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Wei D.

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Starting at $50
  • Speaks French, Mandarin, English
  • 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 me

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Brad H.
Wei is a phenomenal teacher. I've had 5 lessons so far, and in that short time she's far exceeded my expectations. She's very good at both diagnosing problems and consistently providing a diversity of effective ways to overcome them. She has high expectations and always balances pushing me to be better with a lot of positive reinforcement; I'm never made to feel any pressure at all, but I still feel I can go very far in my cello playing with Wei's sage guidance.

I'm truly ecstatic to continue studying with Wei!
Rebecca D.
Jordane M.
Lovely introductory session! Looking forward to our next lesson. Excited about my homework! lol
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Quinn L.

6 Reviews
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Starting at $45
  • Speaks Chinese, English
  • Teaching since 2014
  • Music Master degree from University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music
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Quinn L.

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Teach cello since I was in College. have a lot of experience of teaching both kids and adults.

About Quinn

Hello, my name is Quinn. I began my cello studies at age of seven and won my first cello competition at ten. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Cello Performance at The Shanghai Conservatory of Music in China and Master’s Degree from University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM)

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Claudia
Supportive and encouraging. Very happy with her. Sometimes I can’t hear well through her mask.
Natalie
We are loving cello with Quinn! We had her in person before COVID and now online. She does a great job of guiding the learning process and working with the student (my daughter as an individual)
Shauna
My 9 yr old daughter began cello lessons with Quinn about 2 weeks before lockdown started. I was worried that online lessons wouldn't work out, but Quinn has been amazing. She's great at explaining everything so that my daughter understands, and she pushes just enough to keep her interested without being overwhelmed. She also answers questions promptly by email when any problems arise. I can't recommend her highly enough!
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Pecos S.

32 Reviews
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  • Speaks Spanish, English
  • 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 in those whom I teach.

About Pecos

New York-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 Orchestr

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Cheryle
Pecos is a wonderful teacher. Very patient. Has excellent tips to accelerate the learning process. Customizes the classes to achieve my personal goals. I previously took cello years ago and got frustrated. Now I am 67 years old and his teaching recommendations have enabled me to accel far beyond where I quit last time. I am encouraged now to continue on. C.Hart
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Elisa B.

28 Reviews
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Starting at $40
  • Speaks Finnish, English
  • Violin teacher's certificate from Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland
  • Teaches students 3 to 70
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Elisa B.

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Private lessons for beginning and intermediate cello by experienced string teacher. Also couching school orchestra cello students reading music, understanding rhythms, developing more advanced technique and beautiful tone.

About Elisa

Violin Teacher's Certificate - Sibelius Academy, Finland Suzuki Teacher Training - Marylhurst University, OR Classical and Suzuki options - starting Suzuki students as early as 3 yrs old. Teaching Suzuki Books 1-11. Beginners, intermediate and advanced levels I am using classical method books

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Jeffery M.
Elisa is very nice and understanding. And I cant wait to do my next recital! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
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Glenn H.
Elisa is wonderful!!!! My son is very happy and is looking forward keep learning how to play the violin. Elisa is patient and professional.
Jeffery M.
I am excited to achieve my twinkle level. Miss Elisa is a great teacher! :-)
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Emily S.

2 Reviews
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  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaching since 2015
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Emily S.

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With 5 years of teaching experience, Emily is excited to start cello lessons with you! She has performed for dozens of venues across 8 countries and 3 continents. Emily received 12 years of formalized training including 4 years of specialized instruction of the Alexander Technique at The Master's University. Consequently, she brings a comprehensive approach to cello instruction, utilizing knowledge of muscle and joint function to her teaching. Aside from using her talents weekly in a contemporary band setting, she also enjoys ensemble work in other capacities. She has performed in a commercial for the Porsche Panamera, a short film for EMD films, has recorded at Capital Records, and has had the pleasure of being the featured musician at various weddings, business functions, and private events. Emily hopes to not only train up talented musicians, but to also encourage responsibility, perseverance, and enjoyment through music!

About Emily

Emily is a private cello instructor to the greater Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, Moorpark, and Simi Valley areas. She draws on years of performance and teaching to offer individualized instruction in cello for all ages. Her teaching includes instruction through the Suzuki method as well as utiliz

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Lisa
Nice, very well prepared and effective with a neophyte like me
Jojo W.
Delightful teacher. She plays beautifully. Very knowledgeable. Love the instruction and music she has given me. I look forward to our lessons!
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Genevieve T.

