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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.

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.
Reviews for New York music teachers
Ron B.
Matthew is an outstanding music teacher for both kids and adults!
Music Lessons With Matt AlbeckMusic Lessons With Matt Albeck
Thumbtack Customer
Sean is an amazing musician. Furthermore, he teaches music theory in a proper way. He is a good music teacher.
Sean Vigneau-Britt: Online Music LessonsSean Vigneau-Britt: Online Music Lessons
Thumbtack Customer
Harry is a terrific teacher. He's serious about the music but fun as well. Also, patient!
Harry Mack, Piano & ViolinHarry Mack, Piano & Violin
Shawn S.
Francis is a great teacher and can explain the why's of music well. I look forward to working with him.
Dr. Francis Hon, DMADr. Francis Hon, DMA
Echo L.
Robert is an excellent teacher in both piano and music composition. He is responsible, professional, patient, kind and knowledgable. He guides me through writing music and helps improve my techniques steadily. Highly recommended!
R.A.M. MUSIC (Manhattan 68th + West End Av.)R.A.M. MUSIC (Manhattan 68th + West End Av.)
Thumbtack Customer
Learning guitar with Dom is something that I enjoy doing the most. He is very passionate about music, patient, and sweet; and all of these are contagious. If you are looking for a guitar teacher who teaches you to be a musician, Dom is the teacher you are looking for.
Dom MinasiDom Minasi
Arun C.
Really talented pianist that is able to teach through chords/number system and traditional sheet music. Really nice teacher as well and flexible to my needs.
Adam KromelowAdam Kromelow
Sandhya L.
Oriana is an amazing teacher! I lover her teaching style and the depth of knowledge she has of piano/music. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a piano teacher, she’s easy to work with and overall great. I come into nyc just for my lessons with her.
Oriana's Music StudioOriana's Music Studio
Thumbtack Customer
Michelle is an amazing vocal coach and piano teacher. Our son loves her. Michelle brings an attitude and energy that has really enabled our son to grow musically.
Take Note LessonsTake Note Lessons
Rafael C.
Fantastic guitar teacher! I've had a lot of progression with Fernando under a short period of time. He writes his own tabs/sheet music which is a huge plus.
Fernando TorresFernando Torres
Samuel B.
An exceptional, gifted musician and a superb teacher. Marcelo combines the unique appreciation of music theory with the patience for music instruction. He brilliantly integrates concepts and practice, patiently giving me exercises, assisting me in my struggles and supportive of my efforts. I am, in many ways, a different type of student. For 40 years a professor at an Ivy League university and only last year decided to take on the music challenge. I could not wish for a better music mentor. As someone who has taught for 40 years, I can wholeheartedly tell you that this young musician is an exceptional teacher. I've tried others, but in almost a serendipitious manner discovered Marcelo and I intend to continue with him as long as he is available. I should also note by the way that having worked with young people for numerous years, his youthful energy, his passion for different types of music would make him an amazing teacher for any age, not just for this retiring professor. This has been a joy.
Marcelo MaccagnanMarcelo Maccagnan
Kalia L.
Fernando is the best guitar teacher I’ve ever had and I’ve been through a few. He makes his own music sheets for the songs you want to learn and it’s very professional. He’s nonjudgmental and keeps the lessons fun. I highly recommend Fernando for a guitar teacher. Thank you! 😊
Fernando TorresFernando Torres
Thumbtack Customer
I have to say Terrence is an excellent teacher of music. Very patient, and can make a beginner feel confident in his or her potential. I look forward to taking additional lessons. Thanks a lot Terrence!
T ProductionsT Productions
Thumbtack Customer
Dom is my current teacher, I can only recommend him: beyond his wide knowledge and experience with music, he is a kind, fun, and patient person who makes it all easier for total beginner learning bass guitar like me. No hesitation here, if you are looking for a good teacher on the UWS he certainly is your go-to person.
Dom MinasiDom Minasi
Gabrielle G.
Just recently started lessons with Glenn. He is a super knowledgeable and patient teacher. His sessions are a lot of fun and you learn a lot fast. Also, you get to jam with music during the lesson, which is the best!
Glenn Grossman-Session Musician Drum TeacherGlenn Grossman-Session Musician Drum Teacher
Stephanie K.
