarily using the Suzuki books, but supplement with other materials when needed. My students work on scales and rhythm constantly to improve their tone and musicality as well as technique. I teach classical, religious, fiddle, and more. I also teach group ensembles, trios, quartets, and I work with students on their school orchestral and audition pieces.

About Erin

My name is Erin. I am a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Music, with a concentration in Violin. I began studying violin at the age of six. I have performed with small chamber ensembles, orchestras, quartets, and trios. I enjoy playing for churc

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Tyler
I highly recommend Erin for your violin lessons. I’m an adult learner and she has been more than patient, extremely helpful, and has given excellent instruction to help me grow my abilities with my violin.
Sheena
My daughter and I had our first lesson with Erin together. We both had a lot of fun and learned alot in the first lesson.
James
Erin went above and beyond to get me my first ever violin/fiddle lesson on my birthday as part of a surprise from my family. As someone who plays other instruments but has never touched anything with a bow, I was very thankful to have Erin to introduce me to the instrument with patience but also thoroughness and clear expertise. Very much looking forward to continuing lessons with Erin as I begin to learn this instrument.
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Jessica L.

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  • Speaks Spanish, English
  • Teaching since 2006
  • Bachelor of Arts, Music and Political Studies from Bard College at Simon's Rock
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Jessica L.

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I am a professional cellist with a graduate degree in music and extensive performing and teaching experience. I look forward to working with you or your child to help accomplish your goals and have fun making music! Lessons are tailored to each students needs and abilities, and I have vast experience working with students of all ages and abilities, from elementary students to college students. I teach online and in-person lessons.

I can provide private lessons for beginner-intermediate level violin and viola students who are in elementary-middle school. I also provide beginner-advanced cello lessons for students of all ages.

About Jessica

Jessica L. is a professional teacher and cellist with a Master of Music in Cello Performance and a Certificate in Arts Administration from the University of Colorado Boulder. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts from Bard College at Simon’s Rock and a Texas teaching certificate in music education. As a

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NIAMH J.
Very good first lesson with 6-year old daughter. Jessica has her very excited to practice and learn more.
Jessica M.
Best instructor ever
Sarah
Love how Jessica interact and engage my daughter. in the session.
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Concetta A.

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  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Awarded Composer in Residence from TAKT Artist Residency and Gallery
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Concetta A.

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The cello is one of the most beautiful instruments! Experts say it has the closest sound to the human voice.

About Concetta

Concetta is a NYC based violinist, strings specialist and composer. She writes original art songs inspired by natural science, folk tales, poetry and everyday objects and sounds. She released her first solo album entitled Falling in Time in February 2015 on Waterbug Records. She was a visiting comp

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Bryan P.
Concetta is a wonderful instructor - prior to my lesson I was feeling nervous - not sure what to expect, not feeling worthy, etc. - she quickly put me at ease and we had a very productive 1st lesson - well worth the investment of my time and money
Joseph
I haven’t ever enjoyed a music lesson as much as I do with Concetta.
Concetta is warm, charismatic, and truly loves what she does which inspires me to keep going.
It’s the hour that I look forward to the most each week!
Jim
My first lesson with Concetta was great. I received a lot of good feedback and things to work on for this first week. Really looking forward to lesson 2 next week!

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Average Cost of Cello Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute cello lessons is $73. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $40 and $167 per hour.
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"Chris is an excellent teacher - focused both on the big map of where I'd like to travel and also where we are at the moment. He's thoughtful and tuned in to every detail of my playing and form. He's also very positive and an awful lot of fun!"
Darcy
Took Cello lessons from Christopher B.
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"Johnny has been a great instructor. I am enjoying learning the cello under his tutelage."
Frances
Took Cello lessons from Johnny M.
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"Lenna is wonderful!!! She is dedicated to her art and her warmness really reassured our family that she was the perfect match. My 8 year-old daughter been having private in home lesson over the passed year and have shown great improvement with even the most challenging piece. She has patience and can differentiate instruction to facilitate my daughter learning style, making it an adventurous.
My daughter would frequently say:"Practice Makes Prefect"
But for Lenna:"Practice Make Progress" because you are forever learning.
She is indeed a humble individual..
I highly recommend Lenna for any level of practice."
D. George
Took Cello lessons from Lenna P.
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"So far so good. After my first lesson I feel like I have learned so much. Chris was fun and informative. He took into account what I wanted and needed to learn and gave me plenty of stuff to work on. I was a little unsure about the online format but with a little tweaking on my end it was fine. Looking forward to my next lesson!"
Elizabeth
Took Cello lessons from Christopher B.
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"Chris is a great instructor and my daughter looks forward to her cello lesson with Chris!"
Aarushi
Took Cello lessons from Christopher B.
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"Hallie is very patient and relays material in an easy to learn way."
Serryn
Took Cello lessons from Hallie C.
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"Very helpful and informative. Gives tips and exercises to help with good posture and correct form. Flexible with time and able to send help during the week if needed. Works at a good pace and always checks for understanding. Reviews your form while playing to make sure everything is in the correct place and moving correctly. Good first lesson. Excited for the rest to come xD"
Cheyenne
Took Cello lessons from Victor M.
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"Just had one leason. Very good experience."
Raymond
Took Cello lessons from Nicholas H.
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"I tried several cello instructors (one of them from Juilliard) and Lenna was the one I stuck with for years. She's amazing.

