Female Cello Player

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Cello Lessons Canterbury

My name is Ursula Smith. I am a Canterbury based Cello teacher and musician, who also teaches cello and chamber music at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. I have 30 years of experience teaching cellists of all ages and levels, but have particular knowledge of preparation for Conservatory auditions and orchestral auditions.


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Ursula Smith - Professional Cello Teacher

Cello Lessons Canterbury Teacher - Ursula Smith
My Mission

Exciting Lessons

I have a very varied background in music, having been a principal cello in an orchestra ( Scottish Chamber Orchestra), been in a string quartet ( Zehetmair string quartet) and played in venues small and big. I was educated at the Royal Northern College of Music and have a Masters Degree from Yale University, where I was a Fulbright Scholar.

I have taught privately throughout my career and enjoy the challenges that each student brings. I adapt my teaching methods to the person- and do not have one approach but try and keep the student motivated and structured whatever level they are. My main aim is to enable the student to become their own best teacher. I am a sympathetic and supportive teacher- so another focus is that enjoyment leads to motivation.

Location

Oaten Hill, Canterbury, CT1 3HP

Cello Teacher

Ursula Smith
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My Lessons

All Abilities Welcome.

I welcome students of all abilities, and enjoy working together with the student to create a structured learning environment in which they feel they are improving skill levels and learning a wide variety of repertoire. Also keeping lessons upbeat and positive, with clear reachable goals each week, is very important to me. I am very keen on posture and a healthy use of the body to create depth of sound and general physical well being.

I am very interested in how to structure practice time so that concentration levels remain high, and that one one does not drift and learns to use time effectively. I am happy to see a student for a consultation lesson so that they can get an idea of me as a teacher before making a decision. I have years of experience but I enjoy adapting my methods to the person in front of me.

Prices:


£35 per hour

Lessons are pay-as-you-go, weekly, fortnightly or as suits you.

Beginners & Advanced Students Welcome

Both beginner and advanced students are welcome. I will make a lesson plan that suits your needs as a learner.

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Beginners Welcome

I also welcome beginner students.

My Experience as a Teacher

I have a long performing career behind me as detailed earlier and have personal practical experience of auditions, orchestras, chamber music playing professionally. I have taught throughout my career so I have experience of amateurs, beginners, intermediate, advanced students and young professionals. I enjoy the variety of people I meet and enjoy the challenges that each student brings. As I said before, keeping the student motivated and engaged is very important to me. I like to give the student ,clear reachable goals each week and try to help the student to really participate and be engaged in their own progress.

I have taught at the Junior Department at RNCM, undergrad students at Yale, Maastricht Conservatory in the Netherlands and currently teach at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

I have former students now working professionally in orchestras such as Manchester Camerata, the Philharmonia Orchestra, film session work and teaching including in the Sistema scheme in Scotland.

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Advanced Players Welcome

I like to welcome more advanced learners as well.

More About My Lessons

For intermediate students I do use grade exams, to give structure and clear goals. I have a variety of learning materials, including studies and scales but also work with the student using folk song ,pop melodies and sight-reading in the mix to keep motivation high. For advanced students beyond grade eight, I use mainly standard classical repertoire – from different musical periods.

I teach an awareness of period style, music structure and harmony. I like to develop technique and fluency through giving a mixture of pieces, some easy and some that are a bit beyond reach. A learning plan that includes short term and long term goals, that are clear to the student is important.

I give a mixture of pieces ,studies and scales- depending on the student's own pace of learning. I also use sight reading and duos with me regularly. With beginners I use the Suzuki training books and have used color strings to develop note reading gradually.

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Get in touch today and start learning to play the Cello with a professional teacher who will build the lesson plan around the styles and genres that you both love and enjoy. Lessons will be catered to your ability level and musical tastes.

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Frequently Asked Questions

My lessons are charged at £35 per hour.

I take most of my lessons from my home teaching space in Canterbury.

I welcome both young learners and adults to take my lessons.

Weekly and fortnightly lessons are the best way to improve as a learner and player.

Lessons cancelled with less than 48 hours notice will still be charged full price.

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Cello Lessons Canterbury Music Studio Address

Location

Oaten Hill, Canterbury, CT1 3HP
Teaching Space
I have a dedicated music room in my house in central Canterbury where I prefer to teach. It has a wooden floor and nice acoustic, and is a comfortable space to be in. I can also teach remotely on Zoom. For this I use microphone attached to my Macbook pro. I am also able to travel within Kent if students prefer lessons in their own home. I am in London twice a week during term time and can possibly teach students there depending on studio space.
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Cello Teacher

Ursula Smith
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