James Beck

Cello Tutor

James give students of all backgrounds and abilities positive, life-enhancing experiences through learning the cello. He has over 20 years of teaching experience across the primary & secondary sectors. James draws on a wide range of teaching traditions and methods, to teach the ‘complete person’ tailoring his approach to each student and the desired outcomes of the learning experience - be it playing the cello for sheer pleasure or for a specific purpose. James has made a specialty of teaching via video conferencing, with students currently learning in Africa, Europe & Asia. Music scholarship preparation is a speciality.

James has devised and delivered education programs for Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Sydney Conservatorium of Music Open Academy, WA Dept of Education & WA Youth Orchestra Association. He has prepared and coached students for performance and examination experiences, from AMEB preliminary to HSC performance units & has taught at some of the best Australian schools, including SCEGGS Darlinghurst, International Grammar Sydney, MLC Sydney, PLC Sydney, Perth College & John XXIII College Perth. As a performer, James was a member of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra for 12 years and currently performs with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Philharmonia, Pinchgut Opera & Sinfonia Australis.

James has been a recording & concert artist for Missy Higgins, Kate Miller Heidke, Kate Ceberano, Powderfinger among many others. In 2015 James created the Sydney Art Quartet, known for its vibrant performance style. Since March 2020 James presents the weekly Instagram TV session “Cross Pollination” to an audience of 5,000-12,000 weekly viewers.

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