CelloBello is thrilled to announce the inaugural CelloKids Teacher Training Seminar!

Drawing on the vast experience and diverse styles of our teaching team, this robust course will cover a broad assortment of topics ranging from how to approach a student’s very first lesson to preparing young cellists for pre-college programs. Whether you are a seasoned teacher, a recent graduate looking to start a studio, or a parent seeking new ways to inspire your child to practice, this seminar is designed to give you tools to foster a holistic approach to cello playing.

In addition to 10 classes taught by our top teachers, the seminar will include three bonus sessions (exclusive to those registered in the full course) where our faculty will be joined by CelloBello founder and internationally acclaimed cellist Paul Katz to discuss their teaching methods and engage in conversation with our participants. Throughout the program, participants will have the additional opportunity to take part in interactive sessions, and dive deeper into conversations with one another about the joys and challenges of teaching. We look forward to welcoming you into the CelloBello community!

This seminar will run from Saturday August 1 to Saturday August 15, 2020. While all live sessions are scheduled for 1 pm ET, each class will be video recorded so that participants with scheduling conflicts can still have access to the course content for their enrolled classes. This video archive will be available to them through the end of August 2020.

While individual class enrollment is available, we encourage participants to take advantage of the full course bundle discount (that’s 14 sessions for $350!). For those heavily impacted by the pandemic, CelloBello is offering an additional Covid-19 discount for both the course and individual class enrollment. Please email thomas@cellobello.org if you are in need of this discount code—no explanation needed!

An overview of our classes:

Week 1 Topics:

  • Setting up Students with a Healthy Foundation
  • Growing a Cellist (Part 1)
  • How to Develop Improvisation and Creativity
  • Anatomy of the Young Cello Player
  • Games that Teach

Week 2 Topics:

  • Establishing and Nurturing a Strong Foundation
  • Growing a Cellist (Part 2)
  • How to Use Improvisation in Technical Practice
  • Teaching Cello-Based Music Theory
  • Incentives for Practice at Home and in the Classroom
Find detailed class descriptions and schedules here

Meet our Seminar Faculty!

Mike Block is a pioneering cello player, singer, composer, and educator, hailed by Yo- Yo Ma as the “ideal musician of the 21st-Century”. Acclaimed by the NY Times for his “vital rich-hued solo playing”, Block’s solo performances offer a rich mixture of core classical repertoire, folk music, songs, and original compositions. Mike is member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble (SRE), having joined in 2005 while a student at The Juilliard School. Touring extensively throughout the world with SRE, he has been featured as cello and vocal soloist, contributed arrangements and compositions, and earned a Grammy Award in 2017 for their album, Sing Me Home. As an educator, Mike is passionate about creativity and collaboration, and is the founding director of Silkroad’s Global Musician Workshop, and the Mike Block String Camp, and is on faculty at Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory.

Yari Bond has been a performer, chamber musician and teacher for over 40 years. A graduate of Juilliard she was a student of Leonard Rose. Presently she teaches cello and chamber music at Columbia University, Special Music School and the Young Artists Program at Kaufman Music Center in NYC. She is the founder and artistic director of the Concerts Con Brio Series; Celebrating Young Artists.

Madeleine Golz has taught in the PreCollege of the Manhattan School of Music since 1985 and is also on the faculty of the Thurnauer School of Music in Tenafly, New Jersey. Her students have been prize winners in many local, national and international competitions and many have gone on to successful careers in music.
Sandy Kiefer has a Masters Degree from New England Conservatory. She completed her Suzuki training through book ten at the Chicago Suzuki Institute and Hartt College. As an active freelance cellist she played with the Boston Ballet, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, and Viterbo Opera Festival. She has taught at Suzuki Schools and Institutes in Ontario, Colorado, Hong Kong, Virginia, Utah, Indonesia, and Oregon.
Dr. Andrea Yun is a member of the Michigan Opera Theatre and the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and performs widely with orchestras and chamber ensembles in Michigan. Andrea is one of 40 Suzuki cello teacher trainers in the Americas, and travels around the country to train teachers and students. Andrea has held positions at the University of Michigan, University of Texas at San Antonio, Bowling Green State University, Pioneer High School, and Okemos Chippewa Middle School. Andrea holds a dual bachelor’s degree in music education and mathematics and master’s in cello performance from Indiana University, and also a doctorate in cello performance and pedagogy from the University of Michigan. Her solo performances have been heard on Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) Radio.
Acclaimed for his independent streak, Jeffrey Zeigler has commissioned dozens of works, and is admired as a potent collaborator and unique improviser. He is the recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize and the Polar Music Prize, among several other high distinctions. His multifaceted career has led to collaborations with a wide array of artists from Yo-Yo Ma and Tanya Tagaq to Philip Glass and Hauschka, and many others. He was the cellist of the internationally renowned Kronos Quartet for eight seasons, and is currently the Co-Chair of the String Department and Professor of Cello at Mannes School of Music. Additionally he is on faculty at the Bowdoin International Music Festival.

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