Support CelloKids

CelloKids is an exciting new CelloBello initiative connecting young cellists with top teachers. Digital learning is now central to education around the world and CelloBello is here to share quality musical instruction in both English and Spanish. Join in our newest international cello community!

Our free online group classes are led by seasoned teachers. In each session, teachers lead educational, interactive, and fun programming in real-time through Zoom. Finding the appropriate session is important, so please read the class description carefully so that you can sign your child up for what best suits their playing level.

While participant class size must remain small, the audience size can be big. If the class is already filled, you can audit any class. So even if your child is at home without a cello to play, or is too shy to play for others, or if you are yourself a teacher who is just curious to see a group class in action, CelloBello invites you to play along at home or observe the class from your audience seat. Children and Minors under the age of 18 are welcome to observe the sessions with the signed permission of a parent / legal guardian.

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cellokids schedule

Update Regarding Future Classes

[posted August 8th, 2020]
CelloBello is thrilled at the enthusiasm and sustained support for our CelloKids group classes this summer, and we are grateful for the opportunity to connect with so many families from all over the US, Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Spain, Turkey, and the UK. A special “thank you” to our exceptional faculty for the 50 outstanding classes that they have taught!

With the looming uncertainty of school re-openings, we look forward to re-launching our program in whichever way best suits the needs of our young participants. Please check back often as we reassess our curriculum for the fall as more information becomes available to us.

cellokids instructors

Mike Block is a pioneering cello player, singer, composer, and educator, hailed by Yo- Yo Ma as the “ideal musician of the 21st-Century”. Acclaimed by the NY Times for his “vital rich-hued solo playing”, Block’s solo performances offer a rich mixture of core classical repertoire, folk music, songs, and original compositions. Mike is member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble (SRE), having joined in 2005 while a student at The Juilliard School. Touring extensively throughout the world with SRE, he has been featured as cello and vocal soloist, contributed arrangements and compositions, and earned a Grammy Award in 2017 for their album, Sing Me Home. As an educator, Mike is passionate about creativity and collaboration, and is the founding director of Silkroad’s Global Musician Workshop, and the Mike Block String Camp, and is on faculty at Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory.

B.M. with honors (NEC); M.M., D.M.A. (SUNY/Stony Brook); studies with Gabor Rejto, Laurence Lesser, Timothy Eddy, William Pleeth; winner Gregor Piatigorsky Prize 1979 Tanglewood Festival; English Speaking Fellowship for study in England; chamber music performances throughout the U.S. and Canada; teaching fellowship, SUNY/Stony Brook; Artistic Coordinator of Quartet Program, Great Woods Festival; Associate Professor of Cello, Berklee College of Music 1994-1998; Chair of String and Piano Chamber Music NEC Preparatory School; Cello Faculty New England Conservatory Preparatory School 1987-present; 2018 NEC Prep Jean Stackhouse Award for Excellence in Teaching; Cello faculty, Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts 1988-present.

Yari Bond has been a performer, chamber musician and teacher for over 40 years. A graduate of Juilliard she was a student of Leonard Rose. Presently she teaches cello and chamber music at Columbia University, Special Music School and the Young Artists Program at Kaufman Music Center in NYC. She is the founder and artistic director of the Concerts Con Brio Series; Celebrating Young Artists.

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Alex Croxton began his cello studies at the age of twelve. Alex went on to continue his studies at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland and Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase. Alex served as an Artist in Residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts Chamber Music Residency as well as Assistant Principal of the Maryland Symphony. He is a faculty member at the Mannes College, The New School for Music, Special Music School, and The School for Strings, NYC.

Formada en El Sistema de orquestas de Venezuela y perteneciente al la Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar por 13 años, participó desde temprana edad en giras internacionales. Actualmente vive en NYC dedicada a la docencia de niños y jóvenes en organizaciones sin fines de lucro.

