FAQ

Lesson Times and Duration

  • Piano lessons are for 30mins or 60mins or 90mins
  • It is possible to have one or two lessons a week if you want to progress much more quickly ( if there is space in my calendar )
  • Currently lessons are on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 2.00pm through to 6.00pm, or Saturday morning from 8.00am through to 12.00pm. Sydney Time.
  • Your specific time is allocated for you only. If you are unable to attend at this time, let me know as soon as possible and I will accommodate you if there is space in my calendar

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 Concert pianist or soloist, my approach is to encourage a practical heartfelt soulful method of self-expression. The piano can be a retreat from the world (including corporate or business 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 you 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 your working life. This is different from how you 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 maintaining or creating 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 speak about it with you. 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

Your music learning program is tailored to what you need

I am now offering a variety of lesson lengths to accommodate those parents who especially want their child to learn from me and are struggling to afford it.

Before a decision is made to work together, we have one or two lessons (on a cash basis) to explore how we work together. This is your first music lesson. If we all agree then we proceed.

When we commence lessons, the balance of the term fee is paid by invoice, then quarterly after that.
Ongoing students are invoiced for payment by end of Term for the next Term.
When this is paid, your preferred day and time are held for you.

Your specific lesson time is allocated for you only.
If you are unable to attend the lesson, let me know as soon as possible.
The lesson can be via Zoom instead, or if I have room in my calendar it may be rescheduled.

Music Resources

New music to play

Sheet Music and books and equipment for your learning are sourced for you, then invoiced.
If you are wanting help to find a piano, just let me know.

Building your repertoire is motivating. It’s a treasure chest of joy!

Your piano needs to be tuned annually (generally) or when it is moved.

Music Exams

If you are thinking about undertaking a music exam, it is best to let me know well in advance, so we can discuss the pros and cons.

Concerts and Performances

Students are encouraged to share their growing musical skill in family Concerts and Soirees and Parties

Playing for family and friends may be beneficial for you musically, and in other areas of your life

I can help you to experience your everyday life more soulfully with music & creativity and more self-care