FAQ

Lesson Times. Practise. Fees & Payment. Advice for Non-Musical Parents. Philosophy & Focus Lesson Times

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  • Piano lessons are for 30mins or 60mins or 90mins. Just ask for your preferred time.
  • It is possible to have one or two piano lessons a week if you want to progress much more quickly or feel the need for extra support.
  • Before school – from 7.00am. 7.30am. 8.00am. 8.30am
  • After school – 3.30pm. 4.00pm. 4.30pm. 5.00pm. 5.30pm
  • For Homeschoolers a 6omins piano lesson at 10.30am or 2.00pm is sometimes available.
  • Makeup lessons are not possible. A specific time is allocated for you only

Philosophy & Focus

  • My students learn how to play the piano in a way where they use it to express themselves and improve the quality of their life, as well as to play with accurate technique. Playing the piano is a great medium for expressing feelings and over time this can become a worthy part of your personal support system. Music reaches where no words can! Given that the majority of people learning the piano don’t want to become a highbrow pianist or soloist, and that doesn’t really interest me anyway, my approach is to encourage a practical heartfelt soulful method of self-expression. The piano can be the means of an improved social life, retreat from the world (including corporate life),  coming home to your senses, a personal meditative spiritual practice, or even a way to bring listening pleasure to loved ones. It is a truly special gift to be able to ‘reach’ deeply inside someone’s heart and give the joy of music – your music!
  • Creativity Training is part of the work. Instead of teaching music theory in a rather dry manner, I give the student projects to complete where the theory is inherently learned. The processes and strategies learned and the mental-emotional spiritual effect along the way are valuable for their future working life. This is different from how they will learn in school
  • I specialise in and pride myself in weekly Individual Undivided Attention of the highest quality

Practise

  • Your practise routine is something you gradually build. Over time it can become your anchor and your hot air balloon.
  • Amount of practise is determined by a number of things
  • Practise in small focussed amounts often. Allow your brain & body to assimilate. It’s the repetition that is the most powerful.
  • Each time you practise you are creating or maintaining neural pathways
  • Be aware of what is moving your practise forward, or embedding mistakes
  • As your skill grows, mostly the amount of practise needed to maintain it does too
  • Practise regularly, your feeling of self-esteem & confidence will grow
  • I recommend you prepare for your lessons, to maximize your time with me.
  • There is a difference between a healthy parental guidance attitude to overseeing practise and an unhealthy purgatory of the practise room. If I can see the student really doesn’t want to be playing music, I will call a meeting with the parents – I will not be party to a child being forced to practise against their will – there is a line.  Development of their character and their ability to ‘stick with things’ is part of the benefit of learning to play an instrument. We all need to learn for ourselves, the difference between the tedium that sets in on a long sometimes difficult project – learning to play an instrument IS a marathon run – and when we really don’t want to be doing something and it’s time to move on.  As adults, we know the IMMENSE satisfaction when we achieve something that’s been hard. Children are learning that.
  • You may be interested to read my short 6 Part blog series on practise – How To Achieve Your Musical Dream
  • Making musical friends is a great way to foster your child’s musical growth. It also offers them healthy social interaction and self-esteem – a potential kind of insurance policy for their teenage years – as well as being a lot of fun. Some of my most truly enjoyable life experiences have been while playing duets or musical ‘conversations’ in small groups here in Australia or overseas in Vienna for example.  There’s something good that happens (that is hard to define) along the lines of togetherness, sound wave conversation and spiritual harmony

Fees & Payment

  • Contact me to find out my current fees, and allow me to tailor your music learning program to what you need
  • I offer structured piano lessons following a set program
  • I also offer an individualized Bespoke Signature Piano Program for highly sensitive children and adults
  • Add-on modules are extra depending on what it is you need. We can discuss what it is you are wanting to achieve.
  • Before a decision is made to work together, we have one or two lessons (on a cash basis) to explore how we work together. If we all agree then we proceed
  • When we commence lessons, the balance of the term fee is paid
  • Ongoing students are invoiced for payment by end of Term for the next Term
  • Ongoing students must pay the term fee before lessons begin
  • Makeup lessons are not possible. A specific time is allocated for you only

Music Resources

New music to play
  • Music Scores and books and equipment for the learning are extra to the Term fee, unless specified in your Program
  • Most music scores and books are sourced by me, then invoiced to you
  • Building your repertoire is motivating. It’s a treasure chest of joy!
  • Your piano needs to be tuned annually or when it is moved.
  • Plan ahead when you will have your instrument serviced. School holidays are a peak time

Music Exams

  • If you are thinking about doing music exams, it’s a good idea to discuss the pros & cons with me well ahead of time
  • I am no longer taking students through music exams

Concerts and Performances

  • Students are encouraged to share their growing musical skill in family concerts
  • Playing for family and friends is beneficial for the student in many areas of their life