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Average Cost of Cello Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute cello lessons is $63. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $21 and $140 per hour.

30-min $15
 
$36 average
$110
45-min $17
 
$49 average
$135
60-min $21
 
$63 average
$140

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 $49, and 30-minute lessons cost 43% less at $36.

Curious how much cello lessons cost in your area? Do a quick search to get local prices for the best cello teachers .

Cello Lesson Reviews from Students

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Popular Cello teachers

Chris H.

Waldorf, MD
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Hrant P.

Washington, DC
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Austin, TX
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About Chris H.

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I have a degree in music with a teaching certificate. I have been teaching cello privately for 10 years. Depending on the age of the child we will start with either Essential Elements or Suzuki cello book one. They will start with proper positioning and plucking. Once they have 8 notes down, we start bowing. As we progress, we will be doing scales, and etudes.

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Brenda March 9, 2017
· Violin · In studio
She's very knowledgeable and patient even with an older learner.
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Tim January 11, 2017
· Cello · In studio
We both had a fun and pleasant first lesson with Chris. Set everything up and got the basics down.
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Callie January 11, 2017
· Cello · In studio
Great, fun first lesson. Chris taught me the rudiments of the instrument and set up (and more
Importantly gave me some guidance on setting up) the cello. We did some basic exercises and looked over some of the theory materials. Overall a very comprehensive first lesson for this beginner!

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I am looking forward to helping you achieve
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Patrick-Helios L. September 6, 2016
· Cello · In home
Wonderful teacher. Able to engage young cellists.
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Ryan C. September 8, 2015
· Cello · In home
Hrant is very patient and believes in building a strong basic foundation prior to proceeding.
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Karl-Marx O. September 6, 2015
· Cello · In home
Amazing

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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Yoon K. November 12, 2017
· Cello · Online
Our 12 year old daughter Jaime has been taking Cello Lesson’s with Megan online and we have found that not only is she an excellent teacher but she is also an excellent role model with a positive attitude. She is very supportive and helps Jaime build self-confidence in her playing which also translates to every day life.She first started taking online lessons with Megan temporarily while we were traveling but when we came back we found Jaime Learned from Megan’s online lessons better then she did from our teacher Who would travel to our house.We would recommend her to anybody and everybody but hopefully you won’t use her because we would like to keep her to jaime for as long as possible. :)
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Dana S. October 24, 2017
· Cello · Online
She has been the most instructive, professional, and engaging teacher. She has given me specific, detailed instruction and reasons for all her directions. She has taught me more than any of my past teachers. She is also fun and friendly. She is doing a beautiful job.
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Brooke October 23, 2017
· Cello · In studio
Megan is patient and encouraging. Taking up cello after over 20 years was daunting, but she has put me at ease.

Eric H.

Chicago, IL
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Trevor R.

Brooklyn, NY
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La Grange Park, IL
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Never too late to begin learning cello! My lessons are designed to meet the specific needs of each student. I can tailor any plan of study to help my students reach their individual goals.

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Andre November 7, 2017
· Cello · In studio
Very knowledgeable about cello playing. His instructions and demonstrations are clear and refined my bowing techniques and posture. Really looking forward to upcoming lessons.
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Linda October 29, 2017
· Violin · In home
Before learning violin I already had a little experience with playing ukulele. However, the transition wasn't as smooth as I had hoped. Eric helped in getting my intonation better so it doesn't so horrible. He has high standards, but they are all achievable.
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Mia October 16, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
Eric has a good attention for detail. He quickly assessed my abilities and gave me pieces to work on. He takes the time to listen and give sincere feedback and insights on your playing.

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I have six years' professional experience teaching privately, and I specialize in Classical, Jazz, and Popular styles. I use a patient approach to accommodate each student's unique learning styles, challenges, and interests. While each student will have a personalized experience, all the necessary fundamentals will be covered, including technique, note reading, music theory, and ear training. Send me a message letting me know what your goals are. I can't wait to make music with you!

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Gabriel November 18, 2017
· Upright Bass · In studio
Allow me to start by saying that I am a violist, not a bassist. I had never so much as held a bass before in my life. However, after a few months of Trevor's patient guidance, I found myself reasonably confident not only in my ability to hold a bass but also somewhat in my ability to play it whilst doing so.

Aside from his patience, I appreciated his flexibility and approachability. Of course, I did my best to practice and attend all of our lessons, but if, for some reason, I was unable to do so, he would always work something out in a fair and rational manner. Not only did I feel comfortable asking questions, but I felt encouraged to do so. His hands-on approach of not just showing or telling but both was refreshing, as was his focus on the goals of student (me, in this particular situation). If there was a particular topic I wanted to discuss - vibrato, for instance - he would incorporate it into lesson plans piece by piece as I advanced to the necessary skill level, without losing a sense of the comprehensive "big picture." At the same time, I never felt rushed or lost during lessons or while practicing; his pacing was excellent, and there is no question that he absolutely knows the instrument well.

In summation, I learned a lot in a short period with Trevor, and strongly recommend this instructor.
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Kim October 10, 2017
· Upright Bass · In studio
Trevor is great with giving useful and constructive feedback for all levels of skill!

About Sarah S.

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Cello teacher with ten years of experience in cello instruction! I began playing cello in the 4th grade with my elementary school orchestra, and quickly became enamored with it! I auditioned for and joined one of the Chicago youth symphony orchestras, the West Suburban Youth Orchestra, and participated in many other chamber ensembles and music gigs. I started teaching cello when I was 14 years old, and was taught by many distinguished teachers while growing up. I have worked with children as young as 3rd grade - adult. Lessons with me include technique, exercises, note reading, music theory, and of course, classical compositions. Lessons are catered to each individual students' learning style and goals to foster a love for music and the cello! I look forward to hearing from you!

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Barb October 29, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Ms Smith knows how to relate to her students. She makes it entertaining & Fun.

Recent Cello Articles from the Blog

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

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

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

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So you want to learn how to play the cello? 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.

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