I'm a Registered and Trained Suzuki Cello Teacher. I love this aspect of my vocation and training as a musician. The philosophy of this teaching method fits my personal musical philosophy perfectly.
When you take a cello lesson with me either online or in-person (in Seattle or Tacoma) you get a completely personalized and holistic approach. I teach the whole student, not just their fingers. My job is to take each of my cello students a little further with their cello than when they walk in my studio door, or in the case of online lessons, a little further than when they first click “chat.”
I value character development and emotional health throughout the entire education process. Personally, the cello is not just a tool to pay my bills, but provides me with personal holistic growth and creative development — I long to see my students reap these benefits from learning the instrument so many love to hear played.
Usually the Suzuki Method is geared towards children, however I've found that it works wonders for adults too! It's a really versatile method that works with any age or ability.
From the post The Mother Tongue Approach - "Dr. Suzuki [founder of the Suzuki Method] observed that all children have the remarkable ability to speak and understand their native language at a very young age. He observed that not only do children have constant exposure to their native language, but also they are powerfully motivated to learn through interaction with their parents. He reasoned that if children were surrounded by music in the same way that they are surrounded by speech, they would acquire the ability for music as easily. With these ideas in mind, he developed the “mother tongue approach” of talent education."
To read more about the Suzuki Method please visit the Suzuki Association of the Americas.