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									Cello Chat




       Submitted by:
 John Stuart
  alamocitycello@yahoo.com

 Lesson Title: Cello Chat

 National Standards Used:
 1. Singing
 2. Performing
 3. Improvising
 4. Composing
 5. Reading Notation
 6. Listening
 7. Evaluating
 8. Connections - Arts
 9. Connections - History, Culture

 Materials: Scales: J Klengel "Daily Tech Studies" vol 1
 Etudes: Alwin Schroeder "170 Foundation Studies" vol 1 and 2
 Pieces: Suzuki "Cello School" vols 1-8

  Description: As a cello student, there are two major areas that must be mastered. 1st, the
technical aspects and 2nd the musical expression. Both must be approached early on. That is
why a combination of SCALE WORK, ETUDES, and PIECES are important to a cellist
developement.
  Scales serve as a "vehicle" to improve our technique. Etudes function as a "bridge" between
the pure technique of scales and the musical expression of the pieces. Etudes often focus on a
particular technical challenge that will be faced in music making. Finally all the elements come
together when we play a piece of music. We then become an advocate or spokesperson of the
composer. We also may bring some new or personal ideas to the music. Remember, without a
cellist, cello music is just dots on a page. It is our job to bring the music to life!

  Assessment: No two students will progress in the same way. For some the progress will come
quickly, for others (like me) it takes time and hard work!  Each person must set personal goals
that are achievable. Set a series of goals that that leads you where you want to go. Ultimately
,if we have a life-long love of music and the cello then that is success.




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