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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How will the cello lessons go?

A: Cello lessons at Neighbour Note can go in a number of different directions depending on what the student wants to learn. Students get to choose the genre they prefer. Proper technique is always taught as well as musical fundamentals.

Q: What are the lesson options?

A: Lessons are available online, in-person at our High Park cello studio in Toronto, or in the comfort of your Toronto home cello lessons.

Q: Is it difficult to learn to play the cello?

A: Playing the cello can be difficult so it is absolutely imperative that students learn proper technique and fundamentals from the very first lesson.

Q: Does age matter when learning to play the cello?

A: It's never late to start learning to play the cello. Neighbour Note teaches cello lessons for adults as well as children as young as 4 years old.

Q: What musical styles does the cello play?

A: Classical, Pop, Heavy Metal, and Jazz genres or styles can all suit the cello. It is a versatile instrument.

So whether you want to rock out playing Heavy Metal or soar with the classical masters we have you covered.

Q: Which classes are best (online, at school, at home)?

This all depends on the skill levels. For some musician learning online is the most convenient. You can learn from the comfort of your home on your computer. This option is less stressful than a music lessons studio. Technology also plays a roll. Tutors can share their screen with students. That being said a music studio or school can be highly stimulating. Students can see and hear multiple different instruments being played. They can have an opportunity to try different instruments or have a teacher perform for them. Also, student's get to meet other students and parents at the music studio and this can lead to new friendships. Music lessons in the comfort of your home is also a great option. There is nothing more relaxing then being at home. The learning environment is relaxed and stress-free. Parents can listen to the lesson while performing other tasks.

Q: At what age should children start playing the cello?

A: Children can start playing the cello as young as 4 years old as long as they have the right sized cello. The smallest cello is 1/10 and is ideal for ages 4-6. The 1/8 cello size is appropriate for ages 5-7. The 1/4 cello size is appropriate for ages 7-9. The 7/8 cello size is appropriate for teenagers ages 13-19. The full size 4/4 cello is ideal for adults.

Q: Do I need to own my own cello before taking cello lessons?

A: The answer is no. Renting a cello from a local music store is a great affordable option. Some music stores will give you the option to put the rental fee towards a purchase of the rented cello.

Q: Why choose Neighbour Note for the cello lesson?

A: The education and experience of our cello teachers make us stand above the crowd so to speak. We only hire the highest educated and experienced cello teachers. Currently, the Neighbour Note cello faculty consists of Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMA) candidates, as well as graduate school graduates who have completed a Master of Music (MMus.) degree. In terms of experience, our cello teachers have extensive teaching and performing experience. Not only have they been teaching for multiple years but they have also performed at major music festivals and competitions.

Q: Where is your cello school located?

A: Our cello studio is located in the High Park neighbourhood of Toronto, very close to the Junction. The address is: 407 Annette St., Toronto, ON, M6P 1R7. The Neighbour Note cello studio has been fully renovated in 2019. It is very well lit with lots of natural light, hardwood floors, and many windows. The waiting room is quite comfortable with brand new leather chairs and couches. You can enjoy free wifi at the studio while you wait.

Q: What is your cello lessons cost?

A: Our prices are starting from 105$CAD

Q: Do you have other programs?

A: Of course! You can sign up for our other programs like drums, piano, guitar, bass guitar, violin etc.

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Jennifer Carson
John is incredibly knowledgeable, kind and patient with my daughter (who is a chatter box). She really enjoys her lessons and he has instilled the love of guitar in her! Highly recommend John as a teacher and the Neighbour note!
SMC King
I have been taking guitar lessons with John for two months. Even though I started out with no prior experience, I appreciated that from the very beginning John's lessons are structured to teach you new chords that you can use to play songs you know. Lessons are fun and John sprinkles bits of music theory throughout, always thoughtfully and patiently answering my questions. Thank you, John!
Eric Somerville
At 5 years old I wasn't sure how well my son would adapt to music lessons. John creates a very flexible and accommodating space where learning is fun.
colleen reich
John is very friendly, flexible and an extremely talented and gifted musician/teacher. He has made it fun and easy for me to learn the guitar as an adult. I would highly recommend him!
Amanda Benn
I’ve been playing guitar for 10+ years but have been in a progress plateau for a while. I decided I wanted to improve (and wanted an after work hobby!) and found Neighbour Note. Working with John has been such a pleasure! He’s patient, laidback, and explains the theory behind what we’re learning in an easy to understand way. I’ve most definitely noticed an improvement in my finger picking skills and an increase in confidence which is exactly what I wanted! Definitely recommend Neighbour Note to anyone at any skill level.
Miranda Amoroso
I started taking guitar lessons with John at neighborhood note as an adult with some prior experience. He has been very patient and has structured lessons in accordance with my interests, while making lessons engaging and fun. I really look forward to lessons, and enjoy the readings and practice given as homework. I especially appreciate that he sends videos explaining thing we went over in lessons, which really help to solidify concepts.
paulina tchernikov
Honestly the best music lessons I’ve had compared to other places. I worked with John and he was always patient and kind during the learning process. He’s an easy person to ask questions, always corrected my technique, gave out easy short videos to follow for homework, was always flexible for rescheduling (make up lessons), and had a fast contact response. He helped me orient my personal style of playing and didn’t push any specific style onto me. I walked in knowing nothing about guitar and after I left I understood my way around the instrument (to where I could learn songs on my own). He made the lessons fun and he was always a great teacher. Thanks John!
Andrew Guy
My 10 year old daughter has had an excellent experience starting guitar with Neighbour Note. They are friendly and accommodating and she enjoys going every week.
Shannon Johnson
My 9 year old daughter has been taking guitar lessons with John for 4 months and absolutely loves them. The lessons are easy to follow and engaging and John provides feedback and follow up when new chords are learnt so she can more easily practice new material at home. Wonderful experience!
Tuyen Do
This is my 5 years old son first drum lessons, he loves it and loved his teacher. John has a great personality and is always willing to help, he even teach my son piano lessons when he wonder. I highly recommend Neighbour Note.
Carly Biggart
My daughter really enjoyed Neighbour Note. John, the instructor, was amazing at personalizing the piano lessons by her; teaching her snippets of her favourite songs. Daily practice was meant to be digestible . I cannot say enough good things about this company. Very flexible and great teachers.
My son started taking piano lessons when he was five and a half years old. After 6 months he wanted to quit. At this time we switched teachers to John Force. I couldn't believe the change! My son started to love the piano and would look forward to lessons. It has been over 2 years now and he is still going strong. John is patient, makes learning fun - he just know how to motivate kids. I couldn't recommend him enough.
Leigh Ann Wayland
My son loved his guitar lessons and my daughter was thrilled with her piano lessons. I was so happy to be in the comfort of my home as I witnessed my children's weekly improvements. Well done Neighbour Note and thank you!
Bob Harbarton
We could not be happier with Neighbour Note! They have an amazing teaching faculty consisting of University and College Professors, High School and Elementary School Teachers, and Rock Stars! Our piano lessons with Neighbour Note have been fantastic. I truly believe they are the best music school in all of Toronto! You rock Neighbour Note!