• Dramatically lit photo of a cello.
    Early Childhood Cello
    Classes for ages 4 to 7

Early Childhood Cello is a beginning class for young students with very little or no previous experience with the cello. The course is designed to introduce the fundamentals of cello playing to children in a fun group setting with their peers.

There is an emphasis on developing a proper set up while learning basic musical concepts and note reading. The children will learn to play by ear and develop an ease with the instrument through storytelling and song.  Course techniques and concepts include:

  • Learning correct posture and physical set up with the cello
  • Learning a proper bow hold
  • Rhythm exercises
  • Ear training 
  • Sound production
  • Basic note reading

The Conservatory's Early Childhood Strings Program provides specialized instructional balance. Your child will benefit being in a supportive group setting where games and songs provide an enjoyable child-centered environment, while group classes provide you a cost-effective way to ensure your child profits from an exceptional learning experience. Parents will have the opportunity to observe their children's progress.

In addition to the intrinsic value of learning to play an instrument well, studies show there are many non-musical benefits for your child:

  • More robust brain stem responses to sound
  • Improved discrimination of pitch and segmentation, and enhanced neural processing of speech
  • Improved working memory and cognitive flexibility
  • Enhanced reading abilities
  • Improved spatial-navigational reasoning, visual form analysis, numerical discrimination and receptive vocabulary
  • Finger motor skills
  • Auditory discrimination skills and the ability to focus in noisy environments
  • Differences in brain activity and volume

This course is 12 classes.

  Instructor:  Beth Root Sandvoss

Course CRN Day Date Time Fee
Early Childhood Cello 91082 Friday Oct. 1, 2021 - Jan. 28, 2022 6:30 - 7:15 p.m. $535
Early Childhood Cello 91083 Saturday Oct. 2, 2021 - Jan. 29, 2022 2 - 2:45 p.m. $535



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