Cello and Double Bass Lessons

Cello Lessons/ Double Bass Lessons

The cello’s mellow and soulful sound has inspired many to start cello lessons in Singapore. The influence of classical cellist legends including Rostropovich, Boccherini, Yo-Yo-Ma as well as contemporary cellist including Piano Guys and 2cellos has elevated the interest among many to start cello lessons, be it adult cello lessons or cello lessons for kids. The influence has encouraged students of all age groups to start cello lessons. Therefore we have programmed adult cello lessons and cello lessons for kids in our music lesson offering.

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Adult Cello Lessons

Whether our students have music background before starting adult cello lessons does not matter, as we customize the cello lesson syllabus based on each student’s needs. Some students who embark on adult cello lessons are very keen to learn to play the cello, however lack the confidence level to start cello lessons in Singapore. My advice: build up your confidence level as nothing is impossible! Start adult cello lessons soon!

Interesting to note that majority of students who have music background are pianists embarking on cello lessons in Singapore. Adult cello lessons for such students can be fun with a cello teacher who also has piano background, as the teacher can play piano-cello duet with the student during cello lessons. The same applies to cello lessons for kids.

Cello Lessons for kids

Cello lessons for kids are structured differently, with the emphasis on making cello lessons interesting and lively. We also need to be aware that cello lessons for kids age 3 to7, need to be structured differently from cello lessons for kids age 8 to 12 due to different learning ability. Our cello lessons for kids are carefully structured accordingly.

We also have intermediate cello lessons for kids which are geared towards building cello techniques with a view to progress via the ABRSM (Associated Board of Royal School of Music) examination program, audition for DSA (Direct School Admission). Techniques covered during cello lessons include developing better cello bow control, double stops, strings crossing, vibrato etc. The same applies to adult cello lessons.

Cello lessons (adult cello lessons and cello lessons for kids) can be conducted at our school (located at Sultan Plaza), at your home or at teacher’s location.

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  • Loh Hsiao Shan

    Loh Hsiao Shan

    Cello, Theory

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    Meet Our

    Cello Teacher

    Hsiao Shan started playing the cello at age 10 and was coached by Herminia Ilano and Zhao Yu Er. In 208 she was accepted in SOTA (School of the arts) and was under the tutelage of Dr Park So Young. She regularly performed solo, chamber and orchestral works during the 6 years in SOTA. She has also played in cello masterclasses with David Commanday, (USS) FranzBartolomey (Vienna) and Inbal Meggido (Israel).

    She was awarded the most outstanding performer (Chamber Music) at SOTA and Most Outstanding Player (Strings Section) by Singapore National Youth Orchestra. In 2013, Hsiao Shan was awarded full scholarship to pursue her graduate degree in Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music under the principal cellist of Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) Pei-Sian Ng. She graduated in 2017.with Bachelor in Music Performance (cello).

    Hsiao Shan started coaching in 2015 and has experience coaching students of all level and age group.

  • Sit Yee

    Sit Yee

    Cello, Theory

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    Cello Teacher

    Sit Yee graduated from NAFA (Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts) with Diploma in Cello in 2015. She studied under the tutelage of SSO (Singapore Symphony Orchestra) cellist Mr Song Woon Teng. Sit Yee started coaching since 2013 and has vast experience coaching students of all ages. Among her teaching experience is at Marlborough Internation College as cello instructor for the cello section of the school orchestra. Her second music instrument is the piano. Her aim is to bring a greater level of joy to music learning for her students.

  • Yi Kai

    Yi Kai

    Cello Coach

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    Cello Teacher

    Yi Kai has ABRSM grade 8 qualifications and is pursuing his Diploma in the cello. He started playing on the cello in 2008. Yi Kai started his journey with the cello in primary school when he joined the Chinese orchestra. His interest and performance skills were further developed in various strings ensemble groups and orchestras, including the Macpherson Philharmonic Orchestra. Yi Kai started coaching from 2017 and has experience coaching young children to adults. He has a passion to pass on his skills to student.

