ABOUT HEART STRINGS STUDIO & Sofia Debus
Since 2008 I have been teaching Suzuki Method and AMEB violin and cello to students aged 3+ in beautiful Armidale New South Wales Australia.
My students enjoy skilled and nurturing guidance to achieve outstanding AMEB results and a high rate of success at local Eisteddfods.
My students have also successfully applied to nationally recognised programs such as the Australian Chamber Orchestra Academy (on both cello and violin), Australian Youth Orchestra Young Symphonists and the Australian Honours Ensemble Program at Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University.
Heart Strings students are very active in Armidale chamber and orchestral programs, with many holding leadership positions.
I organise annual masterclasses with an expert teacher in both violin and cello. Many students are also part of the NECOM Scholarship program and enjoy masterclasses with visiting artists through the year.
- Bachelor of Music Violin (Distinction) Lucerne Conservatorium Switzerland
- LMusA & AMusA Cello (Distinction)
- Advanced Certificate in Music Performance and Communication Skills - Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.
- Bachelor of Education (Special Education) Flinders University S.A.
- Certified Violin and Cello Teacher, Suzuki Talent Education Association of Australia
My wonderful teachers have been Alita Larsens, Beryl Kimber OBE, Jack Glickman on violin, Frances Firth and Takao Mizushima on cello.
My teacher trainers have included Rick Mooney (US), Carey Cheney (Canada), Carey Beth Hockett (US), Sally Brown (NZ), Brian Lewis (US), Gillian Churchill (AUS) and Takao Mizushima (AUS).
I have been casual-listed with Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, and have also performed with the Welsh National Opera Orchestra.
During 2006-07 and in 2011, I taught violin, viola and cello at Tamworth Regional Conservatorium of Music.
It is a great responsibility, honour and privelege to be trusted with the musical development of young children. Together, families and I strive for the highest possible standards and nurturing of excellence.
WHY SUZUKI METHOD?
Learning to play an instrument with the Suzuki method is about creating a positive, nurturing environment in which teachers, students, and parents all play a vital role in the learning process.
Babies talk before they read words, and so we believe all children can develop musical ability in much the same way: through listening, imitation, repetition and memorisation.
Heart Strings Suzuki program incorporates private lessons with parent education and student workshops to educate and motivate students in all aspects of learning music.