I have been teaching cello lessons to students ages 6 and up since 1986.
My philosophy for teaching grade school age children is based on the popular Suzuki method - a wonderful starting point as it makes performing a natural activity; which in turn helps boost confidence, memorization skills, and enhances all other learning skills.
I have veered from the original Suzuki method in that I introduce music reading skills at an early age which allows young performers to participate in school orchestra right away.
Regularly scheduled, weekly lessons are recommended to promote steady progress and continuity of learning. Adults and teens should plan for a full hour lesson. However elementary and middle school age schoolchildren should have their lesson length tailored to their individual age and concentration ability. While a 30 minute lesson might be perfect for a 6 year old, a 9 year old may need a 45 minutes, and kids in junior high and up have the concentration and stamina for an hour lesson.
I encourage students to perform in recitals and participate in their local NYSSMA Festivals. My teaching techniques prepare students for playing in their school orchestra, NYSSMA Festivals, All County auditions and beyond to Conservatory-level preparation. I am also available to coach chamber music, lead group classes as well as master classes. Performing is an important aspect in learning the instrument, and is a wonderful vehicle to accelerate learning and accomplish goals.