Lesson Times. Practise. Fees & Payment. Advice for Non-Musical Parents. Philosophy & Focus Lesson Times
- Monday to Friday between 2.00pm and 6.00pm. Other times are sometimes available. Just ask!
- Children have 30mins lessons. Multiple lessons are possible, if the time is available
- Adults choose between 30mins and longer or multiple lessons, if the time is available
- Make up lessons are not possible
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. Piano is a great medium for expressing feelings and over time this can become a worthy part of their 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 theory of music 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 affect along the way are valuable for their future working life. This is different to how they will learn in school
- I specialise in and pride myself in weekly Individual Undivided Attention of the highest quality
- Your practise routine is something you gradually build
- Amount of practise is determined by a number of things
- Practise in small amounts often. Allow your brain & body to assimilate
- Each time you practise you are creating or maintaining neural pathways – it’s good for you!
- 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. Ask questions!
- 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 in small groups. There’s something good that happens (that is hard to define) along the lines of togetherness, sound wave conversation and spiritual harmony
Fees & Payment
- 2018 Individual Lesson of 30mins generally $45, and 60 mins generally $90.
- Add-on modules are extra depending on what it is you need.
- Generally 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
- Make up lessons are not possible. A specific time is allocated for you only
- Music Scores and books and equipment for the learning are extra to the Term fee
- 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 if it is an acoustic piano
- Your flute needs to be serviced annually or bi-annually depending on various factors
- Plan ahead when you will have your instrument serviced. School holidays are a peak time
- If you are thinking about doing music exams, it’s a good idea to discuss the pros & cons with me well ahead of time if you can
- If the student is not doing exams, I will in general structure the work around the AMEB pathway. It’s simply a solid way to work, and gives a good track to follow
- I am currently exploring music exam systems other than AMEB.
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