Lessons: What to expect
No matter the age or prior experience of the student, you can expect a methodical start when joining my studio so that we can establish a firm foundation of cello technique. Without this foundation, the student can only progress so much. With the foundation set and solid, the possibilities are endless! I teach technique that sets the student up for tension-free playing in order to avoid pain or discomfort in the body while creating a beautiful tone. It can take some time to establish technique that sets the student up for success and comfort but is completely worth it!
I am a Suzuki trained teacher, a method developed by Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki that has since been adapted for cello as well. The fundamentals of learning through this method are based on the way that children learn their native language in the home. Through learning the cello, they are learning a new vocabulary that will become instinctual over time. Listening, repetition, love and encouragement are the core components of the Suzuki Method. Learn more by clicking here.
In the beginning years of this method, pieces of music are learned through listening and repetition rather than reading notes. This develops a tool chest of pieces that teach various techniques and musicality and is like a vocabulary can be summoned by memory.
A key aspect of the Suzuki Method for you to consider is the level of parent involvement required for success. It is truly a partnership between myself and you. It would be best for you to be at every lesson and involved in your child’s practice time as well. I will walk you through the whole process so that you feel comfortable in this role.
The main difference from the Suzuki Method is the emphasis on reading music. If you want you or your child to begin reading music right away, then the traditional method will be the pathway for you. Other than this difference, I keep many elements of the Suzuki Method in all of my teaching including positive reinforcement, as much parent involvement as possible, and frequent listening.