Cello Lessons

Looking for beginner cello lessons?

We offer a range of beginner cello lessons through advanced cello lessons, both on-site serving Bergen County and Northern New Jersey, or online via Zoom.


The cello is often said to be the instrument that most closely imitates the human voice. Rich and warm sounding, the cello is substantially larger than the violin or viola. Easily accommodating sheet music written in bass, tenor or treble clefs, the cello produces beautiful sound quality in both the higher and lower registers, making it one of the most versatile instruments in classical, folk, jazz, pop and rock music.

Beginning cellists have fun learning how to play elementary songs as they learn proper techniques in fingering, bowing, and positioning of the cello. As our cello students progress, they explore a broad range of popular, folk and classical music.

Dedicated to helping their students achieve success, our cello instructors are highly trained virtuosi performers and experienced, caring teachers. They not only guide their student-cellists in learning the basics of rhythm, timing and tone, they provide the right environment to enable their students to grow as musicians.


Learning how to play the cello offers many different benefits to students of all ages. Although larger in size than the violin or viola, the cello sits on the floor making it easier to hold, support and play. The seated playing position is both comfortable and accessible. 

Our beginner lessons help students develop dexterity and coordination skills, improves motor control, and enhances sound interpretation skills and visual-spatial processing. And because the cello is commonplace in many different music genres from classical to rock, cellists are able to explore a wide range of musical styles.

Offered as one-on-one private lessons to students as early as age 5, cello lessons help our young students develop their understanding and appreciation of music. The many skills learned in playing cello are also helpful should the student choose to learn to play the violin, viola or double bass later in their musical studies!

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Advanced CELLO lessons for students of all ages!

Our advanced students explore various bowing techniques such as staccato, spiccato, sautillé, sul ponticello and sul tasto, and playing con sord (with mute) and sensa sord (without mute), in addition to plucking techniques such as pizzicato, as they study more complicated pieces. Our instructors help our more advanced cello students further their understanding of theory and musicianship while perfecting their fingering and bowing skills. They work to prepare their students for auditions or performances, helping them develop a greater understanding of how the cello can be incorporated into a group setting or a solo performance.

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Ask us about studying other String instruments at The Ridgewood Conservatory

Many cellists learn to play other members of the String family to broaden their musical repertoire, expand their range, or simply to explore new possibilities. The Ridgewood Conservatory offers private instruction on a variety of String instruments, including violin, viola and double bass.

Cello lessons are available in all genres, including classical, folk, pop, country, jazz and rock.

Call 201-676-9915 today
for lessons on cello!

Cello lessons available for students age 5 – adult.