Cello Discovery Online Course Description

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This cello course is designed for the adult student who is interested in learning to play the cello through online cello lessons (a step-by-step course curriculum).

It includes the development of skills necessary to become independent as a musician. It concentrates on the development of correct posture, note-reading skills, aural skills, rhythmic patterns, intonation, and tonality inherent to Western string music.

The importance of understanding body mechanics as it relates to ease of playing is stressed. A progression of fundamental and technical proficiency is the goal. Emphasis will be placed on engaging within the Cello Discovery community and learning together through community interaction. Though interaction in the community is not mandated, it is highly encouraged.

 

BEGINNING ONLINE CELLO COURSE-

The Cello Discovery beginning curriculum is designed for the student with no prior experience playing the cello.

There are five courses in the Beginning curriculum. Each course has multiple sections and each section includes numerous lessons. 

Once the student has successfully begun making the first sounds on the cello, lessons will include interactive music scores(!). The student can use these interactive scores to hear the sound of the cello, play along with the cello, play along with the piano accompaniment  and learn the music quicker and easier.

Course Level 1:  For the student with no prior experience playing the cello.

In this course, the beginning student will learn:

  • How to select a cello
  • The supplies needed for successful learning
  • How to set the cello and bow into proper playing position
  • How to pluck the strings
  • How to play several pieces while plucking the open strings
Course Level 2:  

In this course, the beginning student will learn:

  • How to use the different parts of the bow
  • How to get a good sound while using the bow
  • How to play open strings with the bow
  • Beginning music literature while playing the open strings with the bow.
Course Level 3:  

In this course, the beginning student will learn:

  • Shaping the left hand 
  • How to pluck first finger notes 
  • How to bow first finger notes
  • How to play musical selections which include open strings and the 1st finger.
Course Level 4:

In this course, the beginning student will learn:

  • All the notes in the beginning cello position (1st position) on each string, 
  • Slurs
  • Double stops
  • Dozens of musical works from the standard and non-standard cello repertoire.
Course Level 5:  

In this course, the beginning student will learn;

  • Half position 
  • Hand extensions 
  • Advancing music literature.

INTERMEDIATE ONLINE CELLO COURSE:

The intermediate student may have played the cello in middle school or perhaps even high school, yet never fully learned the instrument to the extent they had hoped to. The Cello Discovery Intermediate level lessons gives the learner a good place to jump back in.

Course Level 1:  For the cello student re-discovering the cello after a hiatus. 

In this course, the beginning student will learn:

  • Shifting from lower to upper positions
  • Introduction to two-octave scales
  • Improving intonation
  • More complex music literature.
Course Level 2: 

In this course, the beginning student will learn:

  • Connecting the right and left hand with advancing techniques
  • How to play harmonics
  • A continuation of two-octave scales
  • More complex music literature.
Course Level 3: 

In this course, the beginning student will learn:

  • Maturing bowing techniques
  • Vibrato! (13-part series)
  • A continuation of scales
  • More complex music literature
Course Level 4:

In this course, the beginning student will learn:

  • Tenor & treble clef
  • Thumb position
  • Improvisation
  • Continuation of scales
  • Increasingly complex music literature.
 

The Advanced level is currently under construction but when complete it will explore a variety of orchestral skills necessary to acquire when playing in a chamber ensemble or community orchestra.