I've been teaching cello for 30 years and my students have gone on to play with different ensembles like symphony orchestras. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to play simple songs by reading and by ear and as time goes on you'll be able to play more complex repertoire. I specialize in classical, style but I can teach you different kinds of styles, typically use Kummer method and Suzuki repertoire but I use a variety of method and books. I have the following tools available for your lessons: cello, computer program, sound system, Tuner and Metronome . I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!
Cello playing is strenuous and can result in chronic stress injuries. Learning to play with minimal tension in your arms and hands is an important step in playing strain free and results in more a more beautiful tone and phrasing. I teach you to use your larger trunk and leg muscles to transfer your body weight to your cello as opposed to using small muscles in your hands and arms. This is safer and more easily produces the lovely resonant tone qualities that make the cello special.
I particularly enjoy teaching adults who have struggled with tension and discomfort.
I have played in orchestras for over 15 years and play in several local chamber ensembles and know the challenges of playing with others.
I have had many opportunities to grow in the area of Cello playing. I took an intense two year training course in college where we met everyday. I learned many cello teaching techniques to augment my violin/violin techniques. This training was invaluable to me. I am also now a part of the Valli Celli in my Stockton, CA. The Valli Celli is an all cello choir. This experience has and will continue to aid in my teaching of the cello.
With Carol Ann Hays
I teach my students how to get the best, warmest sound from the beautiful instrument they have chosen. I will correct technique, and instrument placement to guarantee each student is getting the most out of their instrument, and every lesson will be focused mainly on teaching each student how to make thier instrument sing with the most beautiful tone it is capable of. Every lesson will include time in music theory, reading music, technique exercising, and learning and mastering a piece of music
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