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Frequently Asked Questions
LEARN TO PLAY THE CELLO
Is it hard to learn to play the cello?
Can I teach myself to play the cello?
How long does it take to learn the cello?
Can adults learn to play cello?
When should you start cello lessons?
Is cello harder than violin?
How long of a lesson should I take?
For children 5 to 9 years old, a 45 minute musical lesson is sufficient. For studnets 9+ years and students who have specific musical goals such as playing in orchestra, a full 1 hour lesson is a better investment. For any advanced players a 1 hour lesson is highly recommended.
Do I need my own instrument?
Can we split a 60 minute lesson into two lessons?
If you have two students wanting to learn, we are able to divide a 60 minute lesson into two 30 minute lessons.
What happens if I leave for 2 months and come back?
If you are leaving for 30 days or longer, you have the option of holding your time and teacher for when you return by paying your normal monthly tuition.You may also withdraw completely and re- register when you return, however your time and teacher may not be available.
Do you accept the government’s Creative Kids Voucher?
Currently we are only accepting Creative Kids Voucher in NSW. We hope to accept the government voucher in other states soon.
Do I need to travel anywhere for my lessons?
We will come to your home, meaning you don’t have to fight traffic to get to after school lessons.
How can we access the MyMusicStaff student portal?
You can visit https://app.mymusicstaff.com/ to log into the student portal. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get your login details.
Is my child too young to start music lessons?
How old should my child be to begin music lessons?
Children as young as five can begin learning their instrument and basic music theory.
We are very experienced in tutoring young children who are complete beginners, and have all the patience and personality needed to engage your child and give them best start in their musical journey.
Is a 45 minute lesson too long for my child?
In our 45 minute lessons, we are able to cover music theory, technical skills alongside the songs we teach. These important aspects of musical education are often skipped over in 30 minute lessons.
How do I know my child is progressing ?
To keep our students learning and progressing, we use the Musical Ladder system. Every 3 months our students take a test with their teacher to make sure they are absorbing the material in the lessons and making progress. Our students love this system as they get to earn cool colourful wristbands and certificates as well as trophies for their achievements! Our teachers also will take the time to conference
What happens if I ( my child ) gets sick and can’t make a lesson one day?
We have group make up classes on the weekend, that are age and level appropriate. You can sign up online for as many as you would like and the make up never expires, meaning you can take the make up class a week or 2 months later.
What are your teachers qualifications?
We are highly experienced in teaching students of all ages and skill levels, and have completed the relevant exams that allow us to teach. All teachers have undertaken a government certified “Working with children” police check.
BOOKING A LESSON
How does booking lessons work?
We offer weekly lessons, scheduled at the same time each week, with your teacher. Our lessons run throughout the school terms.
How frequently do I need to pay for lessons?
Students have the option of paying per month or term. Invoices are sent to students on a termly basis, so please let us know if you prefer monthly billing.
How does the payment work?
We ask all students to pay via direct debit or credit card. Our teachers will not accept cash. Lessons are prepaid to guarantee your placement.
Why Should You Take Cello Lessons?
Cello Lessons for Kids
Our instructors love to work with total beginners, and know how to guide students through to an advanced level. Kids can enjoy recitals and masterclasses together.
Cello Lessons for Adults
We have a large group of adult cello students that enjoy weekly lessons with us. One of the benefits of studying with us as an adult is our adult recitals where you get to share your playing with similar students at the same level
We want to encourage our kids to have hobbies (ie things that keep them busy and are hopefully educational). Meaningful, long-term hobbies like learning the cello is one of the most purposeful and long-lasting. Buying a cello for kids is a financial gamble that begs the question, is it worth it? YES— is the short answer.
You don’t have to go crazy, buying a full-size cello before you even know if they are interested (or have any potential). It’s better to start with a scaled-down version until you and your child have decided it’s still interesting after the first month.
With programs such as Music Lessons Academy providing in home and online cello lessons it’s easy to get our kids started on their musical journey— it even keeps them busy for periods of time (we’ve been testing it out during quarantine and yes, it does really work!). There’s no having to drive to lessons but they still get to learn notes and follow a rhythm.
There are a lot of studies that look into the effects of learning to play the cello on the development of children and their brains.
Everything from improved concentration to higher levels of emotional intelligence to increased math ability has been associated with skills credited to the cello.
Whether or not you’re looking for an activity to do for learning or are simply looking for a kid-friendly outlet for stress or anxiety, we have rounded up a range of options for the best cello for kids and toddlers that may pique your child’s interest. Play on mini-Mozart!
Before your child begins cello lessons be sure you sit down and have a conversation about what you expect. I recommend agreeing on a time of day to practice, every day, even if that practice is only for them to play for five minutes.
Start small, but start consistent, and then you’ll have something to build on as your child advances through their cello lessons to the point where they can play many songs on the cello. The first lesson is important to establish whether or not the young child wants to progress any further with their musical education.
Please note, no child is instantly gifted with the ability to play the cello from the first lesson, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE is the key to learn everything there is about the cello.
Even if the first step is just to learn a note or some notes and begin to string them together, kids just need time to practice and have fun with the keys until they are ready to pursue bigger and better things.
We know that Music Lessons Academy is a great option for beginner cello students who want to start cello lessons, with fantastic teachers that want to progress and develop your ability to play cello at an early age to help you explore your interest in cello and build confidence.
If your child or children wants to learn cello, start with us as we have many resources to help our students achieve their musical goals.
Even if your child has already started cello lessons and you haven’t done some of these things, no worries!
Music lessons are an ongoing process, and cello students will benefit as you apply these ideas at any time during their education. Visit online at Music Lessons Academy Instagram for posts that show helpful ideas for students to learn and develop.
Left Hand Position
To create the perfect hand position for the cello, start by making a C shape with your left hand. Next place this on the fingerboard, with your thumb on the neck of the cello, and with fingers perpendicular to the strings. The shoulder should be relaxed and flexible so that the weight of the arm aids in holding down the strings. If this is done properly, the thumb is not needed to press down the strings. Also, the left shoulder should “float” a winglike feeling of flexibility. There should be a strait line from the elbow through the wrist to the pinky for proper alignment. Once the position looks good, students begin to learn to tap and to shift. Tapping helps to strengthen the hands position, while shifting helps to keep the left hand flexible and mobile which will be necessary for more advanced playing. More advanced students will learn to perfect their hand position. Often the smallest adjustments can unlock huge improvements.
Bow Hand Position
Practicing a good bow hold is crucial to good sound production. Similar to the other hand, a good bow hold is controlled, yet flexible. Place your right hand on the bow, with your thumb gently inside the frog, (the cutout just before the hairs of the bow. Lay the remaining finger over the top of the bow, slightly spread out. Curve the pinky slightly and place it near the end of the bow, on top, in a way that it can control the tilt of the bow. It takes some practice for the pinky to get used to controlling the tilt of the bow, and to be well balanced. The bow hold should never be squeezed. Next, when drawing the bow across the strings, make sure that the shoulder is low and relaxed, and that the joints of the elbow and wrist are interconnected. The bow eventually should feel as an extension of the arm, rather that seperate.
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