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Catherine W.

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  • Speaks English, mandarin
  • Teaching since 2014
  • Bachelor of Music from Manhattan School of Music
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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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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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My two oldest children (one more advanced in piano than the other) began taking lessons with Catherine just this year. They have both shown significant improvement and love her as an instructor. They also look forward to practicing in between lessons. We could not be happier.
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Pecos S.

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

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I have been teaching professionally for 8 years. I have experience teaching all ages and skill levels. I cater lessons specifically to meet every student's needs. I am an active performer in the DC area, and look forward to sharing my knowledge and experience with my students.

About Pecos

DC-based cellist Pecos Singer 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 Orches

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Peter M.
Excellent, intelligent, thoughtful, effective teacher!
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Very patient and knowledgeable.
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Excellent and very patient and knowledgeable tutor.
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Naomi R.

29 Reviews
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Starting at $17
  • Bachelor of Music, Performance from Ball State University
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
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Naomi R.

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Experienced teacher of 3 years with a specialization in beginning/intermediate cello students. Lessons will cater to the needs of each individual student with a focus on a strong technical foundation. As a teacher, I concentrate on engaging students in their learning and aspire to inspire students to discover the joys and benefits of learning music. Not only will students learn to play the cello but they will have instruction in note reading, music theory and ear training. I believe that music should be enjoyable for students and strive to make meaningful connections with my students, positively influencing their musical lives.

About Naomi

I am a performer and teacher, specializing in cello and English as a Second Language. I graduated with a bachelor and master degree in music performance (cello) from Ball State University (Indiana). While a student, I had a multitude of teaching experiences ranging from music theory, music history,

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Michael B.
Naomi has always been an excellent teacher for me. Patient, gives good tips and emailed lesson goals every week. I would recommend her to anyone.
Michael B.
Great as ever. Naomi is a better teacher than I've ever had before (in 2 years of violin
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Megan C.

41 Reviews
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  • Speaks English, German
  • Teaches students 9 and up
  • Awarded Young Artist Competition 1st Prize Winner from Ann Arbor Society for Music Arts
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Megan C.

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

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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Maria H.

26 Reviews
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  • Speaks English, Spanish
  • Teaching since 1985
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Maria H.

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I've been teaching cello for 30 years and my students have gone on to play with different ensembles like symphony orchestras. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to play simple songs by reading and by ear and as time goes on you'll be able to play more complex repertoire. I specialize in classical, style but I can teach you different kinds of styles, typically use Kummer method and Suzuki repertoire but I use a variety of method and books. I have the following tools available for your lessons: cello, computer program, sound system, Tuner and Metronome . I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About Maria

With more than 30 years of teaching experience for the cello, I have taught students of all ages, throughout California and overseas. I earned a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in Cello Performance and am currently the Principal cellist for the Camellia Symphony, California. In addition, I

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I took lessons from Maria for 6 years, starting the summer just before I entered high school. Initially I was embarrassed because I knew most kids learning an instrument had started years before me, and I hadn't had any experience with reading sheet music or anything like that.

But she never held any preconceived notions about where my ability *should* be, which helped me feel comfortable learning the cello for fun, which was why I was taking lessons. And Maria was always patient working with me on whatever little part of a piece I struggled with week after week until I got it. She let me self direct how I wanted to learn, so I didn't spend as much time memorizing music theory and was able to learn through playing, which worked well for me.

While taking lessons through high school and part of college, I had a lot of difficult classes and sometimes had to sacrifice my short-term cello progress to make time for them. I always felt bad when this happened, but Maria understood and once the air cleared I was always excited to catch up to where I wanted to be.

Cello was always something kind of meditative where I could make something beautiful by putting in time, and I don't think I would enjoy playing now if I hadn't had the warm guidance of such a great teacher on my journey through the music world.
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Terrific first lesson! I can’t wait for next week!
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Megan S.

29 Reviews
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  • Teaching since 2009
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Bachelor of Arts, Clarinet Performance from University of California, Santa Barbara
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Megan S.

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I have been studding strings from age 8, starting on violin. I switched over to cello when I turned 13 and received scholarships to potentially attend the University of Pacific in Stockton, CA. I instead studied cello at the University of California, Santa Barbara where I had the opportunity to perform in the university's symphonic orchestra and teach private lessons to college students as well. I have experience teaching from the Suzuki method, but consider myself to be a flexible educator and teach many methods according to the needs of the student.

About Megan

Hello! Thank you for stopping by and viewing my profile. I currently live in Colorado Springs, CO and I am pursuing my Masters of Music degree in clarinet performance from The University of Denver. I hold a teaching credential in music from The California State University, Sacramento, and a BA in M

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Elena
Megan is extremely professional and able to connect with our daughter while teaching her basic piano skills. She is able to work through my daughter`s attitude ( she is 5 years old), and redirect her to complete the lesson. We Highly recommend her!
Norah
Megan has been wonderful to work with! Very sweet and patient!
Del C.
Ms. Megan has been a dream teacher!! so lucky to have had her helping our daughter with clarinet! Would highly recommend!

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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 $30 and $130 per hour.
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"Great first lesson. Has it down to a science."
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Took Cello lessons from Chandrika P.
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"Keats is an excellent and professional teacher. He was always punctual and extremely pleasant. As an adult beginner, I felt very encouraged and challenged while learning cello from Keats. I would recommend him without reservation to anyone who wants a quality learning experience."
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Took Cello lessons from Keats R.
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"We just started our lesson with Chialing. My son loves her lesson. She’s very informative and patient. We already benefited a lot from lesson in such a short time. Will continue working with her. Highly recommended!"
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"As a 40 year old beginner I was a little nervous about the whole online experience as well as starting a new instrument. Victor makes the online teaching experience seamless. Victor is calm, thoughtful and patient. He always finds a way to explain something in a way that relates to me specifically. To do this someone must be able to listen as well as teach. This is quality I have not found in all of my teachers/instructors/coaches throught the years. Victor is also easily the most flexible of any teacher I have had. He always finds a way to accommodate my schedule and works around any issues that arise. I have really enjoyed my learning experience thus far and look forward to each lesson. I would not hesitate to recommend Victor to anyone looking to learn the cello."
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"Meixu has been great with me. She has a lot of patience and I really like the way she teaches me. She makes the lessons fun and well-understood. got me in the mood directly. I think I made a right decision to chose her to be my instructor. She is talented as well. Totally recommend!"
- Maici
Took Cello lessons from Meixu L.
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"Elisa is patient and encouraging"
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"Rachel is a great teacher. She makes everything easy to understand. I've learned so much already."
- Deseria
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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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