Maybe you thought you were too old to excel at this lovely instrument that we play.
Maybe someone told you that you didn't have what it takes, or that you sounded crummy, and you believed them.
Well I'm here to offer another idea.
What if you not being able to play like you want to has nothing to do with your age?
When I was eighteen, I went to college. I surrounded myself with cello 24/7. I had private instruction, classes, and tons of cellists around me every day to help me improve and to make sure I was bound to get good.
It's pretty near impossible to get good on this instrument with one lesson per week, and then the next six days you spend reinforcing bad habits.
What if you just need to surround yourself with an environment like the one we have in college?
What if that's the ticket right there to learning to excel on the instrument?
Well, the Cello Guru has created a Cello University for adults so they can find an environment that is totally immersive in cello study, and so they can become badass musicians, no matter their age or their circumstance in life.
It's called Total Cello Immersion.
If you are an adult who wants to be able to sing on the cello but you just think it's not possible, think again, my friend.
TCI students are finding their highest musical selves every day, learning to sound beautiful in playing the music they love with confidence and consistency so that people will really want to hear them play.
I'm Marcie Brown, and I'm the Cello Guru.
I help adult cellists become badass musicians by filling in the blanks of their musical education so that they can play with consistency, confidence and abandon.
Who would have thought that at my age, (somewhere beyond fifty…), that I would be playing the best cello of my life?
Think about it- gymnasts and figure skaters peak in their teens, and baseball and football players peak in their twenties.
Singers usually peak in their thirties and forties.
But for me, that hasn’t been the case.
I’m playing the best cello of my life right now.
My technique is the sharpest it has ever been.
My musicality is over the moon.
I can skillfully play pieces that I could not come near in my twenties and thirties.
Why am I playing better than I ever have before?
Better than the days when I was busy getting a Masters Degree from Manhattan School of Music?
Better than when I was in the Cirque du Soleil “O” show, or the Tucson Symphony Orchestra?
I will tell you why.
It’s not how long you practice, but rather, how you practice, and more importantly, how you think about practicing.
I have developed a system to help cellists find and retain their sharpest musical selves. It’s called the smart and mindful method, and I can’t wait to show it to you…
The smart and mindful method identifies the practice techniques that will keep the student healthy, both mentally and physically, and that will propel the student forward daily to make radical progress.
Regular online performance classes to play the lovely music you are studying for your coach, and to gain infinite wisdom by listening to your peers getting coached as well.
Regular online classes that focus on the technical aspect of cello playing. Here we will work the scales and arpeggios and etudes needed to gain cello playing expertise.
Here you will be surrounded by and in constant contact with other Total Cello Immersion members. This will created close community and ensure accountability.
Combining Suzuki, Scales, Celtic and Community for a healthy, well rounded approach to the fastest progress possible for you.
Learn to think the thoughts that will get you the results that you want.
Total Cello Immersion students will identify monthly focus elements and implement accountability with regular community check -ins and coach oversight.
Cello Guru Marcie Brown knows that finding mentors is valuable. Guests will encourage and inspire you to go the extra mile in your cello journey.
In between lessons and groups we will be there for you.
Recordings of all lessons and meetings will be available for you. No stress if you can't make the meetings.
The five pillars of the course are the elements that will help you make a screaming transformation that you didn’t believe was possible for you.
The Five Pillars of the Smart and Mindful Method
bow arm, bow hand, purity of pitch, vibrato plan
Strength, Speed and Agility
Galamian, scales, arpeggios shifting, positions,
Cossman, string crossing, anticipation
The study of musicality and finding your own unique interpretation using articulation, phrasing, string crossings
anticipation, vibrato and other ornaments, etc…
Finding exercises that will make your playing clean and coordinated for phrasing and musicality.
How deep is your study?
The music theory that goes into your music.
The history of the composer of your music.
These things will enhance your journey and inspire you to dig deeper into your practice which will propel you forward.
Finding a wise practice routine using the five pillars, or a structure
Finding a smart way to practice to actually make progress Identifying the thoughts that will create the feelings that will propel the actions that will create the desired results on the cello in the fastest way possible
The ultimate goal is to putting yourself in an environment with so much support that success becomes inevitable.
The synergy of a regular community, constant communication, dedicated practice and connection to an expert will create the radical progress that you have dreamed about.
Most of us have been trying to attain progress on our instruments for a long time. We have had some results.
But now you have the time, you have the means, you have the determination, and you have the opportunity.
Total Cello Immersion is the program that will get you where you are wanting to go on your cello.
It will also add meaning, integrity and value to your life while strengthening your cognitive function daily and making you feel fulfilled and happy.
Because it is so intensive and there is so much support, we only have room for a limited amount of students.
If you are interested, you should definitely not wait around to let others get those seats.
Book your free consultation call below and see if you might be a fit for this unique and ground breaking cello experience.
- Peggy D.; Santa Clara, Ca , TCI 2
-Vanessa E.; Troy, NY, TCI 1
Bill M.; Dumfries, VA
-Patricia S.; Owosso, MI, TCI 2
-Pam H.; Dumfries, VA, TCI 1
Pat G.; Bellevue, WA, TCI 2
It’s not your level. It’s your level of commitment.
That being said, TCI is not for the total beginner.
We are now running two levels: TCI 1 is Suzuki Book 2-3, and TCI 2 is Suzuki Book 4 and up.
There is no set amount of practice time required. However, you will be inspired and you will want to practice all the time to sound great in front of your peers and your master coach.
TCI is an online course that welcomes students from all states and countries.
Book a consultation call to discuss investment and whether you would be a good fit. (The price is mid four figures.)
I am the youngest daughter of an orchestra director, so the passion and drive to learn to play the cello came naturally for me.
When I was eighteen, I had a burning desire to learn to play the cello.
I auditioned for the University of Arizona Music Program.
I didn't play that great, so I was happily surprised when I was offered a scholarship to attend.
Many years later my mentor, Dr. Gordon Epperson told me, "Well, I guess I saw something in you..."
Dr. Epperson held a Wednesday afternoon cello class.
There were 27 cello majors, and each week we would play for each other and be coached by the good doctor.
This was inspiring and exciting, and It was here that my cello foundation was formed.
In this kind of an environment, one can grow and become a musician.
That's what happened to me.
In Total Cello Immersion, we will connect you with your passion, your mentor and your community.
So that you can thrive.
Developed by Cello Guru Marcie Brown