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How To Select A Cello Teacher

Selecting the proper cello teacher can be a challenge. There are many factors to consider for the selection such as cost, the age and ability of the student, the location of the cello teacher’s studio (or if the teacher comes to student’s home), the cello teacher’s experience and reputation, available lesson times, and the personality of both the student and cello teacher.

As a general rule, the better the cello teacher, the more they are in demand. And, for the most part, the higher their fees for lessons. Both these factors have to be weighed against the seriousness of the student.

For example, if the student has aspirations to join a well-respected symphony or play professionally, higher teaching fees may be justified. On the other hand, if the student wants to learn cello for his own enjoyment, a well-known and accomplished teacher may not be required.

How To Select Cello Teacher’s Experience And Teaching Considerations

In either case, it’s important that the student finds out as much as he can about the teacher including the number of years he has been teaching, his training, his specialty, and his philosophy of the cello and music in general. These are important considerations for selecting a cello teacher.

Cello teachers who have a degree in music education may have more to offer their students.

Different teachers have different approaches to teaching cello and the methods they use will vary.

Some have a regimented style with specific timelines and milestones to be met while others allow the student to pick and choose his own areas of study and the pace in which he progresses.

Personal references are by far the best way to find out about a particular cello teacher. Speaking directly and frankly to one or more of a particular teacher’s students can help in decision making. Is the teacher friendly and encouraging or strict and demanding?

Selecting Cello Teacher’s Expertise And Track Record

Select a cello teacher according to his expertise. Is he good with young children or more comfortable teaching adults? Does he challenge the student and provides interesting material to play or does he just go through the motions. An enthusiastic teacher usually has enthusiastic students.

It’s also a good idea to find out how long students have studied with a particular cello teacher. Longevity is usually a sign that the student is making progress and enjoys working with his cello teacher.

Also, find out how many former students are still playing cello, including whether they are part of a symphony or ensemble. This is a good indication of the teacher’s ability to motivate his students and instill a love of music and performing.

Finally, find out how the cello teacher accepts payment and if he can provide discounts on strings, rosin and other accessories. Good luck in selecting a cello teacher!

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