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Project Description

M.Mus (McGil)
B.Mus (McGill)

Cello lessons are currently available Online *ONLY*

Kendra Grittani is an experienced cellist, having started playing at only four years old. Kendra has completed her Masters in cello performance at McGill University with accomplished symphonic and chamber musician, and cello professor, Elizabeth Dolin.

Kendra has performed with various orchestras including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the McGill Symphony Orchestra, the McGill Opera Orchestra, the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony, the Thunderbay Symphony Orchestra, and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.

Recently, after forming the piano trio, Trio Meira, the chamber group swept the McGill Chamber Music Competition 2018, being awarded 1st prize. Along with a debut performance in Montreal, Trio Meira was awarded a week long residency at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.

Kendra has also had the privilege to perform alongside accomplished professionals such as Axel Strauss, Stephane Lemelin, Elizabeth Dolin, Ariel Barnes, Riko Higuma and many more. Kendra is currently a substitute musician with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra cello section, the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony cello section, and the Thunderbay Symphony Orchestra cello section. Kendra is working as a freelance cellist, chamber musician and as a private teacher in Toronto.

Get to know Kendra…Beyond the Bio!

Hobbies: Aerial Acrobatics, animal care.

Musical influences: Johannes Moser and Santiago Cañon-Valencia

Favourite food: Sushi

Least favourite food: onion

Favourite music: Esperanza Spalding and Ariana Grande

Favourite song: Midnight in Harlem – Tadeschi Trucks Band

Favourite musical theatre/opera: Hamilton

Favourite book: The Book Thief

Best thing about teaching at ABC: Exchanging teaching techniques with other excellent teachers

Latest Homework from KENDRA

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Matthew May 10th

Slurred String Crossing

  • When working on backwards, really think of pronating the bow arm slightly when you are in the middle to upper half, especially during string crossings so it is smoother
  • flatter bow hair on lower strings

G major

  • practice with metronome on quarter notes, and play the scale with eighth notes
  • practice with metronome on eithghth notes
  • shifting with round fingers
  • make sure to always practice slowly before fast-ly

Arpeggio

  • round tall fingers
  • left arm a little lower on the A string

Sitting in the Shade

  • 2nd finger closer to first finger in 2nd position
  • great dynamics!
  • pay special attention to the unisons (open D and D in 2nd position on G string)
  • practice D-D on a string 4 to 2

Bugle call

  • artificial harmonics: only one finger at a time, pitches will sounds higher than indicated
  • must be in exactly right spot
  • Start near frog
  • make sure dotted rhythm is exact
  • count out rhythm: clap first with metronome: 50-60

Bring tennis ball for next week: we will learn vibrato

Long Long Ago

  • metronome: theme and variation need to be the same tempo. Slowing down for string crossings in variation
  • increase overall tempo: start at 60 make your way to 75
  • Practice with a C drone
May 11th, 2022|

Preferred Books for Kendra’s Students

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Suzuki Cello School

vol. 1

Cover of Suzuki Cello School, vol. 1

Teach cello with the popular Suzuki Cello School. The Suzuki Method(R) of Talent Education is based on Shinichi Suzuki’s view that every child is born with ability, and that people are the product of their environment. According to Shinichi Suzuki, a world-renowned violinist and teacher, the greatest joy an adult can know comes from developing a child’s potential so he/she can express all that is harmonious and best in human beings. Students are taught using the “mother-tongue” approach.

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Suzuki Cello School

vol. 2

Cover of Suzuki Cello School, vol. 2

Teach cello with the popular Suzuki Cello School. The Suzuki Method(R) of Talent Education is based on Shinichi Suzuki’s view that every child is born with ability, and that people are the product of their environment. According to Shinichi Suzuki, a world-renowned violinist and teacher, the greatest joy an adult can know comes from developing a child’s potential so he/she can express all that is harmonious and best in human beings. Students are taught using the “mother-tongue” approach.

Buy on Amazon

Suzuki Cello School

vol. 3

Cover of Suzuki Cello School, vol. 3

Teach cello with the popular Suzuki Cello School. The Suzuki Method(R) of Talent Education is based on Shinichi Suzuki’s view that every child is born with ability, and that people are the product of their environment. According to Shinichi Suzuki, a world-renowned violinist and teacher, the greatest joy an adult can know comes from developing a child’s potential so he/she can express all that is harmonious and best in human beings. Students are taught using the “mother-tongue” approach.

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I Can Read Music

These easy-to-read, progressive exercises by Joanne Martin develop a student’s reading skills one stage at a time, with many repetitions at each stage. I Can Read Music is designed as a first note-reading book for students of string instruments who have learned to play using an aural approach such as the Suzuki Method(R), or for traditionally taught students who need extra note reading practice. Its presentation of new ideas is clear enough that it can be used daily at home by quite young children and their parents, with the teacher checking progress every week or two.

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40 Easy Etudes for Cello, Op.70

This collection of studies for Cello is free to download and is in the public domain.

Free Download

Position Pieces for Cello

Position Pieces for Cello

Position Pieces for Cello is designed to give students a logical and fun way to learn their way around the fingerboard. Each hand position is introduced with exercises called “Target Practice,” “Geography Quiz,” and “Names and Numbers.” Following these exercises are tuneful cello duets that have been specifically composed to require students to play in that hand position. In this way, students gain a thorough knowledge of how to find the hand positions, and once there, which notes are possible to play.

 

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