Frequently asked questions

You are most welcome to join The London Cello Institute, even if you are an absolute beginner without any prior musical experience. Our cello courses are designed for adults who are brand new to music, so no previous knowledge is necessary to join. Learning how to read music notation and theory will be part of your cello course, so there is nothing to worry about.

Definitely not. We believe that there is no age limit to learn and enjoy playing the cello for your pleasure.

Of course! You are most welcome to give it a try and book an introductory lesson to find out if playing the cello is really what you want to do. Be reassured that there is no need to possess any talent to join The London Cello Institute. We believe that all adults can play the cello thanks to the expert guidance of our excellent cello instructors.

You do not need to own a cello to start your cello course. The purchase of the most suitable instrument for you to begin your education can be discussed with your instructor during your first cello lesson. He or she will be able to make a recommendation and advise on the best instrument to acquire.

Absolutely! The London Cello Institute is entirely dedicated to adults who wish to play for their pleasure and enjoyment, so you are more than welcome to join.

You need to practice if you intend to make any progress. Attending your cello lessons will offer you the guidance and feedback needed to improve in the right direction, but a personal daily practice is necessary to enhance your cello skills.

It all depends on your current level. As a complete beginner, you can start with 15 minutes each day to get into the habit of practising daily. It should then increase to 30 minutes quite rapidly as you will need enough time to review and improve the material that has been studied during your cello lessons.

Not at all. All our cello instructors have been selected for their remarkable understanding of adults who play the cello for their pleasure. They are, therefore, extremely patient, kind and supportive. We can assure you that your instructor will never judge, patronise or criticise you negatively.

Yes, we do offer preparation to the ABRSM grade examinations from grade 1 to grade 8, but sitting the exams is not compulsory.

It is a complicated question to answer as it all depends on your abilities and the specific goal that you have in mind. As per our experience, we can, however, say that you should be able to play some exquisite simple cello pieces after a few months only.

The duration of your cello course depends on your personal goal after attending for a minimum of 3 months. Your lessons will then take place on an ongoing basis until you are satisfied with your cello playing or unable to pursue your education.

As we do not follow a set syllabus but prefer adapting to each to provide you with the most suitable cello education possible, the content of our cello lessons depends on your current abilities, wishes and style studied.

At The London Cello Institute, we understand that it can be difficult for some busy professionals to attend their cello lessons on a set day and time each week. We will be happy to accommodate you, but please inform us before signing up as any special request is subject to an extra fee and availability.