Cello Lessons | Double Bass Lessons, Violin Lessons | Ensemble Coaching, Skype Lessons
- Qualifications: B.A (Hons) Music, P.G.C.E (Secondary Music)
- Pricing: $65 per hour. thirty minute lesson $32.50
- Suitability: New students welcome age 5 and upwards. Adult beginners and returners also welcome.
I studied cello performance at Dartington College of Arts in Devon graduating in 1986 and qualifying as a teacher at Bretton Hall College in Wakefield in 1989. I trained as a Suzuki Cello teacher in London and passed level 3 of the European Suzuki Teacher Training course. I am also a registered Music Teacher (IRMT)
I taught Cello and Double Bass in schools in County Durham England from 1990 before moving to New Zealand in 2002. I currently run successful strings programmes at two High schools in Palmerston North and also teach at my studio at Square Edge and in Otaki.
I love to play music and to share my performances with others both as a cello soloist and with fellow musicians. This year I will be performing in Duo Barcello with Guitarist Cristian Huenuqueo in addition to other exciting collaborations with local choirs and orchestras.
I encourage all my students to enjoy their music making whatever their level and ability. My aim is to create a unique pathway to suit each student’s current stage of development, ambitions and musical taste, whether they are working towards grade exams, preparing for NCEA Music performance assessments, or simply playing for pleasure.
I provide opportunities for my students to join in regular concerts and workshops organised by myself and others to develop their confidence and performance skills and to have fun as part of our friendly and supportive musical community.
- When children learn to play an instrument from an early age they develop confidence, high self-esteem and excellent communication skills. They also learn how to consistently focus on tasks and to develop self-discipline, patience and determination. Their increased ability to follow instructions and to cooperate with others is also a strong point. All these attributes help them with their learning in other areas including everything they do at school.
Younger children generally find it comes more easily to develop a natural and fluent technique. They often have naturally good posture and are very adaptable in terms of learning new skills. This is why age 5-7 is the perfect time to start learning to play an instrument
I would always encourage older school students and adults to have a go too, especially if it has been a long held dream to play music. And it really is never too late to enjoy learning to play an instrument. I look forward to helping you or your child on your own musical journey.