My method of teaching is known as expressive technique, a method created by Demetrius Dounis. I learned this method from world renowned string pedagogue George Neikrug, with whom I have been studying for 10 years. This interview with Neikrug by Tim Janof of the Internet Cello Society shows some of the guiding principles and details of Neikrug’s teaching.
- Learn to play instinctively by applying how the body works in everyday life to the cello.
- Playing should feel physically easy.
- Develop a musical personality through singing the music and immediately applying it to playing.
- Develop technique through learning actual compositions.