All students will need their own cello for lessons, and practicing. Whether a student chooses to buy, or to rent is a personal choice of the student. Advanced players usually choose to own their instruments, but for beginners, renting is most likely a more convenient choice. When you rent, you are equipped with all of the accessories you will need, such as a bow and a case. It is also a smaller financial commitment than purchasing a cello that may, or may not get enough use to make it worth it. Renting is by far the best idea for children, as cellos come in different sizes, and it is most likely that the youngest students will start with the smallest size, and need to move up, which is very easy when renting. Your private Musika instructor will be able to let you know what size cello works best for you.
Musika offers customized one-on-one music lessons at your home - a time saving solution for busy parents and students. The convenience of in-home Cello lessons allows you to save time without having to transport your child to class, allows your child to maximize their busy schedule, and provides a safe and familiar environment in which to learn.
Every student is different, and each lesson will be different. There is no particular teaching style that Musika mandates, but if you are looking for a particular method, such as Suzuki, we would be happy to find a teacher that specializes in that. In lessons you will learn to read music, play with proper technique, and advance your musicianship skills. Some teachers will have students buy particular method books. These materials are inexpensive and will be used for teaching and practicing.
It is never too late to start learning an instrument. Adult students appreciate the convenience of our in home lessons, as they can schedule them around their othe commitments. Whether you are a complete beginner, or have been playing for years, our teachers can work with all ages and abilities.
Because of the cello's large size, our recommended starting age is seven or eight, although exceptions can certainly be made for a younger student who is capable of handling the instrument properly and with sufficient strength in the fingers and hands. The cello is also an excellent instrument for students of all ages who have some experience with other members of the violin family, or even as a beginning instrument.