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.