Teacher Spotlight – Robert Jackson

As a young boy, I always wanted to be an Astronomer. I would put stars on my ceiling and I had my own telescope. I would find all the planets and knew many stars. I had also started xylophone and piano and did early music classes at the Orange Regional Conservatorium. I wanted to play the violin, but “they were all out” mum said. That’s the story with me. I’m a violinist who started on the Cello.

My first Cello Teacher Claudia later became a policewoman. It was the start of term 2 in year one that I had my first lesson. This point in time, in hindsight, is extremely important. At the age of 6, I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but there was something about the Cello.

Had I not liked or enjoyed my time with Claudia or subsequent teachers in the years after, Collen, Tom, Georg and others, I probably would have continued looking at stars.

I love teaching at Necom and seeing my students play beautiful pieces. I especially like teaching my students there first lesson and then getting them to play Elgar concerto many years down the track.

Congrats to all my Cello students who played in the recent Armidale Eisteddfod. I still remember those days, although my teacher never came to watch. She was probably busy… arresting people!

Play your scales everyday Celli!