Cello Lessons
Brentwood

At Angeles Academy of Music, it’s our goal to provide the best quality private cello lessons near you. Central to Los Angeles in Westwood Village, we are easily accessible from Santa monica, Brentwood, Beverly Hills, Century City, and Culver City.
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1,213
Students/week
74
Instructors
3
Locations

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Serving All Ages

Our cello lessons are open to all ages and levels, and for children ages five and up. We also specialize in lessons for adults. For almost ten years, we have helped thousands on their musical journey. Our talented, friendly, and qualified faculty can help you learn any style or genre of music, and lay the foundation for proper cello technique in the process. Learning to play an instrument has enormous benefits both for kids and adults, including improved self esteem and confidence. You will learn how to sit with the cello, how to hold your bow, how to produce great sound and how to perform. More advanced cello students learn to refine their technique and develop artistry and musicality. Our instructors are trained to not only get you the skill and technique you need, but also how to keep in fun and engaging by working on the music YOU love.

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Classes For Kids

Our instructors love to work with total beginners, and know how to guide students through to an advanced level. Kids can enjoy recitals and masterclasses together.
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Classes For Adults

We have a large group of adult cello students that enjoy weekly lessons with us. One of the benefits of studying with us as an adult is our adult recitals where you get to share your playing with similar students at the same level.
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What will you learn in our

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Left Hand Position

To create the perfect hand position for the cello, start by making a C shape with your left hand. Next place this on the fingerboard, with your thumb on the neck of the cello, and with fingers perpendicular to the strings. The shoulder should be relaxed and flexible so that the weight of the arm aids in holding down the strings. If this is done properly, the thumb is not needed to press down the strings. Also, the left shoulder should “float” a winglike feeling of flexibility. There should be a strait line from the elbow through the wrist to the pinky for proper alignment. Once the position looks good, students begin to learn to tap and to shift. Tapping helps to strengthen the hands position, while shifting helps to keep the left hand flexible and mobile which will be necessary for more advanced playing. More advanced students will learn to perfect their hand position. Often the smallest adjustments can unlock huge improvements.

Bow Hand Position

To create the perfect hand position for the cello, start by making a C shape with your left hand. Next place this on the fingerboard, with your thumb on the neck of the cello, and with fingers perpendicular to the strings. The shoulder should be relaxed and flexible so that the weight of the arm aids in holding down the strings. If this is done properly, the thumb is not needed to press down the strings. Also, the left shoulder should “float” a winglike feeling of flexibility. There should be a strait line from the elbow through the wrist to the pinky for proper alignment. Once the position looks good, students begin to learn to tap and to shift. Tapping helps to strengthen the hands position, while shifting helps to keep the left hand flexible and mobile which will be necessary for more advanced playing. More advanced students will learn to perfect their hand position. Often the smallest adjustments can unlock huge improvements.

Sight Reading

Sight reading is an important skill for any aspiring musician. To begin, students are taught about treble and bass clefs, (different ranges), and to identify notes that are on the lines, and notes that are in the spaces between the lines. To remember the notes on the lines, students learn phrases such as, “every good boy does fine” The first letter of each word are the notes on the lines of the treble clef from bottom to top. E, G, B, D, F. The notes that are in the spaces between the lines spell the word “Face”, F, A, C, E. As students become faster at identifying these notes based on these simple phrases, the phrases wear off and they simply recognize the note for what it is. In addition to identifying notes, sight reading includes understanding rhythm. Rhythm is differentiated in notation by notes filled in or empty, and with different stems and beams. These indicate different speeds of notes. Even the most accomplished musicians can often improve their sight reading. More advanced training involves pushing speed and looking ahead, and through creating progressive goals.

Music Theory

Music theory teaches us how recognize and identify patterns across all music. It is fascinating because it starts to bring together a clearer understanding, and patterns once complex become simple. Imagine a complicated math equation that actually has a very simple answer. Learning theory involves a mixture of ear training, (the ability to identify harmonies and melodies), as well as identifying and labeling these patterns on paper. Harmony is seen in notation vertically, and is often what might be described as the background in which a melody is set. Harmony consists of chords, (3 or more notes heard simultaneously), and can be Major, Minor, Diminished, and several others. These differences in sound are often described emotionally; happy, sad, or scary. The beginning of music theory training might involve identifying the difference between a couple of these chords. Ultimately, advanced theory students are able to write out the music they hear, and to analyze harmonies and melodies in musical scores. A full grasp on the structure of music can take years to develop.

