A question about Suzuki Cello


Elise said: Apr 24, 2006
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
1 posts

Hi everyone, I’m new to this and thought I’d give it a try. I currently teach in a public school and have a growing Suzuki violin program in 1st and 2nd grade. Unfortunately, there are not enough celli and I’m wondering what is the youngest age a child can start cello? We start the violins in 1st grade. Currently, cello students start only in 3rd grade and do a traditional program. I want to try and talk the administration into starting a Suzuki cello program but need the parameters. Any input would be much appreciated! Thanks and have a nice day!!

said: Apr 28, 2006
 2 posts

I don’t see any difference between starting Suzuki violin and starting Suzuki cello as long as you have the right size instruments. I would suppose you’d need a supply of 1/8 and 1/4 size cellos—at our school we even have a supply of them at school so the kids don’t carry them on the bus (only for cello and bass). This is one of the perks of teaching strings—as long as you have the right sizes, age isn’t much of a problem. The learning is the same. If you are comfortable with cello yourself, go for it!

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