Christopher Bell

Christopher B.

Nashville, TN
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Christopher delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 9+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2001

Flexible teacher combining technical knowledge of classical, jazz, and pop/rock theory, sense of humor, and passion for helping students not just master their craft, but also find their unique voice and enjoyment with their instrument.

No single learning path works for all students, it’s about finding and reinforcing your strengths, and empowering you to solve your own problems. As my old cello teacher used to say, “I’m not teaching you how to play cello, I’m teaching you how to teach yourself how to play cello.” Providing students with the tools and guidance they need to practice and improve: that’s what I strive to do.

I have over 5 years of experience teaching lessons, including teaching seminars on songwriting and music business at Infinity Visual and Performing Arts and Jamestown Community College.

Between 2006 and 2015, I played over 1,000 shows, both solo and as an auxiliary musician for other touring acts. I performed on over 30 albums and have composed for radio, television, and internet video series. I've been featured in The New York Times, on the CBS Evening News, and on NPR.

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Experience

Private Music Teacher
Oct 2017 - Present
Self

Cello, guitar and bass instruction for private students and groups.

Audio Engineer
Jun 2005 - Present
Production Company

Freelance audio work including mixing, mastering, tracking, editing.

Musician
Jan 2005 - Present
Self

Between 2005 and 2015, I played over 1,000 shows, both solo and as an auxiliary musician for other touring acts. I performed on over 30 albums and have composed for radio, television, and internet video series. I've been featured in The New York Times, on the CBS Evening News, and on NPR.

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Education

Cello, Jazz, composition
Jan 2016 - Dec 2016
SUNY Fredonia
Entertainment Business
Nov 2005 - Aug 2006
Full Sail University
Recording Arts
Sep 2004 - Sep 2005
Full Sail University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Certificate of completion for "Music Practice through Games".
Dec 2018
Udemy

Learning teaching and practicing skills utilizing games.

Composition & Film Scoring 1 & 2
Sep 2018
Udemy

Music Theory For Beginners
Aug 2018
Udemy

This course aims to equip beginners in music with the skill to read music and to understand music better. You will be introduced to the various elements on the music score, and we will guide you to learn all the basic theory topics, step by step. You do not have to know anything to take this course, except an interest in music theory!

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The Complete History of Music, Part 1: Antiquity & Medieval
Jun 2018
Udemy, Jason Allen

Teaching Music : Start teaching an instrument successfully.
Apr 2018
Ilse Lozoya on Udemy

Music Composition Techniques 1: Getting Started
Apr 2018
Jason Allen, Udemy

Affiliations

D'Adarrio Education Collective
Jul 2018

a global community of music educators who are committed to inspiring the next generation of lifelong musicians. Our program provides music teachers with access to resources and other tools to help support their role in education. The Education Collective will grow to include opportunities to network with other teachers, share your knowledge and content, and attend special educational events. Our goal is to support those that support the future of music.

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BMI
Jan 2007

Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.

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Photos & Videos

playing at Cyber West Cafe back in 2014

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Vibrato Exercise #1
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88 Reviews

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Kacee Farmer Jun 12, 2019
Cello · Online

Melissa Sue May 23, 2019
Cello · Online

I feel so much more comfortable with the Cello than I did before! I am shocked at how much you can learn on a WebCam. He was very friendly and very informative. I can’t wait for my lesson next week!

Zac May 14, 2019
Cello · Online

Jesselyn D. Apr 18, 2019
Cello · Online

James T. Apr 10, 2019
Cello · Online

Great guy! Always teaches at instructional level.

Kate Apr 9, 2019
Cello · Online

Alexia Apr 3, 2019
Cello · Online

Jordan Mar 31, 2019
Cello · Online

My grandson son says Chris has a great attitude and flair and is really looking forward to his next lesson! I think they hit it off well with a great student/teacher communication
Thank you Chris! Jordan says see you at the next lesson!!!

Brian B. Mar 25, 2019
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Just awesome. Very patient, fun, knowledgable, and an exceptional communicator and teacher.

Svetlana X. Feb 24, 2019
Cello · Online

William S. Feb 20, 2019
Ukulele · Online

hes making uch better.me m

Mike W. Feb 14, 2019
Cello · Online

Excellent! Can’t wait for my next lesson. Chris was informative, humorous and easy going.

Tina Feb 10, 2019
Cello · Online

So glad I chose Chris as my online music teacher! He's a lot of fun.

Darcy Feb 6, 2019
Cello · Online

Chris is an excellent teacher - focused both on the big map of where I'd like to travel and also where we are at the moment. He's thoughtful and tuned in to every detail of my playing and form. He's also very positive and an awful lot of fun!

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Dylan Feb 5, 2019
Cello · Online

Great first lesson!

Jessica Feb 5, 2019
Cello · Online

Aarushi A. Jan 23, 2019
Cello · Online

Chris is a great instructor and my daughter looks forward to her cello lesson with Chris!

