Young Beginner piano lessons
When can you start teaching your child playing an instrument? Well, it depends on a child. Usually we start with 15 min lesson for children as young as 4 years old.
Beginner piano lessons
Young beginners will learn note reading, rhythm and correct hand technique from the very begining. Once a basic playing skills are formed, we then can chose to learn different styles of music such as popular contemporary, classical, jazz, etc.
Learning piano is fun and stimulates creativity.
Intermediate and Advanced Piano Lessons
If you are an intermediate level student we are more than happy to assist you with your goals in learning piano. Our piano teachers are highly qualified and have experience in teaching piano. Weather you are preparing for the exams or just want to sharpen your skills we are here for you to help you achieve your goals.
Adult Piano Lessons
It is never too late to start learning an instrument. It is an excellent hobby and entertainment. Even if you are retired and have never played any instrument but you feel you would like to give it a try, you absolutely CAN.
Piano Exam Preparation
We constantly prepare our students for AMEB exams. Our teachers make sure all the requirements to pass the grade are fulfilled and the student is fully ready to undertake the exams.
The Australian Music Examination board (AMEB) is an independent organisation that examines students against a graded course of their own design.
- Exams are held twice yearly, towards the middle and the end of each year.
- The exact date (inconveniently) is only given 3 weeks before the exam.
- A complete beginner will generally take between 1-2 years of study before being competent enough to sit their first (Preliminary) exam.
- A practical examination does NOT only examine how well a student plays the instrument but rather the progress of a student in a holistic musical sense.
- The purpose of exams is to develop and acquire certain skills. There is no point in sitting an exam unless these skills are demonstrated. Therefore to sit an exam just for the purpose of moving to the next stage without the skills demonstrated is pointless.
- Sitting an exam unprepared or having to cram at the last minute is a deeply traumatic experience for most people.
- Exams are not internationally recognised, although they may carry some weight with schools and scholarships.
- Exams should be seen as a reward for work already done.
Piano forte syllabus
In general, practical examinations comprise the presentation of work in the following areas:
- Technical work (scales, arpeggios, etc.);
- pieces (including extra lists);
- aural tests;
- sight reading;
- general knowledge.
- Technical requirements for this syllabus are more in depth in comparison with the piano for leisure syllabus. There are more scales to learn for this syllabus.
- Pianoforte course involves slightly more preparation time due to the extra list requirement – with five pieces presented for examination in Grades 2–4 and six pieces in Grades 5–7.
- The candidate is examined on both their aural (rhythm, pitch, harmony, melody) and sight reading skills as well as general knowledge.
- From a Sixth Grade level, written examinations must also be undertaken in order for the Practical certificates to be awarded.
- It is simply unrealistic to expect all these requirements to be met in just a half hour a week lesson. Therefore at least 45min weekly lesson is highly recommended.
Piano for leisure syllabus
- Piano for leisure syllabus requires only 3 pieces to be played at the exam and lighter technical requirements (less scales to be played). As well as sight reading test and general knowledge test.
- ‘Piano for Leisure’ should not, however, be seen as a “lesser alternative”. This syllabus allows students to pursue classical or light classical piano, more contemporary repertoire, pop repertoire, jazz or any tailor-made combination of these styles that suits the candidate’s taste.
- ‘Piano for Leisure is also designed for students with busy activity schedules. Examination requirements are less than those for Pianoforte grades. It needs to be firmly understood, however, that this does not mean a lower standard in performance. Piano for Leisure is for students not intending to pursue keyboard performance as a principal focus. It is for those seeking life-enrichment through musical activity of a high standard.’
- Piano for Leisure is a way to encourage students to aspire to playing at a certain level but present an examination program that requires less preparation. Therefore, many of my students will sit for this exam.
- Usually students who undertake this syllabus do well with only half hour a week, although higher grades (grade 7 and 8) may require longer than half hour lessons.