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Pecos S.

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  • Speaks English, Spanish
  • Teaching since 2010
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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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 Orchest

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Cheryle
Very patient. Provides excellent feedback and positive reinforcement.
Beth P.
Excellent first lesson! Pecos was very patient and encouraging as I struggled through the basics. Already looking forward to our next lesson
Peter M.
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Catherine W.

19 Reviews
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Starting at $50
  • Speaks English, mandarin
  • Bachelor of Music from Manhattan School of Music
  • Awarded MSM Scholarship 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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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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Helen N.

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  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 2014
  • Awarded Susan and Ford Schumann Scholarship from Aspen Music Festival
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Helen N.

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While I certainly place emphasis on technical work and mastery, I also want all students to feel comfortable in expressing their individual voice and interests. I believe that it is incredibly important to encourage students to explore a number of creative avenues within music. Therefore, I am very open to having students explore music outside the classical canon in addition to experimenting with improvisation and composition. An additional component of my teaching style is finding unique and interesting ways to keep students motivated and teaching them how to effectively practice and learn on their own.

About Helen

My teaching philosophy is largely centered around the importance of individuality. The “one size fits all” approach is hardly ever adequate--every student has different needs, strengths, and challenges. While I certainly place emphasis on technical work and mastery, I also want all students to feel

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Charlize
My daughter is engaged and present in the lesson and is finding joy again in her cello.
Shaniya
Helen is an engaging and inspiring teacher. I recommend her highly!
Ellie R.
My 10 year old daughter isr excited to have Helen as a cello teacher. Helen is positive and fun and makes playing cello seem really hip and cool.
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Wei D.

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  • Speaks English, Mandarin, French
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaching since 1992
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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 m

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Jordane M.
Lovely introductory session! Looking forward to our next lesson. Excited about my homework! lol
Michael
Wei , is an excellent teacher,
She gave me really helpful practical suggestions and tips how to practice my bowing technique and it greatly improved my tone and made it easier to play and more fun too !
Thank you Wei ,you are a fantastic teacher!!
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Emily S.

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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 utili

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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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Elisa B.

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  • Speaks English, Finnish
  • Teaches students 3 to 70
  • Teaches Beginner
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Elisa B.

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Private lessons for beginning cello. Also couching school orchestra cello students reading music, understanding rhythms, developing beautiful tone. Possibility to join the Music Academy string orchestra!

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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Nickolaus D.
Thank you for all the help!
Lia N.
This year is my 9-year old granddaughter's first step in learning how to play a musical instrument and she chose the violin. We knew that music lessons would be essential to her learning to appreciate her violin. I searched the internet and reviewed several teaching sites before I discovered Elisa's site. After reading about Elisa's experience along with few reviews, I decided to sign Lia up. I found Elisa to be very caring, personable, skilled and professional. My granddaughter is very excited and very happy that she has Elisa for her violin teacher. I highly recommend Elisa!
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The average cost of 60-minute cello lessons is $72. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $43 and $140 per hour.
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"Excellent first lesson. We went over a lot of material and I'm already learning so much!"
Matthew
Took Cello lessons from Naomi R.
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"Terrific start. Victor is very adaptable and is enthusiastic as a teacher. Looking forward to future lessons."
Amelia
Took Cello lessons from Victor M.
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"Stephen is not only a gifted cellist, but also an intuitive and devoted teacher. I've been working with him online for several years now, and my playing has benefitted significantly from his technical expertise and understanding of historical contexts. Few teachers are as ready and willing to explore repertoire as eclectic as I have with Stephen, whose insight extends from the ancient to the contemporary. I attribute my success on NYSSMA/All-State to his wise musical counsel!"
Janina
Took Cello lessons from Stephen M.
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"He really listens to a student’s needs and where they want to go. Mark gives excellent feedback and is a passionate teacher. Highly recommend!"
Wendi
Took Cello lessons from Mark L.
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"Jessica is a great cellist and teacher with quite a bit of professional performing and teaching experience. Highly recommended!"
Lucas
Took Cello lessons from Jessica L.
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"Fantastic instructor! JoAnn is very thorough, extremely patient and a master at cello. Definitely recommend."
Julie
Took Cello lessons from JoAnn R.
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"Theresa is the best! I am 28 years old and have never played cello before now, and she makes me feel comfortable and encouraged each lesson. She's is relatable, and her teaching style is fun. She makes you want to learn. I am sure if you were good at your instrument ( unlike me) she could push you along as well. I only wish I practiced more for her ! Because she deserves the best students out there."
Cori
Took Cello lessons from Theresa S.
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"Excellent Teacher and wonderful person

Erin is a great teacher. She's helpful, encouraging and has many different methods for getting an idea across.

She's also a great person. I have a few health issues that often create scheduling issues. She's always very patient with that aspect."
Patricia
Took Cello lessons from Erin C.
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"Lisa is a fantastic instructor. I'm an introverted adult, and I was nervous about taking lessons online, but she made me feel comfortable and natural. I feel like I have learned so much in just three lessons. Lisa peppers music theory throughout the lesson, without taking from the time spent playing. It is like everything is in balance and fits in to a bigger picture. She also makes me laugh from time to time, which is the icing on the cake. I highly recommend her as a teacher."
Deanne
Took Cello lessons from Lisa C. B.
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"I started playing cello at 26 years old with absolutely zero musical experience of any kind. After 6 months of attempting to teach myself the cello, I decided I needed help and begun my journey to find myself a cello instructor. I was so fortunate to find Arlette! Arlette was abundantly patient with me, from my habit of asking too many questions to my very unpredictable availability. Before Arlette started teaching me music theory and how to play the cello, I never appreciated the value of having an instructor. After having taken lessons from her for nearly a year, I would simply say having a fine instructor like Arlette is a necessity. The first time I played a duet was with Arlette, and it was a moment in my life I am so thankful for and I will never forget! She is kind and consistent, very professional but also very personable which is a very hard thing to balance. She pushed me to excel without making me feel overwhelmed. I could go on forever about how great a cello instructor Arlette is so I will finish with this... If you are looking for a cello teacher look no further."
Joshua
Took Cello lessons from Arlette C.
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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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