Follow your musical dreams with these Six Steps to Cello Series! Explore the many styles of music you can play, including Celtic, Irish or Zen Cello. Step outside your classical music box, cellists!
This course is designed for advanced beginners who need a special boost to get them through some of the difficulties of playing cello at that early level in their cello playing career. It features one private lesson and one group class weekly for twelve weeks.
Yay advanced beginners. The Guru has got you!
To sign up for this course, book your free consultation below.
"Thank you so much for the first Twelve Step Class yesterday. You are a wonderful facilitator! I know that we will all improve by leaps and bounds by the end of the twelve weeks."
- Pat, from Bellevue, Washington
"Thank you Marcie! Although we have only had two lessons, I already feel my insecurities diminished, allowing my enjoyment and excitement to flourish. Your teaching style is just what I needed; feeling empowered!"
-Peggy, from Fort Worth, Texas
On this site you can find opportunity.
But you have to be open to it.
Do you want to learn to play different kinds of music on your cello, but you hesitate because you think it's too hard?
I'm here to tell you that your dreams are possible.
It doesn't matter that it's hard.
You can do hard things.
Creating success is always hard.
Let it be hard.
Plan on it.
When we do hard things, we become stronger.
When we feel uncomfortable, then we know we are getting somewhere.
Hard is not a reason not to do something.
It's the exact reason to do something.
Just show up.
Work at it.
Let's do this!
Are you ready?*
-Stephanie Trottier of The Celebrity Cafe
The classical coaching is for cellists who already have at least three two octave scales in your repertoire. We will hone your skills by working through pieces that are appropriate for your level from the Suzuki repertoire books. Listening to the pieces will help you to learn much faster. We will supplement your musical education with scales and arpeggios and maybe throw some Celtic or Irish pieces in to the mix, if you are game for that. Or not. It's up to you. Let's get to it, classical cellists. I can take you to the next level.
The improvisation coaching is for cellists who have at least three two octave scales in your repertoire. If you want to learn to play jazz standards on the cello, you can do it here. I can help you to develop the skills, through scales and arpeggios and some knowledge of theory, to play bass lines and to make up your own parts over chord charts. Here's where the fun begins. Soon you will start to feel free, like you have grown some wings! You will be able to play with friends and in bands as well. Make sure to check out my Six Steps to Jazz Cello Series on the shop page and also on the book a lesson page. There you can see all the different musical options that are available for you to choose from. Can't wait to get you started. Let's do this, courageous cellists!
Six Steps to Jazz Cello
Six Steps to Celtic Cello
Six Steps to Irish Cello
Six Steps to Zen Cello
Six Steps to Cello Around the World
Six Steps to Blues Cello Series
Six Steps to the Cello Bach Suites
Six Steps to Cello Vivaldi
Six Steps to Scales and Arpeggios Cello
Six Steps to Music Theory on the Cello
Six Steps to Pop Music Cello
If you have always wanted to learn to play jazz standards, this is the course for you! During our six private sessions, we will work through melodies, baselines, walking bass, scales and arpeggios that move along with the tune and, the ultimate, how to solo over chord progressions.
I absolutely love playing jazz standards on my cello. Love it. I grew up in a classical family, playing classical music .My dad is a conductor. When I learned to improvise on the cello though, is when I really started to feel freedom in my music. Gaining the tools for jazz and improvisation is a never-ending study that we can all aspire to. I can share those tools with you. I would love to do that. It's my thing. It's what I've done my entire professional career. It's what I'm great at. Come on! You can do this too. What are you waiting for? Are you ready?
Prerequisite for the Jazz Cello Series: The cellist should have at least five major and minor three octave scales and arpeggios at their fingertips so we can nail this music.
"I love my lessons with Marcie! Her attitude is friendly, supportive, and positive in every way. She sets high standards for intonation and technique, and challenges me with the classics, theory, and improvisation. She's an accomplished cellist both as a player and teacher." -- Judy N., 4/31/2020
"Marcie is an excellent teacher! She is patient, so much fun, kind, and I would highly recommend her as an instructor. " --Ashley 5-18-20
"Marcie facilitates continuous and significant improvements by being perceptive, insightful, patient, and encouraging. She challenges you without being intimidating, and instills in you the drive to improve for the sake of making better music. Thanks, Marcie!" --S. Kim 3-20
"She performed nightly on her instrument magnificently and she amazed me with her brilliant interpretation of cello repertoire."
--Roxanne Potvin, lead singer, Cirque du Soleil "O" show
Wanna learn to play jazz on the cello? In this six part series, the cello guru will give you the tools needed to break free of written music and learn to improvise. This is something you can do. You just need some coaching. So let's go!