Cello Lessons in Pasadena, CA

Further your Cello Skills at Pasadena's Award-Winning Music School

The Academy's Cello Lessons in Pasadena, CA

The Altadena Academy of Music, serving hundreds of students from the vibrant city of Pasadena, California, is a distinguished institution that offers exceptional cello lessons to aspiring musicians of all ages (including adults) and skill levels. With a rich musical heritage and commitment to nurturing artistic talent, the academy has become a hub for individuals seeking comprehensive world-class cello lessons in the area.

At the Altadena Academy of Music, students embark on a transformative musical journey under the guidance of highly skilled and experienced Pasadena based cello teachers and instructors. The academy prides itself on employing a team of dedicated professionals who are not only accomplished performers but also passionate educators. They create a supportive and inspiring environment that encourages students to unlock their full potential and develop a deep love for the cello.

Whether students are absolute beginners or seasoned cellists looking to refine their technique, the Altadena Academy of Music caters to their unique needs. The curriculum is thoughtfully designed to provide a well-rounded musical education, encompassing fundamental skills such as music theory, sight-reading, ear training, and proper hand positioning. Students also have the opportunity to explore various genres, including rock, classical, blues, jazz, contemporary, and more, allowing them to broaden their musical horizons and discover their individual artistic cellos.

The Altadena Academy of Music takes pride in its state-of-the-art facilities, which are equipped with top-quality pianos and instruments to ensure an exceptional learning experience. The academy also hosts regular recitals and performance opportunities, allowing students to showcase their progress and gain confidence in their abilities. Furthermore, the academy actively engages with the local community, organizing concerts and events that foster a sense of artistic collaboration and appreciation.

Serving the beautiful community of Pasadena, with its vibrant arts scene and proximity to renowned cultural institutions, the Altadena Academy of Music offers students a rich musical environment that fuels their passion and growth. Through its commitment to excellence, personalized instruction, and nurturing environment, the academy continues to inspire generations of cello enthusiasts to explore, create, and flourish in the realm of music.

New students enrolling in cello lessons receive a welcome package as well as an Altadena Academy of Music Practice tote bag. For more information regarding cello lessons at the Altadena Academy of Music, please contact our office by calling us at (626) 296-0799 or registering for lessons by clicking the button below. The Academy proudly offers cello lessons to students in Altadena, Pasadena, La Cañada, Glendale, Burbank, Monrovia, San Gabriel, Alhambra, San Marino and surrounding areas.

Cello Lessons Tuition in Pasadena, CA

The prices listed here are for private cello lessons taking place at the Academy once a week, as well as virtual and online cello lessons. The Academy is located on the border of Pasadena, CA and Altadena, CA. For in-home lesson rates, please contact us!

30 Minutes


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45 Minutes


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60 Minutes


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Levels of Cello Lessons

No matter the level at which you currently are - whether a complete beginner or an advanced student who has been taking guitar lessons for a decade - the Altadena Academy of Music, serving Pasadena, is here to help you get the most out of guitar lessons. Since we specialize in private lessons which we have been delivering since 2003, we ensure that your experience with guitar lessons is tailored to your current level, the pace at which you are comfortable to work at, as well as your goals and ambitions within music.



Our beginner cello lessons are designed for students of all ages with little to no cello experience. If you are brand new to cello lessons, you can expect a wonderful experience that covers all of the important fundamentals, including hand positioning, fingering, basics of music theory and sight reading, musical notations, and other important elements.


Intermediate cello lessons are ideal for students who have been playing for over two and a half years and want to continue improving their skills, including technique, sight reading, and musicianship. It is important to note that we emphasize music theory as part of all of our lessons, so if you are behind on a certain aspect of theory, we will make sure that you are in sync between your practical knowledge and technique, as well as your theoretical knowledge.


Advanced lessons are generally the path for students who have been playing for a minimum of seven years who wish to either hone their existing skills, learn a new piece, or prepare for a rigorous audition to professional-level competitions, exams (MTAC/MTNA/Royal), and auditions to music schools and conservatories.

Why Choose Our Academy for Cello Lessons in Pasadena, CA

Our Cello Teachers

Our teachers are truly the core of our institution. As mentioned previously, we receive hundreds of teaching applications every year, and every cello teacher on our team is a proven professional with a great personality (and their educational, performance, and teaching background speaks for themselves too!).

