Orland Park Cello Lessons

Our Approach to Cello Lessons

At The Music Connection, your musical goals and interests take center stage. That’s why we offer customized cello lessons based on your interests, needs, and goals. With this approach, we balance excellence with creativity, and your cello lessons are engaging and fun.

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 The Music Connection 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 The Music Connection will master the basics, including holding the cello and bow, generating beautiful tone, shifting, vibrato, and strong intonation.

The Music Connection’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 The Music Connection! 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 The Music Connection. 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.

A member of the violin family, the cello produces a rich tone that resembles the human voice. It’s a challenging instrument to play but also fun, and you’re able to sit down as you practice and perform. Take cello lessons at The Music Connection to hone your talent and unlock your potential.

It’s our goal to provide you with a solid foundation in musicianship. In an engaging and fun environment, your instructor will teach you how to set up, hold, tune, and maintain your instrument. You’ll also learn to read music, play with other musicians, and reach your personal musical goals.

We also help you develop personal skills. Your self-confidence, concentration, memory, academic performance, and social skills could improve as you play the cello. Playing music also may reduce stress and tension. Additionally, while you gain musical experience you prepare for life, thanks to cello lessons from The Music Connection.


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Our Teachers

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Our Cello Teachers

The cello teachers at The Music Connection create customized lessons for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students. You’re encouraged to express your individuality and have fun as you learn the fundamentals, technique, and expression skills that help you successfully play the cello. Our qualified teachers also have teaching and performance experience in a variety of genres. We match you with a teacher who fits your personality, interests, needs, and goals.

David Forsman

David Forsman


Born when Eisenhower was president, David Forsman has been a freelancer in the Chicago area for more than 35 years. His teachers include Karl Fruh of Roosevelt, Richard Kapuscinski of Oberlin, Leonard

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Fred K.

Fred K.

Bass & Cello

A native of Kankakee, Illinois, Fred graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Music Education. He began bass studies with Nancy McCain of Chicago Heights, and continued later studies with Harold

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Frequently Asked Questions About Cello Lessons

What is the minimum age to start cello lessons at The Music Connection?

Students of all skill levels are welcome to take cello lessons at The Music Connection. We do suggest children wait until age 4 or older to begin cello lessons. Young children are often enthusiastic learners and have the capacity to absorb information. However, evaluate your child’s coordination along with core, arm, hand, and finger strength to ensure he/she is able to properly hold and play this instrument. Also, consider if your child is ready to practice regularly and receive input about how to play the cello correctly.

Do I need any prior experience?

You can learn to play the cello whether or not you have prior music experience. It’s true that the learning process generally is easier for students who can read music and understand rhythms, but we make lessons fun and engaging for players of all skill levels. Even with no prior exposure or experience, you can tap into your enthusiasm and perseverance as you learn how to play the cello.

What styles of cello can I learn?

The style of cello music you can learn to play at The Music Connection depends on your interests and preferences. Cello players add a unique sound to chamber music, orchestras, classical ensembles, and even rock music. Talk to your instructor about your desires. We’re trained in various styles and able to help you play jazz, classical, bluegrass, rock, and other musical styles.

What books will I need?

Rather than use a set curriculum, your teacher will create a customized lesson plan based on the interests and goals you discuss at your first lesson. Your teacher will then recommend a list of books you need to buy. Keep in mind that as your skill level and interests change over time, your curriculum will change, too.

Is cello the right fit for me?

The cello can take center stage with expressive sounds or fade into the background with simple notes, and the variety attracts many players to this instrument. While expressive, this instrument does require physical stamina. It’s also a fairly large instrument to maneuver to practices and performances. Keep these factors in mind and consider listening to cello music and trying out a cello as you decide if the instrument is right for you.

Why Come to The Music Connection for Cello Lessons?

Personalized attention and customized lesson plans set The Music Connection apart from other cello lesson providers. We listen to our students, take time to get to know you, and develop a curriculum that enables you to achieve your musical goals.

Our qualified and experienced teachers are also passionate about the cello. We strive to give you a well-rounded musical education that equips you to play the cello with technical skill.

Cello lessons at The Music Connection are engaging, too. While our goal is for you to grow as a musician, we also want you to have fun as you bring curiosity and creativity to your cello lessons.

Ready to Begin Cello Lessons in Orland Park?

Schedule your cello lessons at The Music Connection today. We welcome students of skill levels to discover the joy of music. See for yourself how our engaging lessons help you achieve your music goals and hone your talents.

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What Our Students and Parents Say

  • Hi Music Connection Friends,I just wanted to say thank you for all of those lessons you gave my children when they were younger. It’s truly a gift that lasts a lifetime. The best thing that has come out of this quarantine is that my kids remember they know how to play and they have been playing daily again. So lovely to hear them play and all that they learned. It is a gift they can enjoy forever.Miss you guys

    Trish S.
  • I just wanted to say thank you again for your help with Colin’s Solo and Ensemble Festival. It was such a great experience and your dedication to helping him be a better musician IS making him a better musician. He is so proud and he should be!!!  Great Teachers make all the difference. I just wanted you and the staff at Music Connection to know that we think YOU ROCK!!

  • My three children wanted to play different instruments and there are so many instructors at the Music Connection, it was very easy for us to choose a time and date to fit our busy schedule.  The teachers have always been very positive and encouraging to all of my children!

  • Ms. Ana is wonderful! She motivates Ellyse and is always positive! She is why we keep coming back!

  • The Music Connection is top notch for music education. We’ve been with The Music Connection since 2009.  The teachers we’ve had all have a genuine interest in kids’ learning and are excellent musicians themselves.  Mrs. K fosters an environment that makes music education important and fun.  She always puts students FIRST and will go out of her way to make sure they have opportunities to express their love of music.   It is a great studio with the best teachers.  We are lucky to have The Music Connection in our community!

  • My daughter loves the preparation for IMA and guild. She starts planning soon after she finishes her competition

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