CelloBello's CelloKids program was born in response to the coronavirus pandemic that forced the abrupt closing of schools and youth music programs across the globe since March 2020. As quickly as the world shuttered its doors, our staff got to work to meet the sudden needs of our community of young cellists. We created a robust curriculum of online, interactive group classes featuring a fantastic roster of cello teachers. At its peak the program offered 2-3 classes per week (conducted in either English or Spanish), accommodating up to 6 students live and dozens more per session as off-camera participants. After 2 months of consecutive classes, the program hit 700 enrollments, with young cellists joining us from Canada, Mexico, the U.K., Spain, Turkey, Germany, Belgium, Western Australia, as well as from all across the United States.
We were elated by the unwavering enthusiasm for the program, and with your financial support we hope to bring it back in full force in the new year.
This Giving Tuesday, help CelloBello reach its fundraising goal of $2000 to support the relaunching of CelloKids in January 2021.
With classes costing $180/session to implement, any funds we raise now will help defray our operating costs for the program. Help us keep our class tuition affordable so all cellists in our community, regardless of socio-economic status or location, can enroll. Any progress towards achieving our fundraising goal will go a long way towards bringing back CelloKids in the new year!
As a "thank you" for your support during Giving Tuesday, all patrons who contribute $50 or higher to our fundraiser will receive their own CelloLessons companion PDF, a compendium of all of the core principles underlying each of our archived lesson videos.
All donations of $100 of more will be entered into a raffle to receive a signed copy of Anthony Arnone's new book The Art of Listening: Conversations with Cellists, donated in kind to support this fundraiser—a unique gift for your favorite cellist this holiday season.
"In The Art of Listening, Anthony Arnone interviews 13 of the top cello teachers of our time—including Bonnie Hampton, Gary Hoffman, Hans Jensen, Richard Aaron, and Paul Katz—sharing valuable insights about performing, teaching, music, and life. While almost every other aspect of twenty-first-century life has been changed by technological advancements, the art of playing and teaching the cello has largely remained the same. Our instruments are still made exactly the same way and much of what we learn is passed on by demonstration and word of mouth from generation to generation. We are as much historians of music as we are teachers of the instrument."
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