We started teaching piano lessons in Sydney through the Prima Piano studio in 2017 after we saw a need to update the traditional methods of learning piano to make learning relevant for the modern student.
After teaching solo for 40 years and 15 years respectively – and in the SAME studio space in Sydney’s CBD – we finally decided to bring our individual skill sets and unique expertise together to develop the Prima Piano teaching approach.
We strongly believe good quality high-level piano training is incredibly relevant from beginner all the way to advanced students, but we’ve added creative and innovative teaching strategies to make learning both engaging and of the highest quality.
With extensive international training at The Juilliard School New York and the Royal College of Music London, and years of teaching, performing and examining experience, Elizabeth brings a wealth of knowledge and wisdom to the team. She is the Technique Guru.
With a background in composition, improvisation, storytelling with music, and technology, Geri brings the creativity, and a passion for making even the most complex or traditionally boring concepts in music engaging and accessible.
BMus, BA Hons, ARCM and FTCL
Elizabeth studied at the Juilliard School, New York, for four years, and continued her tertiary studies at the Royal College of Music, London.
She has taught for many years, achieving for her students successful results at all levels in AMEB exams, as well as for diplomas in Associated Board and Trinity College exams. She has also worked in various music examining and adjudicating roles for over thirty years. She is currently Adjunct Lecturer in Piano at UNSW.
As a performer she has given solo recitals, played as concerto soloist with orchestra, accompanied singers and instrumentalists at professional level, played chamber music as pianist and as harpsichordist, recorded piano and harpsichord for the ABC and released solo recordings.
BA Mus, MA Screen Composition AFTRS
Geri studied piano with her mother Elizabeth Green and has privately taught piano, theory and composition for over 15 years whilst also working in the film/TV industries as a composer, orchestrator, music producer, and sound engineer regularly performing and recording her own scores.
She founded and managed the business, Studio Ripple, which produced original music for the film/tv/media industries for over 8 years before she established Prima Piano.
She co-founded, with her sound engineer partner, a boutique recording studio in the Sydney CBD, which houses two Steinway grand pianos.
Geri’s particular range of skills gives her a unique insight into the many pathways available for students of piano.
Our teachers share our philosophy of teaching and are outstanding musicians and teachers.
Dynamic, enthusiastic and dedicated, our teachers come to you fully equipped to deliver quality and engaging lessons for all students
Our teachers have access to our large music library, and are provided with teacher training materials, and resources. Teachers also have access to us with regular consultations and opportunities for professional development and workshops.
We’re also dedicated to passing our knowledge onto other teachers who share our philosophy.
While we have a lot of ideas and successful learning strategies we’re always learning and researching the latest ideas in pedagogy, and we pass all this knowledge onto our in-house teachers and the wider teaching community.