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9. Steve Lockwood Music
5.0
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5.0 (7)
  • 13 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Commerce City, CO
"His lesson plan primarily revolves working through his self-written book, which provides you with a solid foundation of music / jazz theory. It covers everything from major and minor chords, 7th chords and their extensions/alterations, rhythm, bass lines, bebop and other altered scales, introductions and endings, and ii-V-I progressions – everything you need to know to be able to embellish and improvise jazz music. The book also covers all the major periods of jazz, giving you a sense of how jazz sounded through the decades, from ragtime to modal jazz, even latin jazz. It is important to note that I benefited the most from Steve’s guidance, not only following his book and its exercises. Steve has a wealth of knowledge; for decades, he’s been around the world, playing in bands, composing both jazz and classical music, performing in recitals, etc. He is willing to work with you, explaining things in a variety of ways until you can fully understand it. Also, he doesn’t just work off the book; you’ll have the opportunity to arrange and play some jazz standards! Steve is patient, kind, and very laid back. He’ll help you get comfortable with all your difficulties. For example, I had a confidence issue when I started, but Steve helped me get over that. I also had trouble with jazz swing rhythm, and we worked extensively on it, in addition to what the book had to offer. I took lessons under Steve for one year and almost made it through to the end of the book. I was one or two chapters off. I came in with minimal classical training and a bit of music theory knowledge, but I was motivated. With Steve’s help, I became a better musician than I ever thought I could get. My ear improved dramatically, and I can now pick out licks played by the jazz greats. I also loved jazz before I met Steve, but now I appreciate it a lot more on both an aesthetic and intellectual level. The reality is, jazz is difficult and it’s a marathon trying to get better, but Steve makes it fun. I struggled during Steve’s lessons more often than not, but I left each lesson feeling motivated to get back home and practice."

$60

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$60

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How much are cello lessons?

Cello lessons are a great way to anchor and guide your cello practice, regardless of your skill level. From top symphony performers to first-time music students in elementary school, cello lessons correct your flaws and help your strengths shine. The cost of cello lessons will vary, depending on the reputation and experience of your teacher, the length and frequency of your lessons, and where you live. Students who have regularly scheduled lessons and pay in advance often pay less per lesson than drop-in students who schedule lessons as needed. Here are some examples of average cello lesson costs:

  • 30-minute cello lesson: $30, when a minimum of 4 lessons per month are pre-paid.
    • Cost for drop-in lesson: $35.
  • 45-minute cello lesson: $35, when a minimum of 4 lessons per month are pre-paid.
    • Cost for drop-in lesson: $40-$45.
  • 60-minute cello lesson: $40, when a minimum of 4 lessons per month are pre-paid.
    • Cost for drop-in lesson: $50-$55.

How hard is it to learn to play the cello?

Taking cello lessons can be a rewarding experience for students young and old. The rich sound of the cello is well-loved in classical music and is found in all genres of contemporary music from modern folk to rock. As with any instrument, how hard it is to learn to play cello depends on the practice and dedication you put into it. It’s true that some people are naturally more adept at learning instruments than others, but with lessons and a daily commitment, you too can learn to play the cello.

Cello lessons can be a smart investment, especially for new players. Even professional cellists benefit greatly from ongoing training, but for those new to cello it’s especially important for forming a strong foundation for playing. From the proper posture to understanding finger positions, regular cello lessons give you a benchmark to measure your daily practice against. With a professional cello teacher guiding you, the sky’s the limit.

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