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Rosindust: Teaching, Learning and Life from a Cellist's Perspective Paperback – 1 January 2008
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I really warmed to Watkins' straightforward approach and sense of humour. You can hear her voice, plain-speaking, reassuringly human, on every page: Just be prepared to be labelled picky, she writes after one piece of advice. Above all she constantly refers to the student, how they might respond and what might catch their imagination, and she is endlessly inventive in coming up with ideas for this. Many pages feature boxed text with anecdotes from her teaching, often about particular pupils, and in her ideas she manages to be relevant to a young beginner s first lesson as much as to a conservatoire student. --The Strad; July 2009
Not since reading Phyllis Young's Playing the String Game and Eloise Ristad s A Soprano on her Head have I been so enraptured about teaching. Ms. Watkins not only thoroughly discusses numerous technical areas that all teachers and students address, she delves into the emotional entanglements transpiring during the endeavor to learn a string instrument. She writes of her frustrations bringing poor technical training, ineffective practice habits, unanswered doubts to her first year of college. I see this as a blessing in disguise as she turned those self-reflections into a solid basis for her teaching career and this book. Her writing is full of imagery that she uses to relate everyday life to cello playing. Especially effective chapters treat positive teaching techniques, students singing in lessons, why we practice, and comprehensive teaching. This will be a welcome addition to any string teacher s bookshelf, not just to cello teachers.~David Littrell --American String Teacher; November 2008
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- Publisher : Rosindust Publishing; Revised 2020 edition (1 January 2008)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 176 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1604613920
- ISBN-13 : 978-1604613926
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I think having this knowledge beforehand will make my approach to learning the cello much more fullfilling and exciting. I will be re-reading this book as I progress through my cello studies. A definite must read!!
If you're a cello teacher you will love this book.
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