Founded in 2013, the Music con Brio cello program is a wonderful addition to our program offerings. From rhythmic bass lines to soaring melodies, cello is one of the most versatile instruments in the world. Students in our cello program will participate in a fun approach to learning music and a comprehensive understanding of the instrument which builds confident cellists and well-rounded musicians. All students attend the program twice per week: once for a 45-minute group class and once for a 30-minute partner lesson. The program runs for 15 weeks each in the fall and in the spring, and we also offer an optional 4-week summer session.
The core curriculum of the Music con Brio cello program closely aligns with the violin curriculum – a custom-designed teaching method devised by co-founders Carol Carlson and Amber Dolphin, but also including extensive input from our cello teachers, integrating elements of the Suzuki method, fiddle, folk songs, and traditional music lessons. Students learn cello technique, rhythm, and ear training hands-on from Day One. Whether they are stomping out rhythms, singing intervals, or practicing their bow grip with a pencil, our cello teachers make sure a strong foundation is set for all our students to ensure future success on their musical journey.
We ask all our students to earn taking home their cellos. This means two things: that students must master a set of foundational skills to ensure correct (and injury-free!) practicing, and that students learn how to properly take care of their instruments. It also enables students to build up their own investment in their skills, and helps them take ownership of their learning.