Too often kids are taught ONLY from a method or a grade book, for the sole purpose of pushing them through each of the grade levels, learning the minimum required for each level.
But this way of learning is SO limiting. There is much more to music than just learning the pieces from one book.
While there’s nothing wrong with method or grade books, we’ll often use a them for our students, the big difference is we won’t use them in isolation. They are great as a guide or jumping off point to explore more musical elements.
We want students to learn about keys and scales so they can improvise, to consistently flex their aural and rhythm muscles, to understand story, to learn to compose, and to develop a strong technique, all alongside the book.
To be clear, when we say technique we’re NOT talking about scales. Instead we’re talking about the development of finger independence, wrist flexibility, and the fine control of tone. Our approach to technique is adapted from the Russian technique which is famous for producing some of the worlds greatest pianists. We’ve created our own exercises which can be tailored for any age or level and has been shown to promote relaxation of the forearm muscles, the careful strengthening of the finger muscles, and flexibility of the wrists.
Moving through a lot of contrasting repertoire can greatly enhance sight reading skills and improve knowledge. We’re particularly focused on choosing the “right” pieces that suit the students’ interests and performance style. Furthermore, pieces need to be within the reach of the students current playing abilities. A bad repertoire choice can lead to frustration, stress, boredom and tension, which are all things we want to avoid at all costs!!!!
We want all our students to have the best opportunity to become well-rounded musicians, so we make sure to develop a broad range of skills. We try to teach these skills often through a variety of engaging and creative methods.
Lessons allow students to perform in a safe and low pressure environment. Which enhances their performance skills in preparation for exams, eisteddfods, concert practice, school or other public performances.
Students don’t have to do exams here, but if they do, we are experienced in achieving great results at all levels.
An important part of lessons will be to help students learn HOW to practice their pieces and technical work in between lessons. This is where we create self-directed learners and empower students to practice effectively.
Practising is a skill, like any other, that needs to be taught regularly. So while lessons may sometimes look like a practice session, a lot of valuable learning will be going on.
Games can be a fun way to break up a lesson and reinforce musical knowledge in an engaging and memorable way. If students are having fun, they’re interested, and progress will come fast!!
It can be a great way to encourage social interaction when used for multiple players, in group scenarios, or amongst siblings learning one after the other.
Every student has a different mixture of abilities. In every lesson our job will be to seek out and acknowledge these abilities. Through consistent positive reinforcement students begin to build self esteem and confidence.
It’s vital that each student be treated with respect, and that criticism is always constructive.
Some students have very clear goals, while others, not so much. Whatever the situation, whatever the goals, we’ll always collaborate with our students to identify goals and tailor a program for our students particular needs.
We’ll never insist on goals that suit us because our students’ needs and wishes will always come first.
Our boutique piano studio doubles as a professional recording studio. The main room has two Steinway and Sons grand pianos and we also have a smaller room with a Yamaha Upright Piano.
Located in the beautiful heritage listed Reid House on King Street in the CBD, our studio is conveniently located close to major transport hubs, trains, busses and ferries.
The studios are available for lessons Monday – Friday 7.30am-9pm.
Space is limited so jump on our waitlist by filling in our enrolment form.
There are many benefits to learning in your own home. The familiarity of learning on your own instrument and in the comfort of home can sometimes ease nerves and allow for a more relaxing environment to learn.
Travelling to and from lessons, navigating traffic or public transport, can also take up valuable time more productively spent practicing or preparing for your lesson.
If you would like to have lessons in your home, we are more than happy to send one of our enthusiastic teachers. Our teachers currently service homes within many Sydney Inner City areas.