“Monique’s teaching style is different to other teachers. She inspires creativity and fun with a strong dedication to correct technique. As an adult student, I would recommend her to any adult beginners! Lessons are always fun and challenging, I can hardly believe it when our hour lesson is up.” – Laura, 21
“I love learning cello with Monique. She is so patient and makes it fun, and inspires me because she is so talented.” – Ava, 12
“I feel very fortunate to have found Monique. She is an extremely talented and knowledgeable musician who brings a rich variety of musical styles and pedagogical approaches to each class.” – Hebe, adult student
I am a Brisbane based cellist, with broad experience in the music industry and a passion for teaching. I am qualified with an Associate of Music from the AMEB and a Bachelor of Music from the Queensland Conservatorium, where I studied performance and pedagogy. I am a classical and folk musician, having won awards with my folk duo Rhiannon & Monique (FAA Youth Award and the Golden Fiddle Youth Achievement) and the Vada Jeffries Award at the Conservatorium. I have a special interest in teaching mature aged students. It’s never too late to start as an adult!
What makes my teaching unique?
-I like to foster friendly and open relationships with students, and take an interest in their progress
-I have a creative teaching approach. I develop innovative strategies and don’t settle for one rigid method.
-I endeavour to inform students of opportunities, cello related concerts, workshops and camps.
-I don’t believe it is effective to degrade students
-I appreciate honest and respectful communication. No student should be scared to tell me they haven’t practised.
-I have actually studied pedagogy. This is sadly an unregulated aspect of private teaching. Anyone can legally teach and have no training in education.
-I take notes for every lesson and form plans that are well structured and follow on from the previous lesson.
-I tailor my teaching to each student.
-I provide in depth explanation for techniques and all aspects of cello playing. I don’t use phrases like “play with a straight bow” or “play closer to the bridge” without having fully explained what is needed to achieve this.
*The lesson fee is derived from the use of the space, years of teaching experience, formal university training, over a decade of private training, extra time spent planning lessons, equipment and the actual time taken for the lesson. *
These details were last updated on February 19, 2016