Mark has been teaching cello at the Beckett School since 1990. He believes that teaching should be tailored to individual needs, aspirations, and physiology; one method does not fit all!
Mark believes in teaching his students how to learn, and how to express themselves through the medium of the cello. His task is to supply the essential ingredients of technique, variety in repertoire, performance experience, and confidence to succeed. In response to his approach cellists from his studio have won many Kiwanis, KW Youth Symphony, Royal Conservatory and University entrance scholarships and awards. For the third year in a row, students of his have been recommended to the Provincial finals.
Students in his studio range from 6 to 60. Some are destined for a career in music, but most are in it for love of the instrument and the joy that achievement brings. The experience of working with hundreds of cellists over more than 20 years has taught Mark that the unique physical proportions of every cellist necessitate a set-up that is particular to them. Similarly, different people require different emotional and intellectual approaches to thrive. Mark is committed to finding the right formula for the success of every one of his students.
Working in the beautiful facilities at the Beckett School provides many advantages to Mark's students. Monthly performance opportunities with the other string studios in the school inspire confidence and fuel growth. Masterclasses, chamber music, and Beckett School events give students social and intellectual stimulus. The sense of purpose and vitality in the building is contagious as is the conviction that what we are doing is important.
Mark has his Bachelor of Music in Performance from Wilfrid Laurier University, and is an active performer as a member of the Amarone String Quartet. In his chamber music education, Mark studied with members of the Penderecki, Orford, Lafayette, and Fine Arts Quartets. He has free-lanced as an orchestral section and principal cellist. Mark is committed to the craft of cello playing and teaching. He practises and studies constantly to refine his skills and investigate new approaches.
Mark lives close to the school with his wife Elizabeth who is also on faculty as a piano teacher and string accompanist