MARIANNE DUMAS' CELLO CLASS ONLINE & IN BERLIN
(online teaching available only for advanced students)


FROM FIRST YEAR TO PERFORMER LEVEL

a supportive environment where students of all levels and ages can pursue their cello studies.
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About


Teaching is part of my passion for cello and music, it is as important as performance. What matters to me is your motivation, not your age or level. 

I work on the alliance between the body and the mind to help cellists connect with their cello so the sound becomes their voice. In order to let the music speak, we will free the movement by working on posture, movement, always in a musical way.

My method is inspired by various methods like Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, Yoga, Sophrology, and biomechanics studies. I also work with cellists dealing with injuries and stage freight issues.


After I finished my studies I started to analyse the way of playing of cellists in high level performance, worked with Feldenkrais instructors, physiotherapits to understand the optimal way of using our body through posture, breathing, movement. Then, I explored the mechanics of the sound of the cello, the set up, tensions, strings in order to find the best balance between the cello and th cellist. I learnt a lot for my own playing and I am now happy to share it with people interested in this research.



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The teaching studio is situated in the center of Berlin, 3 metro stations from Potsdamer Platz. 2 min walk from Nollendorfplatz.

I am fluent in English, French and Spanish.

(I will be offering classes in German from September 2019)

For online Teaching I use HD camera + external mic

NOLLENDORFPLATZ
U1,2,3,4 

Maaßenstraße 8, 10777 Berlin
Only by appointment

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TOPICS - LEVELS



POSTURE SCALES & TECHNIQUE PERFORMER BAROQUE CELLO AUDITION PREP BEGINNER


Questions & Booking 

CONTACT ME

Price: Between 40 and 60€

Monthly rates available

AMATEUR LEVEL

I always enjoy teaching amateur students, I work on the same topics with everybody, but with amateur cellists we focus on the repertoire and style of music you prefer. (classical and non classical)


Very beginners: it is never too late to start!


Feel free to send me an email if you need help finding your cello and let's start your cello journey! 

We can start with non classical music, pop, hip-hop, jazz, rock etc. it is not a problem, there is not only one way to learn how to play the cello.

BIOMECHANICS


The more advanced the more difficult it is to improve your playing. Have you heard about biomechanics?

„The fundamental rule of Biomechanics is very simple: the whole body participates in every movement“ 

V. Meyerhold

Get a bigger understanding of the relation between your brain, your body and your cello. 
My goal is to help you improve your technique and movement by exploring the biomechanics of cello playing with you. Free your movement, get more sound, breathe with your cello and phrasing etc.
 I also work with cellists dealing with injuries and stage freight issues. 

We can also work on vibrato, make comments about your cello & the way it reacts, the set up, talk about sound, comment your videos and videos and interpretations from other cellists, also talk about strings, bow hair, vibrato, set up depending on the sound you want etc... 

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ADVANCED LEVEL

TECHNIQUE BOOST


  • Scales should be the most important part of your practice time during your studies. Scale make you improve intonation, sound, breathing, concentration. 

  • Shifts: Improve your shifts, prepare your hand for challenging repertoire without hurting yourself. 

  • Bowing technique, improve your bow changes, bow speeds, sound, colours, spicatto.

  • And more... there are so many things we can work on! An endless topic!


POSTURE


Each note you play is produced by a movement. An optimal posture is necessary for a movement to be free. 

Understand the mechanics of your body and improve your technique & sound.  Prevent injuries from happening...

If you have tendonitis problem, back pain, etc. we can find and solve the problem together. There is always a reason, it is not in your head! Depending on the cause it might take time and patience to fix it, regularity in meetings is necessary.



Need a coach?

Audition/competition prep!



We will establish a planning together, I will be your coach and practice helper, we will work on rythm, intonation, stage fright, etc.

Preparing for auditions takes a lot of discipline, it can be difficult to prepare it on your own, it is easier with a coach.


FOR THE LOVE OF GUTS !

If you really want to connect with a cello, you should try the experience! Playing on a full baroque set up will make you rediscover the cello, and the vibration. 


Feel the resonance / breathe with your cello / be free to move without endpin / reconnect with Bach.

BAROQUE CELLO

typical baroque period set of strings

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The teaching  studio is situated in the center of Berlin, 3 metro stations from Potsdamer Platz.

METRO: U1,2,3,4 Stop: Nollendorfplatz

I am fluent in English, French and Spanish and I am not fluent in German.


Contact me


The teaching studio

Maaßenstraße 8, 10777 Berlin
Only by appointment

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