For Mature Children to Adults
The Cello is a beautiful instrument with a beautiful sound. Many compare it's range to the human voice. It is best to start cello after with a good background in basic music - a good sense of rhythm and pitch. Being able to sing along with music in tune and on beat is a good start. For beginners we teach a combination of Suzuki and traditional methods. More advanced students are taught with a combination of American and European styles.
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.
Gonca was trained in the European methods with emphasis on conveying emotion as part of the performance. American methods generally emphasize technical skills only. If you are planning a career in Cello performance, it is increasing important that your skills be enhanced the ability to play with emotion and to connect with audiences.