We use the platform Forte Lessons for our online lessons. Here's how to access it:
Laptop/desktop computer with webcam and Chrome browser installed
iPad using Safari browser
Headphones (wired connection preferable)
Good internet connection (limit household use during session)
Sign up for a free account as student
Just prior to your first lesson, set up your computer/iPad next to your music stand and space for your instrument
Upon lesson start time, log in to your Forte account and wait to be invited to the lesson
If you have trouble signing up, read this helpful article
ONLINE LESSON TEACHERS
Sophie Curtis is passionate about sharing the benefits of music making with others. Trained in Perth WA as a classical cellist, Sophie’s combined loves of chamber music and education inspired her to establish the WA Young Artists Chamber Music Program (WAYACHAMP) in 2011.
Sophie’s freelance performing career spans the roles of soloist, chamber musician, orchestral section leader and recording artist. She performs in solo/principal roles with Freeze Frame Opera, Perth Symphony Orchestra and Cygnus Arioso. She has also performed in the cello sections of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and Darwin Symphony Orchestra.
Sophie has extensive experience as an educator, having taught both piano and cello for 20 years, performed as part of the Musica Viva In Schools Program and is often invited to be a guest adjudicator or examiner at schools and performing arts festivals across Perth. Sophie is currently a member of sessional staff at WAAPA in the area of Cello performance and coaches chamber music ensembles as part of WAYACHAMP.
Sophie holds a Master of Music degree in Baroque Cello (UWA) and Bachelor of Music (Hons) (UWA) completed under Dr Suzanne Wijsman.
Sophie's teaching method encourages self-motivated learning through curiosity and exploration, taking into account the development of the individual as a whole, whatever their level. She encourages her students to be creative in their musical pursuits, by composing, arranging, recording, improvising, collaborating or imagining.
BOOK A LESSON
Individual lesson - chamber ensemble part (30 mins)
Book this option to have a one-on-one session with Sophie Curtis on your part for your chamber ensemble piece.
Individual lesson - solo repertoire (60 mins)
Book this option to have a one-on-one lesson with Sophie Curtis on solo repertoire. Lessons may be one-off or ongoing.
Chamber ensemble coaching (60 mins)
Book this option to have a coaching session with your chamber ensemble. Sessions can be online (the ensemble must be in the same location) or in person. Sessions may be one-off or ongoing.