  • Amanda Zhu

    Amanda Zhu

    (Cello, Theory)

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    Meet Our

    Cello Teacher

    Born in Singapore. Professional cellist, second study pianist, and graduate (BMus Hons) from the Royal College of Music in 2018. Responsible, patient and excellent communicator with a good sense of humour.

    Aside from BMus (Hons) in Cello, Amanda has also LRSM in piano performance (2009). She is also well exposed to different cultures, having spent time in Shanghai and London, aside from Singapore.

    Amanda started teaching in 2013. Her teaching experience also spans across Shanghai, London and Singapore. She has experience coaching young children age 5 to adults.

    Her significant performance experience include 2017 performance at Royal Festival Hall in London (under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy), 2016 performance at @ Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall (Under the baton of Sir Bernard Haitink), 2016 performance at Royal College of Music.

  • Ha Linh Trinh

    Ha Linh Trinh

    (Cello, Theory)

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    Cello Teacher

    Linh graduated from Yong Siew Toh conservatory of Singapore in 2013 with Bachelors of Music with Honours, Cello Performance.

    She has vast coaching experience coaching strings ensemble, cello, violin, piano and early childhood music education. Coaching experience from 2007 in the following schools/ establishments: Macpherson Primary School (2009), Pioneer Primary School (2012), Cello mentor for Singapore National Youth Orchestra (2012), Dulwich International School (2015-2017).

    Linh studied under the following teachers: (2010-2013) Ng Pei Sian, Principal Cellist of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, (2009-2010) Leslie Tan, artist faculty of Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, Tang quartet resident.

    Her vast performance experience include the following highlights: 18 April 2013, “Centennial Rite” with YST conservatory orchestra at the Esplanade Hall, July 2012 England tour with Orchestra of Music Makers, August 2011 Asian Youth Orchestra Tour in Asia, August 2010 Opening ceremony of the inaugural Youth Olympic Games at Marina Bay, Singapore

  • Ophelia

    Ophelia

    (Cello, Theory)

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    Cello Teacher

    Ophelia graduated with Bachelors of Music with honours with NAFA (Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts) in collaboration with the Royal College of Music, London.

    She started learning the cello at the age of 13 and has been taught under Mr Kenneth Lee Hou Koon, Mr Lin Juan and is now under the tutelage of Ms Zhao Yu Er (Singapore Symphony Orchestra Cellist). During her international placement at the Royal College of Music in London, Ophelia also studied under Professor Amanda Truelove.

    Ophelia is also active in the music scene. Orchestra and ensemble groups she performs with include: NAFA Orchestra, NAFA Project Strings, Singapore Pocket Opera Theatre (SPOT), Orchestra of Music Makers (OMM), The Young Musician Foundation Orchestra (Singapore) and Marsiling Chinese Orchestra.

  • Mr Sim

    Mr Sim

    (Cello, Theory)

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    Cello Teacher

    Mr Sim has Masters of music (MMus) from Robert Schuman Hochschule, Dusseldorf, Germany. In 2013 he graduated from Yong Siew Toh conservatory with Bachelor of music (honours) in cello.

    As a cello teacher, his teaching experience range from instructor for Singapore National Youth Orchestra, National Junior College, as well as individual cello lessons across all levels and age group.

    He was awarded multiple scholarships (National Arts Council scholarship 2011, YST full scholarship). Has also garnered multiple awards including 1st prize ensemble category, national Chinese music competition 2008

  • Mr Chong

    Mr Chong

    (Cello, Theory)

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    Cello Teacher

    Mr Chong has ABRSM Diploma in Cello and Piano. He is a versatile artist — cellist, pianist and composer. He studied cello under the tutelage of Mrs Ilano. Apart from classical music, his playing repertoire include the pop and romantic genre.

