Cheers for the cello: Cellist introduces Northwood students to instrument

Montavius Diamond cello

Crestview cellist Montavius Diamond explains how a cello was modeled after the human body to a group of Northwood Arts and Sciences Academy kindergartners.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 05:36 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Just playing the cello brightens Montavius Diamond's day, and after hearing the 24-year-old musician perform, many Northwood Arts and Sciences Academy students are keen to try the mellow instrument themselves.

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Northwood media specialist Kristal Petruzzi invited Diamond to share his passion for the cello Thursday morning as part of the school's Black History Month programming. Kindergartners through third-graders spent 20-minute sessions with Diamond.

They learned that the stringed instrument is "a cousin to the violin," which many Cougars are learning to play as part of Northwood's music curriculum; that the cello was designed with the human body in mind, and includes commonly named parts, including ribs, back and neck; and that playing a cello, or any other instrument, requires plenty of practice, diligence and "doing your homework," Diamond said.

A new experience

Petruzzi said she and the classes' teachers were amazed by how attentive students were during each of Diamond's presentations.

"Our kids (had) never seen anything like this," she said. "They were captivated."

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