Michael is an attentive and highly knowledgeable teacher. He knows the fretboard like the back of his hand and he knows how to share his deep musical understanding so that learning is all active. It’s encouraging when you can play together and make a great sound, and he always gives the opportunity to do this. Furthermore, he's a great guy to boot, with whom I can discuss music theory, culture, etc. I give him the highest recommendation. You will not be disappointed with him as guitar teacher ! - Adrian, high school student
Michael LasterMichael Laster
Thumbtack Customer
Lori Brand belongs to a rare breed of music teachers: She has the passion and biography of a consummate musician, and the patience, empathy and pedagogical sensibilities of a true teacher. No matter what your level of instruction, you can rest assured that if you take lessons with Lori, she will give you her all. Not only will her instruction help you to advance in your skill and acquire sound habits and techniques, but her approach will make you enjoy and (re)discover your love for playing music. I can only highly recommend her.
Lori BrandLori Brand
Thumbtack Customer
I consider myself very fortunate to be studying with Assaf. In addition to his vast musical knowledge, he is a caring and mentoring teacher. I've been his student for almost 4 months and I am always impressed with his patience and concern that I get things right, but on my own timetable. The past few weeks have shown me the results of his study approach, and I am very pleased and excited about the direction my music is taking, thanks to Assaf. If you are looking for a teacher who will really show you how to improve your music, and who is polite and pleasant during the process, this is the man you want to study with. Steve Silver
Guitar all levels: jazz/ theory/ improvisationGuitar all levels: jazz/ theory/ improvisation
Megumi O.
It’s never easy to pick your piano teacher, especially when you’re a beginner. David demonstrated a great deal of professionalism and patience in the first (trial) lesson. Before I met David, I already tried few teachers and was very uncertain about whether I should begin my piano journey or not. Not only is David experienced in performing but he’s also dedicated in teaching, and he’s passionate about finding the right method for each student. He’s a trustworthy teacher who’s relentless on sharing his own musical experiences and teaching his methodology in great details. How to relax your arms, how to put your weight while practicing, how to read music,(as a beginner) how to overcome obstacles physically and psychologically. Through his methods, I was able to approach music more efficiently. After very few lessons, I began to feel some improvement and stated to feel the joy in solving problems. And now I’m increasing my lessons from one-hour to two-hour per week. This is definitely the best musical decision I’ve made and I’d recommend David to anyone who’s interested in learning piano and music theory.
David Chang MusicDavid Chang Music
Joseph C.
I'm very fortunate to have Justin as my teacher. Justin does a great job of making sure I understand 'why' different aspects are important so I never feel tempted to try to take any shortcuts. Justin is also an experienced voice and music theory teacher, and I personally really enjoy that I can use him as a resource to improve in those areas as well
Dr. Justin BischofDr. Justin Bischof
Thumbtack Customer
As an adult beginner piano player, I have found Ben to be an excellent teacher. His lessons combine music theory with exercises and popular songs, making the process interesting, challenging and fun. He is patient, reliable and encouraging and I enjoy working with him. I recommend him highly.
Piano Lessons Park SlopePiano Lessons Park Slope
Riya C.
As someone who always wanted to sing but never found the courage or belief to, finding Naila has been a life altering Thumbtack experience for me. A gazillion stars to her - who makes music a beautiful learning experience. Naila is an incredible music teacher! She truly cares for the well being of her students and has taught me techniques to gradually build proper voice placement and resonance. I’m learning singing and also taking piano lessons with her.
Gabi N.
I started taking lessons with Annie six months ago and have found her to be such a wonderful teacher and mentor. She has helped me truly understand the mechanics of my voice for the first time after studying voice for 10+ years! Annie's energy as a teacher and performer is contagious and so inspiring. I am very thankful to work with her and would recommend Annie and The Vocal Lab to anyone interested in expanding their vocal technique, building/refining their repertoire, and having fun making music!
The Vocal Lab by Annie Pichan and Gabi NailThe Vocal Lab by Annie Pichan and Gabi Nail
Stiven C.
straight from the first lesson, I could tell Dom was incredibly knowledgeable about music. He’s patient and understanding. I feel a lot more comfortable and feel like I’ve learned a lot more in just two lessons compared to other teachers I’ve tried out. I highly recommend Dom.
Dom MinasiDom Minasi
Thumbtack Customer
Harry is our piano teacher for our 8 year old son. Our son absolutely adores Harry for his musical talents and charisma. Harry makes his lessons interesting by playing duet and using age-appropriate analogies. His lessons are lively and instructional. To motivate our son to play and practice was our biggest challenge. Harry manages this effortlessly. Now our son is practicing for his Royal School of Music piano level II exam. We highly recommend Harry.
Harry Mack, Piano & ViolinHarry Mack, Piano & Violin
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