Learn the music you want in a way that works for you. At Sage Music®, you'll get private cello lessons customized to your goals in a welcoming community committed to your success.
More than teaching songs, we’ll teach you or your child the skills to play any song on cello. Our goal is to help you become the best person and musician you can be.
Lessons are with our trained, professional cello teachers using our proven Arpeggio® lesson system and personalized to your goals.
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The details matter
We’re not your ordinary music school
As a smart, conscious learner who is looking for the best, you’ll want to pay close attention to the details that make our program different from other cello schools.
And we know you’ll appreciate the Sage Music® difference.
A smarter way to learn cello
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Our cello teachers are highly trained in the best methods for learning and teaching music. You or your child will get the best instruction anywhere. So skip the amatuers, and learn with the pros who can properly guide you toward your goals.
Our Arpeggio® lesson system – backed by learning science – will help you learn cello quickly and easily with direction in a structured and step-by-step way. Plus we’ll teach you what to do, how to learn it, and why you’re doing it.
We know you’ll get the best results because our students see steady progress. So we’d never need to lock you into a contract. Yet students stay with us 3x longer than other schools. Get in touch to see why now.
Believe it or not 63.8% of our students are adults
Whether you want to be a professional musician or have had lifelong dreams of playing music, you’ll find yourself in good company at Sage Music.
Our students range from absolute beginners to intermediate players to advanced professionals looking to improve their skills and practice.
No matter what you want to learn, we’ll get you there.
Don’t want to play kids songs? No worry! We’ll work with you to help you play the music that you want. We personalize our lessons for you.
Sometimes we can jump right in with what you want, but other times it takes a little prep work. But we’ll always get you there.
In fact, most of our cello students are adult beginners. So you’ll find a welcoming environment with a team that knows how to work with folks just like you.
As an advancing cellist, we’ve got the skills to get your cello playing to the next level. We’ve worked with beginners and pros, so we know exactly how to get you from one level to the next.
Our students have included cast members of Saturday Night Live, Broadway performers, and producers coming to work on their keyboard skills. We’ve even helped students prepare for graduate degree auditions.
We go above and beyond other programs by developing more advanced skills, practice habits, and learning techniques. You’ll learn more music, in a shorter amount of time, and with greater skill and security.
Develop your child’s skills in a fun and engaging way
Just like you, we want to see your kid have fun, enjoy music, and grow into a capable, successful adult. And we also know you want a program you can trust because you are busy with so many things.
That’s what we’ve designed our Arpeggio® lesson system to do. Systems such as Suzuki, ABRSM, the Royal Conservatory simply provide a sequence of songs to play. But our system is designed to develop your child’s skills, enabling them to play any music they want. That’s real growth, and real learning.
In addition, our system provides you with detailed notes every week so you can stay in touch with your child’s development. Plus your child will have the opportunity to perform every week in our student sharing hour, in our open mics, or in our regular recitals. This gives you results that you and your child can see.
Our cello lessons are designed to help your child be their best. We'll teach them all the right things to do, but we'll also teach them to solve problems on their own. We want to help your child become independent, and capable.
Once your kid has learned the fundamentals, it's time to start putting them to use. That's why we offer student sharing hours, ensembles, and other performing opportunities to help them grow as a cellist.
Some of our young cellists have taken a serious interest in the cello. We've helped our students win auditions into college music programs, charter and magnet schools, and talented programs across the country. And we aim to cultivate a lifelong love of learning.
Here are just a few of the things that make us a different sort of music school. Learn more about what makes us different.
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How cello lessons work
From your first phone call to your ongoing private cello lessons, we’ll get to know you. We believe in building strong relationships so we can customize everything we do to your wants, needs, and goals.
Our professional teachers, using our proven, science-backed Arpeggio® lesson system, will help you learn the music you want. Lessons are clear, step-by-step, and structured so you will you steadily progress toward your goals.
Show off your newly developed cello skills by performing in our recitals, weekly open mics, or in our music match program. Perform with others, or simply enjoy your own playing.
Since our ARPEGGIO® program has been custom built to work around the needs and goals of the individual student, pricing plans vary. We do cost more than most other schools, but we simply provide a better lesson, experience, and value. You’ll get way more value for your money than other schools.
Our pricing includes access to our online community, free enrollment in our flagship music course The Sage Student ($549 on its own), our professionally trained Sage Music teachers, and the science backed ARPEGGIO® lesson system. Plus free enrollment in our recitals, open-mics, events, Music Match program, and more.
Contact us today for our best advice about the programs and pricing that are best for you.
Most of our students come to us after they have tried lessons somewhere else. They tried video courses or lessons that weren’t personlized for them – YouTube, Suzuki, TakeLessons or a cello lessons app. They took lessons with teachers who were not trained professionals.
And they just didn’t see the results they wanted.
They didn’t get better or ended up frustrated. They paid for videos but still had to teach themselves. They took lessons with someone who showed them what to do, but not how to do it.
And that left them unhappy. Feeling like they wasted time and money. So they looked for a better program.
The good news is that you’ve just found the #1 science backed program, guaranteed to get you results. That’s the Arpeggio® lessons system, designed right here at Sage Music®.
While they are similar, the types of cello are all slightly different to play and are used for different music. If you need help choosing the right kind of cello for your lessons, let us know. We’ll be happy to help.
While many cello programs only teach classical music, we focus on your goals.
We are happy to work with you on the music that you want to learn.
If you want to play the music of today, you’ll learn a solid cello technique just like our classical students. But we’ll apply your cello skills to the music that you want to play.
We believe that private lessons with one-on-one instruction provide you with the best chance of success. That's why we invest so much into our teacher training and private lesson program.
Most group classes are not very effective for learning to play the cello. However, they do provide some benefits like community, learning ensemble skills, and more. So we offer additional group classes to our private cello students so they can develop those skills, too.
Many of our students are interested in learning the music of the past masters of the cello like Brahms, Chopin, Liszt, Beethoven and Mozart. This music requires a high level of focus, precision, and skill. Our faculty, with master’s degrees in cello performance, have performed this music all over the world and gained the experience necessary to help you develop the skills you need to making meaningful and masterful performances of this great repertoire. Many of our students learn this music for fun, while others are preparing for Master’s Degree, College, or competitions like NYSSMA. Whatever your goals, we are happy to help you flourish as a classical cellist.
We get a few requests for Suzuki cello lessons. We've got much respect for what Suzuki was trying to accomplish. He had noble goals for developing children that we share. However, we know so much more bout learning than they did 100 years ago.
We also believe in helping students and parents achieve their individual goals. Methods that rely on graded assignments don't allow for personalization or an individual approach.
Our Arpeggio® lesson system provides the best, modern methods for learning the cello coupled with an individual approach.
Sage Music offers cello lessons for students of all ages and abilities in person and online at the following locations.
Located in a landmark, historic building, our San Antonio location boasts a concert stage, beautiful spaces, and clean, modern music teaching rooms all supported by our professional faculty and welcoming staff.
With Sage Music Online, you'll get all the benefits of our in-person instruction. Plus you'll get lesson recordings, a student app, and access to our online open mics, performances and more.
Check out our blog or read our recent articles below.
12 Items Needed for Cello Lessons and Study
The cello is a beautiful instrument, and learning to play the cello opens up the doors to many different musical opportunities. If you’d like to take cello lessons, there are a few things that you’ll need. Here’s a list of those main must-have items to help you get started.
Understanding the Masters of Cello Playing
An analysis of how cellists Fournier and Brantelid impacted cello playing.