I have been teaching music lessons since 1980, and am currently accepting cello students from ages 6 and up. I teach cello to all ages and levels, beginning double bass, coach chamber music, and also lead group music classes as well as master classes
My teaching philosophy for teaching grade school age children is originally based on the popular Suzuki method. The Suzuki philosophy is 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. Introducing music reading right away boosts student's confidence, and 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 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 5 or 6 year old, an 8 or 9 year old may need a 45 minute session. Most kids in junior high and older should have the concentration and stamina for a full hour lesson.
Recitals and Group Classes:
I encourage students to perform at least twice a year for friends and family, and will arrange recitals for students as they finish working on pieces. Performing is an important aspect of learning the instrument, and having a recital is wonderful vehicle to accelerate learning and acheive goals.
If you would like to inquire about lessons please email:
Jeanne Fox Music (at) aol.com