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 5+

Teaching since:
2001

Flexible teacher and multi-instrumentalist 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.

I have over 3 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

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

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

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

Affiliations

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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38 Reviews

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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

David 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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