Dougherty Cello Studio

Cello lessons for the dedicated young music student.



Welcome to my cello studio! Thanks for visiting! Have a look around feel free to be in touch with me, whether you're interested in cello lessons, or just interested in music in general!

As a member of my cello studio, you will join other young cellists who are dedicated to both improving their cello playing and watching their goals come to fruition, all while having fun and developing a life-long appreciation for the cello and classical music!

My students perform at a high level, see vast improvement in their musical and "everyday" skills, and spend their lesson working smarter and harder than ever before. You'll have to drag students out of the practice room!


I could hit you with music education buzzwords - like student engagement, or extrinsic motivation, or individualized instruction - when describing my goals as a cello teacher, but those words don't mean anything! Instead, I break my teaching goals into four categories, all of which lead toward my image of a (alert: buzzword) well-rounded cello student.

Work smarter

Our lessons will give the cello student the ability to practice less time, but achieve greater progress than their peers.

think harder

Activities employed during the lesson carry over to the practice room, leading to increased problem solving skills, and fast results.

Play Better

Smarter, thoughtful practice leads to better cello playing, which makes practicing - and improving - much more fun!

perform often(-er)

As students improve in their cello playing, it only makes sense to share their newfound abilities with the world, performing in up to four recitals per year!




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Expectations are high for all students in my cello studio! Each student will feel challenged to improve week by week, through intelligent practicing and smart goal-setting. It is not my intention to overwhelm a student with cello activities, and I go out of my way to tailor my teaching to a student’s goals. That said, my studio is not for everyone: many of my students come to lessons with big dreams - to win competitions, audition for All State Orchestras, and audition for conservatories and university music schools. It's my intention to help each student achieve the dreams they have for their cello playing!

I’ve structured my studio to engage in a student’s lasting achievement, over the course of many years. Instantaneous results are neither encouraged nor expected - in fact, regular failures are an exciting part of learning - while small, weekly achievements will hopefully lead to larger, yearly victories! Though I do not necessarily expect that all of my students will go on to major in music, I do expect them to develop the resolve to push through adversity and stress that will benefit them in music, their schoolwork, and in all of life’s challenges.


"My son enjoys working with Justin and is showing great improvement. Justin is able to integrate the highest standards of performance with creative teaching that enables my son to master the skills that he needs to be a beautiful cellist."

-Studio Parent