video chat

In these Cello Circle chats, I talk with my friends publicly about specific topics. Observers can watch live, or can request access of recordings of the conversations. 

To join the conversation on Zoom, register here. Video links will be posted here a day or two after each talk is finished. Talks are free, but donations are encouraged: Venmo: @andreayunPayPal: ayun@umich.edu
Wednesday, August 12, 11am EDT
Guest: Martha Giese Vallon
Topic: Margaret Rowell, the grandmother of cello pedagogy
Join me in talking with Martha about her experiences with Margaret Rowell. We will try to focus our informal talk on Margaret's lasting legacy in the field of early childhood cello education. To learn more about Margaret, watch videos of Margaret teaching (compiled by Avi Friedlander) or read the article Irene Sharp wrote. Margaret's obituary is here.
Recording of my conversation with Martha
Talks are free, but donations are encouraged: Venmo: @andreayun; PayPal: ayun@umich.edu

Wednesday, August 26, 11am EDT
Guest: Suzan Gagnon
Topic: RCM testing and private lessons
I am interested in hearing from Susan about how she works with her students on the RCM testing in conjunction with her private studio. 
Recording of my conversation with Susan

Talks are free, but donations are encouraged: Venmo: @andreayun; PayPal: ayun@umich.edu

Friday, August 28, 8:30pm EDT
Guest: Avi Friedlander
Topic: Irene Sharp's pedagogy
Avi and I will talk about our experiences with Irene Sharp, whose approach to cello pedagogy comes from a completely different angle than most teachers. Her website has *extensive* information about her teaching ideas. (Recording of my conversation with Avi has timed out and is no longer available.)
Talks are free, but donations are encouraged: Venmo: @andreayun; PayPal: ayun@umich.edu

Tuesday, September 1, 3pm EDT
Guest: Kara Eubanks
Topic: Student-led studio music teaching
Kara and I met online, but we seem to share a lot of the same passions for student-led learning. I will describe my path to spreading the joys of play-based learning (very different from playful teaching or game-based pedagogy!) and see in what ways my path intersects with Kara's. 
Recording of my conversation with Kara
Copy of the chat box from Zoom
Talks are free, but donations are encouraged: Venmo: @andreayun; PayPal: ayun@umich.edu

Thursday, September 17, 6pm Eastern
Guest: Garth Cummings
Topic: Irene Sharp's pedagogy
Garth and I will talk further about Irene's pedagogy, getting into the nitty gritty of how to execute some of the ideas she presents to her students. 
Talks are free, but donations are encouraged: Venmo: @andreayun; PayPal: ayun@umich.edu
Garth has generously provided a pdf of an outline for our talk. View here 
Recording of my conversation with Garth (to be continued at another time)
Talks are free, but donations are encouraged: Venmo: @andreayun; PayPal: ayun@umich.edu

Friday, September 25, (I think it will be 8:30pm EDT)
Guest: Alicia Randisi-Hooker
Topic: Somatic approach to learning cello
Alicia and I will talk about how the whole body learns the cello. Alicia will elaborate on the idea that when we teach a child, the expression, understanding, gesture, and artistry flows from the whole body. 
Recording of my conversation with Alicia
Talks are free, but donations are encouraged: Venmo: @andreayun; PayPal: ayun@umich.edu

Tuesday, October 27, 9pm Eastern
Guest: Garth Cummings
Topic: Irene Sharp's pedagogy, PART TWO! :) 
Garth and I will talk about the right hand this time.  
We will be working from this document
Recording of my first conversation with Garth (from Sept 17)
Recording of the second conversation with Garth

Wednesday, November 4, 7:30pm Eastern
Guest: Yuriy Leonovich
Topic: Attributions in the Suzuki cello repertoire
Yuriy has done a lot of research on the composers of the Suzuki cello repertoire. Some of the attributions are known to be incorrect, and some he believes to be incorrect through his research. We will unpack his findings. Here is Yuriy's latest installment on pedagogical cello material related to Suzuki.
Recording of my conversation with Yuriy

