Dr Anne Berry
Cello Teacher & String Ensemble Director
Anne grew up in a musical family in Sydney. She studied piano and later cello. As a teenager she played with the Sydney Youth Orchestra and with Mosman Musical Society. Returning to music studies at the University of Southern Queensland in 1992, Anne studied cello performance and pedagogy with Gary Williams. In 1994 she was awarded a Music Degree and an A Mus A with Distinction. Since then Anne has taken every opportunity to learn more about teaching and to continue to develop her own performance skills by attending workshops, masterclasses and conferences in Australia, the UK and Europe. She has been awarded a Masters and a PhD for her research in cello pedagogy and teaching repertoire.
Passionate about playing music, Anne has played with community orchestras around Australia often as Principal or Associate Principal. She has performed solo and chamber music recitals. Returning to NSW in 2010 Anne has immersed herself in local music making performing with Hunter Opera, the Pacific Palm Court Orchestra, Lake Macquarie Philharmonic Orchestra and the Christ Church Camerata. She improvised live solo cello music for Tantrum Theatre’s production of “Wonder” in 2011. Anne is an enthusiastic cello teacher with over 35 years’ experience. She has an eclectic approach, drawing on a variety of pedagogies and a broad knowledge of repertoire to individualise tuition. Anne was a Cello Examiner for the AMEB in Queensland 1999-2009. She enjoys teaching students of all ages from beginners to advanced students. Anne also teaches cello and tutors string ensembles for the Community Music Program at Newcastle Conservatorium.
Qualifications:PhD (Music Education & Pedagogy, UQ), M Phil (Cello Pedagogy, USQ), BA Creative/Music (USQ), BSc Psychology (Hons, UNSW), A Mus A Cello (with Distinction, AMEB)
We seek to inspire our Central Coast community to engage in and value music as an integral part of life through comprehensive music education and artistic endeavour.