Cello Instruction at The Music Academy

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Cello study at The Music Academy is offered for all levels: beginner to advanced. Private lessons are offered for students age 9 to senior adults. Lesson lengths can be 30 minutes, 45 minutes or 60 minutes in length once per week. Cello students are required to attend all weekly lessons and to participate in the monthly studio classes and the annual recitals (one in the Fall and one in the Spring).

Meet Your Instructor, Mrs. Barbara Daugherty

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Mrs. Barbara Daugherty graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in physical education and dance. She has been a performing member of the cello section of the The University of San Diego Orchestra and the Bryan Symphony and Tennessee Tech University Orchestra in Cookeville. Mrs. Daugherty is a frequent guest cellist at area churches as both soloist and orchestra member. She is a former board member of the Academy and has taught privately in Cumberland County for the past six years.

My Teaching Philosophy

Music has been a part of my life all of my life. I come from a musical family where everyone played an instrument. So you can imagine that to hear music and to play music has left a huge mark on me, and it will continue to do so until I leave this earth.

It is my great honor to be able to teach at The Music Academy, and to impart to students what I have learned throughout my life. I think the most important thing that I can think of while teaching is to make sure my students love what they are doing; look forward to the lesson time; take seriously what they are learning; and lastly have fun with the experience. If my students are not having fun and not loving the instrument they are playing, then we are wasting time.

To make sure the students are having fun and loving their instrument, I need to make sure that what I am teaching is coming across clearly making sure they are understanding the objective. Starting at the beginning level and working slowly as the student progresses to a higher level is the challenge for me as the teacher.

My expectations for my students is that they take seriously every week what is being presented, and that they work through the week making sure they are completing the objective. The "work" factor on their part is very important. Practice really does make perfect, and it will be expected that my students work on their own to grasp what is being taught.

The Music Academy schedules two music recitals for the year, one in the Fall and one in the Spring. This experience of performing in front of their peers and adults is a true test to how they are progressing with their instrument, and challenges them to work to make it the best that it can be. I often point out to my students that "there is no way you could have performed that a year ago" to remind them that the progression of their play has been proven, and that they need to be proud of the accomplishment in a year's time. THAT is what makes it all so worth it, for not only the student, but also for the teacher.

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The Music Academy is located at 2819 Highway 70 North, Crossville Tennessee 38571. Phone 931-484-6676.