top of page

frequently asked Questions

  • Can an adult start taking instrumental lessons without any previous musical knowledge?
    Yes, of course! You can learn an instrument at any age. Children learn more intuitively than adults, but adults often have more motivation to practice and can also learn very quickly due to their rational understanding of making music.
  • Is a cello difficult to carry? How much does a cello weigh?
    The cello is one of the larger instruments, but it is much easier to handle than it might first appear. The cello itself usually weighs about 2-3 kg (even less for children's sizes). There is also a cello case that weighs around 2 kg, or a cello case that weighs from around 2.3 kg. So in most cases the total weight is around 4-7 kg.
  • Do I need to buy a cello?
    There are several ways to get a cello. To start, I recommend renting an instrument. I have been working with the best violin makers in Vienna for many years and together we can help you find the right instrument for you. Of course, there is also the option of buying a cello right away, and I would be happy to advise you on that as well.
  • What do I need at the beginning?
    If you rent a cello, you will receive the bow, a cello bag or a case and rosin. You also need a cello endpin holder (alternatively, an old strap or belt works), a music stand to sit in a comfortable position while reading music, and a soft microfiber cloth for cleaning. You will receive all sheet music from me. With this equipment you are well prepared to start playing the cello!
  • How often should I take lessons?
    I always recommend a weekly lesson to start with, as we have a lot of material to learn and want to build a solid foundation. After a few months, we can then create a different schedule that better suits your needs. If you want to make rapid progress, regular, weekly classes are best. Of course, I understand that every student has unique daily schedules and commitments. That's why we will discuss your individual plan during the trial lesson and adjust it again and again if necessary. I'm very flexible with the schedule and want to make sure the lessons are tailored to you so you can get the most out of your cello playing.
  • How fast will I be able to play a song?
    That depends on various factors, such as whether you already play another instrument, can read music, and how much time you have to practice. But don't worry, in the first month you will definitely be able to play your first pieces of music. If you have any musical requests, in most cases I will be able to adapt them to your current playing level so we can play your favorite tunes together. Your enjoyment of making music is my top priority and I will do my best to support you on your musical path.
  • Was sind die Vorzüge des privaten Musikunterrichts im Vergleich zur Musikschule?
    Private music lessons have several advantages compared to music school. Here are some of them: Individual attention: In private music lessons, the teacher can fully concentrate on the student and meet their individual needs and abilities. Flexibility: Lesson scheduling can usually be more flexible as it is agreed between the student and the teacher. Longer lessons: allow for an in-depth study of the material, more practical application and extensive feedback. Adaptability: In private lessons, the curriculum can be better adapted to the student's interests and goals, which can lead to a more effective learning process. Progress at Your Own Pace: Students can learn at their own pace without having to conform to the general tempo of a music school group. Personal Relationship: Private tuition allows for a closer connection between teacher and student, which can lead to better understanding and support during learning. Opportunity to deepen specific interests: Private lessons allow the student to focus on specific styles of music, techniques or pieces that interest them.
  • What cello size is right for my child?
    The right cello size for your child depends on the child's height and arm length. Here are some guidelines that can help you choose the right cello size: 1/8 Cello: Suitable for children with a height of about 90cm-105cm and an arm length of about 42cm or less. 1/4 cello: Recommended for children with a height of about 105 cm to 125 cm and an arm length of about 42 cm to 48 cm. 1/2 Cello: Suitable for children with a height of about 125 cm to 145 cm and an arm length of about 48 cm to 53 cm. 3/4 Cello: Suitable for children with a height of about 145cm to 160cm and an arm length of about 53cm to 57cm. 4/4 ("whole") cello: For teenagers and adults over 160 cm tall and with an arm length of more than 57 cm. It is important for the child to try the cello before buying/renting it to ensure they are comfortable playing it.
  • How much and how often should my child practice?
    The amount and frequency of practice depends on various factors, such as the child's age, experience with the instrument, goals, and commitment to music. Here are some general recommendations for practice time that can serve as a guide: Regularity: Regular practice is important to make progress. It is better to practice every day for a shorter time than just once a week for a long time. Try to build a fixed practice time into your child's daily routine. Consider the child's age: For younger children, shorter practice times may be sufficient. For example, 10 to 15 minutes a day might be appropriate for beginners, while advanced students might practice 30 minutes or more a day. Adjusting for Attention Span: Consider your child's attention span. Younger children often have shorter attention spans and can benefit from frequent breaks during practice. Goal Setting: Set realistic goals for practice with your child. Focusing on small, achievable goals can boost motivation and progress.
  • What do I need for online lessons?
    All you need for online lessons is a tablet, laptop or computer with a stable internet connection. The lessons take place via Zoom as this platform offers the best sound quality. If you want to enhance the experience even more, I recommend using good headphones and a separate microphone, but it's not mandatory.
bottom of page