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Creative Piano Lessons that Cultivate Skills For Life

Giving you or your child the opportunity for music to become a life-long companion is the greatest gift you can give.
Music can not only be a source of joy and passion, but learning music also develops incredible cognitive, emotional, physical and organisational skills which have far-reaching benefits.

Our mission at Prima Piano is to cultivate these skills by nurturing…

Creativity

At Prima Piano you’ll develop a broad range of skills. Musicality, knowledge, imagination, and performance skills are enhanced within a framework of creativity and innovation. With more tools in the musical toolbox, you’ll have more options and more opportunities to explore music throughout your life.

Capability

With relaxation at the core, our world-class approach to piano technique gives you freedom from tension and frustration, freedom to express and create, and freedom to choose the pieces YOU want to play. A good technique promotes faster progress, effortless finger dexterity, a beautiful and controlled tone, and MOST importantly, happiness.

Curiosity

When your interests are nurtured and you’re supported with encouragement and respect you’re more likely to engage with your learning and be self-motivated. This is where progress accelerates! We provide a platform for exploration and creativity, by making learning easy and with a technique that helps you reach your goals.

Prima Piano is an exceptional piano school with a rare ability to develop all aspects of aspiring musicians whilst being highly engaging and enjoyable. Elizabeth and Geri Green are outstanding teachers whose life-long dedication to music and deep expertise enables them not only to teach at a very high level but also to tailor their teaching style and repertoire to best fit each student...

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Convenient Piano Lessons In Sydney’s Inner West, City, or Lower Northern Beaches.

We understand how hard it is for busy people and families to fit everything in. So we want to give you some of your time back and make travelling to piano lessons one less thing to worry about.

Our enthusiastic and dedicated teachers will come to your home for lessons.

Or if you’d prefer, come to our boutique piano studio which is located in the beautiful heritage listed Reid House on King Street in Sydney’s CBD and is conveniently located close to all major transport hubs.

We also offer online piano lessons for students who need even more flexibility or who may not be able to attend in-person lessons.

The Right Teacher For You

We know you want to make sure you choose the right teacher. One who’s not just qualified but who also “gets” you and can help you to truly engage with music.
That’s why all of our teachers will prioritise:

Relationship building from the first lesson, because we know that without a good teacher/student connection progress will be very hard.

Carefully assessing your strengths and interests, because we believe that when we support your passions and your unique abilities you’re much more willing to do the hard work that’s needed to reach your goals.

What our lessons look like

Here is a brief rundown of the 3 Core Learning Strategies inside a Prima Piano lesson.

1

Developing a technique that helps NOT hinders

2

Moving through lots of contrasting repertoire

3

Learning more than just notes and exploring a wide range of skills

Technique

Poor technique can lead to some serious problems. It can make you frustrated and slow down progress. It can create tension in your arms and body and even cause chronic pain over time. 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.

Repertoire

Moving through a lot of contrasting repertoire can greatly enhance your sight reading skills and improve your knowledge. We’re particularly focused on choosing the “right” pieces that suit both your interests and performance style. Furthermore, pieces need to be within the reach of your current playing abilities. A bad repertoire choice can lead to frustration, stress, boredom and tension, which are things we want to avoid at all costs!!!!

Skills and Knowledge

We want you to have the best opportunity to become a well-rounded musician, so we make sure to develop a broad range of skills. We strive to teach these skills often, and through a variety of engaging and creative methods.

Sight-reading

Memorisation

Aural and Active listening

Rhythm

Improvisation

Music Theory

Music History

Musical Storytelling

Interpretation

Composition

Performance

Expression

Also, happening in lessons…

Exams/Performance Preparation

Your regular lessons will allow you to perform in a safe and low pressure environment. Which will enhance your performance skills in preparation for exams, eisteddfods, concert practice, school or other public performances.

You don’t have to do exams here, but if you do, we’re experienced in achieving great results at all levels.

Practising Strategies

An important part of lessons will be to help you learn HOW to practice your pieces and technical work in between lessons. This is how we encourage self-directed learning and empower you to practice effectively.

Practising is a skill, like any other, that needs to be taught regularly.

Games and activities

Games can be a fun way to break up a lesson and reinforce musical knowledge in an engaging and memorable way. If you’re having fun, you’re interested, and progress will come fast!!

They also boost social interaction when used for multiple players, either in group workshops, or amongst siblings learning back to back.

Developing Self Esteem

Every student has a different mixture of abilities. In every lesson our job will be to seek out and acknowledge your unique abilities. Through consistent positive reinforcement you can begin to build self esteem and self confidence.

It’s vital to us that all students be treated with respect, and that criticism is always constructive.

Setting Goals

Some students have very clear goals, while others, not so much. Whatever the situation, whatever your goals, we’ll always collaborate with you to identify goals and tailor a program for your particular needs.

We’ll never insist on goals that suit us, because your needs and wishes will always come first.

More Than Just Lessons

Our approach has many benefits for students beyond simply learning an instrument.

Our technique development strategies promote relaxation and the recognition of tension in all areas of the body. These strategies also greatly enhance an ability to focus and master the art of patience.
But there are plenty MORE ways that learning the piano can improve your life.

Cognitive

Builds the higher cognitive areas of the brain

Develops the capacity for abstract thinking

Fosters skills in analytical thought, in memory ability, and in spatial awareness

Develops quicker thought processes and helps in learning complex concepts

Emotional

Enhances creativity, imagination and the ability to interpret meaning in abstract concepts

Builds confidence and self esteem

Provides an outlet for personal expression

Improves the ability to be responsive to the emotions of others

Physical

Enhances fine motor skills and improves coordination between both sides of the brain

Improves posture and body familiarisation and the recognition and release of unnecessary tension

Organisational

Improves self-discipline and management of personal time

Fosters personal commitment, reliability and accountability