Amelia McCluney

I am a cellist that is passionate about musical education. I grew up in a musical family and learned the piano before finding my instrument, the cello. I studied Cello at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music  and performed with my own String Ensemble before moving London to further my studies. I found a joy in teaching when I learned the Suzuki Method in London which is where I started my teaching journey. 


 Many years of teaching have taught me how to respond sympathetically to every student whilst motivating them to want to work hard to achieve high returns. 


Each child has an ability that can be nurtured into a wonderful musician. I believe that music is a valuable tool which extends the brain more than any activity (see Anita Collins).

I approach music teaching with  a whole body experience combining singing, moving, listening and playing into my lessons. I have studied the  Suzuki Method  in both London and Australia and use this as a basis to my lessons. I like to incorporate the Kodaly and Orff method and use these concepts in my lessons. I also teach the AMEB syllabus to those interested.

I studied at the Sydney Conservatorium and have a Bachelor of Music Education Degree focusing on String Performance. I formed  a string quartet 'Luna Strings' who performed in Sydney for 5 years before I  moved to London. In London I   was lucky enough to be taught  by Christopher Bunting .  Penny Heath, who started the Culford Cello Course (now cellofest) was my Suzuki Mentor for five years which motivated me to start my Suzuki teaching.


I not only taught, but  performed in London with the  Reading Orchestra, where I had some wonderful touring and performance experiences. I also played with the Ernest Reid Orchestra, the Haydn and the Salzburg orchestras.

Back in Australia Takao Mizushima showed me new ways of teaching  Suzuki through the Japanese perspective. I have many of my students perform at the Opera House for Graduation, and I teach at the Suzuki Festival  every year.  


I currently play with North Sydney Symphony Orchestra and teach in my home studio.

The potential of any child in unlimited, says Dr.Suzuki. Three main ideas that support this theory are environment, other tongue and small steps. Further reading follow link.


I would love to hear from you!

24 Stanlet Sy, Leichhardt

NSW 2040 Australia



Mobile: 0422658489

Email: amelia.cellostar@gmail.com


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