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.
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/
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.
Musika has adult students that begin working with us every day. Our teachers work with the student to achieve their own personal goals and further their music education. Whether a student is going to start from the very beginning, or continue years of previous study, adult lessons can cater to any skill level and age. Our in home lessons also offer a very convenient option for adults with busy schedules who are looking to start a new adventure!
We recommend children begin cello around age 7 or 8. With the cello being a larger member of the string family, it is important that the child is comfortable with the size of the instrument. Our knowledgeable teachers can help you choose the correct size. As beginning students, children are introduced to the technical aspects of playing, musicianship, and how to read and understand music.