Course Duration8 Weeks
Doctor of Musical Arts from The University of Minnesota
Master of Music from The Juilliard School
Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University
Cello Faculty - macPhail Center for Music
Cello Faculty - Mount Calvary Academy of Music
The lesson plan begins with Dr. Asch’s guidance through instrumental anatomy, cleaning the cello and bow, cello string care, adjusting the bridge, cello tuning, breakdown and setup. Students will learn proper posture and how to correctly position their bodies, bow, and cello so their alignment will allow for a seamless sound from the instrument. Once students are confident with the basic elements of the instrument, instructor Dr. Asch will guide each learner through an individualized lesson plan including music theory lessons in rhythm, meter, key signatures, tempo, and expression.
There are no required prerequisites before enrolling in Dr. Asch’s Cello for Beginners course. Students will need an instrument of their own as well as paper and pen for notes. Those enrolling need to ensure they have the time to commit to the weekly online lessons, and independent practice as well. Upon successful completion of this course, students can expect to be able to confidently play a small beginners repertoire of songs and will be prepared to enter an intermediate level cello course.
About the Instructor: Dr. Charles Asch received his masters degree in Classical Cello from Julliard in 2001, and continued his education to achieve his Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Minnesota in spring of 2017. He has served as music faculty at the University of Minnesota-Morris, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, as well as at the MacPhail Center for Music. Dr. Asch has performed with groups including the Lyra Baroque Orchestra and the Minnesota Opera. Dr. Charles Asche has studied under internationally known exponents including Hans Jorgen Jensen, Richard Aaron, and Tanya Remenikova. His music has appeared in popular soundtracks including “Glass” (directed by M. Night Shyamalan, 2019) and “Coyote” (2018). Dr. Asch performs with a German baroque cello from c. 1700, as well as a more contemporary cello created in 1996.
The students will benefit by
• having an excellent tone
• playing in tune
• selecting beginning pieces
Students enrolling for this course on ipassio can be sure that they receive individual attention from the teacher, as the class strength is limited to 1 or 2 students. It also gives teachers the opportunity, to gauge their student's progress in-depth and make changes whenever and wherever required, to ensure the student gets the maximum out of this course. Since this course is detailed, students get the advantage of learning intricate details about this art form. The limited strength of the class also ensures that there is a strong bond between the students and their teacher clearing out any inhibitions that the student might have. The sustained guidance available from the teacher ensures that the student does not deviate from set goals or targets. Learning from a revered, experienced exponent of this art form, through the long duration of this course, keeps the student inspired and motivated to achieve more.
A trial lesson may be held without a cello. However, it is optimal to secure the cello in advance of the first scheduled lesson.
Instrument rentals can be found here:
1) Local stores, where you can often trial the instrument for free.
This is often the best option, because of the ability to try different instruments and pick the one best suited to you.
The ability to try and instrument for a period of time without charge is often available, depending on the shop.
Search your local directory with Google for string stores in your area.
1) Southwest Strings (starting at $35 per month)
1) Shar Music (starting at $35 per month)
We will use two tried-and-true beginning cello books, which can be ordered after the initial trial lesson:
1) Essential Elements 2000 for Strings: Cello Volume 1
2) Suzuki Cello School, Volume 1: Revised Edition
The first lessons can proceed without the above materials, but these are essential to have after the first week of study. Both books work together, and are excellent companions to the beginning cello. A 1st-year cello would mainly cover materials in these two books, but supplemental materials may be added.