    His performance experience include solo cellist performer for Taiwanese Singer Jeff Chang (2008), Francis Yip’s concert in 2009, solo performance of “Le Cygne” by Saint-Saens for former president MR S.R. Nathan and President for South-Africa at the Istana, as well as performances with singers including Joi Chua, Adam Cheng, Anita Sarawak. Read more

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  • I am an adult cello student with piano background. My buddy and I were looking to start cello lessons and found Stradivari Strings. I was impressed with the patience and knowledge Rita has in helping me to select the cello and bow most suited for me. Her specialized shop has a range of cellos and bows that caters to students with different budget in mind. Group cello lessons under Rita has also helped me to transit from piano playing to cello playing effectively. She teaches in a way that engages me at my level of playing and I find myself improving in ways I didnt expect. She also identifies my strength and weaknesses and teaches me the technique to hold, bow and play the cello. I enjoy playing music with the cello more now.
    Mark Anson
    Mark Anson
    Cello student
  • I had a great experience selecting my first cello at Stradivari Strings. Rita had made the process so comfortable and pleasant. She encouraged me to “connect” with the instrument and bow and did not rush me into selecting one. She was patient and provided me with lots of information on the different cello and bows. Cello lessons with Rita are nothing short of fun. She is very enthusiastic, encouraging and approachable. I have progressed immensely under her guidance. She is sharp and makes sure the foundation is done right. With her easy-going nature, it is effortless to start a conversation with Rita. I love to chat with her after lessons. I am also thankful that Rita is always kind enough to re-schedule my cello lessons whenever I need to. These have made my learning journey an amazing and encouraging one!
    Rachel
    Rachel
    Cello student
  • We have our daughter on a short term travel to Singapore and away from her usual cello in Seattle. Having Rita set us up with a practice cello for 5 weeks in Singapore was extremely valuable and she has made the arrangement professionally done, with clear and timely communication, and sent to our daughter’s hotel room expeditiously. We are fortunate to be in such excellent care of Stradivari Strings.
    Boon Siew
    Boon Siew
    Cello student
  • I am adult cello student with no music background. I started beginner cello lessons with Ms Rita at Stradivari Strings. Learning classical music is like learning a foreign language that comes with its own set of challenges. Fortunately, with Ms Rita’s simplified guidance, understanding and patience, I have managed to progress at my own pace even though I am a busy working adult. I also selected a cello and bow which is based on my budget and requirements from Stradivari Strings. I recommend any serious cello student to contact Stradivari Strings to start affordable cello lessons.
    Shafiqah
    Shafiqah
    Cello student
  • Starting cello lessons at Stradivari strings is truly a magical experience. Teacher Rita is a warm encouraging mentor who is with me every step of the way. She was with me when I chose my cello, ensuring that I had a good sounding Cello that met my needs for future goals of Cello practice and also fit my budget. I would always remember her advise that the Cello is my partner, and I had to be able to connect with it in order to truly learn how to play. She spent a good part of an hour with me making sure I had a connection with my Cello, offering different instruments and letting me experience the feel of holding the Cello. She also ensured I had a good bow, with a good handhold, and a good sturdy weight. More than this, her lessons are encouraging and warm. I probably am not the most talented person musically out there, but she’s always encouraging, allowing me to grow and practice and my own pace, and she is always 100% supportive of her students. It is truly an honor to be called Teacher Rita’s student and I hope more learners like me have the same fun experience I have with Stradivari Strings.
    Pat Lazatin
    Pat Lazatin
    Cello student
  • After learning cello on my own for about a year, I approached Rita at Stradivari Strings during the Circuit Breaker for online cello lessons to correct my posture and bowing techniques. I have been having weekly private cello lessons with Rita for 4 months already. Rita was sharp about pointing what was wrong and my posture, bowing and fingering techniques have improved since then. Being an adult learner with no music background, Rita is very encouraging with baby steps improvements and shares with me my progress. She emphasizes on note reading, intonations and rhythms and makes the lessons easier to understand. I will recommend adult cello learners like me to learn from Rita.
    Brenda
    Brenda
    Cello student
  • I am an adult cello student who is looking to start beginner cello lessons. Through Stradivari Strings, with the assistance of Rita, I found the cello and bow which I like. Rita also arranged for me to have online lessons with cello teacher Erkin since August of 2020. During our one to one, online cello classesm he has been very patient in teaching me and I am really am grateful that he is so willing to share a lot of the tips he has learnt throughout his cellist life. He is really a great teacher and funny too. I am blessed to be able to learn so much and much more to come from such a great cellist!
    Irene
    Irene
    Cello student
  • Always wanted to play the cello but as an adult, I thought starting beginner cello classes would be a bit awkward. Then I found Rita from Stradivari strings. She guided me to find my perfect cello at her shop which specialises in bowed strings instruments (including violin, viola, cello, bows and double bass). During the cello selection process,I tested various cello and cello bows until I found the one that fits me and my budget. Now, I’m learning to play the cello under her guidance. She’s very patient and accommodating.
    Asma
    Asma
    Cello student
  • I started my cello learning journey with Stradivari Strings. The experience has been positive. Rita assessed my motivation level for starting beginner cello lessons at ten-out-of-ten motivation level. Selecting my first cello could be confusing for a beginner who knew NOTHING about string instruments: “there is a part of the cello bow called ‘FROG’?” “Don’t judge a cello by its look? But this one looks so nice!” ”We are using HORSE hair for the cello bow?” Rita patiently addressed all my queries, listened to my needs, and recommended cello and cello bows that were budget-friendly. It was a pleasant seven-week of adult cello lessons so far at Stradivari Strings. Rita is friendly, patient, and more importantly she is able to adjust the syllabus based on my own learning pace. After all, there is no “one size fits all” as every student learns differently. Of course there were weeks with minimal progress and those weeks were draggy and filled with disappointment; I shared my difficulties encountered during cello practice and Rita addressed all of them and encouraged me to keep pushing myself. Six out of seven days a week I am with my cello (at least a “Hi” and a pat on its shoulder ^_^). It is like having a relationship with it: there are sweet and sorrow moments as we get along; I believe we are both learning to fit each other perfectly, and I know that I am in love with it tender-heartedly.
