Cello Lessons (Ages 8+)
For cello lessons, we recommend age 8 but it depends greatly on the student's size due to the size of the instrument itself. The neck is long, and the body is large, so it may not be possible for younger students to begin cello lessons when desired. Regardless, cello is a beautiful instrument and students will learn many things about proper technique and theory to make the instrument play for them. Meet our cello teachers below or skip to the bottom of the page to read our frequently asked questions about cello lessons.
Behn holds a diploma in Musical Performance with Honours at Cambrian College and a Bachelor of Music Arts degree from Western University. After studying viola for two years, Behn had become a two time Kiwanis Provincial Violist and has performed as Principle Violist of the Sudbury Youth Orchestra and has performed with the Sudbury Symphony. Behn is also a proficient improviser/composer and performer on the piano and has experience performing at events and venues across Ontario. He had the honor of providing live music for Huntsville's Deerhurst Resort during the 2010 G8 Summit. Behn teaches violin lessons, viola lessons, piano lessons and beginner cello lessons and is also a proud member of the London Community Orchestra.
What Are Your Rates?
We've learned that every music teacher is different, and each has different skills. Some have Masters degrees, while others are still students themselves. For this reason, we've given the teachers the ability to set their own rates when they are hired based on their skills. The rates for cello lessons are $25.00 for a 30 minute lesson.
Is 30 Minutes Enough?
For beginners the answer is definitely yes. When you are first learning, you're getting a lot of new, and in some cases, confusing information given to you. The amount of information given in one 30 minute lesson will give you a lot to work on as you practice throughout the week. Practicing is absolutely essential to learning music. As you get to more advanced skills, more time may be necessary if and when your teacher recommends it.
How Long Will It Take To Learn?
We get asked this question a lot. There is no specific date, or number of lessons. It depends on a few things including how often students practice. Although the songs may be very simple, we know we can have students playing at least one short song within 30 days. If you are hoping to play Mozart, it will take more time. But anyone can do it if they want it enough or work hard enough.
What Do I Need To Start?
Students will need a cello to learn on. We can provide students with a cello to rent or to purchase. Teachers will provide a lesson book at the first lesson, and we advise that you don't buy a book before the first lesson since the teacher may recommend a specific book that may be different that the book you have. It will also be necessary to purchase cello rosin which is used to create friction between the bow and the strings to produce sound. You may also want to purchase a tuner, and we can provide those if desired, but students are still able to learn since the teacher can tune up the cello at each lesson.