Cello students are taught to develop a proper and natural hold of the instrument and the bow. The names and pitches of the open strings and finger numbers are then explored and bowing techniques and finger positions are taught to enable the playing of simple melodies and exercises. The importance of intonation, phrasing, and musicality are stressed early on to allow an increase in difficulty and creative expression. The study of scales, arpeggios, and technical exercises propel the student forward until he or she is able to choose styles of music that are the most exciting. Students will need to acquire a cello prior to the first lesson and establish a regular practice routine.