Teaching

I offer music lessons both in person and online over the Internet via a webcam. I teach:

  • Early childhood music classes – ages 6 months and up. Classes consist of songs, bounces and tickles. A parent/guardian would accompany their child to the class.
  • Music Mind Games – a beginning music theory class using fun and easy-to-learn games.
  • Group cello lessons
  • Individual cello lessons

I teach cello using the Suzuki method. The Suzuki method emphasizes getting a good sound from the instrument first and requires the parent to attend each lesson to help.

To schedule a lesson, contact me and see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) below for common questions and answers.

Internet Cello Lessons

Study online on the Internet using a webcam and Skype. Saves on gas!!!!

See the Online Cello Lessons page for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How old does my child have to be to start learning the cello?

As young as 3 years old. Smaller size cellos are made that can accommodate children.

Is it too late to start learning the cello?

No! It’s never too late! I’ve taught many adult students both in individual and group settings.

How long are lessons?

Lessons are usually 30, 45 or 60 minutes long.

How much do lessons cost?

Contact me for prices. No student will be turned away because of financial hardship. Please let me know if this is the case and we can discuss it further.

What are your payment options?
Cash, check, or PayPal.

Are there discounts for paying for multiple lessons?

Yes. If you pay for two months or more there is a 10% discount.

Where do you teach?

I teach at Joyful Noise in downtown Weaverville, at Asheville Music and Arts in West Asheville and at my house in Weaverville near the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Is there anything else that I will need for lessons, like music etc.?

Yes, there are a few other helpful items. A list will be posted here shortly.

I didn’t practice this week. What should I do?

Please come to the lesson and we will use this time as review and practice time.

What if my child doesn’t like the cello (or the cello teacher) anymore?

This sometimes happens and if so, please communicate with me to help find the best solution for the student.

What is the Suzuki method?

It is a method developed by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki who believed that “every child can learn”. He observed that children easily learn their native language and has incorporated similar steps in his method to learn music. For more detailed information please visit http://suzukiassociation.org/parents/twinkler/

What are Music Mind Games?

“Music Mind Games is a curriculum of more than 300 cooperative games for teaching music theory and reading, created and developed by Michiko Yurko.” Music theory is more fun to learn using Music Mind Games as well as more easily understood. For more detailed information please visit http://www.musicmindgames.com/

How does this online cello lesson stuff work?

Online lessons enable students to learn cello when they aren’t near a teacher or want to study from the comfort of their own home. It saves on gas and can be especially helpful for busy parents.

See the Online Cello Lessons page for more information.

How do I take care of my instrument?

  1. Store your instrument in its case when it is not in use. Keep the case level on its back or on its side. Never put your instrument face down (bridge side down.)
  2. Keep the cello away from heating or air conditioning vents and out of extreme temperatures.
  3. Make sure to zip or secure the case after you put the instrument in it. This will avoid the possibility of picking up the case and having the instrument fall out.
  4. Never let your cello or bow get wet. Use a clean, soft cloth to wipe the instrument and strings after each playing session. This is especially important so that rosin will not collect on your strings and varnish.
  5. Do not leave your instrument in the car on a warm, sunny day. The heat will warp the wood, ruin the varnish, and cause the seams to come unglued. If you must leave the instrument in the car unattended, be sure to keep it out of sight. People do break into cars to steal instruments!
  6. Keep your fingers off the hair of the bow. Oils and dirt from your skin collect on the horsehair and will reduce your tone production dramatically. Always loosen your bow when you are through playing.
  7. Try to avoid banging your cello and bow into other objects. The scroll and ribs of the cello and the tip of the bow can be chipped and broken easily. Careful attention to rest position will help protect your instrument.
  8. Your cello and bow are very fragile. Please treat them with great respect and you will be rewarded with beautiful music!

What should my bow hold look like?
Here are some pictures of my bow hold. Click on each picture for a larger view.

Where do the stickers go on my bow?
Here is a picture to help you place the green, yellow, and red sticker in the correct order on the stick of your bow. Click on the picture for a larger view.

Here is a picture to help you place the thumb pillow. Click on the picture for a larger view.

Here is a picture to help you place the pinky pillow. Click on the picture for a larger view.

Where do I place my thumb to pluck my strings?
Here is a picture to help you place your thumb in the correct spot. Notice how the angle of my hand is set to pluck a string. Click on the picture for a larger view.