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Wei D.

4 Reviews
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Starting at HK$390.06
  • Speaks French, Mandarin, English
  • Artist Diploma from Paris Conservatory of Music
  • 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 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 HK$351.05
  • Speaks Chinese, English
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 2014
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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’m owner and director of Musication studio. We offer cello lesson and violin lessons in-person and online. 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 Conservato

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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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Susanna S.

179 Reviews
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Starting at HK$280.84
  • Teaches students 7 and up
  • Teaching since 1994
  • Awarded Sword of Honor from Sigma Alpha Iota
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Susanna S.

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I've been teaching cello for over 27 years and my students have gone on to play in youth orchestras, attend PMEA and ASTA events or go to college as a music major. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to improve your playing skills and as time goes on you'll be able to play at a more advanced level. I specialize in Traditional Classical violin, typically use Essential Elements 2000, Samuel Applebaum methods, Suzuki methods and traditional scales and etude books. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About Susanna

Students in Pittsburgh, PA: I am fully vaccinated including the booster and so is my family. I am offering in person lessons in my home and everyone must wear a mask regardless of your vaccination status. I will also wear a mask for all in person lessons. Susanna S. has over 28 years of teachi

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Bruce
Susanna is a really patient and kind teacher. She helped me with the violin a lot and was very caring. I would recommend her to people who are trying to find the perfect teacher.
Rhonda
Susanna was very easy to understand, very kind and patient to explain the basics of proper cello placement, bow hold and how to bow properly. I highly recommend her as a cello instructor!
Vidya V.
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Elisa B.

28 Reviews
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Starting at HK$312.05
  • Speaks Finnish, English
  • Teaches students 3 to 70
  • Teaching since 1984
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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.

3 Reviews
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Starting at HK$273.04
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaching since 2015
  • BA Music Communication from The Master's University
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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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Miranda
Emily is an amazing instructor. Not only does she know how to work with my 8 year old, but she comes on time and prepped ready to go. She makes the lessons fun for her! My daughter looks forward to her cello time now which was hard over zoom. Emily sends out weekly emails with what to practice and has plenty of tips for what my daughter can work on. I'm so glad we found Emily through this service!
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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Megan C.

64 Reviews
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Starting at HK$312.05
  • Speaks German, English
  • Awarded Young Artist Competition 1st Prize Winner from Ann Arbor Society for Music Arts
  • Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from Eastern Michigan University
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Megan C.

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As a cellist with 20 years of playing experience, I am a passionate cellist of many orchestras around the US and an even more passionate teacher. I enjoy helping students of all ages and levels!

In addition to your lessons, you'll be granted access to my supplemental recordings for personal practice, making your practice routine feel like you're playing with others!

Lesson Duration Recommendations:
30 min for beginners
45 min for beginner-intermediate
60 for intermediate-advanced

About Megan

Megan is an internationally performing cellist hailing from Detroit, Michigan. Currently residing in Oakland, California, 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. Megan currently holds posi

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Mary Beth ..
Megan explained in very clear terms how to position the cello and began to explain the fingerings. She instills confidence in her students and is extremely approachable. I know I will enjoy future lessons with Megan!
Ana Maria S.
The instructor is patient and very knowledgeable
Jessie L.
Megan is absolutely THE BEST! After 10 online classes with her, as an adult student, I cannot believe how much I have improved, how much confidence I have gained, and most incredibly, how much passion I have grown for cello. Megan is so kind, encouraging, genuine, positive, passionate, and knowledgeable! Her instructions are so concise and effective, that she can pinpoint exactly what I need to improve and offer the best explanation/technique. I have small hands with short pinky fingers that used to lead to a lot of frustrations. After meeting Megan, I have learned to comfortably face my disadvantages while minimizing the negative impact by her wonderful encouragement and practical techniques. She is WAY BETTER than my other teachers, and I had both online and in-person experiences prior to studying with Megan. I felt so fortunate to have found Megan as my cello teacher!

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Average Cost of Cello Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute cello lessons is HK$561.68. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between HK$335.45 and HK$1,302.79 per hour.
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"Excellent style of pedagogy for a slow learner."
Peter
Took Cello lessons from Pecos S.
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"Brenda “knows” the cello, and she is such an effective teacher.! I learned so much in my first two lessons with her."
Cindy
Took Cello lessons from Brenda L.
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"Great guy! Always teaches at instructional level."
James
Took Cello lessons from Christopher B.
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"My first lesson was just what I needed to get back into the practice of learning cello."
Renee
Took Cello lessons from Brenda L.
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"She is so passionate to teach my daughter!"
Nara
Took Cello lessons from Isabella P.
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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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"My 12 year old son has been taking lessons with Claire online for a couple of months. He had been playing a few years in school but never had an individual lesson. She is helping him create some new habits while improving his technique and musicianship. She is very encouraging and supportive (and fun!). Looking forward to seeing how he progresses in the future!"
Sara
Took Cello lessons from Claire A.
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"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."
Katrina
Took Cello lessons from Christopher B.
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"I was initially skeptical about taking online music lesson for my son. But Nicholas is very methodical and very attentive so that being online does not deter the lesson quality. Highly recommend him."
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Took Cello lessons from Nicholas H.
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"I had a lovely experience and still have great fun and excitement learning with Sophie. She tailors the sessions to my special interests and always encourages me to push my abilities.

I recommend Sophie to anyone who wants to learn cello regardless of age or skill level."
Justin
Took Cello lessons from Sophie Y.
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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

Find a Cello Teacher Near You

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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The cello is an absolutely beautiful instrument that calls countless numbers of people to play it. Adult students are sometimes the most challenging to find pieces for as they don’t want to play the “kiddie” songs that many younger students are excited about. These pieces for younger students are short, based on simple folk songs that children know, and generally do not feel challenging enough for many adult students. So what popular cello pieces are out there that adult students can u …

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As a beginner I often told myself I would know I am a really great cellist when I could play Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee at full speed. To my young ears, this simply had to be one of the hardest cello pieces with its high range, chromaticism, and famously fast tempo. As my musical career continued I worked on these and other skills to reach a point I could begin learning the piece confidently, and it was only a matter of time before I achieved my goal. Of course, this wasn’ …

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Is There Such Thing as a Left-Handed Cello? How to Play as a Leftie

Handedness is the sense that one hand is more dexterous or coordinated compared to the other. Researchers usually determine an individual’s handedness by observing which hand is used to write or eat. Although the causes of handedness are not fully understood, about 10% of the population is left handed or ambidextrous according to Dr. M.K. Holder, a researcher and specialist on handedness. Many left handed students wonder if they will need a specialized instrument in order to learn to play …

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