I highly recommend her for her compassion, kindness, patience, and ability to customize instruction based on what you need. Give her a shot!"
Brett
Took Cello lessons from Lenna P.
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"Christopher is a wonderful instructor. He is enthusiastic about teaching, patient, and excited to help is students reach their goals."
Kate
Took Cello lessons from Christopher B.
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Private Cello Lessons Near You

Private Cello Lessons Near You

The earliest cellos date back to the 16th century and continue to be a popular stringed instrument today. Maybe you’ve been inspired by the beautiful melodies that Yo-Yo Ma performs, or perhaps you’ve always dreamed of joining the orchestra. Whatever reason you are drawn to this instrument, it might be time to turn to beginner cello lessons so that you can achieve all your music dreams.

Here at TakeLessons, we feature a wide variety of cello lessons for adults and children alike. No matter if you are still figuring out the basics or looking to advance your current range, our certified cello teachers can help. Sign up with us today to find convenient and affordable cello lessons near you.

Why Learn to Play the Cello?

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llo is an essential instrument in any orchestra. In fact, it is often considered one of the most versatile stringed instruments with its warm and vibrant sounds. You’ll find cellists performing in many different kinds of music ensembles, from jazz tunes and classical arrangements to R&B songs and even heavy metal hits. When you take cello classes, you will be unstoppable in what you can achieve in the music world.

As fun and exciting as it is to master the cello, learning a new instrument can also benefit your mind and body. Studies have revealed that playing an instrument like the cello can help boost your cognitive abilities, enhance your memory, and reduce your stress levels. Some have even found that it can improve your self-confidence and sense of creativity, too!

Benefits of Taking Cello Lessons

You probably won’t become the next Yo-Yo Ma overnight, but taking private lessons can help put you on a path toward success.

Your private teacher will provide you with all the tools and instruction you need to take your cello skills to the next level. If you are a beginner, you will start with the basics and work on exercises that will help you create a strong foundation. But if you are more advanced, your cello teacher will be sure to challenge you so that you can achieve all your music goals. Wherever you are in your cello-playing journey, your teacher will be 100% dedicated to you and your success.

Sample Curriculum for Cello Lessons for Beginners

Cello lessons for beginners generally focus on the instrument’s fundamentals, the basics of music theory, and how to care for your instrument.

  • Body and Finger Positioning
  • Bow Techniques
  • Primary Notes and Scales
  • Music Theory Introduction
  • Basic Song Playing

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Cello Players

At this point, you likely feel much more comfortable with your instrument and have a strong desire to continue with cello classes.

  • Vibrato, Piccato, Spiccato & Ricochet
  • Advanced Bow Techniques
  • Modal Scares
  • Advanced Music Theory
  • Various Cello Thumb Positioning Skills

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Cello Lessons

How long it takes to become proficient enough to progress to advanced cello lessons depends on factors like the frequency of lessons and time invested in practice.

  • Technique Enhancement
  • Compound Intervals
  • Compound Intervals
  • Seventh Chords
  • Solo Repertoire and Audition Prep

Find a Cello Teacher Near You

Ready to kick start your music adventure? Begin by signing up for flexible and hassle-free cello classes with us. Here at TakeLessons, you can browse through our inventory of experienced cello teachers near you until you find your perfect match. What’s more, we are so confident that you will enjoy your classes that we offer a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee for all new students on their first sessions.

Join our cello lessons today, and you will be jamming out to all your favorite songs before you know it.

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What is the Suzuki Cello Method?

The Suzuki method, founded in 1945 by violinist Shinichi Suzuki as the Talent Education Movement, is one of the most enduring teaching methods, or pedagogies for young string players. Suzuki’s main goal for his music education system was to give students a “noble spirit,” which would instill respect and cooperation through his method. The method was brought to America in the 1960s by John D. Kendall, and today the Suzuki Association of the Americas instructs new teachers and studen …

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