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 “Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life...”
— Kahlil Gibran

Cello Lessons in Grants Pass


Private Cello Lessons

Weekly Lessons - 1 Student   

Choice of:

30 minutes

45 minutes*

60 minutes*

*For advancing students.  Beginners generally enroll in 30 minute lessons.


Group Cello Lessons

3 - 4 Students

60 minutes

We will begin a class when we have 4 students interested.


Join the waiting list and we will contact you when we can begin.

Cello Lesson Options

Are you ready to embark on a musical journey that will touch your soul and captivate your heart? Learning to play the cello is a truly magical experience.  The cello is a magnificent instrument that has the power to convey emotions like no other. Its rich, resonant tones can evoke feelings of joy, melancholy, and everything in between.  Join us on this musical adventure and experience the joy of creating beautiful melodies.

Schedule your free trial today and let's start making music together!

A Little Bit of Info About the Cello.  The cello (short for violoncello) is sometimes compared to the the human voice because its range encompasses the notes sung by all four human voices - the bass, tenor, alto, and soprano.  It's rich, mellow tone touches the heart much as the human voice does.  


In an orchestra cellos and double basses provide the low harmony, with the cello often playing the melody for brief sections or for extended sections when featured in a cello concerto.  The cello is also used extensively in popular music. 


Cellos are Featured in All Musical Styles.  In the 1960s The Beatles incorporated the cello in songs such as "Yesterday", "Eleanor Rigby" and "Strawberry Fields Forever."  The Beach Boys also utilized the cello in their innovative song, "Good Vibrations".  In the 1970's the Electric Light Orchestra included the cello and violin in their rock/classical fusion style.  Other bands incorporating the cello include AerosmithNirvanaOasisSmashing Pumpkins, and OneRepublic.  The cello is also used in bluegrass and folk music, even appearing in some Celtic folk music performances with the performers demonstrating the skills and techniques of traditional fiddle playing.  

What Your Child Will Learn in Cello Lessons.  Students in our cello lessons learn the fundamentals common to  playing both classical and popular music including playing position, bowing technique, scales, and classic songs with a focus on playing in tune.  As a student begins to master these foundational skills in their cello lessons, they will work with their teacher to learn the techniques needed to play the styles of music they love.

Your Child's Cello.  For their cello lessons your child will need an  instrument that is the correct size for their height.  Renting with the option to buy is a good way to purchase an instrument for your child's cello lessons, since rental plans usually let you trade your child's instrument in for a larger size as they grow.   We recommend Great Northwest Music for cello rentals - they will be able to tell you what size is best for your child and get you set up with everything you need for your child's cello lessons.  If you are interested in purchasing a cello or if yours needs repair or a new bow, we recommend Holst Violins, a home based violin-family instrument shop. . .contact Brad Holst at 541-622-3540.

Frequently Asked Questions
What size of cello will my child need?  

There are several ways to size a cello.  One method is based on your child's height:​

  • 1/8 to 1/4 size—below 4 feet

  • 1/2 size—4 to 4 1/2 feet

  • 3/4 size—4 1/2 to 5 feet

  • 4/4 size—5 feet and above

What accessories will my child need?

  • Bow

  • Rosin

  • End Pin Anchor

How much will my child need to practice?

It will be important for your child to play the cello regularly to make progress in lessons.  We recommend that beginners practice 15-30 minutes every day.  

Playing the cello can result in sore fingers at the beginning, so it is may help to practice time into two sessions a day for 10 minutes with several hours in between to give sore fingers time to rest.

As your child practices regularly, they will eventually develop callouses on their fingers so that they no longer hurt.  At that point, they can play for longer periods of time.  The more time a musician practices, the faster they progress in their playing.   


Teresa Northcross

Teresa is the principal cellist in the Three Rivers Community Orchestra.  Having taught cello for over 5 years, she is inspired by her students and loves sharing music with others.

Our Cello Teacher
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