Lessons     Includes
  > Lessons are weekly Fees are charged in ten week blocks.   Music Folder
30 mins $320 Custom note book
  45 mins

$480 Online Mp3 file access
  60 mins

$640

Incentives and prizes
> Students are required to purchase their own music and theory books to bring to the lesson, and take home again to study. For convenience these can be bought from the studio stock with no markup.  
Please see terms & conditions for information on cancellation policy  
  Concerts and Performance Experience
 

As a part of your fees you also get:

  Studio Concerts     End Of Year Concert
  > Free participation in all small Studio Concerts at the end of school term 1,2 and 3, plus extra exam preparation performances. These concerts have a maximum of 16 people (8 students and an adult) per sitting, to be an inimate friendly opportunity to hone performance skills and kill nervous anxiety.   > At the end of term 4, a large End Of Year Concert in the city with after party. Audiences number one to two hundred and offer a significant performance opportunity.
    piano    

Visit our Youtube channel for recordings of previous years.

  Eisteddfods     School Concerts
 

This studio has produced prize winning students, and helping students achieve excellence and personal achievement is a major objective.

Students are encouraged to participate in competitive performance only where it suits their personal goals, fits with their developement, when they show committment and application to preparation, and can approach the opportunity with a balanced perspective.

Events should be fun but challenging, informative, and offer personal growth.


   

Most school children will be attending their school's concert / performance evening / showcase etc. Where your child is receiving lessons in the school environment, they may be given the opportunity or be expected to perform. The studio will fully support its students in these ventures.

* Performing opportunity is highly recommended but not compulsary for non exam students. If you or your child suffer from significant anxiety and simply can not manage this even with close support, that is OK, just come and watch and get inspiration from the advanced players.
  Curriculum

 

Subjects taught are:
  > Classical Piano
  > Leisure Piano (incorporating popular classical, jazz and contemporary)
  > Music Theory



Music 'Theory' can be taken as a separate subject from piano studies, however all 'piano' lessons will incorporate the theory that is necessary to learn the instrument effectively, and broad music general knowledge.

I will provide direction on choosing music to play, purchasing books and sheet music, and suggest works that suit the developmental requirements of individual students, and their taste. Music can be purchased from me if you are unable to get to a music store. Students are welcome to choose their own music and bring along things they want to play.

This studio uses tablets and laptops and a part of learning and research. If you wish your child to be screen free you may choose this, however the teacher will be using technology to access recordings, backing tracks and a metronome during the lesson.

Limitations

I do not teach main stream popular music such as rock, hip hop, or r&b - however the music reading skills and performance abilities learnt from the other styles of music taught, will equip you to have a go at any music you like outside the lessons, and I will certainly help with any technical difficulties you come across.

I do not teach music technology, the studio piano is an accoustic baby grand with a focus on traditional piano curriculum. If you want to learn 'keyboard', I can teach you to read music, practice techniques and fingering etc that you will assist with the playing aspect, but if you want to use a keyboard lab with midi computer interfaces and effects etc, I can not help you.


  What will I/my child learn?     Incentives

 

> how to read music
> the notes on the piano
> how to play pieces of music
> proper technique
> music theory
> music history
> aural skills
> music styles and interpretation
> rhythm



plus
> how to practice
> concentration techniques
> how to perform
> accountability
> confident presentation
> persistence
   

To encourage students to aim for goals, a number of challenge programs are in place which may offer prizes, awards or recognition.

20 Piece Challenge
Learn 20 works or (significant parts of for advanced students) in two terms.

Practice Challenge
Practice 5 days every week with parental signoff

Performance
Perform for a human in your house every week

  Exams

 

 

Practical

Many students wish to play for their own enjoyment only, while others appreciate the motivation and direction that exam preparation provides, or perhaps are studying to be professional musicians.

For those students that wish to do exams, I prepare students for all levels of AMEB exams. These are the accepted benchmark in Australian examinations, and are now accepted as credits for secondary school certificates. Examinations are usually held in the familiar environment of the Redwood Park studio twice per year.

  Theory
  Theory exams may be done online using the Redwood Park equipment.