Gonca Huff Cello Studio
Cello lessons require cooperation and communication between student and teacher to make a successful musical experience. Gonca is seeking serious cello students. You must be committed to learning and practice to build your skills.
Philosophy and Mission
- To nurture the artistic spirit in each person and a lifelong love of music and learning through a wide variety of types of repertoire.
- To help each student achieve their highest musical potential through performance, technique, theory, sight-reading, ensemble, ear training, and memorization.
- To have fun while learning the cello!
Benefits of a Strong Music Background
- Success in society
- Success in school
- Success in developing intelligence
- Success in life
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Gonca is a certified Suzuki Instructor.
The Suzuki Method was conceived in the mid-20th century by Shin'ichi Suzuki, a violinist who desired to bring some beauty to the lives of children in his country after the devastation of World War II. As a skilled violinist but a beginner at the German language who struggled to learn it, Suzuki noticed that all children pick up their native language quickly, and even dialects which adults consider "difficult" to learn are spoken with ease by people of 5 or 6 years. He reasoned that if children have the skill to acquire their mother tongue, then they have the necessary ability to become proficient on a musical instrument. He pioneered the idea that any pre-school age child could begin to play the violin if learning steps were small enough and if the instrument was scaled down to fit their body. He modeled his method, which he called "Talent Education", after his theories of natural language acquisition. Suzuki believed that every child, if properly taught, was capable of a high level of musical achievement. He also made it clear that the goal of such musical education was to raise generations of children with "noble hearts" (as opposed to creating famous musical prodigies).
Some students prefer and respond better to a more traditional approach to cello instruction. I like to give beginning and intermediate students a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of cello technique -- a relaxed, comfortable hand position, correct intonation, bowing, and tone production. The basics of music (reading and counting) are covered as needed. As the beginning student progresses, more advanced techniques, including position shifting, double stops, and phrasing, are introduced.
Gonca also teaches advanced students who wish to pursue a career in music, seek advanced performance skills, or wish to play in an orchestra or ensemble.
Special Programs for Adults
6 Months Cello Basics
Always wanted to play a musical instrument, but not sure what to play. Gonca offers a six month cello basics course to get you started. You will learn how to hold the cello and bow, basic finger positions and how to put them all together.
At the end of the course, you will know if the cello is for you.
Then Pick General Instruction
After Cello basics you can begin the General instruction curriculum. Try out both the Suzuki and Traditional Methods to find out which best matches your learning style.
Or Learn one Song
Work with Gonca to pick out one song that you love. Gonca will take your song and do an arrangement that fits your skill level. Then you work on your song using a combination of Suzuki and Traditional Methods.
Additional Online Music Training
Gonca recommends Theta Music Trainer to help students develop their music ear. Theta has free and paid training and games.