Piano Lessons

Styles Classical
Skill Level All
Pricing $40/half hour, $80/hour

I have been teaching piano to students of all ages and abilities for over two years. I am a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where I completed my piano performance degree on a full scholarship (see General Details for a more detailed biography). My teaching philosophy is based on the following tenets (some of these may apply only to students of a certain age or ability):

  1. Learning is fun. As adults, we come to know this, but for children, learning is often framed as something that has to be done. So it is especially important that I frame my lessons so that my young students are driven by their own curiosity and desire.

  2. Respect of the student's needs and abilities. I tailor my teaching style and resources to match the needs of my student. Some of my students are studying purely Classical repertoire; others are more film/popular music oriented. My own background is definitely in Classical repertoire, but I am happy to teach anything you are interested in, because I believe we learn best when driven by our own desire.

  3. Holistic musical development. Aural skills, theoretical knowledge, strong score reading and memorisation abilities, and spontaneity - the ability to improvise, or invent - all feed into your development as a pianist. Therefore I aim to develop all these skills throughout the lessons (having said that, they are all optional).

  4. Psychophysical wholeness. Piano playing is an activity in which the intimate relationship of mental and physical actions is apparent. Good technique is not just a physical matter, and musicality is not purely mental. I use knowledge drawn from my study of the Alexander technique, and experience, to help you integrate your thinking and your moving to create an enjoyable, sustainable practice. I will teach you effective practice methods so that you can build a technique and performing ability free of unnecessary tension and effort.

  5. Offer, don't command. I frame my teaching as a series of offers, rather than commands, or 'shoulds'. There are many pathways to success; although I offer suggestions that I believe will help you, the door is left open to unexpected discoveries, or doing things your own way. Learning happens faster when it is partially self-directed.

  6. Performance is a special act. Playing for yourself is different to performing. Pretending the audience doesn't exist is not an effective strategy; otherwise, this oft-repeated piece of advice would eliminate stage 'fright', which is nothing more than a misinterpretation of an appropriate level of excitement and adrenaline. Performances exist to move the audience. Including the audience in your idea of performance vitalises you and makes performing one of the supremely exciting acts of life.

I look forward to hearing from you if you are interested in piano lessons :)

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Details last updated on August 11, 2018