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About Our Music School

Whether you are looking for music lessons in Mississauga, or more specifically cello lessons in Mississauga, look no further. The Mississauga Fine Arts Academy offers one-on-one, individually tailored cello lessons to meet your cello learning goals.

We offer in-person private lessons at our convenient Mississauga, Ontario location, and online lessons everywhere. Regardless of where you live, whether that's the Greater Toronto Area, Peel Region, Etobicoke, Oakville, or Milton, our location is easily accessed for in-person music classes or private online music classes provided in the comfort of your own home.

Whether you want to learn to play an instrument like the cello, guitar, piano, or want to take voice or harmony lessons or music theory lessons, our music school offers lessons to everyone interested starting from beginner to advanced level, including RCM exam preparation and entrance into music programs in colleges and universities.

Our music teachers will prepare you for the Royal Conservatory of Music exams (RCM exams). Whether it's RCM exam preparation in RCM theory or practical, you will succeed when you are prepared by a qualified teacher at the Mississauga Fine Arts Academy.

The Academy's cello teachers are also renowned musicians who have attended prestigious music schools and have many years of playing and teaching experience.  Our inspiring and dedicated music educators have a passion for music, an enormous teaching experience, and an unwavering commitment to quality and growth.

About our music school Cello Lessons

Our highly accredited music teachers have received their education from prestigious institutions such as The University of Toronto, Humber College, York University, Berklee College of Music, Glenn Gould Professional School, McGill University Faculty of Music and hold university degrees, Masters and Bachelor degrees in music and art. 

Rest assured, your selected teacher will provide you or your child with the personalized attention you deserve and will collaborate with you to determine the style of lessons that compliments you or your child's goals, strengths, and learning style. This includes accomodating special considerations when requested.

Regardless of the players' skill levels or previous music education, we offer music instructions starting from a beginner level and up. This will provide a solid foundation in your music education. For advanced students who already have an excellent foundation and are looking for a way to improve their cello playing skills, we provide advanced level cello lessons.

Our music school offers a cutting-edge music education curriculum developed in collaboration with the Royal Conservatory of Music. Our collaboration with the Royal Conservatory of Music guarantees our students access to a nationally accredited program giving them a solid foundation in their music studies.

Is Cello Hard To Learn?

As with any musical instrument, how hard it is to learn to play the cello depends on your dedication to the instrument and the amount of practice you put into it. 

Taking cello lessons from a qualified music instructor will for sure make this learning process rewarding, enjoyable, and most importantly successful.

Your cello teacher will also recommend the proper size and appropriate-level of cello to match your size, age, and ability level. Cellos are sized incrementally for younger students and are available in 1/16, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, and 3/4 reproductions of full-sized instruments.

Cello students who dedicate themselves to the instrument and continue taking cello classes beyond one year of private lessons have a great potential of becoming talented cello amateurs, even become professional cello players. Their passion for music and the cello grows every year they spend in this gold standard of music study in playing the cello.

Does Age Matter When Taking Cello Lessons?

You will progress well with learning to play the cello if you dedicate to spending enough quality time practicing the instrument. If you put in around 30 minutes a day of practice you will notice a significant improvement after a few weeks, regardless of how old you are.

Learning how to play the cello can begin at the age of six. No matter the age, whether young or old, the cello is a great instrument, to begin with, or continue your music education.

People of all ages, skill levels, previous musical education, and abilities to play are welcome to sign up for their cello lessons at the Mississauga Fine Arts Academy.

About the cello

The violoncello or cello is the tenor member of the violin family. Its four strings are tuned to perfect fifths. The cello is much larger than the violin. It is supported by a peg at its base while resting between the player's knees. The cello is played with a bow and occasionally plucked. It can produce beautiful and rich sounds. 

According to Wikipedia: "The name cello is derived from the ending of the Italian violoncello, which means "little violone". Violone ("big viola") was a large-sized member of the viol (viola da gamba) family or the violin (viola da braccio) family."

Like all the members of the violin family, the cello first emerged in Northern Italy in the first half of the 16th century in the workshops of famous instrument makers like Andrea Amati and Gasparo da Salo.

Parts of the Cello

The cello is a very versatile instrument. It has the uncanny capacity to produce a really high note and can quickly sink to the lowest notes. The cello’s versatility is one of the main reasons why it can be utilized in many musical genres including classical, electronic, contemporary, rock, blues, and so on.

The cello mimics the human voice well. The sound of the cello is not as high pitched as the violin. On the other side, its sound is not as low as the bass. The cello's sound is deeply layered and rich, which is why it is so popular among classical musicians. Due to its middle range, it is often reserved for the richest and warmest parts of the orchestra.

What Do You Learn When Taking Cello Lessons?

