Welcome to 'The Cello Corner'!
Our next two concerts are on the 25th of June and 2nd of July 2016 at 4.30pm at Christ Church Highbury. Everyone welcome!
Learn, progress, experience and develop with cello lessons from The Cello Corner - the Suzuki cello studio in London providing tuition for children and adults, designed to develop confidence, ensemble empathy and critical thinking skills.
Interactive, fun and sociable, our group cello classes which complement the individual lessons (both- individual and group lessons need to be attended) are a great way for children to learn. Greatly improving a child's listening ability and furthering their capacity to play in ensembles, the classes offer them the stimulation and motivation to progress - children also learn a lot by watching, and seeing other children playing the cello greatly contributes to their appreciation of - and desire to play - music.
We believe that all children can learn, and we teach from a young age. The age of three is ideal for a child to be introduced to music and to an instrument, and our lessons and classes have been carefully designed to see them progress quickly and confidently.
Parents are very much a part of the experience in all our cello lessons in London; learning, playing and practising the instrument alongside their children. We the relationship between teacher- parent- child very seriously and call it "the Suzuki triangle".
The weekly individual cello lessons for the children are complemented by group lessons, which take place on a regualr basis and are part of the teaching program and therefore obligatory. The group lessons are a kind of introduction to orchestra playing where the children learn to play as an ensemble and adapt crucial ensemble skills.
The group also has a very valuable social aspect to it and the children become a team of cellists who grow together and often become very close friends.
By listening to each other and observing each other the children learn things they would not learn by only practising by themselves.
This safe environment- meaning the cello group- where everybody is supportive of one another, is also being used as the perfect opportunity for one or the other cello student to try out a piece (which has been practised and polished and has reached a certain performance standard) in front of an understanding, positive and helpful audience consisting out of his or her "cello friends" before it is performed on a public stage.
The cello lessons begin with the observation of other individual lessons or group lessons. An observation period on a regular (weekly) basis of up to one term is obligatory and gives the parent the neccessary insight into the method, making it possible for the parent to understand what the Suzuki method offers and gives the child a chance to work out what it is all about and what is expected once the individual lessons start.
For more info watch The Cello Corner trailer.
Before your child starts the cello lessons please make sure you have read:
'Ability Development from Age Zero' and 'Nurted by Love' by Dr. Suzuki (scroll down this page to see the links where to buy it).
Learning with the Suzuki method requests to become a member of either the BSI (British Suzuki Institute) or the LSG (London Suzuki Group). This membership is obligatory and has to be in place before the first lesson (after the observation period). It offers the child a wide range of holiday classes, workshops and events. (To sign up go to: http://londonsuzukigroup.co.uk/membership/ or call 020 3176 4170.) You can pay by direct bedit or paypal.
Classes for adults
We've also developed a cello teaching program specifically for adults.
We often find that the parents of our young cello students want to try playing the cello as well - so whether you're a complete beginner or want to pick up lessons from where you left off, we have classes designed just for you.
We don't offer "taster lessons" as such but since we know that it is important that the chemistry between teacher and student is good and the student is happy with his choice, we offer the possibility of observing other student's lessons.
Once you have had enough opportunity to do your research and you are happy and ready to sign up, we advice every student to really go through the logistics of his daily life and make sure that he or she actually has enough time for practice.
Lesson attendence should be regular and practice should be on a daily basis (10 minutes a day are worth more than one hour three times a week).
Adults receive one lesson per week on a one-to-one basis.
There are up to three ensemble sessions / group lessons per year.
Unfortunately at this stage we can not offer more group classes for our adult learners but we are happy to help you and advise you on finding an appropriate amateur orchestra which you could attend on a weekly basis.
With a relaxed and informal approach, our teachers provide cello lessons that are sensitive to the needs and requirements of each student, drawing from their many years' experience in both performance and teaching.
Located in Islington we hold three children cello class concerts each year, which proves to be both motivational and stimulating. The concerts are part of the teaching program and every child is expected to participate.
We help them in preparation for the concerts in our lessons throughout the year.
We also invite our adult learners to the concerts to support the children. We encourage the adult learners to bring their cellos and strengthen the different cello sections. Adults will sit on the teachers' side, facing the children (see photo below).
Take a look at some of the pictures taken from our most recent performances in our online photo gallery.
Make a start. Contact us today and arrange for you or your child to receive our specialist cello tuition.
We look forward to hearing for you!
The Cello Corner