Braxton Neate

Cello Lessons

I maintain private studio lessons at the Suzuki Music Institute in Thornleigh (NSW). Previously I was Head of Strings and taught cello at Browning Street Studios (QLD). In addition to private tuition my students meet as a class once a month.

My teaching method is built upon Suzuki Method, in conjuction with continual pedagogical research. For more information, please read my teaching philosophy below or feel free to contact me.

If you are interested in studying the cello with me please fill out this form. You will be placed on my waiting list and I will be in contact with you as soon as possible to discuss lesson details and arrange a consultation lesson/lesson observations.

Teaching Philosophy

It is my belief that well grounded and solid technique is an essential foundation for enjoyable and rewarding musical experiences. For this reason I am totally committed to dealing systematically and creatively with the technical issues of ‘cello playing.

As a Suzuki Method teacher I believe that talent is not inborn, but an ability which can be developed; every child has an unlimited potential to be educated. Dr Suzuki called his teaching method the Mother-Tongue Approach, inspired by the fact that children so effectively learn to speak their native tongue. Prompted and encouraged by a mother’s love and the family environment, a child responds and develops this most difficult of skills, that of intelligible speech. When a child learns to speak, the following factors are at work: Listening, Memory, Motivation, Vocabulary, Repetition, Parental Involvement, Step by Step Mastery and Love. In the Suzuki approach each of these principles is used in the learning of an instrument. Ideally music education should start from birth and formal cello lessons can often start from 3 years of age.

In addition to developing students musical language and technical proficiency, I ensure that my students understanding of music theory, history and aural skills are expanded alongside their instrumental development. But most importantly I strive to develop a lifelong love of music in my students.

It is my hope that through their ‘cello journey students will obtain life skills that promote a sense of humanity, and an appreciation of beauty in all things.

Before lessons can begin

Lesson Observation

Before your child can begin formal lessons, a period of observation must be done.

This allows both parent and child to observe other children learning to play the instrument and will provide your child with incentive to learn. It will also provide Motivation, Imitation and Encouragement etc. It will bring your children many benefits. Your child will understand more rapidly what is expected in their own lesson. You will also be preparing them for future learning.

Observation of lessons is one of the most important things you can do for your child.

Listening to Dr Suzuki’s CD

“If your child listens well to the records, ”an inner ability” growing inside of him,
it becomes easy for him to play, and his progress becomes much faster.”
- Dr. Shinichi Suzuki

By beginning listening at an early age the child develops an understanding of musical language, In the same way that they learn their native language.

The more frequently the students listen to the recordings, the more easily they learn to play. Constant listening to music performed with beautiful tone provides children with a role model for their playing.

In the lessons, the production of fine tone and sensitive playing is stressed from the beginning.

Once lessons begin