Monique Heidema


Cello lessons with Monique Heidema  

"where teaching is still a form of art" 

My motto is :

Everyone who wants to learn to play an instrument has the rights to receive highly-qualified instruction!

Why I teach music :

Not because I expect you to be major in music.

Not so you can relax, not so you can have fun.


so you will be human,

so you will recognise beauty,

so you will be sensitive,

so you will have something to cling to,

so you will have more compassion,

so you will have more gentleness,

so you will have so to say more life!

Monique Heidema is the professor for cello for the masters, bachelor, preparatory and Young Talent programmes at  

She is invited regularly to provide masterclasses in the Netherlands and abroad. In 2015 she gave masterclasses in Taiwan and in 2016 she travelled tot the Conservatorio Superior de Musica of Salamanca in Spain to offer masterclasses to bachelor and master students.

Since 2017 she has organized her own cello course in the Netherlands. Last year this course took place in October 2019.

In the summer 2019 and 2020 she was a member of the team of outstanding tutors from all over the world at the Ervin Schiffer masterclasses in Hungary. She will return there to teach in 2021.

Monique Heidema also likes to give cello lessons to enthusiastic, motivated and advanced students. She has extensive experience in guiding students through conservatory entrance examinations and in preparing programmes for participation in competitions. The combination of teaching cello students and amateurs is very enjoyable, but also very important; after all, making music must be well supervised at every level and everyone is entitled to the best training playing an instrument.

Several of Monique's students have graduated with outstanding results. Perhaps even more importantly, all of her qualified students have been able to earn their living as cellists and teachers.

Many of her students have been accepted into the conservatories of The Hague, Amsterdam, Tilburg, Utrecht and Rotterdam and many have won prizes at the Prinses Christina Concours, the competition of Stichting Jong Muziektalent Nederland, Maassluise muziekweek and the Britten concours Zwolle.

If you are interested in private lessons please get in touch to discuss possible formats. Both individual and group lessons are available. Lessons are a minimum of 30 minutes long.

Online individual cello lessons are also possible, which allows you to study with Monique from anywhere in the world!

Reviews :

Op 20 juni studeerde 4 master studenten met zeer hoge resultaten af. Een absoluut unicum! (toenmalig hoofd afdeling master Fontys Conservatorium)

"Want Monique, jij weet altijd weer het beste uit iedere student naar boven te toveren door juist iedereen vanuit zichzelf dingen te laten leren ipv iets op te leggen. Dat is je kracht en van groot belang voor het vinden van je eigen weg als musicus. Wilde ik nog even zeggen." Aldus oud master student Bianca Bongers.

Vioolbouwer Saskia Schouten: "gefeliciteerd geweldige juf! ik was alleen toehoorder van Dionne Nijsten, maar alle lof!!"

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