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Cello Lessons Update

Since this post, J and An have attended another two cello lessons at Juzmusic Academy. Teacher Ren continues to guide them patiently and J has asked if he could attend cello lessons during the next holiday, after he realised that it was difficult to fit cello into his regular schedule. As for me, I think I have fallen in love with the deep mellow sound produced by the cello and may pick up the instrument after retirement. :)

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During their third lesson, the children continued to learn the variations of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. J grasped the fingering quite quickly, but still had to be corrected several times for his posture and bow hold. By this stage, Little An had difficulty stretching her fingers. Teacher Ren tried to engage her in plucking the open strings and I was impressed that she was persistent in involving the little one.

By the fourth lesson, I had ascertained that the cello was too big for Little An to manage, so I requested that Teacher Ren teach J while Little An observed. J practised the Twinkle variations and was taught a new piece. Teacher Ren played the notes while J mimicked the playing. It was great that by four lessons, J could play two pieces.


Towards the end of the lesson, Teacher Ren took out two dice. One contained letters and the other contained note values. Little An was roped in to throw the dice and she happily obliged. J would play the note shown and hold it for the right number of counts. The role was later reversed. The children threw the dice and Teacher Ren played the notes.


During one of the lessons, I noticed that Suzuki concepts were displayed on a notice board. I have always known that the Suzuki method stresses on early learning and parental involvement. From the posters, I was reminded that encouragement was necessary. I am rather impatient with the children during practice as music comes naturally to me so I need to be really conscious in issuing more compliments.


J has enjoyed all four cello classes and An enjoyed the activities that Teacher Ren has ingenuously incorporated into the lessons. I am grateful to have been offered these four trial lessons as my children had good experience with a new instrument. If you are looking for a cello teacher, do check out Juzmusic Academy. The schools are located at Parkway Centre, Tanglin Mall and One KM.

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