Taught by a cello teacher with a masters degree in music education, strings emphasis
The cello is the second to largest and lowest string instrument. It usually plays the bass line or sonorous solos with a beautiful, rich tone and limited opportunities to squeak. Its full name is violoncello. The cello rests on the floor with an end pin. Its strings are C, G, D, and A. While they are the same strings as the viola, the cello is one octave (eight notes) lower than the viola. The cello reads bass clef.
Nearly every famous composer has written music for the cello including:
- Johann Sebastian Bach (Biography / Cello Suite No. 1 performed by Yo Yo Ma)
- Ludwig van Beethoven (Biography / Cello Sonata in A performed by Jacqueline du Pre)
- Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky (Biography / Andante Cantabile performed by Yo Yo Ma, cello soloist)
Beginning Cello Lessons
Cello lessons begin with learning the parts of the instrument and bow, proper holding position, pizzicato technique, and arco technique. As you progress, you will begin learning scales, more challenging method book studies, solos, and/or ensemble pieces. Throughout your studies, you will have opportunities to perform at concerts and participate in fun programs. Lessons are personalized for each student to fit his or her goals and needs.
Cello Lessons for Experienced Students
Your lessons will develop your technique, musicianship, and repertoire. Please bring your current music so I can see where you are at, and we can go from there.
Since cellos are sized to fit the player, almost any age can learn this versatile instrument.
For more information or to schedule your lessons, please call (219) 690-8945 or email us.
"We both love to be learning from you. . . You are such a great, inspirational teacher."
~Adult cello student and parent of a 4th grade cello student
"Mrs. Suwardi made music such a fun and wonderful experience for me. I now love playing the cello, and I hope to pursue my passion throughout my high school years."
~ 6th Grade Student
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