Learn, progress, experience and develop with cello lessons at The Cello Corner, a cello studio in London providing tuition for children, designed to develop confidence, ensemble empathy, and critical thinking skills.
Interactive, fun and sociable, the 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.
The age of three is ideal for a child to be introduced to music and to an instrument. Lessons and classes have been carefully designed to see them progress quickly and confidently.
Parents are very much a part of the experience during the cello lessons; learning, playing and practising the instrument alongside their children. The "triangle - relationship" between teacher-parent-child is taken very seriously and the same parent needs to come to every one-to-one lesson with the child, the same parent who practises with the child at home (= home teacher).
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 become 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 of the group lesson, where everybody is supportive of one another, is also being used as performance platform. In front of an understanding, positive and helpful audience the student can "try out a new piece" 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 teaching method, making it possible for the parent to understand what the studio offers and gives the child a chance to work out what it is all about and what is expected once the individual lessons start.
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Please don't wait until your child is four years old!
You need to 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.
With a relaxed and informal approach, cello lessons are provided that are sensitive to the needs and requirements of each student, drawing from many years' experience in both performance and teaching.
Children are not just given plenty of opportunities to take part in music summer camps and workshops throughout the year but a lot of effort is put into getting the children to play in the National Children's Orchestra, one of the most sought-after orchestras in the UK and the North London Music Festival.
Located in Islington four children cello class concerts are held 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.
Every summer the students go to Bryanston International Summer 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!
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 offers the child a wide range of holiday classes, workshops, and events.
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(To sign up go to http://londonsuzukigroup.co.uk/membership/ or call 020 3176 4170.) You can pay by direct debit or PayPal.
Concerts take place four times year and are obligatory.
Practice Routine for the children:
The child is expected to practice every day of the week.
A shorter period of time every day is more productive and effective than a long practice session three times a week.