Ready to Learn the Cello? Members Have Access to ALL Cello Courses.

If you are just beginning your studies on the cello, start your learning with Beginning, Level I. No previous musical experience needed! If you have some experience with the cello but it has been many years, feel reach out to us so we can help you determine the perfect starting point.

Free

How to Use this Site

Start here! This short course will give you the full layout of the website as well as how to work within the courses, the interactive music and the community page.

Free

Beginner Level 1

The Cello Discovery “Beginner Level 1” course is designed for the student with no prior experience playing the cello. Detailed video lessons are presented to teach the student everything from where to get a good cello – all the way through making the first sounds on the cello.

Free

Beginner Level 2

Beginner Level 2 course takes the student through learning to play in the three different parts of the bow as well as how to producer a beautiful, full tone. It concludes with beginning level music literature on open strings.

Free

Beginner Level 3

In this course, the student will learn how to shape the left hand and begin using the 1st finger in some simple music literature.

Free

Beginner Level 4

In this course, the student will learn 1st position on all strings as well as slurs and double-stops.

Free

Beginner Level 5

This course covers half position, extensions and advancing music literature.

Free

Intermediate Level 1

Int. Level I takes the student through shifting, double-stops and how to practice scales.

Free

Intermediate Level 2

Int. Level 2 explores the Feuillard bow studies, plus natural and artificial harmonics AND bow vocabulary/terminology (articulations).

Free

Intermediate Level 3

Int. Level 3 has an in-depth study on vibrato and transitions to more complex music literature.

Free

Intermediate Level 4

Int. Level 4 explores an introduction to thumb position, improvisation as well as with learning to read tenor and treble clefs.

Free

Intermediate Level 5

This level will explore learning to play in a community orchestra as well as an exploration of musicality.

Free
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Folk / Pop / Holiday Music

This "course" is a place to quickly find beginning level folk and pop melodies

Free

SCALES, SCALES, SCALES!

This course is a place for you to practice slow scales with a beautiful, meditative accompaniment.

Free
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2022 ZOOM Sessions

Zoom workshops are deep-dives into specific topics. This is the archive for 2022.

Free
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2023 ZOOM Sessions

Zoom workshops are deep-dives into specific topics. This is the archive for 2023.

Free
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2024 ZOOM Sessions

Zoom workshops are deep-dives into specific topics. This is the archive for 2024.

Free

SUMMER 2024 In-Person WORKSHOP!

This "course" will be a place to access info. regarding our Summer 2024 Workshop.

Free
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VIRTUAL CELLO CHOIR

A few times a year we will play virtual concerts. This is where the information and music will be located.

Carolyn Hagler - Instructor

About the Author: Carolyn Hagler is the founder and director of www.CelloDiscovery.com – “The Home for Beginning Adult Cello Students”. She is a tenured member of the Austin Symphony Orchestra and earned a Master of Music degree in cello performance from the University of Texas at Austin. She also holds a K-12 teaching certificate in the state of Texas. Carolyn has focused her pedagogy on teaching adults the joy of learning the cello through a natural, relaxed body, achievable goals and fun, engaging interactive music scores. Carolyn spent decades honing her skills as an expert teacher of beginning students. Throughout her many years as a public school orchestra director, she was able to teach hundreds of students the skills necessary to win top honors in contests and festivals throughout the state of Texas As a cellist, Carolyn has performed on numerous recordings and soundtracks, toured internationally and explored many different styles of music. Though raised in Northern California, she currently lives in Austin, TX with her husband and their dog, Annie.
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