Melanie offers lessons online and in-person. She has also recently filmed herself teaching the Cello and completed 30 Tutorial Videos. These videos are for individual beginners and available on Patreon.
Levels and Subjects Melanie teaches:
- Cello (beginner to advanced)
- Learn Cello online (beginners) on Patreon – see this sample from Cello Tutorial Video 1
- Piano (beginner to Grade 6)
- Violin (beginner to Grade 5)
- Solfege (singing using Doh, Re, Mi, and so on)
- Dalcroze Eurhythmics (an understanding of music through movement)
- Colourstrings Method available to Cello students
Can you learn the Cello online?
Of course you can! You don’t have to travel and can learn in your own home. A ‘Cello and a bow of ideal size, quality rosin, a floor-stop for the endpin, a screen/monitor to learn from, good internet connection, and preferably separate speakers (for better sound quality), and you’re ready to go!
Are lessons online as good as face-to-face lessons?
Yes they are. I relocated to Scotland in 2019 from England, and continued teaching some of my students who were back in England. I began teaching online eight months before covid appeared and I learned to adjust my teaching-style to suit online lessons. All of my students have continued progressing really well regardless of whether they play a String instrument or Piano.
Cello Tutorial Videos for beginner students
Melanie’s Cello Tutorial Videos are available globally on Patreon for a great price compared to live one-to-one lessons. They are split into 2 sets, and offer a non-hurried and thorough way of learning the ‘Cello. Musicianship training is included (Solfege and rhythm work), and each video has an accompanying document containing notation, homework tasks, and hints. The student can watch each Tutorial Video as many times as they need, and pause/replay parts of it to deepen their understanding. Melanie has created two extra videos on tuning the Cello yourself and applying rosin to the bow. Students also have the option to subscribe to Melanie’s Progress Feedback tier on Patreon, if they want feedback on their playing/practise. Please see this Introduction Video in which Melanie talks in more detail about her tutorial videos.
Melanie is always interested to teach pupils who wish to have instruction in any of the above instruments/subjects, and learn more about the musical language. Pupils of all ages from four years old are welcome, and can be prepared for exams and other performing events if desired. She ensures that all pupils are able to progress both musically and technically in order for their learning to be consistent and their music-making fulfilling.
Melanie tailors her teaching to suit the needs of each individual pupil in order to bring out the best in every pupil. She takes the well being and learning of all her pupils seriously. Melanie is a member of the Musicians Union which provides Melanie with insurance cover as a professional player and teacher.
Being an educator as well as a performer, I believe in providing equal opportunities for all pupils. I believe that each pupil should be treated as an individual so that a stable teacher/pupil dialogue is present. This allows smoother and more satisfying progress and for the pupil to reach a higher level of playing earlier.
A teacher should be a source of inspiration, therefore I teach in such a way that is structured but also encouraging and fun. I enjoy giving lessons that are balanced, in which I develop the pupil’s technical skills while stimulating their creativity and increasing their understanding of Music as a whole. It is also important to allow the student to learn at their own pace, so that they have an overall good understanding.
After receiving a lot of education in the Alexander Technique while a student, I am keen to ensure each pupil understands and is able to maintain good posture while playing. In doing this they understand how to use their body methodically and efficiently to gain greater control of the instrument. As a result of my education in Musicianship, I incorporate some Solfege (singing/ear training) and Dalcroze Eurhythmics (movement) into lessons too. These methods and approaches all greatly influenced my own learning, playing skills, confidence and performance presence, by deepening my own understanding of the music I was playing.
Experience (current jobs/roles)
- University of Liverpool, School of Music: Teacher in Cello (online)
- Professional Performance: Solo and Chamber Music
- Private Tutoring (Tain, Invergordon, Alness, near Inverness): Cello, Piano, Violin, Musicianship, Music Theory, & Chamber Music
- Bowdoin International Music Fesitval, Maine (USA) 2005: Teaching assistant to Peter Howard
- San Francisco Conservatory (USA) 2005 – 2008: CIS Teaching Program (Cello and Chamber Music)
- Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, California (USA) 2006: Chamber Group Coach (Summer Festival)
- San Franciso Conservatory (USA) 2006 – 2008: Community Music Program /External Performances
- California State University East Bay (USA) 2007-2008: Cello & Bass Coach
- Pacific Musical Society, California (USA) 2008: Preliminary Phase Judge for Competition (Strings)
- Golden Gate Philharmonic Music School, San Francisco (USA) 2008: Chamber Music Coach
- Private Tutor in Cello, San Francisco (USA) 2005 – 2008: One to one lessons and group lessons
- Vibo Music Center, San Francisco (USA) 2008: Teacher in Cello
- Mossley Hollins High School (UK) 2010 – 2011: String Ensemble Director & Cello/Violin Teacher
- East Crompton Saint James School (UK) 2010: Teacher of Cello
- All Saints Micklehurst School (UK) 2010 – 2011: Teacher of Strings, Solfege, and Dalcroze Eurhythmics
- St. Raphael’s School, Tameside (UK) 2010 – 2011: Teacher of Cello, Piano and Violin
Sheffield Music Academy, 2008 – 2013: Teacher of Cello, Piano, Chamber Music & Theory