Due to the current situation of the 'Corvid 19' pandemic, I can teach the cello via 'Zoom' at the reduced rate of £20 per hour, with extended Zoom support at a suitable time arranged.
I achieved my grade viii in 1985 whilst I was at college studying A level Music.
Since then I have always played the cello for fun and try to be available to help out wherever I am needed.
Fun and love are the sole reasons for playing any instrument, otherwise it is a laborious chore. Being good does not mean that you can teach. You must love it and teach with praise, passion and enthusiasm.
I believe that playing is a gift to be given everyone!
My latest thing was playing in the pit at Rugby Theatre. The Play was the 'Mikado.'
I play in a trio called 'The Clifton Trio.' We play for fun but at Christmas we played carols at a local Village Pub. The place was 'rammed' with whole families who raised the roof with enthusiastic raucous singing. A wonderful way of bringing the whole village together.
We played at a remembrance service at the local catholic church, and I play in a classical music group in another church when I can.
I play at weddings & Regimental dinners, I help orchestras out at short notice when they are a cellist down.....its just wonderful!
I teach beginners and I also take on pupils that have had to change teachers.
Beginners are pretty straight forward as they are a 'blank canvas.' Lots of praise and encouragement is the key here.
As we are all made differently, we all sit differently so you must put in place the correct way to sit and hold the bow. The pupil will eventually tell you what is good for them and you can work around their 'gait'.
Transferring from another teacher requires patience and a lot of kindness. You don't know what they have come from and you don't know what they are expecting of you... so to start with you need to really go through what they have already learnt and what they know, allowing them to ask the questions as they arise.
The idea is to make them feel really good about themselves and look forward to their next lesson.
Critically, you must support their last teacher: each teacher is different and has different things to bring and a different approach and a different perception. This really is important.
I like to bring fun and laughter into my lessons.
I tend also to write out well known songs and then put in a harmony so that we can play together. The idea of this is to be able to swap parts! My pupils absolutely love it. It really is fun, and the sense of achievement is very empowering for them.
Fee (30 minutes): £15.00
Fee (60 minutes): £25.00
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