I’ve been teaching piano since 2004. I specialise in teaching jazz, blues and improvisation as well as AMEB grades. I’m based in Umina Beach, but also travel to surrounding areas such as Pearl Beach, Ettalong Beach, Empire Bay, Bensville, Avoca Beach, Copacabana, Terrigal, Green Point, Kincumber, Saratoga, and many more. Prices may depend on the distance from my home base, but see my fees page for more information on prices and travel time.
My teaching style is based on the needs of the student. Some of my students excel within the Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB) structure, working through the grades and doing regular exams. Others do better just learning for pleasure at their own pace, whether it’s blues, jazz, pop-songs or the classics. I try to work with the student’s strengths to build confidence, then tackle at their own pace what they find difficult. I also try to instil an inquisitiveness about the theory of music rather than just learning by copying and repetition, so the student really understands what they are playing, and the knowledge is for life. Some other things about me:
I encourage parents and carers to sit in on lessons and really get involved in the learning process.
I have a current ‘Working With Children Check’ card.
Currently teaching ages 7 and up, beginners to intermediates, including jazz improvisation.
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