My teaching philosophy is built upon the simple goal that all my students be able to play and perform whatever piece they desire at some point in their lives. Learning the cello is something that everyone can do, with hard work and consistency. The skills that are required to become a good cellist and musician are skills that will build character and lead to success in any chosen field. Skills and traits required to play the cello like tenacity, self awareness, posture, and listening are universal.
In my professional opinion, repetition and a strong technical base combined with consistency are the cornerstones to learning anything. Therefore, it is my expectation that my students both practice and listen to the music they are learning daily. However, practice and lessons are not enough to foster a true love of the instrument, which is why I strongly recommend participating in monthly group class/cello ensemble rehearsals and regular recitals as these activities help build community and nurture the joy of making music with others.
I am now accepting new students. I am a registered Suzuki Teacher and I recently completed my Book 1 Teacher Training with Rick Mooney in Austin, Texas and am currently completing my Suzuki Pedegogy Certificate with Carol Tarr at the University of Denver. If you want to start learning how to play the cello, or if you already play and want further instruction or help preparing for auditions/competitions please contact me. I have been teaching for almost 10 years and have had the privilege of studying with some of the country’s greatest teachers whose knowledge of the instrument and how to play and teach it, have been very valuable to me, both as a performer and a teacher.
Luthiers in the Area
If you have something come up with your instrument, here are some links to different instrument luthiers in Boulder and Denver area, who can do repairs needed on your instrument:
Alexander Tzankow (in Arvada) http://www.atviolins.com
David Goodrich Violin Shop (in Boulder): http://goodrichviolinshop.com/index.html
Bernstein Violins (in Boulder) http://www.bernsteinviolins.com/
Evan Orman at 720-982-4202
Eric Paulu at 303-494-3864
David R. Young at 303-530-9426
I have always loved Mozart's Twinkle Variations for piano, and so in an effort to add some variety to the standard accompaniment for these variations most famously found in the Suzuki Literature, I arranged an accompaniment for violin, viola and cello based on Mozart's variations. These are free for all to use! Have Fun!!