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Cello: Learn to Play Group Class (Adults)

Cello: Learn to Play Group Class (Adults)
Learn to play cello group classes for adults
  • Available:  September 29, 2021 - May 4, 2022
  • Instructor:  Amber Walton-Amar
  • Discipline:  Cello
  • Course Type:  Group Classes, Learn to Play | Sing
  • Student Type:  Adults
  • Difficulty:  Beginner

Course Description

Unsure if you're ready for private cello lessons? Join a group class and learn the fundamentals of playing cello in a relaxed and social environment.

Classes will be delivered online via Zoom until further notice.
 

Read the course descriptions below or choose your class now

Introduction  |  Beginner  |  Intermediate  |  Bach Cello Suites  |  Cello Choir

Learn to Play - Introduction

Support your practical studies with theory

Delve further into the language of music with Introduction to Music Theory. You’ll learn more about notation, key signatures, time signatures, intervals, chords, the workings of melody, harmony, and rhythm. You will improve your basic skills for reading music.

Whether you’re a complete beginner, or a music aficionado looking to explore favourite works, you’ll gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of music across all styles and genres.

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This course is designed for those with no musical background and no prior experience with the cello.

Our overarching goals in this level are to find comfortable and efficient positioning with the instrument and the ability to produce accurate pitch and quality tone. 

Introduction to the Cello offers students the opportunity to understand the fundamentals of cello playing. Proper set-up is the first priority in this level of cello study. Through a variety of games and exercises we will explore healthy body alignment, good bow usage and appropriate left arm positioning. Once a strong foundation is established we will address avenues towards creating beautiful tone and good pitch.

Repertoire will be drawn from Suzuki Book 1 alongside teaching methodologies drawn from the Suzuki philosophy. Technical work will include scales, arpeggios, tonalizations and numerous other exercises. Basic music reading will be introduced and complimented by applicable discussions of music theory.

The group aspect of the course is intended to reinforce the enjoyment of learning a new skill through the sharing of common challenges and goals. We will explore our creativity through improvisatory exercises drawn from the Creative Ability Development method.

Two performance opportunities exist in this course with the last class in each term being shared amongst all Learn To Play Cello classes and devoted to in-class performances. 

Pre-requisite: Students will be required to bring a cello and to purchase course materials.

  • Cello and cello bow 
  • End pin strap, rosin 
  • Suzuki Cello School: Cello Part, Vol. 1
  • Cello Etudes: Preparatory - Level 4, The Royal Conservatory 

Optional: I Can Read Music: For Cello, Volume 1 by Joanne Martin More information will be provided in the first class.

Learn to Play - Beginner

This course is designed for students who have completed Introduction to the Cello, as well as students who have some prior experience with the cello and/or other musical instrument.

Our overarching goals in this level are to become proficient in creating beautiful tone and accurate pitch while furthering our knowledge of repertoire, etudes, scales and arpeggios.

This course invites students to refine their relationship with the cello through continued attention to posture, body alignment, breath, and efficiency of movement.

Having achieved a degree of ease with the instrument and familiarity with the foundations of reading music, we can now devote further attention to repertoire. We will study Suzuki Cello Book 2, continue with RCM etudes, begin working with Rick Mooney’s Position Pieces for Cello book 1, and continue our study of scales and arpeggios. This work will be complimented by numerous warm ups and technical exercises. The study of music theory will be integrated throughout the course where applicable.

We will utilize the group aspect of this class to build skills for future chamber music participation and continue to explore our creativity through improvisatory exercises from the Creative Ability Development method.

Two performance opportunities exist in this course with the last class in each term being shared amongst all Learn To Play Cello classes and devoted to in-class performances.

Pre-requisite: Students will be required to bring a cello and purchase course materials:

  • Cello and cello bow 
  • End pin strap, rosin 
  • Suzuki Cello School: Cello Part, Vol. 2 
  • Cello Etudes Levels Preparatory - 4, The Royal Conservatory 
  • Position Pieces for Cello, Book 1, by Rick Mooney 

More information will be provided in the first class.

Learn to Play: Intermediate 

This course is designed for students who have completed Beginner Cello and/or have prior experience with the cello. It is recommended that students enrolling in this course are playing at the level of Suzuki Cello Volume 2. 

Our overarching goals in this course are to achieve a high level of comfort and ease with the instrument so that we can perform with fluidity and musical expression. 

Having established strong foundations with the instrument and music reading, we focus our attention on an in depth study of repertoire drawn from Suzuki Cello Volume 3, RCM Cello Etudes, Position Pieces for Cello by Rick Mooney, scales and arpeggios. This work will be complimented by numerous warm ups and technical exercises. The study of music theory will be integrated throughout the course where applicable. 

We will continue to build on our chamber music skills to prepare graduates from this level for Cello Choir. Improvisatory exercises from the Creative Ability Development method will continue to be explored. Opportunities for masterclass style performance and critique will be available, with occasional solo in-class performances. 

Two performance opportunities exist in this course with the last class in each term being shared amongst all Learn To Play Cello classes and devoted to in-class performances. 

Required Materials: 
  • Cello and cello bow
  • End pin strap, rosin
  • Suzuki Cello School: Cello Part, Vol. 3
  • Cello Etudes Levels Preparatory - 4, The Royal Conservatory
  • Position Pieces for Cello, Book 1, by Rick Mooney

NEW! Learn to Play - Bach Cello Suites

In this masterclass formatted course we will study the famous Suites for Unaccompanied Violoncello by Johann Sebastian Bach. Students will be invited to prepare movements from the suites for solo classroom performance, critique, analysis, and discussion. 

Required Materials: 
  • Cello and cello bow
  • End pin strap, rosin
  • Suites for Unaccompanied Violoncello, J.S. Bach

Cello Choir

Formerly called Cello Ensemble, this course is designed for students who have completed Intermediate Cello and/or have prior experience with the cello. It is recommended that students enrolling in this course are playing at the level of Suzuki Cello Volume 3 or higher. 

This is a chamber music class, our attention will be devoted to developing our abilities to play together. Students will be required to prepare their own individual parts outside of class time. Repertoire will be drawn from various sources and a variety of Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Pop music will be offered. 

Two performance opportunities exist in this course with the last class in each term being shared amongst all Learn To Play Cello classes and devoted to in-class performances. 

Required Materials: 
  • Cello and cello bow
  • End pin strap, rosin 
Course Name Term Day Time Dates Instructor Tuition  
Learn to Play - Introduction Full Year Wed 6-7pm Sep 29, 2021-May 4, 2022 Amber Walton-Amar $770 Register
Learn to Play - Beginner Full Year Wed 7-8pm TBC Amber Walton-Amar TBC CONTACT US
Learn to Play - Intermediate Full Year TBC TBC TBC Amber Walton-Amar TBC Contact Us
Learn to Play - Bach Cello Suites Full Year TBC TBC TBC Amber Walton-Amar TBC Contact Us
Cello Choir (formerly Cello Ensemble) Full Year TBC TBC TBC Amber Walton-Amar TBC Contact Us