Cello Lessons

Based in Silver Spring, Maryland, Martha Vance’s airy, light-drenched studio is convenient to Washington, D.C., and the nearby Maryland suburbs.

During each three-month term, students take a series of 10 private and three group lessons. Lessons are offered in 30, 45 or 60 minute increments. Parents of younger students are expected to attend the lessons with their child, in order to support their practice sessions between lessons.

Students work mainly from the classical repertoire. More experienced students have the opportunity to practice chamber pieces in small ensembles with their fellow students as well as to work on duets with Martha. Students also begin each lesson with a short period of improvisation, a “no wrong note” approach that builds fluency and confidence.

The studio holds recitals in the winter and spring of each year. Through Martha’s participation in SAGWA (Suzuki Association of the Greater Washington Area) and the Kindler Cello Society, her students also have the chance to participate in local cello and string music events and to play at such places as Strathmore Hall, Kennedy Center Millennium Stage and University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. As they experience success in performance settings, students gain skills that serve them throughout their lives.