String Lessons – Violin, Viola & Cello

1/2 hr, 45 min, 1 hr Lessons


Studio Lessons in Fishtown and South Philly
In Home Lessons in Philadelphia, Lower Merion, Main-Line

Violin, Viola & Cello

Classical Studies


Reading & Technique

Instrument Rentals

All Ages & Skill Levels

what students are saying

Violin Lessons

I am an adult learner, studying the violin for about 4 years with Stef Emery. Stef is a patient and encouraging teacher, full of enthusiasm for your progress. She understands the challenges for an adult learner, and is full of advice as to how to get the most out of your available practice time, as well as practical solutions for progressing with a piece. The PML operation is efficient, flexible and accommodating, and the transition to online learning through the last year was surprisingly effective.


Cello Lessons

My daughter took in-home cello lessons with Yeliza for three months. She enjoyed the cello, but more importantly, she enjoyed the lessons with her instructor. Yeliza was very patient with my daughter who had never played the cello before, she also made sure to explain and teach my daughter in a way that she could understand as a beginner, while giving her the proper terminology. Yeliza recorded videos at the end of each lesson so that my daughter had a reference for practice, and she made herself available by text if my daughter had questions. The entire process of getting the rental cello and getting lessons started was seamless. All in all, it was a great experience for my daughter!

Khalidah T.

Violin Lessons

There's so much I can say about Philly music lessons but I'll just sum it up too "they are the best''. My daughter started violin lessons in October of 2016 and lovesss it. She had the privilege of being taught by not just one instructor but two! Eunice & then Freddy, and they are just incredible. . . Patient & kind but also Stern when they need to be. You want to introduce your child to music, this is the place to go . . . I recommend them to all my friends & family .

Cello Lessons

I've been taking cello lessons with Nellie at Philly Music Lessons for most of the year. I'm an adult student and simply learning to play for my own amusement and relaxation. Nellie is an amazing teacher and a lovely, bright person overall. Whenever I'm stuck she can't wait to find a new way to help me and if I'm feeling discouraged she keeps me positive. She's a great instructor whether you're a serious musician or just want personal enrichment like myself. The office is also very professional , friendly and prompt.

Heather K.

Cello Lessons

I'm a graduate student in the area and I have been taking lessons for the past month now. I look forward to cello lessons every week. My instructor is very patient with me and helps me learn new techniques to become a better player. The cello I am renting is in excellent condition. It came with a bow, rosin, and a muffler. Would definitely recommend trying this place out.

Bettina T.

Cello Lessons

Nellie Smith is an incredible teacher. I am an older adult who has had 2 musical kids, so I have attended many music lessons with the best teachers in our geographical area, and she is outstanding. She is deeply caring, thoughtful, nurturing and up to date on her musical information as well as her teaching skills making studying with her a joy and she is a versatile, talented musician. I am so honored to have had the opportunity to become her student. The school's policies are also student friendly.

Mary H.

Cello Lessons

I decided to take cello lessons this past Fall as a way to find discipline and to work my brain - I was also looking for a positive distraction during the pandemic, and learning cello had been a childhood dream of mine! The process of getting set up with lessons was super pleasant. My teacher, Ellen, is awesome! Online lessons have actually been a blessing for now, as I’m a mom and have so little time! Easy to pop onto my lesson and off. I think it’s part of why I’ve been able to really stick with lessons this time around. Our lessons are very efficient!

Claire P.

Violin & Viola Lessons

Our violin and viola lessons will give you the proper technical foundation to make your instrument sound warm and beautiful. Our string teachers are experienced in teaching beginner to advanced students.


Learn the fundamentals of bowing and fingering to get a beautiful tone out of your cello. Our string teachers have degrees from various music programs throughout the country and are great with beginners and advanced students alike.

Instrument Rentals

Rental pick-up by appointment only
Serving only trial students and current students of Philly Music Lessons

3 Month or 10 Month Trial Periods
Cello, Violin, Upright Bass, Guitar, and more
Multiple sizes (1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16 etc.)
Our teachers

String Instructors

Zoe Hartenbaum

Violin & Viola

Stef Emery New photo

Stef Emery

Voice, Guitar & Violin

Pansy Lee

Guitar, Bass, Piano, Ukulele, Trumpet, Tuba, Horn, Flute, Saxophone, Clarinet, Trombone, Violin, Voice

Nayyirah Wood

Violin, Viola

Mary Loftus

Violin, Viola, Piano

Mark Castellano

Mark Castellano

Guitar, Bass, Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, Banjo, Ukulele, Drums, Voice, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, & Trombone

Lauren Blackwell

Lauren Blackwell


Jenny Hackbarth

Jenny Hackbarth

Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano, Guitar & Ukulele

Jake Shim

Violin, Viola

cello piano voice

Ellen Tiberio-Shultz

Cello, Guitar, Voice & Piano


Philly Music Lessons specializes in connecting students of all ages and skill levels with great teachers in the Philadelphia and Main Line areas.