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Pecos S.

23 Reviews
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Starting at $56
  • Speaks English, Spanish
  • BM Cello Performance from University of Oregon
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Pecos S.

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I am a professional performing artist and educator who believes that everyone is inherently musical. I have extensive experience with students of all ages and abilities and enjoy cultivating the interests of those whom I teach.

About Pecos

DC-based cellist Pecos was the winner of the 2016 Baroque Concerto Competition at the San Francisco Conservatory and has performed on baroque and modern instruments across the US, the Czech Republic, Italy and Austria. Pecos has recorded for the Naxos label as a Fellow at the National Orchestral In

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amazing cello instructor and player
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Jeanmarie J.

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Starting at $59
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 1998
  • Music from Stony Brook University
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Jeanmarie J.

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Experienced professional cellist with degrees in music and music education strives to bring a solid foundation combined with the joy of music.

About Jeanmarie

My passion is music and my greatest joy is sharing that passion. My teaching style is adapted to each student, customized lesson plans and curriculum designed to teach and challenge but also ensure the student is enjoying the experience by basing lessons on music in which the student is interested

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Edward A.
Very good instructor. She has the right temprament for me being an older student.
Tracey L.
She was very thorough..plus her style of teaching will definitely benefit me in the long run!!
Debbie N.
Jeanmarie helped me to learn the proper way to hold the cello and the bow. She watched carefully to be sure I maintained that throughout the lesson. I am pleased that she is going to be sure I learn to play the cello well to prevent injuries. She also gave me some very basic bowing and finger exercises to practice this first week so I begin to build correct muscle memory before I go on to working with sheet music.
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Catherine W.

19 Reviews
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Starting at $70
  • Speaks English, mandarin
  • Bachelor of Music from Manhattan School of Music
  • Teaching since 2014
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Catherine W.

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I only teach beginner and intermediate cello.

About Catherine

Catherine is a performer, teacher, and arranger. She has performed in world class venues such as Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Kosciuszko Foundation, as well as the Museum of Natural History, and she has performed with over thirty different chamber ensembles, including the Ameri

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Sophia D.
Great with children very understanding knows a lot of information willing to help you succeed in success! Would recommend to anyone.
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Merlene
I had a great experience because Catherine is an amazing instructor.
She taught lessons with a high degree of professionalism and care. As a novice, I was able to learn a lot because Catherine was patient and attentive to my learning style.
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Mary V.

39 Reviews
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Starting at $25
  • Speaks Russian, Italian
  • Teaching since 2011
  • Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from University of Southern Maine
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Mary V.

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About Mary

Hello everyone, I hope you are staying healthy amid the COVID-19 Crisis. This is such a difficult situation for everyone. Stay home and stay safe. If you are interested in online music lessons, consider me, as I've been teaching online for the past 3 years. I've mainly taught voice but have

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Justice D.
Mary was super helpful. She's good at letting you know in a friendly way what you need to work on. Within reason, lets you learn on your own terms. She understands that music needs to be fun.
Elizabeth F.
Mary has been teaching my son Thomas for a few months now. He had been doing in-person group lessons at school before the Covid lockdown. The improvement we have seen in his playing since beginning lessons with Mary is amazing. We are all enjoying watching his progress. Additionally Mary is very responsive to communications and flexible in respect of lesson changes.
Deepti
My son is taking lessons with Miss Mary since the lockdown. He is really enjoying each lesson and it has been such a blessing. Miss Mary is used to the technical difficulties involved with an online class and quickly gets around them. She is also good at helping correct students such as a bad bow hold even in online format. Deepti N, California.
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Megan C.

48 Reviews
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Starting at $40
  • Speaks English, German
  • Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from Eastern Michigan University
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Megan C.

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As a cellist with 20 years of playing experience, I am a passionate cellist of many orchestras around the US and an even more passionate teacher. I enjoy helping students of all ages and levels!

In addition to your lessons, you'll be granted access to my supplemental recordings for personal practice, making your practice routine feel like you're playing with others!

Lesson Duration Recommendations:
30 min for beginners
45 min for beginner-intermediate
60 for intermediate-advanced

About Megan

Megan is an internationally performing cellist hailing from Detroit, Michigan. Currently residing in Austin, Texas, she enjoys sharing her musical passion with students and on stage all over the country. In her free time, Megan spends her time drawing and reading. She has most recently served as

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Malia
The first lesson went really well. Megan is very welcoming and I felt at ease quickly.
Giselle
Megan is so nice and patient to teach my daughter.
Thank you so much!
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Jordi L.

14 Reviews
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  • Speaks English, Spanish
  • Teaching since 2016
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Jordi L.

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I am a fourth year cello performance major at the University of Georgia and have been playing the cello for over eleven years. I have experience performing and practicing in a variety of ensembles and genres (i.e. orchestras, chamber ensembles, jazz, rock/jam bands, bluegrass, pop). I plan to incorporate music theory and ear training into lessons to help my students become more familiar with their instruments and repertoire. I want to encourage innovation and creativity in each of my students so that they can feel comfortable approaching any musical opportunity.

About Jordi

I am a third year cello performance major and jazz minor (bass guitar) at the University of Georgia. I have been playing classical cello for over eleven years and bass for two. I am prepared to teach students of any age and give them the tools and adaptability to perform in a variety of ensembles,

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Gave me confidence to keep learning. He is very good with explanations and encouragement!

