I'm Marcie Brown, and I'm the Cello Guru.
I help amateur students make radical progress to find their cello flow and sound fantastic.
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.
You will need to understand your cello tendencies and learn to master your mind to create radical progress.
Private onlne instruction from Cello Guru Marcie Brown, designed specifically for you, to keep you moving seamlessly through the repertoire and the weekly and monthly cello content.
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.
Finding the thoughts that will take you the furthest and not giving up on them.
5. Sagacity: Finding and implementing a wise practice routine using the five pillars of cello playing and
also, finding a smart and conscious way to practice.
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 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
-Joanne B.; Troy, NY
Bill M.; Dumfries, VA
-Patricia S.; Owosso, MI
-Ashley McKinley, Alameda, Ca
Pat G.; Bellevue, WA
It’s not your level. It’s your level of commitment.
That being said, TCI is not for the total beginner.
Rough level description would be Suzuki Book 3 or higher, but there are always exceptions.
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.
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.
It’s that you have to be smart and mindful about the hours that you do practice.
So, what exactly is the smart and mindful method?
It’s pretty basic.
-Identify the activities that will propel you forward.
-Develop a caring and trusting relationship with yourself
-Make a practice schedule and hold yourself accountable
-Surround yourself with peers that have a similar interest
-Be curious about your practice and not harsh
That’s it, in a nutshell.
You show up, you cheer yourself on, you consult with your peers and your expert regularly, and you find your flow.
In Total Cello Immersion, you will be doing this work every day that I have been developing and sharing with my students.
And you will see extreme results.
When I was a student in college, I was extreme.
I practiced six to eight hours a day.
Yes, I was dedicated, and I had the passion.
But I didn’t understand that it was not the amount of time I put in that would make me progress.
It was how I practiced.
I do wish I had been aware of smart and mindful at that time. But, no.
I just blindly pushed ahead.
And I made progress, but it was limited.
And I actually ended up with tendonitis.
White knuckling can only get you so far.
So much better to step back, take a deep breath, analyze, work slowly, and find the systems that actually propel you forward.
The smart and mindful method was not to come until later for me…but now I am so excited about sharing it with you.
So, scale work, arpeggio work, historical musical work, theory work, finding your own creativity and individuality in the music work, and, most importantly, thought work.
The thoughts that we produce create the feelings that make us feel happy. And what does one do when they feel happy about music and about the cello?
And then…you guessed it…
And with radical progress comes more satisfaction, and the will to play even more and to find sophistication and stability.
It has taken me many years to find it.
But now it’s here.
And I would like to share it with everyone.
So this is my challenge to you, cellist.
You can find your passion and your community.
Combining the mental, the physical and the spiritual.
Join the Total Cello Immersion and flow with us.
And now, I simply must go practice.
It’s part of my commitment to myself.
-Marcie Brown, the Cello Guru