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Average Cost of Cello Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute cello lessons is $66. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $24 and $176 per hour.

30-min $15
 
$37 average
$93
45-min $18
 
$52 average
$109
60-min $24
 
$66 average
$176

For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute cello lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute cello lessons are 22% less expensive at $52, and 30-minute lessons cost 44% less at $37.

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Cello Lesson Reviews from Students

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Houston, TX

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I teach beginning to intermediate levels.

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Wayne February 28, 2018
· Cello · Online
Ms Shannon has been very accommodating with instruction, since I have some physical challenges. She finds new and creative ways to make things work for me.
I am so lucky to have found her. She's an imaging teacher.
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Adalia February 28, 2018
· Triathlon · In studio
Coach Shannon is very friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. I have gotten both stronger and faster! I even placed 2nd in my age group at my last race! She definitely knows her stuff!
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Talia G. February 5, 2018
· Cello · Online

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Oklahoma City, OK

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I've played in symphonies, chamber music trios, quartets, for weddings and even jazz!

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Greg September 23, 2018
· Acting · Online
The first lesson of the ten-pack I bought (to start) went very well. Michael was knowledgeable and provided just the kind of feedback I wanted for my solo vocal performances (I was looking for instruction on *acting* in solo vocal performance), giving me immediately useful tips for improving my next performance. It's clear that Michael has a lot to offer me. I look forward to more in the coming lessons.
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Gisella September 23, 2018
· Viola · Online
He has a great personality, perfect for kids!
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Chinda September 9, 2018
· Viola · Online

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New York, NY

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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.

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Deno September 23, 2017
· Cello · In home
Laura is a wonderful cello teacher. Our daughter (10 y.o.) has been playing cello for 2 years. We just moved to NYC and needed a cello teacher. We found Laura and our daughter just had her first lesson with Laura. They reviewed skills, practiced pieces, ear training and Laura provided appropriate level workbooks at the end for home practice. Our daughter said "I can't wait to work with Laura again next week." Proof enough for us.
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Amy October 18, 2016
· Cello · In studio
Laura is a great cello teacher! She is experienced, knowledgable, and has an amazing positive energy in our lessons. Her expectations are high yet realistic, and I very much enjoying learning the cello with her. I highly recommend Laura as a teacher!
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Belinda September 1, 2016
· Cello · In studio
It was really good professional work
My daughter is happy because its higher level than regular school teaching

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New York, NY
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Megan C.

Austin, TX
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Brooklyn, NY
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Whether you're looking for a traditional Suzuki method experience or just want to fiddle around, we can work together to make playing cello a great experience for you. In person or over Skype. Young and young at heart welcome.

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Henry September 18, 2018
· Cello · Online
My son just finished his first lesson with Amy. I was so impressed with her demeanor, she was wonderful with my beginning student. Very encouraging and quickly gets down to business asking important questions about his knowledge and understanding. She seems very confident in teaching from a distance. I am impressed with her ability to pick up on subtle ques. My son completed his lesson feeling encouraged, with some tasks to focus on for the week, and excited to learn more. We look forward our lesson number two!
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Zoe September 11, 2018
· Cello · In home
Amy is very clear in her instruction and what she expects from her students. She is also nice and has been really fun for my daughter to have as a teacher. She is flexible, but has a very clear cancellation policy that is fair to her and to us. We definitely recommend her!
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Antoinette A. August 24, 2018
· Cello · In home
Amy was very friendly and gave very clear instruction. I'm really glad I found her and I look forward to more lessons with her!

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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!

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Blake August 24, 2018
· Cello · In studio
Megan is about as perfect a teach as I could ever ask for! Such lovely, bright, calm energy! She is kind, gentle, intuitive, knowledgeable and clearly loves to play AND teach the cello.
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David August 20, 2018
· Cello · Online
She was great
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Blake July 19, 2018
· Cello · In studio
Megan was perfect! Kind, informative, helpful, comfortable, warm and genuine with great energy. She made my first lesson a breeze, accessible and inspiring. Can’t wait for my next one!

