Welcome the new year! (with a Cello Tip Video!)

2013 lessons for my students start up for next week & I can't wait! This year has so many wonderful things planned and I'm pumped.

Group Lessons! Yay!

One of the new things we are doing is a group lesson every month! Students can choose between either a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, whichever works best for their schedule. Each group lesson will have a theme and a guest speaker!

January 19th & 20th's theme is "Percussion & Rhythm." Percussionist, Lacey Brown will be our guest speaker on January 19th. These group lessons are open to the public for a small fee, so if you'd like to attend one of them, let me know!

[There is limited availability, so be sure to register via your personal studio calendar or by either sending me an email.]  Keep your eyes peeled for future posts on this month's theme.

Group lessons will include playing through a lot of Suzuki Book 1 songs as a group, so I want you to be prepared and feel confident.  Spend this week and the next one doing lots of review. but remember...

Re-learning old songs is not called "Review."

It's called re-learning your old songs. Period. And it's something we all have to do at one time or another. So don't make your daily review harder on yourself by classifying songs you don't know anymore as "Review." If you have to re-learn a piece, do it. Just call a spade a spade.

It can be discouraging to play through an old song and realize that you no longer know it like you used to. But chin up! Re-learning a piece often goes really quickly if you have the right mindset.

I encourage you to do as much of this re-learning and re-polishing as you need as we gain traction in the new year with lessons. 

A Flight Checklist for Cellists

As you're reviewing, re-learning, and polishing "old" pieces, don't forget to set yourself up for a successful flight by going through a posture checklist!

Stop. Breathe. Gather yourself. Choose a focus. THEN play.

Sam and I got a chance to take a crack at his pre-flight checklist skills at one of his recent lessons... Check it out!

If you can't see the video above, click here.