Teaching Philosophy

Understanding the natural movements in cello playing

For developing an excellent cello technique as well as improving musicality, students need to be aware of how body motion functions. My teaching includes sound control by experimenting different vibratos, changing the bow speed, using different kind of shiftings, recognizing different usages of larger muscles as well as smaller ones, etc. I emphasize using
the effective body motion is one of the most important fundamentals in cello playing. To make students understand those proper body movements better, I constantly look for creative ways relating to natural actions (swimming, hand shaking, turning a doorknob, and so on).


Developing keener sense of hearing

Training ears is an important part of my teaching as the ability of recognizing and reacting to the slightest change of pitch and sound quality is essential for making great music. In my lesson, I incorporate comprehensive musicianship such as ear training, singing, and conducting to help students develop the aural images in their heads and finally reflect those sound images to actual cello sound making. I also focus on producing good and healthy sound in the lesson.


Developing students’ own interpretations for music

Cultivating enthusiasm for music and its interpretation is also an essential job for music teachers. I help students bring out their own interpretations for their repertoires through giving multi-dimensional approaches of providing the historical background of the composers, the performance practice in the period, the music theoretical analysis, and the  pedagogic aspects. Asking students probing questions also helps them find their own interpretations. This process eventually supports students to become their own teachers in the practice rooms.
Creating more performance opportunities: Students need to play cello with ease and comfort on stage. I believe establishing stage experiences will help students overcome the fear on stage. All my cello students play regularly in weekly recital hours with a friendly environment in which their peers can give constructive comments. I encourage my students to perform in community services outside the school as a solo or an ensemble.

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Enlightening to the right path

My ultimate goal as a college cello teacher is to help each student pursue the right path as a musician. I encourage students to develop the ideas of what kind of musicians they
want to be in the future and advise each one of them to set the goals in the long and short term. The “longterm goal” helps students develop the smaller goals for each semester, each month, and each week and leads to self-discipline and consistent practice habit.

 

Entrepreneurship for the musicians in the 21st Century

Creativity and entrepreneurship have becomevery important qualities for musicians to be truly successful performers recently. Addition to the greattechnique and musicianship, it is necessary for our students to learn various ways of promotions such asusing social media (Facebook, Twitter and YouTube) and creating online portfolio (webpage). I alsoactively encourage them to practice interactivity in concert and collaborate with other arts genre. I trainmy students to be creative through the activities of the cello ensemble (Celltheamo – Cello + Theater +Movement) which I founded.Summary: I always explore new literature, pedagogies, opportunities, and styles for performance as Ibelieve my active research will help students’ learning and my effort in teaching makes their lives asmusicians productive. I love seeing my students’ growth, development, and achievement of their ownmusical identities through my teaching.

© 2018 by Kristen Yeon-Ji Yun. 

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