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MM, University of New Mexico, Cello Performance-BM, Federal University of Sao Carlos (Sao Paulo State - Brazil) - Music Education-BM, FAECA Dom Bosco (Sao Paulo State - Brazil), Education-Teacher Workshop, String Academy of Wisconsin - Teaching Children the Violin
2015/2016 - University of New Mexico - Assistantship (Abe Franck String Quartet)-2015 - Music Festival of Tambau/Brazil - Executive Director-2013/2015 - Strings Workshop of Tambau/Brazil - Founder and Director-2011/2013 - String Orchestra of Guri's Project/reference group - Conductor-2008/2009 - Symphony Orchestra of Sao Jose do Rio Preto/Brazil - Director-
I am a Brazilian musician born into a musical family who began studying piano at the age of six with my aunt, and the violin in my church. I had a great experience as a violinist and as a violin teacher. Even though I started playing the cello, I always have spent time as a violin teacher and doing courses about violin and viola pedagogy as well. I started studying the cello with great teachers in Brazil, among them: Fabio Presgrave (Juilliard School) Andre Micheletti (Indiana University) and Dennis Parker (Louisiana State University), and have played in several masterclasses with great cellists as Marek Jerie (Guarneri Trio Prague). I hold a Bachelor in Music Education from the Federal University of Sao Carlos (Sao Paulo/Brazil). I study cello performance at UNM under Dr. David Schepps, where I awarded the Abe Franck Graduate Assistantship, spending time as the cellist of the Graduate String Quartet and holding the position of Principal Cello in the UNM Symphony Orchestra.
While in Brazil, I accumulated a huge experience as a string teacher, by spending 18 years teaching in individual and group lessons (music schools and own studio) and working with social projects as well. In Albuquerque, I taught cello group lessons at Montezuma Elementary School (2016) and teach at the UNM Lab School. I also use traditional methods in relation to orchestra playing and include the student repertoire as primordial in the learning process. Another strong point is my strategies to teach skills. I am able to solve a lot of technical problems by using differents pedagogical strategies and know how to motivate my students by promoting recitals and concerts in special places.
I use the Suzuki method for all starters, however, the repertoire is not only Suzuki. As indicated reading method, the more used is the I Can Read Music and the Hal Leonard Essential Elements. My students' repertoire is very significant in the process to be played and arranged for an ensemble as well. I understand that each student has a specific kind of motivation to play a musical instrument and usually, the student finds a new way when he/she start playing in a group (in his church, school etc). In sum, repertoire, and reading skills are developed separately in the beginning and then combined as soon as possible.
The first question is: do you love your instrument? The second one is: how much do you want to play your instrument? The last one: why do you want do play your instrument? Then the student will receive the appropriate instructions. However, I usually improve and enlarge the students' relation to his instrument. For example, some of my students left the idea of play a musical instrument just for fun and (even though she was a pianist) became a professional in her new string instrument (the cello).The main point is, each student need to realize his/her real relationship with his/her musical instrument. It must be significant and part of student life until the end.
He is amazing with young children. Very patient but still demand their respect. My son has excelled under his tutelage.
My now 9yo son has taken cello lessons from Rodrigo for over a year. Rodrigo is a superior teacher - he is kind, patient, and has excellent pedagogy skills. He is personally a phenomenal cello player and is able to translate his abilities in an age and level appropriate manner. Moreover, Rodrigo is reliable, ethical, and easy to talk to. He is a huge asset to the Albuquerque orchestral music community.
Rodrigo was my first cello teacher. He gave me the fundations of the cello technique and inspired me to become a musician. He has a simple and effective way to teach by finding similarities between cello technique and everyday tasks, making everything extremely easy to understand for any age group. Today I am bachelor in cello by the University of São Paulo. Although it has passed some years, I'm still using Rodrigo's teachings in my personal cello study, and also sharing all of this information with my cello students.
I had the privilege to start my violin lessons with Mr. Rodrigo. His way to teach was based on my musical tastes and later he showed me new styles as the classical music (unkown for me). The lessons were really fun and I spent the laughing all the time! He is the best ever!
Rodrigo was my first cello teacher, this happened during a group course of 16 cellists, it was the person who showed my mistakes, corrected most of them, and motivated me to overcome obstacles in my re-education on the cello, me Showed how beautiful it could be to play it right. Today, he is one of my references, an example of a teacher who has the gift of motivating, educating and loving what he does, a great cello teacher. May you, Professor Rodrigo, be more and more happy in what you do, great hug TEACHER !!!
Mr. Rodrigo was much more than a teacher to me. He gave me the first lessons in music, made the cello my passion, gave me solid foundations so that I could exercise this art as a profession. I am currently a bachelor music student in one of the best centers of the instrument in Brazil (USP-Ribeirão Preto), and I work professionally in symphony orchestras and chamber music groups. All of this I got because I had the trust, the friendship, the partnership of a teacher, of an unique pedagogue. I highly recommend his classes, because he does not just make you a better musician, but a better person. His teaching way I'll carry for ever with me, because I find it the best way to do it.
I'am from Brazil and had the privilege to start the violin with excellent musician and conductor Mr. Rodrigo. He gave all the basics I needed to became a protuberant violinist. I loved it when we played together in recitals and concerts that he promoted . I strongly reccomend this teacher so renowned for all of those have interest and play the violin, cello and viola.
Mr. Rodrigo is a amazing teacher, I had the honor and privilege of study with him. I recived all the most important knowledge that I needed to be a great cellist and he always encouraged me to study and work hard to great ideals with the most incredible didactic that I could have. Nowadays, I’m as a bachelor of music student in USP (University of São Paulo – Brazil) playing the cello, growing up and thanking the opportunity to learn fantastics things with Mr. Rodrigo, who really has helped me to play and study. I really reccomend Mr. Rodrigo to be your teacher, you can be sure: you are going to be in love with him and playing the cello!
I had the pleasure to beginning my classes with teacher Rodrigo. I had a strong foundation and now I could construct with ease. Have Rodrigo as a teacher was the best thing that happened in my proffessional life.Your students not will win just a professor, but a friend too. He is the best.
I was lucky enough to have Rodrigo as my first cello teacher. I was too old to start a career in music when I began, but, altough I am an amateur, I can say playing cello is my greatest passion to this day. I would certainly recommend he as a cello teacher wether you intend to become a professional or not.
I had the privilege to start the cello with Mr. Rodrigo and he gave all the basics I needed to became a proeminent cellist. Otherwise, we had a lot of fun by playing together in recitals and concerts that he promoted. I strongly reccomend this teacher for all of those have interest and play the cello as a professional or just for love.
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