Boulder Area Cello Lessons

Explore Cello lessons one-on-one with personalized instruction to cultivate your playing talents.

Our Approach to Cello Lessons

The staff at Dana V Music believe that all musicians are unique. Each student will have a different idea of where they want to go with their cello playing. Each student will have different aspirations and levels of ability. We believe that no matter your skill level, you can improve through proper instruction. While the purpose of our studio is to foster a musician’s creativity, certain musical building blocks must be strongly instilled in all musicians.

We Make Cello Lessons Fun!

Don’t let size intimidate you! The cello, known for its rich tone, is one of the largest yet most gratifying instruments to learn. Our cello program at Dana V. Music is founded on the basis of fun. We want all of our students to LOVE their cello lessons! 

Our experienced instructors blend excellence in musical pedagogy with our focus on fun, helping you progress toward your goals. Whether you’re a beginning cellist or a seasoned professional, we want each lesson to bring you a smile and leave you eager to return for more.

We Emphasize Healthy Technique

Regardless of your level of proficiency, our skilled instructors will work with you to develop healthy technique. We’re as excited to teach strong fundamentals to beginners as we are to help experienced cellists further their relationship with the instrument. All students at Dana V. will master the basics, including holding the cello and bow, generating beautiful tone, shifting, vibrato, and strong intonation.

Dana V. Music’s focus on fundamentals is complemented by our emphasis on music literacy, including music theory, sight reading, and ear training. Students will be able to effortlessly translate this well-rounded education into musical maturity, moving quickly toward their goals while learning how to bring nuance and style to their personal performance.

We Care About Your Musical Interests & Goals

Take ownership of your own musical style and grow your talents at Dana V. Music! Our dedicated instructors are committed to hearing your goals and helping you reach them. We pride ourselves in equipping each student with the tools they need to reach their fullest musical potential. 

Creativity, self-discovery, and passion come to life at Dana V. Whether your goal is to pursue the cello professionally in an orchestra or as a soloist, or just to play for your own personal enjoyment, your cello teacher will support you throughout your musical journey.

The cello is a deep, soulful, stringed instrument that appeals to the ears of many. Unlike its higher-pitched relatives, the cello offers a sound that is lower, milder and broader due to its larger resonating chamber. This rich, soulful quality makes the cello uniquely suited for the communication of deep emotion.

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Our Teachers

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Our Cello Teachers

Cello instructors at Dana V Music possess a deep understanding of this remarkable instrument and seek to pass on their deep knowledge to their students. Whatever skill level a learner may
be, Dana V Music has a teacher to match that learner’s specific needs. Our Boulder area instructors are heavily credentialed, with years of experience to draw from during lesson time.

Our instructors are committed to meeting students where they are and assisting them in achieving goals of excellence in string performance.

Chas Barnard

Chas Barnard

Cello

Cellist Chas Barnard is an active performer, music educator and entrepreneur based in the Denver, Colorado area. A recent graduate of University of Colorado, Boulder, he was a three-year teaching assistant to

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Keirsten Schwanbeck

Keirsten Schwanbeck

Cello

Born in Williamsport, PA, Keirsten Schwanbeck began studying the cello at the age of eight. She attended Hope College in Holland, MI on full scholarship, graduating Magna cum laude in 2006 with

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What’s a Good Age to Begin Cello Lessons?

At Dana V Music, our instructors typically work with students age 5 to adult. Young students will begin with a smaller cello, such as a 1/2 or 1/4 cello. Our youngest students sometimes aren’t ready for one-on-one lessons. In this case, we would suggest looking into some of our excellent group classes. We have a constantly rotating schedule of special group activities and programs to choose from.

What Makes Dana V Music Unique?

Quality and passion are two things that immediately stand out at Dana V Music.

The school began as just a few students and has grown exponentially over the years. The large enrollment makes it possible to employ the best teachers in terms of quality and experience
while still maintaining a personal feel within lesson structure. In addition, we often host professional musicians for master class events.

The string teachers at Dana V Music are passionate about their instruments. Through instruction, students will learn to appreciate their instrument and play it well.

Many of the teachers at Dana V Music have extra performance and education opportunities available that students may access outside the studio.

What Are You Waiting For?

If you’re ready to make the leap into the world of cello lessons, Dana V Music has a Boulder area professional instructor that will be a great match for your musical needs.

Nothing will enable you to progress as effectively as a one-on-one partnership with an inspiring and experienced mentor. Our qualified instructors never disappoint in their ability to impart
skill in and passion for their instruments.

To find out how far you can go, you must first take the initial step. We invite you to call us today and set up your first lesson! As you enter the world of cello, you may discover a passion
that will last for the rest of your life.

We believe communication is the basis of an effective working relationship. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call if you have further questions or concerns.

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What Our Students Say

  • I knew next to nothing about the college audition process when I began looking for schools. The people at Dana V. were always receptive, supportive, and helpful in tackling each step of the admittedly arduous process. I sincerely believe I would not be studying at the program I’m in without the resources afforded to me at Dana V.

    Will Thames | Alumni Student
  • I am always inspired by the talented and vibrant community that Dana and Katie have created a space for at Dana V Music. I am lucky to have been influenced by such passionate, energetic, and accepting teachers, and even luckier that they continue to offer advice, and encouragement to their alumni.

    Zoe Benson | Alumni Student
  • My experiences at DVM, and the confidence I gained while learning to sing and use my voice are applicable every day at my job when I’m speaking with and presenting to clients.