    Zi Lin
    Zi Lin
    Cello student
  • I found my cello teacher (teacher Hughes) from Stradivari Strings. He is a friendly and humorous person, yet professional and serious during cello lessons.His strong passion for music and cello shows through in his teaching. Cello classes are always lively and engaging. He is also eager to explain and address whatever questions I have.Teacher Hughes seems to hold his students to high standards. Yet, he is patient and respectful in guiding me when I struggle to meet his expectations. Even though I am an adult cello beginner with very basic music background, I have never felt patronised by him. As a highly accomplished musician, teacher Hughes’ playing is a joy to listen to, and hearing the beautiful tones he produces on my own entry-level cello inspires me to improve my playing.Overall, he has all the qualities of an excellent teacher and is the best teacher I can ask for!
    Elaine Chin
    Elaine Chin
    Cello student
  • I am an adult who has 10 years of piano background. I have always wanted to start private cello lessons and managed to contact Rita from Stradivari Strings. So far, I have had 5 cello lessons and it has been a great experience. Rita is sharp, talented and passionate in music with a pleasant personality while teaching. As an adult learner, Rita inspires me to love music again. I am very happy to reconnect with music after decades of abandoning it. During our cello classes, Rita emphasizes coaching me on note reading on the cello, bowing techniques, right posture, finger position as well as re-visit music theory. The latter I have totally long forgotten. It has been a happy learning journey. Rita has good knowledge on music instruments and her passion is not only in coaching cello students, she is also very knowledgeable in in handcrafted bowed string instruments (including violin, cello, viola and double bass). For this reason, I have no hesitation to purchase my cello from Stradivari strings.
    Emily Cheng
    Emily Cheng
    Cello student
  • I came to know Rita from Stradivari Strings when I was looking to start adult cello lessons. She is a dedicated cello teacher who tries various methods to help me improve my cello playing skills. As a beginner I experienced a lot of difficulties in terms of intonation. and rhythm. She helped me to focus and concentrate on areas that I need to overcome. She is strict but yet very encouraging, takes each lesson personally and invests her time & energy to help me advance further in my playing. She also went through a stringent process with me for my cello selection, explaining the made of each cello, the different types of cello bows, testing and showing me the difference of each material and how would it affect the sound of the music. Her expertise separates her from the average music teacher from other schools.
    Zoey Ng
    Zoey Ng
    Cello student
  • One of the best things that happened to me this year is getting in touch with my cello teacher Ms Rita. I started lessons since January and have come to enjoy my Singapore cello lessons for a variety of reasons: First, for effective learning to occur, it’s important that there is a personal student-teacher fit. This is the first consideration in learning an instrument on a 1-1 basis. Right from the get-go, I found Rita to have an excellent social and communication skills and a winsome sense of humour, a prerequisite for me. This has made cello classes for me really enjoyable. Second, very early in our pre-lesson discussion, Rita impressed me as a very knowledgeable person about the art and manufacture of the cello and cello bow. Her intimate historical and technical knowledge of how the instrument is crafted and it’s impact on its sound quality (and intrinsic value) persuaded me that I have made a good decision to take beginner cello lessons from her. A third reason why I eagerly look forward coming to Stradivari Strings each week is no less because of her unusual pedagogical approach – fun, supportive, encouraging, and pertinently informative. More delightful for me is her use of taking live videos of parts of my lesson for me to view as personal feedback based on the laudable principle of “seeing yourself play as
    Tian Rui
    Tian Rui
    (72 year old cello student)
  • I found my cello teacher Alisa from Stradivari Strings. Alisa has been a great help to my learning journey! During my weekly cello lessons, she emphasizes on having a solid and good foundation, which I really appreciate! Furthermore, she has been really accommodating to my busy work schedule. You can’t find a better cello teacher than her!
    Shaun
    Shaun
    Cello student
  • I had an amazing experience with Stradivari Strings, beginning with my first cello and cello bow purchase and subsequent cello lessons. The owner, Rita, is knowledgeable on all matters pertaining to string instruments. Rita is must-see for anyone interested in purchasing quality string instruments (violin, viola, cello and bows). Cello lessons with Rita is challenging yet enjoyable. I always look forward to our next lesson. Thanks a lot, Rita.
    Wei Yang
    Wei Yang
    Cello student
  • Teacher Hughes has ignited my child’s interest in cello. He is always patient yet firm enough to manage my active child. His classes are interesting and fun and my child looks forward to his cello class every week!
    Adelene
    Adelene
    Mother of 6 year old cello student
  • Teacher Hughes is a dedicated teacher who goes the extra mile to ensure that his students enjoy learning. His teaching is very musically based, with many different genres of song selected to develop one’s technique and musicality simultaneously. His witty and friendly personality makes lessons fun, and his deep knowledge and appreciation of music makes songs come alive during his lessons. Hughes is definitely one of the best music teachers around!
    Nicholas
    Nicholas
    Adult cello student
  • Since having teacher Hughes as my cello teacher, I have gotten a much deeper understanding of whatever piece I have been tasked to play as he educates me and encourages me to learn about the history of the music and hence the character that I should play it in. Through this, I also learn new technical skills each lesson, develop a better understanding and appreciation for music theory that helps produce the best sound for me.
    Jana
    Jana
    Adult cello student
  • My son (age 14) enrolled in the School of Young Talent Gifted Cellist program at the NAFA at the age of 7 and graduated when he was 12years old with a diploma in cello performance. I engaged teacher Linh in May 2018 to mentor and coach my son especially for competition and audition.

