Meet George Teague | Make Music Your New Year’s Resolution
[MUSIC – TURN ON SOUND] My name is George Teague and I’m a cellist. I became drawn to the cello after I started violin for a year. I started violin when I was 13 years old, I think, and I played it for about a year. One day when I was on YouTube, actually, looking at videos of violinists playing pieces that I was playing, I came across a cello. I heard it and I decided, “this is what I should be playing.” Somewhere in my undergrad, I discovered Dr. Suzuki and his teachings. The thing that really stood out to me was the mother tongue method. You are immersed in the language of those around you and you learn through that. You absorb it. So, Dr. Suzuki’s thought was that you could do that with music too. If you immerse a student in really high quality music and music education, and a musical environment, then they can learn just like they learn a language when they are younger. My hope for my students all depends on what your goals are and what you want to do with music. Because I think music is personal for everyone. Some people have a goal of being a concert cellist and playing solos with an orchestra. And we can get you there, if that’s what you want to do. However, if you come to me and you tell me that that’s not your goal, you want to enjoy music because you heard a really cool cello piece played on “Game of Thrones” or something. And it really spoke to you and you want to learn music because it sounds like fun, it can really be a fun thing!