    Whitney Meer | Alumni Student
  • DVM has forged me into the musician I am today. DVM has also been my greatest source of inspiration as a musician and I am extremely thankful for everyone in the studio. Thank you for pointing me towards the values I hold today.

    Vidushi Goyal | Alumni Student
  • I have always loved Dana V Music particularly the Bring It To Broadway series. It’s incredible that Dana is able to consistently bring in Broadway veterans to help out young artists. The masterclasses have been very beneficial to my growth as a performer. I can still watch the videos years later and gain something from the artist’s perspective.

    Tanner Sands | Alumni Student
  • Dana and Katie were two of the most influential teacher figures in my high school years. Being a young person is difficult as it is, but being a young person who wants to pursue performing arts professionally is even harder. Not only do Dana and Katie provide amazing and non-judgemental lessons, classes, and other resources at their studio, their warmth, kindness, and constant encouragement gave me the support I needed (and often struggled to find) to get into such a great collegiate theatre program. Dana and Katie are like artistic superheroes who truly go above and beyond for the sake of their students!

    Michelle Herring | Alumni Student
  • Although I am not pursuing a career in music, my time with DVM was an incredible way to learn about something I love as well as about myself. Going every week to voice lessons was always so exciting and I am so grateful for Katie and Dana for what they’ve brought to the Louisville community!

    Mason Noteboom | Alumni Student
  • Dana V allowed me to explore my interest in music and theater. All the instructors have an amazing guiding hand which encourages every student to become their own artist. With their help, I was able to transition into the college process unafraid.

    Justin Pappas | Alumni Student
  • Dana V has such a loving and supportive family of instructors and students! I really miss everyone from the studio.

    Jessie Bolger | Alumni Student
  • While I have not pursued the arts as a career, I believe that DVM and other music/theatre training throughout my high school years gave me the skills and discipline needed to be successful in the careers and hobbies that I pursue. Dana was also more than a voice teacher to me; she often served as a mentor and friend in a supportive, knowledgeable environment. I am so proud to see DVM grow from a little corner room at The Dairy to what it is today!

    Jessica Harper | Alumni Student
  • DVM was an integral part of my voice and theatre education. I was lucky enough to take voice lessons for about a year as well as participate in DVM’s production of A Little Princess. I worked with Dana herself as well as Cody Qualls, and they both gave me tools that I still use every time I sing. I was only with DVM for a short time, but in that time I experienced a huge amount of growth musically, and I am always grateful to Dana and Cody for their role in shaping the performer I am today. I still have some songs they introduced to me in my audition book too!

    Jenny McPherson | Alumni Student
  • I studied vocal music at Dana V for six years and throughout this time I grew immensely in both vocal technique and self confidence. Everyone at Dana V encouraged and supported me to push my limits and grow to my full potential. The friendships I formed and lesson I learned during my time at the studio will last a lifetime.

    Jennifer Concienne | Alumni Student
  • During my undergraduate courses, I wanted to take music theory (because it is fascinating to me, and I was always too busy in high school to take it). One of the great things about going to a small liberal arts college is the music department didn’t require me to be a music major to take music theory. I had received a scholarship that covered the cost of lessons, and was involved with the choirs. After I finished the two year sequence of music theory, I realized that due to the credits from my lessons, ensembles, and music theory, I was four classes (music history and conducting) away from a music major, and so I declared. I did not intend to be a music major, I was just heavily involved with music because I loved it. Although career-wise I am using my physics degree, continuing to be involved with music through college has kept me grounded and has been a creative outlet for me. As I prepare to go to graduate school and narrow my focus on my studies to just physics, I am actively searching for ways to still be involved with music.

    My lessons with Katie McClave and Alex Vital through high school were wonderful. I bonded with each in different ways, and I always look forward to catching up with them when I am in town. I can’t imagine what my high school experience would have been without their guidance.

    Grace Kerber | Alumni Student
  • Dana V music has been the cornerstone of every other voice class I take. I never feel as fulfilled working with any other voice coach because I loved working with the teachers at Dana V so much!

    Ellie Oliver | Alumni Student
  • I continue to be inspired by my mentors at Dana V. Music and am so thankful that Dana continuously takes time out of her schedule to check in with me to give excellent advice and be a sounding board for a young ambitious musician, even one who is no longer her student!

    Divya Maus | Alumni Student
  • Dana V. Music gave me the opportunity to explore my music on a higher level. Though the schools innovated and compassionate teaching skills I could experience the joys of music. Dana V. Music not only challenges students to think creatively but they also support growth in developing skills. The most memorable thing about the music school is the professional and warm community they provide. The values and mission of Dana V. Music still make an impression on me today.

    Diana Lee | Alumni Student
  • I started taking voice lessons with Dana when I was 14. Lessons with Dana were the highlight of my week. She started me off on a great track vocally, and inspired me to pursue a career in music. If it weren’t for her I wouldn’t be the musician and teacher I am today.

    Charlotte Haertling | Alumni Student
  • I started taking lessons at DVM when I was 13 and that was probably one of the best decisions I could have made for my voice. I received a vocal education about my voice specifically, while also learning how to feel good and confident about myself in a performing context. I deeply love and appreciate the Dana V. Music school.

    Asha Romeo | Alumni Student
  • Dana V Music is where I took voice lessons for ten years and every day since I feel so lucky to have worked with them. The more I learn in college, the more grateful I am that I have such a solid technique and healthy habits, which was all thanks to my wonderful teachers.

    Alei Russo | Alumni Student
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