Get Ready to Learn the Cello

Everything from finding an instrument to playing your first melody

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Are you interested in learning to play the cello? Looking for a solid foundation? You've come to the right place! The overall aim of this course is to show students how to look after a cello, what's involved in taking lessons, and to have the skills to handle beginner cello books, lessons and coachings, and/or learning 'by ear'.

Included are three fun background tracks to to play your newly-learned notes to! Using photos, text, audio samples, and over 45 minutes of instructional video, the course provides you with a wealth of carefully considered material, presented in a logical sequence that makes the perfect precursor to starting a "beginner cello" course.

Topics include:

  • Finding an instrument (no matter where you live or if you are on a budget)
  • Equipment and Care
  • The basics on how to use both your body and the instrument to make sound
  • How notes on the staff correspond to the instrument
  • Left hand placement
  • "Pizzicato" technique
  • Common cello and music-specific language


1) Free entry into 3 mini-courses to get you reading music:

  • The Very Basics of Note-Reading ($40 value)
  • Note-Reading, Level 2 ($40 value)
  • Reading Rhythm, Levels 1 and 2 ($80 value)

Your Instructor

Catherine Little
Catherine Little

HI! I'm Catherine. I'm a classically-schooled cellist with Master's degree in music performance. I love expressing myself through music and I'm fascinated by everything it has to teach me. I'm a freelancer who performs with professional orchestras, chamber ensembles, in the studio, on film, and of course, on stage. I'm also a teacher and consider myself a student of many things. I absolutely love the idea that anyone can learn anything if they have a good teacher and a good attitude. I know it's true because I have experienced it myself! Most of my classmates at university started private cello lessons even before going to school. At nine years old I got started playing cello in a school violin program and I didn't have a cello teacher for years. But with hard work, determination, and some awesome teachers later on, I was able to become the professional I am today.

I'm excited to share my knowledge, to learn from you as well, and to find creative ways to help you on your musical path.

Welcome! See you in class!

~ Catherine

Courses Included with Purchase

The Very Basics of Note Reading
An easy-to-understand introduction to what reading music is all about!
Catherine Little
Reading Rhythm, Levels 1 & 2
Build your understanding starting here
Catherine Little
Note Reading, Level 2
A follow-up to "The Very Basics of Note Reading"
Catherine Little

Original Price: $160

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
You have unlimited access to the course.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
I would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact me within the first 30 days and I will give you a full refund.
What if the videos and audio clips won't play on my computer or tablet?
Once you purchase the course, you have 30 days to try it and make sure it is right for you. You will want to play a video and an audio clip right away to make sure these play properly on your computer or tablet.

This course is closed for enrollment.