Our Facilities

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Newly renovated, state of the art facilities on the best streets
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Access to grocery stores, high end shopping and cafes
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Comfortable lobby for parents or students with amenities: water, coffee, tea, and wifi
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Top quality Yamaha and Kawai pianos
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iPads in every room stocked with the latest music education tools

Brentwood

11670 San Vicente Blvd #C

Los Angeles CA 90049
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Westwood Village

10921 Weyburn Ave

Los Angeles CA 90024
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Tarzana

18634 Ventura Blvd

Tarzana CA 91356
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Concerts

Angeles Academy sets itself apart with the highest caliber performance opportunities in leading venues around Los Angeles, such as the Beverly Wilshire Ballroom, (Four Seasons), where such events as the Emmy’s are held, as well as the BP hall at the Disney Center. The rare opportunity to perform in these world-class facilities increases student recital participation, preparation, and results.
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Over 70 Music Instructors On Staff

All our music instructors have been carefully screened and chosen from hundreds of applicants to bring you the finest quality music lessons in Los Angeles! Here are some factors we look for: A fun positive personality, intuition and sensitivity, flexibility in teaching approach, years of experience, and university training from a top music school. We are sensitive to the fact that not everyone learns through the same method. Our instructors will make a plan to help you or your child learn music through the songs you love, while introducing all the essentials of good technique along the way. Learn more.

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Our hiring process

Become part of our professional team by going through all stages of selection
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Over 5000 candidates per year
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Only 1% selected
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Personality tests and screening
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Background check and due diligence
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10 hours of training in Angeles Academy’s proprietary music education Methodology

What Are They Saying

We have a proven track record of excellence since our founding in 2011. Our testimonials for music lessons in Los Angeles can be found on Yelp, Google, Facebook and many other sites. Please enjoy just a few of our testimonials from happy customers.

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FIVE STAR!! Angeles Music Academy is beyond awesome!!! The staff are so professional and welcoming. The music teachers are so great and I have witnessed my daughter’s fast development in piano and her interest in music growing big that she is starting to learn singing as well.

Mona Namin

My son has been enrolled at Angeles Academy of Music for 2 months and we love it here. He is 7.5 and is taking piano lessons for the first time with Tori. She's amazing with kids and he is having fun and learning so much. I love how they tailor what he learns to his interests. Definitely recommend for families looking to introduce their kids to the joy of a musical education.

Eva Vieyra Osmand

This is the most supportive environment I have ever found for music learning. The teachers and staff are really amazing and welcoming. The school has very high standards AND a very fun environment. I love this school.

Sandra Duran

FIVE STAR!! Angeles Music Academy is beyond awesome!!! The staff are so professional and welcoming. The music teachers are so great and I have witnessed my daughter’s fast development in piano and her interest in music growing big that she is starting to learn singing as well.

Mona Namin

My son has been enrolled at Angeles Academy of Music for 2 months and we love it here. He is 7.5 and is taking piano lessons for the first time with Tori. She's amazing with kids and he is having fun and learning so much. I love how they tailor what he learns to his interests. Definitely recommend for families looking to introduce their kids to the joy of a musical education.

Eva Vieyra Osmand

This is the most supportive environment I have ever found for music learning. The teachers and staff are really amazing and welcoming. The school has very high standards AND a very fun environment. I love this school.

Sandra Duran
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Frequently Asked Questions

Why Choose the Cello?

Of all the instruments, cello is perhaps the most expressive. It’s range encompasses the human vocal range, and it could be argued, best represents humanity. Compared with other string instruments, it is probably the easiest to start. This is because it’s size and the way it is held is very natural. The rich versatility of the instrument is also appealing. It can be played in an ensemble, blends well with other strings, and then can be featured as a solo instrument. Because the strings are much bigger than the violin, the margin for error is less. This can make it more attractive in the early stages of learning. Finally, as the cello typically plays only one note at a time, music for the cello is written on a single line instead of two lines. This makes sight reading much easier than the piano.

When Should my Child Start Taking Cello Lessons?

Usually age 5 and up. The question is challenging to answer because it depends on so many factors. If there is a real genuine interest, how much practicing is done at home, and of course a natural affinity for the instrument or not. Young students should be gently encouraged to practice with an emphasis on keeping it fun.

How long does it take to learn to play the Cello?

There is no set answer of how long it takes to learn to play the cello. With regular practice a basic level of playing can be accomplished in a few months. Most of our students take lessons on a long term-basis because they want to be constantly improving and they find the lessons enjoyable. The best results are found with consistent practice and performance goals.

Is it Too Late to Take Cello Lessons?

This is a question we frequently get from adults students. We believe that it’s never too late to learn anything, and feel that in fact adults have some advantages that can help them learn faster. For example, many adults have a more refined capacity understand the instrument intellectually, and typically a longer attention span. We encourage any adult students to just jump in, start learning, and enjoy.

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