Suzuki Cello Institute Australia

First Step of Suzuki Method

1.   Listen to the CD

   *Purchase from the official site. (Alfred is an official publisher of 

       Suzuki Books & CDs outside Japan)

    *If you are purchasing from iTune Shop, ( not for a mobile phone)

     Search under "suzuki cello school"     Performed by Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi is an official and updated version.  


    *Purchase Suzuki Cello Repertoire Book

 (CD comes with it if you have CD player at home) 

If you don't have CD player, pease select the book without CD.

       Book Depository 

      or Contact Suzuki Office for Talent Sound Enterprise

2.  Attend Suzuki activities

   Enrol in Suzuki NSW Association Festivals and Conferences

3. Attend Cello Group Lesson

      Find out the group lesson information

4. Make Suzuki Friends by;  

    coming to group lessons, camp and concerts! 

    Also come  a little early for your private lesson, 

     and stay back a little to observe a lesson of a student before and after you.  


Some of 

Dr Suzuki Quotes;

'A tone has a living soul'

'Beautiful tone, beautiful heart'

 'A man is a son of his environment' 

'Potential of every child is unlimited' 

'Do not hurry, do not rest, do not give up'

'Any child will grow, depends on how you nurture him'

'A tone has a living soul that lives without a visible form'

'Any child can be developed, depending on his parent; depending on his teacher; depending on himself'

At a public concert, Dr Suzuki had the children repeat above phrase "Any child can be developed..." after him. 

After "depending on himself', he would ask children "Are you sure?"  Then the children would say "Yes, we are!"


   Smartmusic (software for home practice, $40.00/year)
The app has;

      all Suzuki Books 1-10

      sight Reading Exercise

      orchestra Music

With this app, you can; 

     play with piano accompaniment in any tempo

     start from any bar

     repeat any number of times

     use Metronome, Chromatic Tuner


  Anytune  (iPhone, iPad, Android and Mac - slows down tempo without changing pitch;           Free mobile version to Mac version $54.99)


Slow down your music without changing the pitch while retaining amazing audio fidelity. Pick out every note to learn a piece or play along with your favourite tracks by starting slow and gradually increasing the tempo.

Create marks to enable quick navigation or set reminders of what’s coming up. Save multiple loops to work on that awesome solo or rehearse that tricky part. Create and share timed comments to communicate with your students or band mates.

  • Spotify (many different genres of music can be found here)

On mobile, you can listen to artists, albums and playlists in shuffle mode. Or choose a ready-made playlist to suit your mood. On tablet and computer, you can play any song, any time.

  • (you can download many different arrangements of pieces - Solo, Duet, Trio, Quartet, ensembles with different instruments)
  • Pano Tunor (chromatic tuner for tuning. iPhone, iPad compatible)


Another Suzuki Cello Teachers Website 

, London  Susanne Beer

Finger Map for the cello (you can download the finger map)

Information about 'Graduation'

Please click Takao's Talk page above about the meaning of Suzuki Graduation.                                                        Here, you will only find a procedure about Graduation.

Please note - submission due date, concert date and venue may change from year to year

Note:  The graduates need to be current Suzuki financial members.  (contact Suzuki NSW office here)

The procedure of the graduation for each level

  1. Your teacher will tell you when you are ready to record.  (You don't initiate the process)
  2. Make the graduation recording with a teacher (not on your own unless you are told to do so)  When you record, you need to play from memory and with Suzuki accompaniment CD (not live accompaniment except for the last two levels)
  3. Submit the recording through a teacher
  4. Pay Graduation fee through a teacher (Membership payment should be made directly to Suzuki NSW office)
  5. Perform at the Graduation Concert in November
  6. You will receive your certificate through your teacher

Graduation Levels for Suzuki Cello 

Level 1 (Book 1) Minuet No. 2 by J.S. Bach 

Level 2 (Book 2) Witches' Dance by N. Paganini 

Level 3 (Book 3) Minuet in G by L. van Beethoven 

Level 4 (Book 4) Sonata C Major by J-B Bréval - Mvt. 1

Level 5 (Book 5) Sonata in E minor by A. Vivaldi - Mvts. 1 & 2

Level 6 (Book 6) The Swan by C. Saint-Saéns

Level 7 (Book 7) Gavotte in D by D. Popper 

Level 8 (Book 8) Elégié by G. Fauré

Level 9 (Book 9) Cello Concerto in C Major by J. Haydn - Mvt. 1

Level 10 (Book 10) Cello Concerto in Bb Major by L. Boccherini, F. Grützmacher version- entire concerto

Level 11 (beyond Book 10) Cello Concerto in A minor by C. Saint-Saéns - entire concerto

Left hand

The position of the left hand is one of the most essential things for playing cello well. 

The thumb must be placed in a relaxed, natural manner at the back of the neck, between the first and second fingers, forming a C-shaped hand.

For instance, in first position, when the first finger is put on the note 'E' (D string number 1), and the second finger on 'F' (D string number 2), the thumb should be at the back of the cello neck at a point between these two fingers.

In all four positions of the left hand on the cello neck, the thumb should always be opposite the interval formed by these two fingers, inorder that the hand may constantly preserve the same appearance.

Bow hold & Left hand fingers 

This bow hold is for the beginners

How do you find out if a cello is good?

Generally most student cello of small size is not high quality wood (good wood kept in the manufacture about 40 years in Europe- southern east Europe). The cello for student has much shorter life than proper good wood. The quality is getting down year by year. If the cello more than 10 years old price is down more than half of original price. Please do not buy without cello teacher's consultation. 

Advanced Bow hold  

The Bow Hair

The bow hair comes from horse tail. It is recommended to change the hair after 3 years (better if you change after 2 years)

Small student bows are usually made in China and it would cost less to buy a new bow (of course with new hair on it) than to change the hair on a bow you already have. 

Cello Hold 

 Youtube (public) Video clips for Suzuki Cello pieces

La Cinquantine (Bk3)

Humoresque (Bk3)

Scherzo (Bk3)

Tarantella (Bk 6)

What is the Cello?
The cello developed in the 1500s , as part of the ‘violin family’. So all the famous Italian violin makers  made cellos, too.

It wasn’t valued as anything more than a plodding support in the bass until the late 17th century.

 Bach’s six solo cello suites are great examples of this new appreciation. They’re amazing pieces, still performed and recorded all over the place today. 

But it was only in the 19th century that the cello  got more exciting, satisfying music to play in the orchestra – bits that stood out to be heard above everyone else. At last, it was fully appreciated! When you hear a cello, you wonder why it was so long ignored as a solo instrument. 

Extra Pieces  (recommended performance on youtube) 

This is not only the cello but also included excellent performance with violin, piano, orchestra

*Apologies for dead links                             Please ask Takao about which YouTube clip to listen to. 

Rachmaninoff Vocalise 

Kol Nidrei, op. 47" Max Bruch

Dvořák Humoresque Yo Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman

GABRIEL-MARIE La Cinquantaine 

internet purchase information 

Cello strings, CD and books  ( You can order the strings with much cheaper price than local shops) ( you can find out any book on web, select cheapest one)

Fishpond (Australian site-- Suzuki book- cheaper than shops )


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