As a student begins lessons, they will need to acquire an instrument. A cello can come in different sizes, and while an adult will almost always play on a full size cello, it is important that children are matched with the right size. This can be done by your private teacher, or by any professional at the place of purchase, or rental. While some students may want to buy and own their own instrument, many students choose to rent. Renting can be beneficial in the sense that it is less of a financial commitment, and it is easier to go up in size when a young student grows out of their current instrument.
When you choose in home lessons, you choose convenience. You are able to save time in your day, and save you money by not having any travel expenses. For younger students, learning in the atmosphere of their own home can make for a better experience. It may be easier for children to learn when they are in a familiar environment and feel more at ease. For adults, it is the benefit of not having to travel to yet another place during your busy day/
Each lesson will be different, just like each student is different. If you have a specific teaching style in mind, we will always do our best to match you with a teacher who is comfortable with that method. All lessons will have a combination of learning how to play with correct technique, how to read music, and how to advance musicianship. Most teachers will ask you to purchase a few method or exercise books. These are inexpensive and will aid the student in their learning and practicing.
Musika works with students of all ages. Adults can take lessons at any skill level, whether it be beginner or advanced. Our teachers will make a specific lesson plan to help adult students progess in their studies, and aid them in any specific goals they have. While many people think only children begin music lessons, our adult students have had great success in increasing their musical 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.