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Rosindust: Teaching, Learning and Life from a Cellist’s Perspective
by Corneila Watkins
Rosindust Publishing

“I love this book!”
Richard Aaron, Professor of Cello,
The Juilliard School

“A ‘must read’ for every string teacher”
Norman Fischer Professor of Cello,
Shepherd School of Music
Rice University

“This highly readable and eminently useful book is relevant to a young beginner’s first lesson as much as to a conservatoire student.”
Strad Magazine July 2009

“An excellent book for cello teachers and string players alike — well-written, pragmatic, and user friendly. Rosindust is a welcome addition to any string teacher’s library.”
Pamela Devenport, Suzuki Cello Teacher Trainer,
The School for Strings, New York, NY

“I have used “Rosindust” for three years as a text for
my string pedagogy class at SMU with great success.The students really enjoy the thoughtful way it is written appreciating the specific teaching ideas for use with their students– but also their own playing.
Deborah Perkins, Ph.D
SMU String techniques/String Pedagogy

“I have thoroughly enjoyed reading Rosindust and in fact find it so valuable that Rosindust has become a text book for my graduate course, String Pedagogy for the Double Bass. Reviewing teaching systems, bass pedagogy, methods and materials is relatively easy and largely obvious. What Rosindust has added to the class is insight into the practical and vastly human elements necessary to succeed as a studio teacher at any level. Thank you and BRAVO! for your unique, insightful and indispensable volume.”
Paul Ellison L.S. Autrey Professor of Double Bass,
String Pedagogy Chair, Shepherd School, Rice University
Pedagogy Advisor, The Colburn School, Los Angeles

“For the past two years I having been using Cornelia Watkins’ book Rosindust for string education courses here at the Crane School of Music, and the students continually tell me how much they like reading it. The specific lower string instruction is beneficial to string teachers and orchestra directors, and the thoughtful, reflective writing on the teaching process is a personal inspiration for me, fellow school string teachers, and future music educators.”
Dr. Peggy Wheeler,Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam

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Welcome to Corky’s Site

Studio lessons often gravitate toward being ‘fix-it’ sessions: straighten the posture, correct the notes and rhythms, get the bow in the right place, and insist on dynamics—until the next lesson when we do it all again, hopefully making progress. But every music teacher yearns for enough time to explore those more transcendent ideals that resonate closer to our hearts: to seek the meaning of great music, to share profound ideas and experiences, and to cultivate our students’ innate potential.

While these are lofty goals, there are specific, practical, and effective ways to work toward these higher priorities with students. My goal as a teacher is to constantly explore ways to guide each student towards self-discovery and enlightened thinking—so as they learn the cello they also learn transferable skills that not only help them play their best but be their best. My goal as a colleague is to encourage other teachers to identify their highest priorities and explore ways to bring those priorities to the forefront of their own teaching.

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