AMEB Grade 7, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, WWCC, First Aid Level 2, , Music Theory Grade 3 AMEB, Diploma in Art Therapy, Diploma in Holistic Counselling
All music concepts taught from practical through to technique, aural skills, theory, etc.
Mary is patient, gentle and creative in her teaching methods, incorporating puzzles and games to make each lesson an enjoyable learning experience. Lessons suited for beginners from age 10 y.o., through to adults.
Happy to suport students through AMEB exams if required.
Mary likes to provide all students with a well-rounded approach to music-making, meaning that they will be learning all aspects of musicianship, rather than simply being able to play exam pieces. There is much more to music-making than just gaining music certificates. In fact, being awarded a music certificate is not a guarantee of a good musician. Mary tries to cultivate authentic musicians rather than monkeys, helping them to understand how music is built, how sounds on the piano can be varied by using a sensitive touch, and how to really ‘listen’ to the sounds we make on the piano.
A piano will be required at home, preferably an acoustic one. Practice will be required most days of the week or progress will be thwarted.
Music books are available for purchase or you can bring your own; Mary is happy to work with any music books you have but is wary about working with simply photocopied music sheets – this is breaching copyright laws and is not supporting a professional approach to musicianship.
Each lesson is payable upon each attendance, and if a student is sick, there is no fee applicable, provided advance notice is given out of old-fashioned courtesy.
Parents are welcome to stay during the lesson to be of support, but mobile phones must be turned off, and parents must stay in the music room rather than wander in and out to make phone-calls – this is very distracting! It is fine for a parent to depart once the child’s lesson has commenced, and to return when the half hour is up, but it is not a child-care centre, and extra time will be charged accordingly.
If you choose to drop of your child for a piano lesson, please ensure your child is feeling well and not exhibiting any symptoms of flu with a runny nose or tummy-ache. If a child is unwell they will not be able to achieve very much during the lesson anyway.
If a child does attend a piano lesson with symptoms of flu or feeling unwell, the parent must be able to be reached immediately in order to cancel the lesson, so a working and current mobile phone number is required.
Lessons are held in Oakleigh in a beautiful period home overlooking cottage gardens. Lessons are generally half an hour each week during the school term.
These details were last updated on October 23, 2018