    UnderTeacher Linh’s tutelage,my son was awarded the Platinum Award for cello performance at the 7th Singapore Performer’s Festival and Chamber Music Competition in June 2018. Teacher Linh is a talented, patient,articulate and professional cello teacher who can work with students at all levels. She goes the extra mile to send videos and material to improve her student’s performance. I would like to take this opportunity to thank her again and I strongly recommend her to any parents or students who like to learn the cello.
    James Tang
    James Tang
    Parent of 14 year old cellist
  • My cello teacher is very committed and has developed a very effective teaching method. I am progressing very well. Thank you, Stradivari Strings.
    Sarah Lim
    Sarah Lim
    Adult cello student
  • My cello teacher understands that learning a music instrument like the cello is not easy, and she makes it easy for a beginner like me to understand. Thanks, Stradivari Strings
    Hee Jeong
    Hee Jeong
    Adult cello student
  • My 6 year old son’s cello teacher is very patient, engaging and professional. Thanks to her, our son is very passionate about cello and looks forward to his cello lesson every week.
    Sebastian Chew
    Sebastian Chew
    Father of Alpheus Chew
  • Teacher Hughes is an excellent cello teacher. He is fantastic and relates extremely well with my 10 year old daughter. He is ever so patient with her and offers words of encouragement during all cello lessons. I highly recommend him to any parent whose child wants to start cello classes. Thanks teacher Hughes for everything!
    Jacqueline Liew
    Jacqueline Liew
    Mother of 10 year old cello student
  • As an adult beginner, I had a lot of hesitation about learning a new and difficult instrument. But my passion for the cello and the way Ryan coaches make learning how to play this beautiful instrument, and music in general, fun and rewarding. Ryan is precise, professional and patient. He can clearly point out what I am doing wrong and encourages me when my techniques are right. He does not focus only on technical aspects of cello plying but also helps me discover my musicality. It is almost a year now since I started and I am grateful to have an amazing teacher who continues to nurture and inspire.
    Efren
    Efren
    Student

