Bee Reynolds has been teaching cello at Holy Names Music Center since 2012. She enjoys teaching all ages and has taught beginners between the ages of 4 and 85.
She has a diverse music background, which includes playing a variety of instruments before she fell, head over heels, in love with the cello. Her cello instruction started here at Holy Names with Karen Bart in the New Horizons Orchestra, then continued with Louise Butler as a private instructor, and eventually she had the opportunity and privilege to be mentored by Sr. Karen Conlin in teaching the Suzuki Method for cello. Bee has taken extensive Suzuki training courses and workshops including: Teacher training for Suzuki cello: pre-twinkle, Books 1-5, Every Child Can, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Creative Ability Development, Engaging Group Activities, and a Reading Activities Workshop.
Bee graduated from Whitworth College with a BA degree in Recreation in Physical and Psycho-social development. Before teaching cello, she taught developmentally disabled individuals self-help and recreational skills. This has influenced her cello teaching in that she is continually looking for creative ways to break down complex skills into smaller steps, adapting them to each student by incorporating their differing learning styles and strengths.
1. Music should be both challenging and FUN.
2. PARENTS are a vital part of the learning process.
3. Group music activities are necessary to strengthen technique, motivation, ability to listen, and to learn to play with others.
4. Daily practice increases the chance for success and therefore one’s satisfaction with self/cello.
Favorite Shinichi Suzuki quotes:
“You should only practice on the days that you eat.”
“Don’t fix a piece, just make it better, and better, and better.”
“You have to prepare the dinner before you eat it!”