Subjects taught are:
- Classical Piano
Music ‘Theory’ can be taken as a separate subject from piano studies, however all ‘piano’ lessons will incorporate the theory that is necessary to learn the instrument effectively, and broad music general knowledge.
I will provide direction on choosing music to play, purchasing books and sheet music, and suggest works that suit the developmental requirements of individual students, and their taste. Music can be purchased from me if you are unable to get to a music store. Students are welcome to choose their own music and bring along things they want to play.
This studio uses tablets and laptops and a part of learning and research. If you wish your child to be screen free you may choose this, however the teacher will be using technology to access recordings, backing tracks and a metronome during the lesson.
What will I/my child learn?
To encourage students to aim for goals, a number of challenge programs are in place which may offer prizes, awards or recognition.
40 Piece Challenge
Learn 40 works or (significant parts of for advanced students) in a year.
Independent Learner Awards
Whilst most curriculum requires guidance and assistance, students are encouraged to have a go by themselves for particular choices, showing initiative and problem solving, and increasing the pace of their own learning.
Practice 5 days every week with parental signoff
Perform for a human in your house every week
Many students wish to play for their own enjoyment only, while others appreciate the motivation and direction that exam preparation provides, or perhaps are studying to be professional musicians.
For those students that wish to do exams, I prepare students for all levels of AMEB exams. These are the accepted benchmark in Australian examinations, and are now accepted as credits for secondary school certificates. Examinations are usually held in the familiar environment of the Redwood Park studio once per year.
Theory exams may be done online using the Redwood Park equipment.