13 Reviews
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Starting at $42
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Bachelors of Music in Cello Perfomance from Cleveland Institute of Music
  • Teaching since 2007
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Genevieve T.

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Having 10 years of experienced cello teaching, I feel very comfortable helping my students understand the foundations of cello technique. I graduated with a Bachelors of Music from the music conservatory Cleveland Institute of Music, and got my Masters in Music from Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music.

In addition, I completed a 2 year rigorous Suzuki Technique Pedagogy Program where I am now certified to teach all 10 levels of the cello books. I am confident in explaining any questions a student may have. I love to make practicing a game, so that way we are developing the proper skills but also challenging ourselves while having fun! Even I can understand that practicing can get tiresome and dull at times!

As a traveling musician who has performed all over the world, I feel it is important for students to appreciate all types of music. While classical training and technique are absolutely crucial to the beginning stages of a student's development, I like to show ...

About Genevieve

I am a professional cellist, skilled in all solo, chamber, and orchestra settings. My playing has invited me into the top ranking music festivals in the world including Tanglewood Music Center, Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, and many others. These opportunities have led me to perf

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Excellent. Thoughtful and focused on the basics and started where I was at.
Tyler W.
Fantastic first lesson and 100% looking forward to more!

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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 $43 and $167 per hour.
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"Excellent and very productive!"
Peter
Took Cello lessons from Pecos S.
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"Seems like we're off to a good start!"
Jonathan
Took Cello lessons from Susanna S.
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"Sophie is a responsible, thoughtful, passionate, and inspiring teacher, and one can always learn so much from her splendid playing of any cello repertoire!"
Peter
Took Cello lessons from Sophie Y.
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"Don’s passion for the cello was very contagious. I really enjoyed my first lesson with him and can’t wait for the next one. He is very knowledgeable about the history of cello and the correct form and posture and I hope I can put to practice his good teachings."
Valeria
Took Cello lessons from Don L.
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"She is patient and kind. Excellent at adapting to the student and their needs"
Kathleen
Took Cello lessons from Jessica L.
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"Nice, very well prepared and effective with a neophyte like me"
Lisa
Took Cello lessons from Emily S.
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"Megan was both professional and congenial. She gave a lot of information, all of it necessary. I left feeling hopeful and encouraged rather than overwhelmed. She’s an excellent teacher and charming woman. Can’t wait for my next lesson!"
Rebecca
Took Cello lessons from Megan C.
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"Nicholas was very professional. I've been playing cello for 13 years and have played in many community symphonies. I've never had a private lesson and just learned what I was taught in grad school. Although I was skeptical on online lessons, Nicholas has already shown me some bad habits i have and how to break them and we're already moving on to some hard stuff. I'm excited to where my next 9 lessons will take me. Perhaps even with more lessons on the way. Thanks Nicholas!"
Papo
Took Cello lessons from Nicholas H.
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"Don is a gentle, patient, and caring teacher. I am grateful that he chose to first focus on the fundamentals for my son."
Immanuel
Took Cello lessons from Don L.
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"Brenda is an excellent teacher; she makes learning cello fun.
I look forward to our weekly lessons, and I’ve learned so much from her in just a few months."
Cindy
Took Cello lessons from Brenda L.
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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?

The cello is an essential instrument in any or

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chestra. 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

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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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Pursuing a career in music is a risky decision, because by the nature of the industry few artists can “make it big.” Most artists aren’t pop stars, or even full-time career musicians, and all musicians also teach to remedy this. There are many paths to becoming a professional cello player, and depending on where you start it might be easy or hard to earn a reputation and start making money. I followed an academic path, studying classical music at university and then continuing my research …

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Cello Posture: 5 Tips for Proper Playing Without Injury

Keeping good cello posture is extremely important for preventing injuries to your back, shoulders, and neck. It takes thousands of hours of dedicated practice to become a cello player, and keeping good posture will help to improve your cello practice by letting you practice longer and more effectively. Posture is easier to practice than it is to repair, so try to build good habits as early as you can and keep them. This article will give you five specific tips for improving your posture to r …

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