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I am an emotive cellist with two decades experience. As a member of the Park Quartet (the quartet in residence at Park Church) I recently performed at the 100th anniversary of McGolrick Park. I love sharing classical music with all levels of students. Lessons with me are calm, meditative experiences where we use Zen techniques to enter into the heart of music.

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Lisabel L. December 11, 2017
· Cello · In home
It’s true what the other reviews say about her kindness and patience. Lenna is a warm, thoughtful and generous human being. She also happens to be a gifted teacher and skilled cellist. She is able to correct tiny details in my playing that make a huge difference in sound. Better yet, she approaches it in a way that I might be able to make those corrections for myself, by asking me what I heard first and listening to my observations. Also her approach to practice and playfulness is something I aim to use in many aspects of my life.
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Francesca November 6, 2017
· Cello · In home
Lenna is the best!! She is incredibly patient and positive, and very professional. My daughter (age 10) is really enjoying working with her!!! We would give Lenna 6 stars if we could!!!
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Ariane B. June 23, 2017
· Cello · In home
Lenna is a warm, competent and encouraging teacher whose patience and good humor have helped my daughter to develop a love of the cello. Talia practices for fun, and shares some of the conversations she has with Lenna with her friends because they mean a lot to her. For example, every week Talia seems to ask what the saddest note is, and she and Lenna play and discuss the emotional tenor of the cello. It means a great deal to Talia and she recounts thw discussions to her friends, for whom she now volunteers to play cello.

The nuts and bolts: Lenna is easy to reach, responsive and accommodating. She arrives on time and prepared. She is able to communicate effectively during lessons and gives good feedback and good homework. She is positive and encouraging, too.

Recent Cello Articles from the Blog

Whether you're just starting out or a seasoned pro, check out the Cello articles on our blog.

Violin or Cello: Which Instrument Is Right For You?

Violin or Cello: Which Instrument Is Right For You?

Choosing whether to play the violin or cello can be difficult, but this article will help you consider the advantages and disadvantages of each.  The violin and cello are two of the most well-known and commonly studied instruments in the string family. Each one is central to the makeup of the orchestra we know today. Becoming familiar with the pros and cons of these two instruments will help you decide whether the violin or cello is a better fit for you. Violin or Cello - How to Decide … Read More

Is Cello Hard to Learn? Read THIS Before Taking Lessons

Is Cello Hard to Learn? Read THIS Before Taking Lessons

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 significant … Read More

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Cello Lessons

Do you want to learn how to play the cello? If yes, then you’ve come to the right place. Private cello lessons and classes with a TakeLessons Certified™ teacher near you or online accelerates progress, increases enjoyment, and improves every beginner's chances of becoming an expert player.

The cello, a member of the violin family, is a bowed string instrument with four strings. This beautiful instrument is known to produce a full tone similar to the human male voice. Our prescreened, private cello instructors can teach many different types of music, including orchestral pieces, solos, ensemble arrangements, jazz, neoclassical music and more. The cello is not a particularly easy instrument to master, but the one-on-one instruction from an expert cellist is well worth the time and dedication.

Once you’ve decided you want to learn to play the cello, it’s important that you find a teacher who is a good fit. Our cello teachers are here to walk you step-by-step through the learning process, to keep you on track and motivated. Cello lessons can be taken in your own home or in the instructor’s studio. Studies have shown that private or one-on-one instruction is the easiest way to learn a new instrument; the individual attention is invaluable and can help you get a great start.

TakeLessons teachers are happy to share their passion and expertise, and will customize the lessons specifically for you. Still not convinced you need private cello lessons? Check out the top benefits of our lessons:

• Lessons are fully customized for your age, experience level and interests. • Extensive roster of certified, friendly cello teachers. • Access to an online lesson journal to keep you on track and motivated. • 100% Money Back Guarantee.

Our cello instructors work with beginners of all ages: kids, teenagers, adults, and even seniors. We guarantee a customized experience that will exceed your expectations. In fact, we are so committed to your happiness that we offer all new customers a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee on your first lesson.

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