Choosing a good cello music school takes just a tad more work than just opening your
local newspaper and choosing the first teacher or school that pops out at you. You
have to think about your needs before deciding, and should get a few questions
For instance do you know how professional the school is? Do advanced students get
the opportunity to perform, and is there some type of exchange program for them?
These are just a few of the questions you should address, and here are a few tips to
help you in selecting a cello school.
1. Find out what kind of experience the cello music school has. You need to know the
history of a school and know how long the school has been in existence. This will
help you determine how successful the school is or isn't.
2. What kind of background do teachers have? You should also determine where the
teachers come from and where they have played or taught before. You need to know
what their educational background is.
3. Ask about graduate students, and where some have continued their studies. A
successful cello school will also have successful graduate students.
4. Obviously, you must find out about cost. Some schools will be less expensive than
others, while others will charge more for good reason. Essentially, they have more to
offer their students.
5. Are the cello lessons given as a group classes or individual? This is not to say that
group classes are less valuable than individual classes, in many cases a group class is
offered for a reason, and this is probably done in the students best interest, at least this
is the case in a good school.
6. If group classes are recommended find out how many students are placed in that
group. These can be beneficial, however, too large a group can hamper learning.
7. Ask about teaching methods. Good cello schools are proud of the teaching method
they use and are willing to share it.
8. You should also perform a check on the director's qualifications and credentials.
9. Consider that a school that focuses on developing good cellists will also have a lot
of connections with music management companies.
These are questions you should not be ashamed to ask. Most music schools will be
more than glad to give you all the information they can.
They will usually tell you of the types of certifications they offer, the admission
requirements, whether there is an audition requirement, types of students they have,
and their faculty qualifications. They are also proud of their students and will tell you
of all the performances students participate in.
It's important that you investigate a music school well. You don't want to invest a lot
of money in a company that will be gone in a few months, or one which invests very
little in its faculty thereby offering very little to its students.