The Art of Learning the Cello

In this month’s issue of KidsVT, I wrote a small piece on the art of learning the cello. The “Art of …” column aims to provide parents with an idea of what’s involved in learning a new, creative skill. One of music’s wonderful benefits, as a mom of a precocious cellist notes in the story, is that children learn “through hard work they can accomplish something.”

Vermont has many wonderful teachers and music resources for aspiring classical musicians. The Vermont Youth Orchestra offers several ensembles, depending on the age and musical level of the child. Several amateur orchestras thrive in Northwest Vermont, and occasionally older (high-school) age students play along with these groups, too. A great resource is the Burlington Violin Shop, located on Church Street, whose owner, Kathy Reilly, offers a list of local string teachers and is wonderful with fitting children to the correctly sized instrument. (With my kids learning the cello and violin, we have had great experiences at her beautiful shop.) 

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