Welcome to 'The Cello Corner'!
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Susanne Beer - Founder and Director of 'The Cello Corner'
Please don't wait until your child is four years old!
The process (observation and parent introduction) should start when your child is two years old.
Please account for an extra delay before your child can start to have lessons:
1) There is an observation period of a term before your child can start with its own lessons.
2) The cello lessons start with the parent taking cello lessons for at least 6 weeks before the child can start (the parent does not need to continue with the lessons after the 6 week period.)
Generally, parents sign their children up when they turn two years of age. There isn't always space available straight away and you lose valuable time due to the observation period and your own lessons which are necessary.
Please note: we can not accept children over the age of four as beginners.
The process of the first year learning the cello:
- Observation of one term, depending on the child: group lessons, then one-to-one lessons
- At least first 2 lessons with a homemade cello: child and parent make a cello and bow out of cardboard and strings. A stick can be attached at the bottom as the spike. The child needs to understand that it has to "earn" learning the instrument.
- Books to be read by the parent before the first lesson: 'Nurtured by Love', 'Ability Development from Age Zero'
- Film: Nurtured by Love
- The parent needs to think about their own work schedule: how to fit in daily practice with child plus 2 lessons per week (one-to-one and group lesson)
- It has to be the same parent who attends the one-to-one lesson
- 4 concerts per year (participation expected)
- After the first term of lessons: regrouping with the parent to discuss routine of practice (it takes about one term for parent and child to settle into the new routine)
- After 6 months: practice routine should be settled
- After 6 months: reassessment[i] of development. The reassessment refers mainly to the parent and his or her role as the home teacher.
[i] Reassessment means a decision to be taken by the teacher on the continuation of lessons based on progress to date, reflecting the parent's role.
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 practicing 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 regular basis and are part of the teaching program and therefore obligatory. The group lessons are a kind of introduction to the 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 practicing 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 necessary 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 'Nurtured 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.
For more info click here.
(To sign up go to http://londonsuzukigroup.co.uk/membership/ or call 020 3176 4170.) You can pay by direct debit or PayPal.
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.
We don't just give our children plenty of opportunities to take part in music summer camps and workshops throughout the year but we are also putting a lot of effort into getting our children play in the National Children's Orchestra, one of the most sought-after orchestras in the UK.
Located in Islington we hold four 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.
Every summer our children go to Bryanston Suzuki Cello Course, Cellofest or Temple Dinsley to have some fun over the long period of the summer. It stimulates and motivates and the children love it!
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.
Take a look at some of the pictures taken from the 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 from you!
The Cello Corner