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Pecos S.

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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 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!
Peter M.
Very patient and knowledgeable.
Peter M.
Excellent and very patient and knowledgeable tutor.
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Catherine W.

17 Reviews
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Starting at $70
  • Speaks English, mandarin
  • Bachelor of Music from Manhattan School of Music
  • Teaches students 3 and up
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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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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.
Teba
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.
Naoko
Great artist and a teacher. My 6 year old enjoys her lessons and I love her down to earth vibe.
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Peter B.

26 Reviews
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Starting at $35
  • Speaks English, Serbian, Russian
  • Teaching since 1988
  • Piano, Music Theory and Pedagogy (Music Education) from University Cyril and Methodius, Macedonia
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Peter B.

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Beginner cello instruction based on custom curriculum. Usually after 2-3 hours of active instructions, most students are able to play simple melodies.

About Peter

Classically trained, energetic, experienced and creative music teacher with a proven ability to get the very best out of pupils; experienced in identifying the appropriate resources necessary for a subject matter and ensuring that they are used efficiently and effectively. Most of my students read

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Peter is exceptional. His instruction is simple, straightforward and progressive
Claudia
Peter has exceeded my expectations, I look forward for my lesson every week. I honestly can say He is the best teacher I’ve ever had. I am a 44 yo violin beginner student who has had 5 teachers in the last 6 years, I didn’t learn much with them, this been said, with Peter in just 3 months I feel I have learned more than my other teachers. Peter is so, so patient and extremely professional. I am very pleased to have found such a wonderful teacher.
Krystyna
Peter is always on time, patient with beginners, and gives valuable guidance.
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Megan C.

41 Reviews
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Starting at $40
  • 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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Amy A.

23 Reviews
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Starting at $32
  • Bachelor's Degree in Cello Performance from University of Iowa
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Amy A.

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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.

About Amy

Amy is a private cello teacher in NYC, splitting her time between her students in NYC and her online students. Prior to living in NYC, she completed her Doctorate in Cello Performance at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory and her Master's in Cello Performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

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Annemarie
We have had two lessons for my daughter who has been playing cello for 5 years. Amy is encouraging and gives her plenty of feedback to help her improve her playing.
Ellie M.
Wonderful first lesson! Amy was kind and welcoming.
Roni
We just finished our 25th months with Miss Amy as our teacher and are still so very happy to have her! She is the BEST teacher we know! Miss Amy is extremely skilled and very qualified. But the best part of having Miss Amy as a teacher is her endless patience and her sweet ability to get the very best from her students - and it all seems so effortless. We have always taken lessons on line with Miss Amy and even though we wondered at first if we could make it work it has been just perfect! Miss Amy has THE best way of helping our learners get out of lessons what they need and still keep working toward playing better a fun experience. She seems to know when a song may have become a labor rather than a love and just works around those perfectly. Miss Amy, we love you so much. You have truly changed our family. Our sons are complimented on their ability all the time and we get asked tons who our teacher is. We are always proud to tell any one who asks that Miss Amy in New York is our teacher! Thank you, Miss Amy!
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Ashley M.

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Starting at $50
  • Speaks English, Spanish
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Associate in Music from LaGuardia Community College
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Ashley M.

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As a violist and string enthusiast, my appreciation and knowledge of the cello runs fairly deep. I had studied and taught myself how to play the cello with the guidance of a professional cellist some many years ago, but I've always been eager to teach the cello to any willing student with a deep appreciation. Students can expect a curriculum catered to their needs and desires, whether they be to on the road to a professional musician or just the hobbyist and a teacher who is dedicated to their educational growth and desires.

About Ashley

I am currently a junior at Ramapo College studying music education but I am no foreigner to teaching. I have been teaching for some years now with general ages ranging between 3 to 25, in the violin, viola and cello. I have also taught music theory from a beginner's standpoint to a college sophom

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Kathleen M.
Ashley was very helpful to me. I was floundering. I am a brand new 'musician', still learning to read music. I would still be working with her, but I had to move suddenly. She was very encouraging and I hope to be able to continue lessons again with someone in my new location.
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my grand daughters 1st lesson was great,,ashley took time to tune violin, explained the the whole instrument and how to properly take care of instrument can not wait for my grand daughters next lesson
Kathleen M.
I really enjoyed my 1st lesson with Ashley. She gave me hope that I’m not a basket case. I feel encouraged that I might someday play well enough not to send people running for earplugs or exits.

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Average Cost of Cello Lessons

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 $140 per hour.
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"I met Genevieve after listening to her amazing group, ATLYS, preform with the Holland Americas Cruise Line. I approached her and told her what an inspiration she was to me and found how genuinely kind and willing to help she was. After our vacation, I was able to continue emailing her. She gave the best advice, preparing me for concerts, recommending music, and even helping me with technique from a thousand miles away! Genevieve truly made me feel comfortable and inspired me to pursue cello further."
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"Wonderful first lesson! Amy was kind and welcoming."
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"Rob is a terrific teacher. He covers the fundamentals which my son really needed even though he'd been playing for several years before he started with Rob. Highly recommend."
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"Fantastic"
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"I've been working with Nazar since 1998. Not only does he know his stuff and makes his teaching personal to your needs, but he also has a way to make you feel successful even when you are struggling. you always feel better about your playing when you leave than when you got to his studio. He recognizes your learning style and what you want to accomplish, then builds his teaching around that.

If you are looking for a cello teacher (and yes, he also teaches piano and other instruments) I'd say put your time and money into Nazar and you, you will feel it is one of your best investments"
- Kelvin
Took Cello lessons from Nazar D.
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"FABULOUS instructor! Skilled, patient, obviously loves Cello and has a passion for music!!!!"
- Mary
Took Cello lessons from Lenna P.
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"I learned more from Maria today than I had from my previous cello teacher in one year. Wonderful teacher and lesson!"
- Richard
Took Cello lessons from Maria H.
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"Professional and Experienced Cello Teacher!!

Jessica has been teaching cello classes for my 8th grade daughter who wanted to learn cello during summer and join school Orchestra team in good level. Jessica has been very professional, patient and always on time. She adjusts her teaching depending on the kids pace of learning. My daughter was able to pick up all the basics which she missed during one school year in eight weeks. She always checks home work and encourages kids to complete their homework. Her way of teaching certainly helped my daughter not only gain good knowledge but interest in learning more."
- Aruna
Took Cello lessons from Jessica G.
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"great"
- Melissa
Took Cello lessons from Jessica G.
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"I am an adult beginner, who was a bit intimidated by online lessons, but had no other options locally. I'm so glad that I found Jessica! She is both patient, and supportive; she is highly adept at finding what works for the individual, and personalizes instruction based on what you need to improve. She is also very accommodating, and understanding when there are scheduling changes. I look forward to my lessons every week; they are so much fun!"
- Sabrina
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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