Copy of chat window with Yuriy

Friday, November 13, 3:30pm Eastern
Guest: Allison Ash
Topic: DEI in the private music studio
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - it's something many of us are grappling with, but people like me are a little lost on some of the details involved with implementing change in the private lesson setting. Allison has been writing books about race and racism for many years. With her background in music, I am looking forward to hearing her perspective on our not only our impact as studio music teachers, but best practices and common pitfalls.
Recording of my conversation with Allison
Copy of chat window with Allison
Link to pdf of Allison's book, Anti-Racism in Higher Education

Wednesday, November 18, 8pm Eastern
Guest: Gabriela Márquez
Topic: Language acquisition and music acquisition
Gabriela and I will talk about language vs. music acquisition and its implications for music education. We will talk about ways in which to take the music teacher OUT of the equation, so that students learn about music in the way that they learn to speak. I am hoping we will also touch on a great deal of neuroscience. 
Recording of my talk with Gabriela
Copy of chat window from the talk with Gabriela
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Martha Giese Vallon is a graduate of the Rotterdam Conservatory (The Netherlands) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Having grown up in Madison, WI, she took a circuitous route to Europe via Berkeley, CA where she studied with Margaret Rowell and was awarded a Hertz Fellowship (UC-Berkeley) for study abroad. She has performed in hundreds of concerts and participated in many recordings with the leading European baroque and classical orchestras including The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Les Arts Florissants, La Chapelle Royale, and the Orchestra des Champs Elysées. Martha has performed throughout Europe, Israel, and Japan in various chamber music and orchestral settings and has taught in several notable early music courses. She plays an anonymous baroque cello made in the 18th century and a newly made viola da gamba by Francis Beaulieu of Montréal. Martha has maintained cello studios in California, The Netherlands, France, and Wisconsin for over 40 years during which time the has honed her teaching skills, influenced greatly by her years with Margaret Rowell. She is also a certified Musicanopy™ teacher (a preschool music program) which she has taught at the Waisman Early Childhood Program at the University of Wisconsin as well as privately. She teaches cello and music theory in the summers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Summer Music Clinics.



Kara Eubanks is a violinist and teacher based in Eugene, Oregon.

Kara has performed solo and chamber music across the North America and Europe, including at New York City’s Lincoln Center, Chicago’s Symphony Center, the Chateau de Fontainebleau in Paris, the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades, and at Zeist Music Days in Holland. Her orchestral career includes membership in the Chicago Civic Orchestra, the Fontainebleau Chamber Orchestra in Paris, and the DiCapo Opera in New York. In 2014, she was inducted into the Sycamore Music Hall of Fame in her hometown of Sycamore, Illinois.

As a popular music performer. Kara has been featured on MTV, National Public Radio, and daytrotter.com, and on record labels such as Eenie Meenie and Lookout! Records.

Dr. Eubanks has been a member of the faculty at Northern Illinois University, CUNY’s Brooklyn Conservatory, and the University of Oregon. Kara is currently full-time director and faculty at the Willamette Violin Academy.

Kara holds a DMA in violin performance from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her research examines the Suzuki Method’s relationship to Western Progressive education.


Allison Ash has had a career as a musician, higher education administrator, and researcher in the area of racial justice in education. She studied piano performance at Hope College and served as a worship leader in church ministry in West Michigan and Houston, TX. While living in Los Angeles, CA, she played as a studio musician for television shows and published an original hymn, O God Do Not Keep Silent, with Fred Bock Publishing. She has also taught private lessons for piano, guitar, and trumpet students. Allison’s higher education experience has included working at Fuller theological Seminary and Wheaton College in administrative roles and at Fuller Seminary, Wheaton College, and Messiah College as an adjunct/guest faculty member. She currently works for Credo Higher Education Consulting as a Senior Affiliate Consultant and at Maryville University as an Adjunct Dissertation Chair.  She also serves as a Senior Research Advisor at Azusa Pacific University as part of the Race and Justice in Higher Education initiative. Allison has several publications in magazines and journals including “The Paradox of Faith: White Administrators and Anti-Racism Advocacy in Christian Higher Education” (2017) and “Anti-Racism in Higher Education: A Model for Change” in the Race and Pedagogy Journal (2020). She was a section co-editor and chapter contributor for the book Diversity Matters: Race, Ethnicity, & the Future of Christian Higher Education (Abilene Christian University Press, 2017), and is co-author of the book White Jesus: The Architecture of Racism in Religion and Education (Peter Lang, 2018). She earned a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and a PhD in higher education from Azusa Pacific University.

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