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The average cost of 60-minute cello lessons is $70. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $35 and $140 per hour.
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"Naomi is so knowledgeable and fantastic! Love my lessons with her!"
Staven
Took Cello lessons from Naomi R.
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"I first started taking lessons from Ryan during his tenure at the Musician's Depot in Sherman Oaks. It's been 2 years since and he's been nothing but great! He's easy-going and works at your own pace. You get a real sense that he actually cares about your improvement as a player! :) Can't recommend him enough!"
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Took Cello lessons from Ryan S.
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"She is a fabulous teacher who is very patient. She does not judge and she knows when to share a laugh, and when to work."
Familia
Took Cello lessons from Susanna S.
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"I started with no experience at all, and with Nicholas as my teacher I learned not only how to read music but I can play a few pieces of music! I would 10/10 recommend picking him as your instructor."
Victoria
Took Cello lessons from Nicholas H.
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"Ilona is one of the best teachers I had so far. I have fun with her learning cello.

I learned a lot with her and enjoy playing with her duets on the violin. Because of her I got into Gold Cost Youth Orchestra where I met one of her violin students Sharri. She encouraged me to stay focused on my playing and to perform chamber music with her. Very well organized teacher, I will recommend her for any age."
Katherine
Took Cello lessons from Ilona M.
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"Grace is an amazing cello instructor. She is very responsive and patient. I would suggest you to work with Grace. You will enjoy and learn a lot from this experience."
Lily
Took Cello lessons from Grace L.
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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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"She is patient and gracious :)"
Sarah
Took Cello lessons from Jessica G.
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"Great technique with young students. Very patient and you will see results."
Jack
Took Cello lessons from Jonathan M.
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"My 11-year-old daughter has had lessons with Jessica for about three months and has learned so much from Jessica. Prior to these online lessons, our daughter started learning cello with a local teacher for about 3-4 months. The teacher stopped giving lessons unexpectedly and we couldn't find a replacement so decided to go online. Doing music lessons online with someone you haven't met in person can seem daunting, but Jessica has figured out how to come across over Skype as fully present, engaged, positive and encouraging. We almost feel as if she's there in person. She can pick up on many things by asking the right questions and follows through with proper advice and recommendations for improvement. At one point, our daughter had concerns with wrist pain and Jessica fully took it upon herself to look into the matter. Jessica is very timely and flexible. At times we've had to adjust the schedule and she was quite accommodating. She also had to work with our daughter's solo performance at school and amazingly in less than 2 months prepared her for the piece. We highly recommend."
Patty
Took Cello lessons from Jessica G.
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Private Cello Lessons Near You

The cello is a bowed string instrument with four strings that is known to produce a full tone, similar to the human male voice. If you’re looking for private cello lessons near you, you’re in luck! The cello is a fascinating and versatile instrument that anyone can learn to play. 

It became popular in the 18th century and is technically part of the violin family. Interestingly, this instrument’s formal name is “violoncello,” an Italian word meaning, “small large viol.” Whether you’re interested in cello lessons for adults or cello lessons for kids, there will be an instrument sized just right for you to learn on. After all, there are numerous scale sizes, designs and differences between the members of the expansive violoncello family.

Reasons to Learn to Play Cello

Not only does this instrument appeal to adults who fell in love with songs from the 60s that feature cello components (such as “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Eleanor Rigby”), but its use in more modern times has been promoted by bands such as Smashing Pumpkins, Aerosmith and One Republic, which appeal to youths as well. Read on to explore some benefits of cello classes for people of all ages.

Benefits of Cello Lessons for Kids

There are plenty of cello teachers near you that provide lessons for kids, as many parents often seek out the vast benefits that children who play a musical instrument can experience. For instance, young musicians tend to do better in school and have greater focus. Many kids who tend to isolate themselves also come out of their shell once they begin to learn cello.

Benefits of Cello Lessons for Adults

There are just as many advantages for adults who learn to play cello. During your first lesson, your cello instructor will likely help you set realistic goals, which increases self discipline and patience. By learning to play an instrument, adults can also help stave off mental decline, boost their enthusiasm for life, and make some great new friends in the music world along the way. 

Topics Covered When You Learn to Play Cello

The exact topics you’ll cover in private cello lessons will depend on your musical background and goals. Additionally, children’s cello lessons will be much different than cello classes for adults. Here are some of the topics that cello teachers near you often teach at each level. 

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. Some skills that your cello instructor might start off with include:

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

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Cello Players

As you continue to learn cello and your skills progress, you’ll find that it’s time to advance to the intermediate level. At this point, you likely feel much more comfortable with your instrument and have a strong desire to continue with cello classes. During this stage of learning, some topics that might be covered include:

  • 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. But on average, it can take about three to four years to reach this level. A few skills learned in advanced classes include:

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

Finding an Experienced Cello Teacher Near You

Here at TakeLessons, we’ve simplified the process of finding a dedicated and qualified cello teacher near you. Whether you’re seeking cello lessons for kids or adults, you’ll find a perfect match in our extensive directory. 

Take some time to check out our teacher profiles and reviews from real students like you to find the right fit. You can also browse through teachers who offer online lessons, if you’d rather meet virtually than locally. Need some help along the way? Don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our friendly Student Support specialists. 

When you’re ready to start learning, you’re sure to find an experienced, TakeLessons teacher to help you progress in your cello studies, no matter your current skill level. So whether becoming a hobbyist or professional cello player is something you’re aiming for, let us help you begin your musical adventure today!

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Many beginning musicians wonder, “Is cello hard to learn?” The process of learning the cello is not difficult, but it’s important to keep in mind that the cello is not an instrument of instant gratification. It does require focused, daily practice time and a good teacher to guide you along the way. How far you progress with cello is a direct result of the amount of quality time you put into practicing the instrument. Even someone who puts in just 30 minutes a day will notice a signi …

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