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Average Cost of Cello Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute cello lessons is $66. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $24 and $200 per hour.

30-min $15
 
$37 average
$100
45-min $20
 
$51 average
$150
60-min $24
 
$66 average
$200

For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute cello lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute cello lessons are 23% less expensive at $51, and 30-minute lessons cost 44% less at $37.

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Cello Lesson Reviews from Students

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Chris S.

Temecula, CA
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Kelvin L.

Bolingbrook, IL
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Maria H.

Sacramento, CA
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About Chris S.

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Temecula, CA
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Beginner level instruction of technique, reading music, and basic theory knowledge is often an essential requirement of very advanced strings instructors. If you have aspirations to become an excellent cello player let me help you grasp the basics and fulfill your 1 year of lesson experience for many great programs and upper echelon instructors.

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Lilly H. January 10, 2019
· Violin · In studio
My daughter absolutely loved it!!
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Amanda July 27, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
My son had a great experience and learned a lot in the first lesson.
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Tyler M. July 23, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Tyler enjoyed his first lesson and looks forward to more

About Kelvin L.

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Bolingbrook, IL

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I have been teaching cello since 1989.
Cello students of all ages and levels are accepted at my studio. All levels of the cello repertoire from the beginning through the Major Concertos will be taught. Students will be placed in courses according to the level of their current repertoire. The sequence of repertoire in the Suzuki Cello School will be used to place students.

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Xuan March 5, 2019
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Very interesting!
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Anonymous February 19, 2019
· Fiddle · Online
Excellent first lesson with Kelvin with my 12 year old son beginner.
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Olena February 11, 2019
· Violin · Online
Kelvin was very professional, knowledgeable and accommodating! Wonderful teacher!

About Maria H.

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Sacramento, CA

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I've been teaching cello for 30 years and my students have gone on to play with different ensembles like symphony orchestras. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to play simple songs by reading and by ear and as time goes on you'll be able to play more complex repertoire. I specialize in classical, style but I can teach you different kinds of styles, typically use Kummer method and Suzuki repertoire but I use a variety of method and books. I have the following tools available for your lessons: cello, computer program, sound system, Tuner and Metronome . I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

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Heather A. January 25, 2019
· Cello · Online
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Toni February 7, 2018
· Cello · In studio
I'm an adult with no prior music experience, however, Maria welcomed me with open arms and a great environment for learning the cello. She is very kind, extremely knowledgeable and I feel very comfortable with her. I also appreciate her music room where she teaches; it's private and allows me to concentrate without environmental/background noises since I can get easily distracted. If you are looking for a great teacher you can't go wrong with Maria!
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debbie August 29, 2017
· Cello · In studio
Maria is very kind, patient and talented!

Concetta A.

Brooklyn, NY
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Megan C.

Austin, TX
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Megan S.

Colorado Springs, CO
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About Concetta A.

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Brooklyn, NY

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The cello is one of the most beautiful instruments! Experts say it has the closest sound to the human voice.

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Micaela March 1, 2019
· Violin · In home
Hire Concetta, especially to support a beginning violin player! She is warm, professional and very adept at finding your child's musical strengths and then identifying material to help them access and enjoy the music and instrument. AKA GOOD TIMES for all and excited to continue...as it should be. Thank you Concetta for your expertise and flexibility with schedule. Keri-Ann
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John D. November 14, 2018
· Mandolin · In studio
Concetta is a great instructor - she has been willing to work with me to create a lesson plan that works for my schedule and my learning style. I would absolutely recommend Concetta for anyone looking to learn a musical instrument.
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Joseph March 27, 2018
· Mandolin · In studio
Concetta was/terrific and extremely helpful and kind.

About Megan C.

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Austin, TX

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

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C March 7, 2019
· Cello · Online
Very patient and knowledgeable. Looking forward to the next lesson.
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Brittney March 4, 2019
· Cello · Online
Megan is a very enthusiastic and encouraging teacher. My daughter just loves her lessons.
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Charlotte February 15, 2019
· Cello · Online
We love Megan! My daughter is so excited before each lesson and Megan is very kind and patient with her. I wish I’d found her sooner.

About Megan S.

