Tips for Taking Online Cello Lessons

In the past, learning to play the cello typically meant physically attending an in-person class. However, given the current circumstances and pandemic-related safety regulations, many have had to adapt to a lifestyle better suited to staying home. Soon enough, though, working from home, attending classes online, video calling our family members, and more were normalized and made easy thanks to modern technology. At Eliason School of Music, we also made the adjustment and are now capable of providing our lessons online so that you can learn to play the cello at home.

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There are many advantages to learning to play the cello at home. You can choose to partake in lessons at any time of the day, wherever you feel comfortable learning, and at your own pace. However, online cello lessons can also present unique challenges that you must take into consideration before beginning. Not to worry, though, as the following information is designed to help prepare you for our online lessons.

The first thing you need to know about learning to play the cello at home is that you will need your own cello. While it may seem daunting to invest in a musical instrument that you have not yet learned to play, consider why you’re learning to play in the first place. Additionally, there is great value in learning a new skill, especially one that you can benefit from for the rest of your life. However, if you aren’t ready to invest, try renting a cello online or from a local music shop. By renting instead of purchasing, you give yourself a little more flexibility while you test the waters.

When it comes to taking lessons, implement these techniques. Treat the online lessons as if they were in-person lessons. While taking lessons from the comfort of your home may seem relaxed, you still must be as dedicated as you would be in an in-person learning situation. Practice self-discipline by establishing a routine with a set time and place for taking lessons. Additionally, eliminate distractions, such as cellular devices, televisions, and pets, so your environment reflects a classroom setting as closely as possible.

Lastly, hold yourself accountable to your progress. Start by setting goals for yourself and referencing them every day until they are accomplished. By continuously reminding yourself of your goals, you become your own daily encouragement and, in a way, your own teacher. However, if you struggle holding yourself responsible in an online setting, try pairing up with a fellow classmate or enlisting the help of a family member to act as an accountability partner.

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