College of Cello
College of Cello

College of Cello

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Introduction: Are you an adult looking to learn cello for the first time? Or someone who’s coming back to it after a long spell and this time, you want to get it right? Do you want to learn with a Juilliard graduate who has spent 6 years researching and perfecting the art of teaching adults? Do you not want to have your precious supply of motivation sapped by learning with kid-focused methods, a kid-focused teacher, playing kid-sounding songs, around kids who play better than you? Would you rather learn surrounded by a group of likeminded adults, getting constant support, inspiration, and motivation, and being taught with a method created for adults by a teacher who’s goal to get YOU even further than you think you can go? Does the fastest progress available to an adult student, no matter their schedule, sound tantalizing to you? Does actually getting all the tools you need to meet your cello goal sound worthwhile to you? Does becoming a fully-realized, well-rounded musician excite you? If you answered yes to any of those questions, College of Cello was designed with you in mind. We believe in try-before-you-buy. Free introductory lesson for those on the fence or with questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Serves Los Angeles, CA

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Acuarius B.
Sep 10, 2021

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At first I was hesitant to have cello lessons online since I thought it would be more beneficial to have a teacher face to face. However, I am so glad I gave it a try. Keith is an incredible teacher and I’m so thankful I am able to learn from him. Every lesson I learn so many new things and it makes me fall in love with my cello more and more. I’ve had a number of cello teachers but Keith by far exceeds my expectations. He’s so knowledgeable and encouraging and makes the lessons full of learning and fun. After just a couple lessons my friends already could tell a difference in my cello playing. I highly recommend him to everyone and I 100% believe you will not regret hiring him.

Details: 26 - 44 years old • No formal training; some self-taught experience • Yes, the student can read music • Classical • Yes, the student has a cello • 60 minutes • At the pro’s location • My home, venue, etc. • Remotely (phone or internet)

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Casper M.
Aug 11, 2021

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Ive taken a number of lessons already with Mr Williams. Having had a number of prestigious teachers in piano, it is easy to recognize that the instruction he gives os of high quality. I am grateful to have found Keith and I expect you will find the same should you decide to take lessons with him.

Details: 26 - 44 years old • 0 - 2 yrs of formal training • Yes, the student can read music • Classical • Yes, the student has a cello • 45 minutes • Remotely (phone or internet)

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Richard B.
Dec 29, 2020
Keith is an excellent teacher. Very knowledgeable about the cello and music theory. He finds ways to explain concepts so they make sense and he is patient, supportive and inspiring. I have thoroughly enjoyed cello lessons after not playing for over 40 years. He obviously loves what he does and brings that to every lesson.
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Sarah C.
Dec 18, 2020
Keith Williams is one of the most giving and generous instructors I have ever worked with. He is a master of his craft and a gifted teacher. He is passionate about what he does and it shows in every lesson. He possesses the clarity needed to explain challenging concepts and the patience to slowly and repeatedly walk through the careful steps needed to build a solid technical foundation. He has held me to a high standard while fostering a nurturing and relaxed environment conducive to growth and creativity. I truly thank God for the progress I’ve been making in my studies with him. Keith’s musical coachings with my vocal repertoire have also been highly beneficial, as his musical sensitivity applies to many styles and genres within the classical realm. I highly recommend Keith as an instructor– not only for cello, but also for music theory and general coaching.
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Andy C.
Apr 23, 2021
Keith is an incredible cello teacher and mentor. So grateful for all of his help the past year - especially with regards to technique and phrasing. Would recommend him for intermediate/advanced. I’ve been playing for about 5 years now, so he was able to help guide me to the next level. Also, he writes his own exercises for his students that have helped me learn much faster than what I was working with before
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Keith Williams


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Lessons - $100 per hour (special thumbtack rate!)

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    Before our first official lesson, I like to have a conversation with the student, to discuss and determine their goals, and the time they have to devote to them. I then take all of this information and tailor a plan for the student to succeed in their cellistic goal, whether it be starting the cello from scratch, furthering their skill in a beautiful and satisfying hobby, jamming with their family, joining their local orchestra, or winning an audition.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    College of Cello professor Keith Williams: B.M. from The Juilliard School, studying with world-renowned cello pedagogue Timothy Eddy M.M. from University of Southern California, studying with celebrated international soloist Ralph Kirshbaum Master's Thesis on the Art and Psychology of Teaching Suzuki-Certified

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