I am Suzuki cello teacher but, in addition to following the Suzuki method and philosophy, I strive to be much more for my students. My vision of a master teacher is not only a teacher of the instrument and the required skills needed to play it, but more importantly teaches the student skills necessary for lifetime of learning. I seek to be the teacher that guides and nurtures students to be independent, successful and caring human beings while simultaneously teaching the cello.
As a Suzuki teacher, I wholeheartedly follow the Suzuki philosophy. Those philosophical statements include:
- Every child can learn: “Musical ability is not an inborn talent but an ability which can be developed” (Suzuki).
- My studio is open to students of all abilities. I teach the child, not the cello.
- Develop character first, then ability: “Teaching music is not my main purpose, I want to make good citizens” (Suzuki).
- My focus is not on making great musicians, just great people.
- Nurture: provide a positive and safe learning environment: “Where love is deep, much will be accomplished” (Suzuki).
Fostering and guiding my students toward independence is crucial not only for developing functional musicians but also develops healthy autonomy and self-determination that will serve them well throughout their entire lives, both in and outside musical experiences. I strive to be a nurturing, knowledgeable and insightful teacher. I have a tremendous love of and respect for students young and old, and highly value their education and development. Margaret Rowell, a well-known cello pedagogue, was known for saying “I don’t teach the cello because the cello can’t learn! I teach the human being.” She taught not just cello technique but encouraged her students to be vibrant, interesting and engaged people. I hope to make a positive contribution not only to my students and the music community but I also hope to create through my teaching engaged, artistic, caring, questioning and inquisitive people who are lifelong lovers and participants in the arts.