Our Facility

We pride ourselves on teaching students on the finest upright and grand pianos, including a large array of Yamaha U-1s and U-3s, as well as Steinway & Sons Grand Pianos. We feature a comfortable lounge for parents with high-speed WiFi, an area for little kids to play and check out Lego magazines and coloring books, as well as plenty of free parking. The Academy, located on the border of Pasadena and Altadena, is central to grocery stores, even allowing you to make a quick grocery run while your child is in class.

Our Experience

We have been part of the Pasadena, Altadena, and La Cañada communities since 2003. Delivering cello lessons to thousands of students (both children and adults) over the years has allowed us to foster the best possible environment for learning music.

Our Policies

We provide students with month-to-month lessons with no long-term commitments. Switching gears away from music? Simply give us a 30-day heads up and you are good to go! Need to change your lesson time? Let us know and we'll be glad to look at other options. And of course - need to miss a lesson? Let us know in advance and you can always receive a private make up credit, rather than lose your lesson or do a group make up.

Our Accolades

We genuinely hate to brag - but we have been chosen as the Best Music School by Expertise Magazine for several years in a row. We are also a Pasadena Weekly Reader Recommended Music School (every year since 2015). Lastly, we are a Steinway & Sons Teaching and Educational Partner, an extremely rare designation for private music schools, as well as members of the Music Teachers' Association of California. The list of the Academy's accolades, including students' competition wins, goes on, and we really hope it speaks for itself!

Meet Some of Our Cello Teachers in Pasadena, CA

As Pasadena and Altadena's top-rated music school and academy for cello lessons, we generally attract over fifty top piano teachers' resumes for a single piano teacher opening at our school located on the border of Altadena and Pasadena. As you can imagine, the selection process to teach piano at the Altadena Academy of Music is extremely rigorous and includes not only technical and behavioral interviews, but also sample lessons and feedback collection from students.

Due to this rigorous interview process for cello teachers, we pride ourselves in having the most dedicated and prestigious faculty of any school in the Altadena and Pasadena area. Teachers on our team have received degrees from the world's best music programs, including the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, USC Thornton School of Music, Juilliard, Peabody Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, Columbia University, and the Curtis Institute of Music.

Our Piano Teachers

All of our private cello teachers possess not only excellent teaching ability, but also hands-on performance experience which allows them to share unparalleled real-world expertise during each and every cello lesson.


Ms. Alethea

Bachelor's Degree, Whithman College

Ms. Valerie

Bachelor's Degree, CSUF

Mr. Kevin

Bachelor's Degree, Fort Lewis College

Our Cello & Student Gallery in Altadena and Pasadena

Frequently Asked Questions About Cello Lessons

Given the wide variety of cellos to choose from, it is important to consider your budget, skill level, and the sound quality that you desire in order to pick the cello that is right for you. Our teachers at the Altadena Academy of Music will advise you in selecting a cello that best fits you.

Generally, children ages 4.5 and up are old enough to begin cello lessons. Students younger than 4.5 are able to enroll in General Music Private lessons, which will cover many of the fundamentals needed to successfully transition to cello lessons once a student is at the right age.

Starting early is encouraged as there are a multitude of benefits of taking cello lessons as a child. These include better cognitive development, enhanced memory, as well as the social benefits of being in a music school setting. Additionally, taking music lessons has been proven to improve students' results in math, as well as shown improvement in mental health and self-esteem. Of course, aside from the scientific benefits, music lessons are fun and enjoyable, and give children a unique hobby to be passionate about.

As the old saying goes (pun intended), you are never too old to pursue a new hobby. Adults make up about one-third of the Academy's students, and adult piano lessons specifically are a very popular choice. Adults choosing to pick up music usually do so to engage in a new hobby, meet friends , and hone their musical abilities.

Additionally, students looking into improving their memory, as well as controlling certain conditions, such as Parkinson's tremors, are actually encouraged to begin piano lessons, as playing music is scientifically proven to stimulate the brain and allow you to strengthen and improve your hand coordination.

All of our cello lessons here at the Altadena Academy of Music include sight reading and music theory. Unlike many teachers and schools, we are against delivering lessons that teach students how to play "by ear" and do not partake in this practice. Learning music and taking cello lessons without learning how to sight read is akin to learning a foreign language without learning the alphabet. You may be able to recite a few phrases extremely well, but once faced with a phrase that may not be exactly what you have learned, you will not be able to make any progress. The same goes for music, hence the need for all students taking cello lessons to learn how to sight read, as well as understand basic music theory.

Cello strings need changing periodically in order to maintain optimal sound quality. The frequency of string changes depends on the quality of strings as well as the amount of time spent playing. It is recommended that cello strings be changed every 6-12 months.

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