Education

Philosophy

I believe that everyone, no matter what age or ability, can learn and appreciate music. With children it is so important to make learning fun and interesting – experiences one has as a child affects our whole life. I believe adults are excellent learners too, it is only a matter of having the confidence to give it a go and not let negative thinking stand in the way.

The beauty of learning the Cello is that one must relax and enjoy to make the instrument sing. The more happiness I can bring to lessons, the more happiness will come from the Cello. This approach, combined with a bit of hard work, is guaranteed to improve everyone’s progress and enrich their lives.

Lessons are planned individually, giving care to the needs of each student. I incorporate traditional teaching methods with Kodaly methods, fun and games (not just for the young!) and a lot of positive thinking and relaxation.

If you are interested in learning music and the Cello, then contact me. Whether you are a complete beginner, have played a little in the past or are a more advanced student wanting help with your practice, I teach students of any age and ability – no experience necessary.

Similarly, if you are a chamber music group and would like coaching on ensemble playing and performance, please feel free to get in touch.

Suggesting reading

If you are becoming interested in the Cello and learning music, but would like to know more, here are some texts you may find interesting.

General Knowledge-

  • ‘Big Bangs: Five Musical Revolutions’ by Howard Goodall (You can get this in paperback, or watch the T.V. series on DVD)
  • ‘The Cambridge Companion to the Cello’ by Robin Stowell
  • ‘Music, an Appreciation’ by Roger Kamien
  • ‘Stephen Fry’s Incomplete and Utter History of Classical Music’ (Inspired by the Classic fm series)

Books on reading music-

  • ‘The AB Guide to Music Theory’ Volumes 1 and 2 by Eric Taylor
  • ‘Theory Made Easy for Little Children’ by Lina Ng (or any in this series)
  • ‘Music Theory in Practice’ by Eric Taylor (Workbooks by the ABRSM)
  • ‘Theory is Fun’ series by Maureen Cox

Psychology of Performance

  • ‘Singing and Imagination’ by Thomas Hemsley
  • ‘The Inner Game of Tennis’ by W. Timothy Gallwey

Experience

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