Madeleine Golz has taught in the PreCollege of the Manhattan School of Music since 1985 and is also on the faculty of the Thurnauer School of Music in Tenafly, New Jersey. Her students have been prize winners in many local, national and international competitions and many have gone on to successful careers in music.

Cellist Nancy Hair enjoys a teaching and performing career which has taken her to Europe, Asia, South America and across the United States. She is currently on the faculty of the New England Conservatory Preparatory School and Northeastern University as well as maintaining an active home studio. Nancy is know for her work with the youngest beginner through to teaching pedagogy at the graduate level which she did for the past four years at the Hartt School of Music. As a performer Nancy has played with many of Boston’s leading orchestras and chamber ensembles and as an advocate for music education, she performs with Young Audiences of Massachusetts. She currently lives in Newton with her husband and their two daughters.

Adrianna Khoo pioneered the cello program at the first Suzuki School in China, KinderU Suzuki Music Academy. Some student highlights include studio performances at the Matsumoto Suzuki World Conference and the Hong Kong Philharmonic, as well as concerts benefitting the San Francisco ASPCA, World Wildlife Fund, and Philippines and Japan disaster relief funds. In addition to teaching privately, Adrianna currently teaches cello at public schools across the California Bay Area and has coached at Harmony Project, an El Sistema inspired program in Daly City. Adrianna has performed with the New England Philharmonic, Hong Kong City Chamber Orchestra and in operas, chamber groups and musicals across the Bay Area California.
Sandy Kiefer has a Masters Degree from New England Conservatory. She completed her Suzuki training through book ten at the Chicago Suzuki Institute and Hartt College. As an active freelance cellist she played with the Boston Ballet, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, and Viterbo Opera Festival. She has taught at Suzuki Schools and Institutes in Ontario, Colorado, Hong Kong, Virginia, Utah, Indonesia, and Oregon.
Nacida en Barcelona donde se ha formado, es la fundadora del Clara Schumann Ensemble, centrado en la interpretación de músicas compositoras. Anna enseña el violonchelo en el Conservatorio El Musical de Bellaterra y desde 2010 dirige el conjunto de jóvenes violonchelistas Como musicóloga, ha publicado diversos libros sobre la correspondencia de Pablo Casals.

Born in Barcelona where she has studied, she is the founder of the Clara Schumann Ensemble, focused on the interpretation of female composers. Anna teaches cello at the Conservatory El Musical de Bellaterra (Barcelona) and, since 2010, she leads the cello choir As a musicologist, she has published several books on Pablo Casals correspondence.

Valerie Thompson (Cellist/Composer) is a Boston-based musician who has performed in the U.S and abroad as a cultural ambassador for American Music Abroad (U.S. State Department), in rock bands, string quartets, and chamber folk ensembles. A cellist versed in multiple genres, Valerie currently tours with the indie-folk-pop band, Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards and is a founding member of the MIDI-Marimba and cello duo, Goli.

When not on tour she is on faculty at Brookline Music School and maintains a private studio in Cambridge, MA. She has been on faculty at the Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School, (Boulder Creek, CA); Miles of Music Camp (Lake Winnipesaukee, NH); CCE Music and Dance Week (Bethesda, MD); CelloChan Woods (Ann Arbor, MI); and Illinois Wesleyan Cello Camp (Bloomington, IL).

B.M., Performance, Berklee College of Music; M.M., Contemporary Improvisation, New England Conservatory of Music

Dr. Andrea Yun is a member of the Michigan Opera Theatre and the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and performs widely with orchestras and chamber ensembles in Michigan. Andrea is one of 40 Suzuki cello teacher trainers in the Americas, and travels around the country to train teachers and students. Andrea has held positions at the University of Michigan, University of Texas at San Antonio, Bowling Green State University, Pioneer High School, and Okemos Chippewa Middle School. Andrea holds a dual bachelor’s degree in music education and mathematics and master’s in cello performance from Indiana University, and also a doctorate in cello performance and pedagogy from the University of Michigan. Her solo performances have been heard on Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) Radio.