The Pre- Twinkle Book:
Check Points prior to practice:
Place of Practice: -Atmosphere (quiet, still)
Parents: -Discipline, Routine
Parents/ Teacher: -Using the cello AND music
Teacher: -Giving a good example (posture, sound)
Parents/ Child: -Observation
Child: -listening to CD
Three elements: -Individual Lesson
Important aspects: -Coordination
-Breathing (incorporate singing)
-From big motion to small motion (body, cello, bow)
The lessons start off with learning how to sit. Sitting tall with feet placed firmly on the ground is essential to playing the cello. Games and exercises to reinforce good posture are necessary.
Introducing the right hand with pizzicato (using the weight of the arm).
Introducing the left hand with simple exercises like "hopping" or "sliding".
Introducing the bow only after ca. 5 weeks of lessons.
Knowing the Repertoire:
Before the child starts to play any of the Book 1 pieces, it has to know the pieces by heart and must be able to sing them. Sound, tempo and character of each piece have to be internalized. That requires listening to the CD every day.
Additional Exercises and Games:
- Toys and props can be useful but can also distract the child
- Singing is an important part of the lesson. It helps to educate the ear.
- Repetition is the key to ability
- Accomplishing the perfect bow hold
- Movement and dance, body percussion
- Use the child’s imagination = character and atmosphere of the piece
- Use visual aids (i.e. sandwich or colours for structure)