Fellow Cello Studios

Fellow Cello Studios

5.0(3 reviews)
Offers online services
Offers online services


Each student has their own unique journey of growth on the cello. With that, I individually curate every student's lesson plan by combining the overall interests/goals of the student with repertoire that they will be excited to work on. This ensures every student can see and feel improvement on the cello while simultaneously having fun playing music!

To be able to share the knowledge and wisdom of my teachers and their teachers to future generations of cellists while helping them become their own individual person musically and humanistically is what I enjoy the most about teaching. It is an honor and priveledge to call this my career.


Hired 2 times
1 employee
8 years in business
Serves Costa Mesa , CA
Offers online services

Payment methods

Check, Venmo, Paypal, Zelle



Students who have an instrument, Students who are planning to purchase an instrument

Able to read music

Student can read music staff, Student can read guitar tabs, Student cannot read music

Musical styles

I can make recommendations, Classical, Blues, Jazz, Rock, Folk, Country

Lesson length

30 minutes, 60 minutes

Students age

Younger than 6 years old, 6 - 9 years old, 10 - 13 years old, 14 - 17 years old, 18 - 25 years old, 26 - 44 years old, 45 - 64 years old, 65 or older

Years experience

No formal training, No formal training; some self-taught experience, 0 - 2 years of formal training, 2 - 4 years of formal training, 4+ years of formal training

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  • Reviews

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    dan L.

    Chris McCarthy is an excellent instructor for both young and adult students. He presents music concepts orally, visually (using props), and by demonstration. He uses the Suzuki method so I better understand how to apply necessary cello skills and techniques. Chris listens to my concerns and addresses them with ease. Ive also become a better violin player with the skills Chris has taught me. His positive energy makes me want to practice. I am so fortunate to have found Chris McCarthy as my cello teacher.
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    April 17, 2024


    lana Z.

    Chris McCarthy is a talented musician and a fantastic teacher. He brings a lovely blend of discipline and fun to his students, which keeps them engaged and interested, while also fostering the love of the instrument they play. My son’s love of the cello seems to be reinvigorated after each lesson. We drive from south Orange County to Costa Mesa for lessons, and it is absolutely worth it. I have recommended Mr. McCarthy many times over, and will continue to do so. We are so grateful for his guidance.
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    April 14, 2024


    sarah S.

    The teacher is very friendly and is patient and attentive in the teaching process. Communicates and works with parents to motivate students.
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    April 14, 2024

    Frequently asked questions

    The first lesson of any new students in my studio is a free, 30 minute trial lesson. This is a great time for the student and the student's parent(s) to meet me, answer any questions or address any concerns about the studio, and for me to assess where the student is at with their studies and ask what they want to accomplish through lessons.

    -Bachelors in Music, Instrumental Music, CSU Long Beach, 2011
    -Suzuki Method Certified Teacher, Books 1, 2, and 3 (Teacher trainers include Rick Mooney and Dr. Tanya Carey)
    -Studied privately with Dr. David Garrett of the LA Philharmonic and Joon Sung Jung, cello teachers at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music

    -Assistant Principal Cellist of the Dana Point Symphony Orchestra since 2012

    -Original member and arranger for Love4Cello, a cello quartet based in Los Angeles, CA, since 2011

    -Playing cello for 30 years, professional freelance cellist and private teacher for 20 years

    -30 minute lesson = $50

    -1 hour lesson = $80

    -I do not offer 45 minute lessons

    -Lessons are paid at the beginning of each month at that month's first lesson (for example, if we were to have 3, 1 hour lessons in the upcoming month, you would pay $240 at our first lesson).

    After graduating high school, I was hired at my alumni high school as a cello and bass coach. Originally I saw it as a way of earning some extra income, but after the first sectional I ran I figured out this was something I was really good at and was interested in continuing. I've continued teaching after that fateful day up to the present, both private teaching and coaching various schools, eighteen years and counting!

    I've worked with students as young as six, completely new to the cello, to as old as sixty-five, who were curious and interested in learning something new! A number of my students perform in various youth orchestras in the Orange County area, and a few have gone off to college such as MIT and UCSD. I am very comfortable and flexible with teaching all levels of the cello, and aim to work towards a student's personal goals on the cello.

    Do you enjoy the cello?

    Do you have an open mind?

    What do you want to accomplish through your lessons?

    Are you and able to commit to a dedicated practice regiment to achieve your goals?

    Will you promise yourself to not give up when things are seemingly difficult?

    Services offered

    Bass Guitar
    Music Theory