Our Academy's cutting-edge curriculum is developed in collaboration with the Royal Conservatory of Music.

What You Learn When Taking Cello Lessons

Our cello teachers teach musical theory, proper hand position, proper arm and hand technique, posture, bowing technique, ear training, sight-reading, and history. If there are any bad habits your teacher will work with you to correct them so it doesn't interfere with your cello learning process and achieving your full potential.

Advanced students continue to progress in their cello learning process with gradually challenging exercises, correct intonation, position shifting, and phrasing while expanding their repertoire. 

You will learn classical cello literature, solos, etudes, and chamber work written by famous composers for the cello. We teach several styles and musical genres ranging from rock, blues to classical music.

Rest assured, you will have many opportunities to learn to play your favourite popular songs, make your own fun improvisations and grow a substantial repertoire.

The Benefits of Learning To Play The Cello

The benefits of taking cello lessons are greater when starting from a young age but regardless of how old you are, learning to play the cello is very beneficial for your mind, body, and soul. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Learning to play the cello stimulates the brain – many studies have shown that learning to play an instrument like the cello leads to improved cognitive functions of the brain, decreasing the risk for dementia and other types of cognitive impairment.

  • In children, studying the cello has been linked to faster brain development. Children who take cello lessons can concentrate better, memorize, recall, multitask, and solve problems quicker, which leads to more confidence and better self-esteem. This also transfers to enhanced performance at school and other areas of life.

  • Playing the cello requires daily practice which enhances self-discipline.

  • Playing cello will help the player build physical strength. Holding the instrument will increase the player's upper body strength and promote good posture.

  • The cello can be performed solo, building the player's confidence. Chello can also be a part of an ensemble therefore teaching the player the great skill of group performance. As you learn to play the cello and play compositions with many other accompanying instruments, you will learn how to be a team player and work together towards success.
Teaching a Student to Play Cello
  • Playing the cello is good for your mind, body, and soul by helping you relax, meditate, and decrease your stress level. Playing the cello will improve your physical and mental wellbeing.

  • High school students are also able to get school credits if they complete certain RCM examinations and obtain RCM certifications for Levels 7 and 8.

Famous Cello Players & Composers

The cello is primarily a classical, orchestral, and chamber music instrument, but it is also heard in jazz, blues, folk, rock, and pop music.

Bach: Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, Prélude
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Yo-Yo Ma performing Bach: Cello Suite No. 1

Famous classical cello players include Yo-Yo Ma, Jacqueline du Pre, Zara Nelsova, Johann Sebastian Paetsch, Pablo Casals, Mstislav Rostropovich, Janos Starker, and Maurice Gendron, and Stjepan Hauser just to name a few.

Cello classical compositions have been composed by many famous composers including Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Britten, Bruch, Dvorak, Elgar, Haydn, and Shostakovich.

Well-known jazz cello players include Harry Babasin, Dave Holland, Abdul Wadud, Ron Carter, Oscar Pettiford, and Canadian-born Lucio Amanti heard playing jazz cello in the next video titled "Dance'.

Lucio Amanti Playing Jazz Cello
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Lucio Amanti – Dance

Apocolyptica Metallica Cover: Nothing Else Matters
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Metallica – Nothing Else Matters – Apocalyptica Cover

Rock/pop bands that have used the cello include Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, ELO, Genesis, Pink Floyd, and Aerosmith. The band Apocalyptica from Finland is featured in this next video with a Metallica cover. Apocalyptica as a band has had up to four cellos playing along with a drummer. They cover songs but also have their own original songs with vocals.

There are many songs arranged for cello and it is amazing to hear two or three cellos playing a song together. Here is one example for you to enjoy.

2Cellos playing Smooth Criminal
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The 2Cellos performing “Michael Jacksons’ “Smooth Criminal” on 2 cellos

What We Offer At Our Academy

Our students participate in an annual recital and many music festivals during the school year, including the Peel Music Festival where they have received many awards.

Our Academy of music provides many other different types of private lessons. To accommodate your busy schedules and lesson preferences we provide in-person music lessons and online music lessons, including:

We provide one on one private cello classes in person at our convenient Mississauga location and online cello classes.

Our current rate is $35.00 per 30-minute private cello lesson. Lessons are scheduled once a week and available seven days a week.

There is a one-time registration fee of $25.00.

No prior musical experience is required to start lessons.

Don’t delay your cello learning journey. Discover how fun, enjoyable, and rewarding learning the cello can be. Sign up today.

The Academy’s passion is not only to see children and adult students fall in love with music and play instruments but to also spill over their joy and love onto others. 

Make this world a better place through music, come, and learn to play the cello at the Mississauga Fine Arts Academy.

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