Cellist Griffin Browne is active as an orchestral musician, private teacher, and free-lance musician. He currently plays with the Glacier Symphony and Chorale, Great Falls Symphony Orchestra, and Helena Symphony Orchestra. Formerly a section member of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and principal cellist with the Jackson Symphony, Dr. Browne has appeared as soloist with several orchestras in the mid-south area. These include the Jackson Symphony, Starkville Symphony, Dyersburg Symphony, and the University of Memphis Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. With Leonardo Altino, David Bjella, and Grace Bahng as his primary instructors, he received his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in cello performance from the University of Memphis, and has a Bachelor of Music degree from Stetson University. In 2013, Dr. Browne completed an edition of M. H. Graul’s Cello Concerto, an unpublished work he found in the Sing-Akademie Archive, and he enjoys playing music of many different genres — from classical to pop and jazz. Dr. Browne currently resides in Kila, MT with his wife, two children, and father-in-law.
My goal in teaching is to enhance people’s human experience by bringing them to a deeper appreciation of the created beauty all around them, and to aid in their ability to digest information and make wise choices based on what they know. To accomplish this, I like to help the student build a solid foundation and then build each consecutive layer on top of that. Thus, quality is of greater importance than quantity. When teaching my cello students, I generally teach one thing at a time until they have learned it well and then move on to something new.
To me, learning well is more a matter of the heart than the brain: when there is a heart connection with what is learned, it is much easier to remember and more difficult to forget. I believe it is important to teach students how to learn in this way by inspiring them and giving them tools for learning. Methods for teaching that I find helpful include repetition, going from general to specific, and refocusing. It is useful to have one main point for a lesson because it makes it easier for the student to prioritize their practice.
I believe it is my responsibility to be open to learning from my students reciprocally. Teachers are life-long learners too, and that is what makes teaching so enjoyable to me.