Carolyn Jan 23, 2019
Cello · Online

Christopher is an excellent teacher! Very knowledgeable, insightful, helpful and enthusiastic about teaching and learning.

Beth & Syd Jan 4, 2019
Cello · Online

Chris's style of teaching and breadth of musical styles and genre was a breath of fresh air. After 4 years of strictly classical Suzuki method, it was time to try something new to keep my 12 year old daughter interested. She and Chris are currently transposing a Queen song so my daughter can play it on cello. Chris's teaching style is laid back and the lessons are largely directed by the student's interests, which is just what was needed in our case.

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Andrea Dec 19, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · Online

Ronald C. Dec 16, 2018
Cello · Online

This instructor was uninterested in what I wanted. He would often say whatever you want and then not do it. When I first brought it to his attention that I was unhappy with the lesson is when I should have canceled them. 8 lessons 4 months and only halfway through Suzuki book one is unacceptable. Just a waste of time and money.

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Jessie Dec 13, 2018
Ukulele · Online

William S. Dec 13, 2018
Ukulele · Online

Chris makes learning fun

James T. Dec 5, 2018
Cello · Online

Elizabeth Nov 28, 2018
Cello · Online

Amy Nov 23, 2018
Cello · Online

good teacher

Karen Nov 12, 2018
Cello · Online

Amy Nov 1, 2018
Cello · Online

good teaching

Tyler Oct 31, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · Online

Christopher is a fantastic teacher! He makes everything fun and is great with my son who is just beginning guitar. Highly recommended!

Scott B. Oct 22, 2018
Ukulele · Online

This lesson was great. Chris is an excellent teacher, and is giving me just enough of a challenge to keep me interested. I feel I will learn to play the ukulele very well with Chris as my teacher. I look forward to my next lesson.

Scott B. Oct 15, 2018
Ukulele · In studio

Today was my first lesson with Chris. Things went very well. I'm not new to music, but I'm a complete beginner on the ukulele. Chris is taking that knowledge and putting together a lesson approach that will teach me how to play the ukulele well, and help me to achieve my goals. I look forward to many more productive lessons with Chris as I sense he is a great teacher.

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Brendan S. Oct 9, 2018
Cello · Online

Zac Oct 9, 2018
Cello · Online

Lindsay R. Oct 5, 2018
Cello · Online

Very relaxed, but thorough.

Jessica W. Oct 2, 2018
Cello · Online

Cathrine Sep 21, 2018
Cello · Online

Justin G. Sep 20, 2018
Cello · Online

Kate Sep 11, 2018
Cello · Online

Christopher is a patient, enthusiastic, eloquent teacher. I always look forward to my weekly lesson.

Ethan Sep 9, 2018
Cello · Online

Chris is very friendly teacher. My son enjoys the lesson w/him.

Melissa Sep 1, 2018
Cello · Online

We are really happy we found Chris. He is great! Always in a good mood and ready on time. My son is autistic and really needed the right fit for a teacher and we found it.

Steven Steele Aug 29, 2018
Cello · In studio

Only one lesson so far, but I think Chris is going to be a huge asset for my cello skills. Extremely friendly and easy to talk with. Explains techniques and concepts in an easy to understand fashion.

Rich Aug 22, 2018
Cello · Online

Chris is a great guy and insightful teacher. Lesson was great.

Garrett Jul 25, 2018
Cello · Online

Tori Jul 5, 2018
Cello · Online

I've had a great experience!

Celia C. Jun 24, 2018
Cello · Online

Barbara Jun 10, 2018
Cello · In studio

Today was my first lesson and I left feeling all the more educated and on the road to improvement, as I had hoped. Chris was very friendly, knowledgeable, communicated well, and I felt at ease. I also love his flexibility. All around what i am needing in a teacher.

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Jesselyn D. Jun 5, 2018
Cello · Online

Laura May 31, 2018
Cello · Online

Super friendly and knowledgeable

Laura May 31, 2018
Cello · Online

Kati May 23, 2018
Cello · Online

Really great first lesson, can’t wait for more :)

Chloe H. May 1, 2018
Cello · Online

Kate Apr 24, 2018
Cello · Online

Christopher is a wonderful instructor. He is enthusiastic about teaching, patient, and excited to help is students reach their goals.

Emily Apr 19, 2018
Cello · Online

He is clear and concise, which I appreciated given we only had 30 mins. He included not only how to play, but how to structure practice!

Sean E. Apr 12, 2018
Cello · Online

great start. looking fwd to working with Chris

Garrett Apr 9, 2018
Cello · Online

Really helpful! I'm already starting to solo and it's only been 3 weeks!

Alyssa W. Apr 8, 2018
Cello · Online

Tina Apr 7, 2018
Cello · Online

Esther Apr 6, 2018
Cello · Online

Anastasia Apr 5, 2018
Cello · Online

I'm very grateful to have found a teacher as generous as Chris. Since reviewing is so important in our culture anymore, I always like to get a good sampling before constructing a review. Chris shows consistently that he listens to his students, offers positive critique, and molds his approach to meet the student where they are. Chris makes it easy, fun and relaxing to learn. It isn't hard to gather that Chris is a professional and experienced teacher. I am a very beginner, adult student, and I can appreciate how Chris can teach a spectrum of students at different skill and experience levels. Thanks to Chris for making my hobby to learn an instrument such a dream!

