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Rosindust: Teaching, Learning and Life from a Cellist's Perspective Paperback – 1 January 2008

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Everyone should have a teacher like Cornelia Watkins. She is a teacher's teacher. Using imagination, humor, vast experience, and technical expertise she explores a multitude of well-crafted and thoughtful approaches to teaching. Her goal: to stretch her students positively using a wide palette of tools, and array of sounds and an impressive vocabulary while infusing every one of their senses with feelings and ideas. Her gift: to communicate to her readers how to experience and teach unfettered and inspired music-making. --Janet Horvath--Author of Playing (less) Hurt

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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CORNELIA WATKINS teaches pedagogy at the Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University, and has been a private cello instructor for forty years, most of those in Houston TX, where she was preparatory instructor and Lecturer in Music at the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University. Her passion for pedagogy has led her to present teaching clinics and master classes across the country, including educational sessions at nearly every ASTA national conference since 2003. Corky is on the committee of Wisconsin CMP (Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance), an organization which promotes excellence in all areas of music teaching. She has written several articles for American String Teacher, Wisconsin School Musician, and The Strad and is the author of two books, Rosindust: Teaching, Learning and Life from a Cellist s Perspective, and, with co-author Laurie Scott, From the Stage to the Studio: How Fine Musicians Become Great Teachers. Over a five-year period Rosindust was written as a newsletter reaching teachers as far away as Botswana. A newly revised edition of Rosindust will be released in June 2020, featuring additions, updates, and a comprehensive index for easier searches.

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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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CORNELIA WATKINS teaches pedagogy at the Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University, and has been a private cello instructor for forty years, most of those in Houston TX, where she was preparatory instructor and Lecturer in Music at the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University. Her passion for pedagogy has led her to present teaching clinics and master classes across the country, including educational sessions at nearly every ASTA national conference since 2003. In 2019 she was the featured Pre-College Master Class clinician, and this past year she offered a session on a "Bach Treasure Hunt" for those who want to teach more than just the notes when introducing students to the Suites. (Go to rosindust.com for more information and worksheets.)

Corky is on the committee of Wisconsin CMP (Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance), an organization which promotes excellence in all areas of music teaching. She has written several articles for American String Teacher, Wisconsin School Musician, and The Strad and is the author of two books, Rosindust: Teaching, Learning and Life from a Cellist’s Perspective, and, with co-author Laurie Scott, From the Stage to the Studio: How Fine Musicians Become Great Teachers.

After many years in Houston TX, Corky and her cellist husband Max Dyer moved to Madison WI in 2018. They have 3 sons, Daniel, Jeremy, and Michael.

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