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  • Cello lessons fees are higher than other musical instruments such as piano or violin, primarily because there are less cello teacher in Singapore. Budget from $50 per lesson of 30 minutes upwards. Fees vary based on location as well as profile of the cello coach

    Here is a guide on cello lessons fee in Singapore:

    Beginner level cello lessons From $50 Duration 30 minutes to 45 minutes
    Intermediate level cello classes From $70 Duration 45 minutes to one hour
    Advance level cello lessons From $80 Duration 45 minutes to one hour

    For a firm quotation as well as information on the profile of the cello or double bass teacher, contact Stradivari Strings at +65-98137769
  • The cello is a bigger bowed strings instrument compared to the violin. Ideally, your child should be age 5 and above to be physically and cognitively ready to start private cello lessons. If you are keen to expose your child earlier to music, you can consider music enrichment programs
  • Many are surprised that adults can learn to play the cello too. In fact, 6 out of 10 of our students are adult learners who have no music background before starting cello classes. Have no fear as our cello teachers will guide you well during your adult cello lessons. Contact Stradivari Strings at info@stradivaristrings.com or +65-98137769 to discuss.
  • If you put in effort to understand what is taught during you weekly cello classes, you can expect to be quite good in two to three years. You may not be professional performance level yet but you should be able to play intermediate level pieces with ease.
  • There is no such thing as a difficult musical instrument to learn, be it cello lessons or violin lessons. Each challenges the musician in different ways. The most important thing is the mindset and determination of the student, as well as the teaching skills of the music teacher. Ace these two factors, invest in a great sounding cello and easy to handle cello bow, and you are good to go. For detailed guidance to start you on your cello class journey in Singapore, or anywhere in the world, contact Stradivari Strings at +65-98137769