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Colorado Springs, CO

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I have been studding strings from age 8, starting on violin. I switched over to cello when I turned 13 and received scholarships to potentially attend the University of Pacific in Stockton, CA. I instead studied cello at the University of California, Santa Barbara where I had the opportunity to perform in the university's symphonic orchestra and teach private lessons to college students as well. I have experience teaching from the Suzuki method, but consider myself to be a flexible educator and teach many methods according to the needs of the student.

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Michael July 26, 2018
· Clarinet · Online
First off, let me tell you that Megan is not only an outstanding musician. She gifted in the art of patience. This is what makes her an excellent teacher. She is also a quality person, an asset that's instrumental " no pun intended" in teaching the Arts.
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Laurie July 24, 2018
· Piano · In home
Megan teaches not only skills and technique, she passes on a love for music and joy in learning. She demonstrated patience with my daughter, and my daughter couldn't wait for another lesson mainly because it was time with Megan. I recommend her highly!
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Paul Bambach, UCSB July 24, 2018
· Clarinet · Online
Megan is an excellent musician & yes, a kind and gentle person. But, please know, she is one of the most self-motivated students I ever encountered! Performed recital not required at an extremely high level of musicianship - and after graduation, successfully pursued a performance career! I’m certain that she’s great at sharing her knowledge - but also her enthusiasm is extremely contagious! Whether clarinet, cello, or piano, you (or your student) must experience her joy of music and of life in general!

Recent Cello Articles from the Blog

Whether you're just starting out or a seasoned pro, check out the Cello articles on our blog.

Violin or Cello: Which Instrument Is Right For You?

Violin or Cello: Which Instrument Is Right For You?

Choosing whether to play the violin or cello can be difficult, but this article will help you consider the advantages and disadvantages of each.  The violin and cello are two of the most well-known and commonly studied instruments in the string family. Each one is central to the makeup of the orchestra we know today. Becoming familiar with the pros and cons of these two instruments will help you decide whether the violin or cello is a better fit for you. Violin or Cello - How to Decide … Read More

Is Cello Hard to Learn? Read THIS Before Taking Lessons

Is Cello Hard to Learn? Read THIS Before Taking Lessons

Many beginning musicians wonder, “Is cello hard to learn?” The process of learning the cello is not difficult, but it’s important to keep in mind that the cello is not an instrument of instant gratification. It does require focused, daily practice time and a good teacher to guide you along the way. How far you progress with cello is a direct result of the amount of quality time you put into practicing the instrument. Even someone who puts in just 30 minutes a day will notice a significant … Read More

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Cello Lessons

Do you want to learn how to play the cello? If yes, then you’ve come to the right place. Private cello lessons and classes with a TakeLessons Certified™ teacher near you or online accelerates progress, increases enjoyment, and improves every beginner's chances of becoming an expert player.

The cello, a member of the violin family, is a bowed string instrument with four strings. This beautiful instrument is known to produce a full tone similar to the human male voice. Our prescreened, private cello instructors can teach many different types of music, including orchestral pieces, solos, ensemble arrangements, jazz, neoclassical music and more. The cello is not a particularly easy instrument to master, but the one-on-one instruction from an expert cellist is well worth the time and dedication.

Once you’ve decided you want to learn to play the cello, it’s important that you find a teacher who is a good fit. Our cello teachers are here to walk you step-by-step through the learning process, to keep you on track and motivated. Cello lessons can be taken in your own home or in the instructor’s studio. Studies have shown that private or one-on-one instruction is the easiest way to learn a new instrument; the individual attention is invaluable and can help you get a great start.

TakeLessons teachers are happy to share their passion and expertise, and will customize the lessons specifically for you. Still not convinced you need private cello lessons? Check out the top benefits of our lessons:

• Lessons are fully customized for your age, experience level and interests. • Extensive roster of certified, friendly cello teachers. • Access to an online lesson journal to keep you on track and motivated. • 100% Money Back Guarantee.

Our cello instructors work with beginners of all ages: kids, teenagers, adults, and even seniors. We guarantee a customized experience that will exceed your expectations. In fact, we are so committed to your happiness that we offer all new customers a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee on your first lesson.

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