I maintain private studio lessons at Browning Street Studios in South Brisbane (QLD), the Suzuki Music Institute in Thornleigh (NSW) and Lane Cove Music and Cultural Centre (NSW). In addition to private tuition my students meet as a class once a month.
If you are interested in studying the cello with me please fill out this form. You will be placed on my waiting list and I will be in contact with you as soon as possible to discuss lesson details and arrange a consultation lesson.
Well grounded and solid technique is an essential foundation for enjoyable and rewarding musical experiences. For this reason I am totally committed to dealing systematically and creatively with the technical issues of ‘cello playing.
As a Suzuki Method teacher I believe that talent is not inborn, but an ability which can be developed; every child has an unlimited potential to be educated. Dr Suzuki called his teaching method the Mother-Tongue Approach, inspired by the fact that children so effectively learn to speak their native tongue. Prompted and encouraged by a mother’s love and the family environment, a child responds and develops this most difficult of skills, that of intelligible speech. When a child learns to speak, the following factors are at work: Listening, Memory, Motivation, Vocabulary, Repetition, Parental Involvement, Step by Step Mastery and Love. In the Suzuki approach each of these principles is used in the learning of an instrument. Ideally music education should start from birth and formal cello lessons can often start from 3 years of age.
In addition to developing students musical language and technical proficiency, I ensure that my students understanding of music theory, history and aural skills are expanded alongside their instrumental development, as all these elements are inseparably linked in becoming a musician. But most importantly I strive to develop a lifelong love of music in my students.
It is my hope that through their ‘cello journey students will obtain life skills that promote a sense of humanity, and an appreciation of beauty in all things.
Before lessons can begin
Before your child can begin formal lessons, a period of observation must be done.
This allows both parent and child to observe other children learning to play the instrument and will provide your child with incentive to learn. It will also provide Motivation, Imitation and Encouragement etc…It will bring your children many benefits. Your child will understand more rapidly what is expected in their own lesson. You will also be preparing them for future learning.
Observation of lessons is one of the most important things you can do for your child.
Listening to Dr Suzuki’s CD
“If your child listens well to the records,”an inner ability” growing inside of him,
it becomes easy for him to play, and his progress becomes much faster.”
Dr. Shinichi Suzuki
By beginning listening at an early age the child develops an understanding of musical language, In the same way that they learn their native language.
The more frequently the students listen to the recordings, the more easily they learn to play. Constant listening to music performed with beautiful tone provides children with a role model for their playing.
In the lessons, the production of fine tone and sensitive playing is stressed from the beginning.
Once lessons begin
You are required to attend one weekly private lesson
You are required to participate in regular group lessons
Attendance at studio concerts, charity concerts
Take notes at lessons
To be the home teacher supervising your child’s practice
To look for the good in your child’s playing and to encourage your child