Teaching vibrato on the cello – the beginnings of a good technique

Teaching vibrato on the cello can be a very daunting thing for teachers just starting out.  We all want our students to be able to master it first time, and that means insisting on good technique from the very beginning.  As someone who passed all the grades early on and entered university naively over-confident, having … Read moreTeaching vibrato on the cello – the beginnings of a good technique

Travelite TL-20 4/4 cello case review

Buying a cello case can be a big decision – there are so many options out there, with a huge variety of prices and features.  The Travelite TL-20, made by Saga Musical Instruments, was invented for cellists looking for a case that is light, strong and portable.  First impressions I’ve owned a Travelite TL-20 for … Read moreTravelite TL-20 4/4 cello case review

Cello Time – the essential series for beginner cellists

The Cello Time series by Kathy and David Blackwell is widely used among cello students today. This is a brief review/summary of the different books in the series – which will hopefully give you an idea of what to expect from each book.   Cello Time Starters This book is aimed at the youngest learners. … Read moreCello Time – the essential series for beginner cellists

Imposter syndrome and the private music teacher

“Am I good enough?” “Why would anyone want to hear me play?” “Wouldn’t my students learn more from a different/better teacher?” Imposter syndrome is very real, and I think it affects a lot of people to some extent. I have heard phrases like this from so many private teachers, and indeed have had these exact … Read moreImposter syndrome and the private music teacher

How to start teaching piano (or any instrument!) – a guide for anyone interested in teaching privately

Teaching your first few students can be a bit of a daunting experience! This article is aimed at anyone who would like a little advice on how to start teaching piano – from advertising (ie getting your first student) to which books to use, and my personal experience from challenges that I have faced along … Read moreHow to start teaching piano (or any instrument!) – a guide for anyone interested in teaching privately