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Gustavo Apr 4, 2018
Cello · Online

Jessica Apr 3, 2018
Cello · Online

Man of Great Patience, helps those who flounders. Questions o' many, he'll answer in plenty.

Kiryn L. Mar 27, 2018
Cello · Online

We adore him more with every lesson. He is patient and flexible!

Zac Mar 26, 2018
Cello · Online

another awesome lesson!

Denis D. Mar 26, 2018
Cello · Online

Great!

Elizabeth Mar 23, 2018
Cello · Online

So far so good. After my first lesson I feel like I have learned so much. Chris was fun and informative. He took into account what I wanted and needed to learn and gave me plenty of stuff to work on. I was a little unsure about the online format but with a little tweaking on my end it was fine. Looking forward to my next lesson!

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Zac Mar 21, 2018
Cello · Online

great lesson, can't wait for the next one

Jessica Mar 20, 2018
Cello · Online

Dani & Kiryn L. Mar 14, 2018
Cello · Online

My daughter is an absolute beginner and was very nervous, but Chris was patient and personable. We learned so much in an hour! She can't wait for her next lesson.

Kiryn L. Mar 13, 2018
Cello · Online

He was so patient with my absolute beginner!

Katrina Mar 13, 2018
Cello · Online

Chris has a warm and easy-going personality that makes learning comfortable and easy. He is very patient and kind. Hea the definition of what a good teacher should be.

Jessica W. Mar 9, 2018
Cello · Online

I've had something like 6 or 8 lessons with Chris so far and he's awesome. If you're not sure what to work on he'll come up with a great "standard" curriculum for you, but if you have particular interests or tastes he tailors your lessons accordingly - which keeps you motivated and makes practicing fun. He's got a huge range and can easily switch between styles if you have diverse interests. He's also cool about letting you decide how much focus you want to put on theory and learning to read music, so you never feel like you're just grinding through anything in order to get to the fun stuff. He's also just a really nice, funny dude so lessons are enjoyable from start to finish. I especially like the games he uses to teach various techniques/sight reading/improving your ear, etc. Really glad I ended up taking lessons with Chris, can't recommend him enough. :-)

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Ashton Mar 7, 2018
Cello · Online

Super professional, helpful, and flexible to what I know and would like to focus on. Chris is great!

Melinda Feb 26, 2018
Cello · Online

After my first lesson with Chris, I knew I had found the right teacher for me. He's extremely patient and thorough--and has a great sense of humor which made it more relaxed. I wasn't sure how taking virtual lessons would go, but I enjoy the convenience of in-home learning!

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Beth Martin Feb 25, 2018
Cello · Online

he is a really good teacher. i myself am having trouble switching ears from classical to blues.

Katrina Feb 21, 2018
Cello · Online

Chris was warm and friendly. I was very at ease with him. He had a great sense of humor which put me at ease and made learning easier.

Brendan S. Feb 13, 2018
Cello · Online

Really enjoying the online lessons with Chris. I am learning so much!

Beth Martin Feb 11, 2018
Cello · Online

super cool and funny. he has a really good understanding of music theory.

Ambre Feb 10, 2018
Cello · Online

Christy Feb 6, 2018
Cello · Online

Jessica W. Jan 31, 2018
Cello · Online

Brendan S. Jan 30, 2018
Cello · Online

Kristopher R. Jan 27, 2018
Cello · Online

Chris is easy to talk to and does a great job explaining techniques and practical approaches to playing. Looking forward to many more lessons.

James T. Jan 24, 2018
Cello · Online

Super helpful as always. Great technique advice.

Trish Jan 1, 2018
Cello · Online

Christopher is patient, good listener, and enthusiastic, all the important element of a good teacher.

James T. Dec 27, 2017
Cello · Online

He was very patient with me! Thank you!!

Nate B. Dec 21, 2017
Cello · Online

Christopher is very knowledgeable and has a great personality which makes learning a lot easier.

Niyati T. Dec 5, 2017
Cello · Online

Chris has been an amazing cello instructor! He does a great job explaining how your body should feel when you're bowing (great for a first time string student) and hand positions. He really helps you integrate cello practice into whatever time you have for it and you can tell he really has a passion for the instrument and knows it well. On top of it all, he's just a really nice, fun person and the lessons fly by!

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Joel Oct 16, 2017
Percussion · In home

chris is the man! super nice dude, great sense of humor, and crazy knowledgable about music! i took drum lessons from him a few years ago, and he took the time to get to know me and where i was coming from musically and tailored our lessons to uniquely suit me. still use the warmup exercises he taught me every time i sit down at the kit! highly recommend

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