Looking for piano lessons in Ballarat?

I teach  up to diploma level( AMEB, ABRSM registered teacher )

I pride myself in offering quality music tuition and piano lessons are no exception.  I offer piano lessons in a range of styles, including Classical, Jazz, Blues and Popular and Contemporary.  If you have a driving passion for music, or are just curious to see how far you can take your piano playing, I will help you every step of the way.  Whether you are a complete beginner, a parent seeking piano lessons for your child or a more advanced player looking to improve further, I can help you to achieve your goals and take you to the level you want to be.

My aim is for my clients to gain maximum improvement from their piano lessons.  Your piano lessons will be designed to be directly relevant to your playing goals.  We know that this is key to your enjoyment and that enjoying your playing will bring greater engagement with your piano and in turn, better results!

I will strive to help you achieve your goals while you grow as a musician and pianist. I am patient, friendly and have the ability to put our students at ease and ready to learn. Learn to play with an experienced and encouraging teacher.

Lesson Format

I offer following piano lessons options on a weekly basis

  • 30, 45 or 60 minute sessions.
  • Lessons tailored for beginners to advanced students across all ages
  • Programs designs for students who want to study for exams, who would like to learn for personal satisfaction or simply want to have some fun on a new and exciting instrument.

During these sessions we make sure your piano lessons will be designed to be directly relevant to your playing goals.  From years of experience we know this is key to your enjoyment and will bring greater engagement with your piano and in turn, better results!

Piano Styles

I offer piano lessons in all styles, including:

  • Classical
  • Jazz
  • Popular & Contemporary

Program & Examination Tutoring

If you wish to study an AMEB program, then I will be able to help you prepare for your exams and give you the best chance to achieve outstanding results. Students tend to win eisteddfod easily when they work hard.

FAQ

Q: How old does my child need to be to start piano lessons?

A: Ideally six year old with 30 minutes lessons.

Q: Will I need a piano to begin lessons on?

A: Piano lessons are ideally practiced on an upright or grand piano. However, the purchase of a piano can be quite a substantial investment, especially for a beginner student. Students can begin lessons with keyboards that have weighted keys or a digital piano, both of which are acceptable to begin lessons on. They will also come with the added advantage of having a headphones attachment for quiet rehearsing and will not need to be regularly tuned.

Eventually, it will be advised that practice shifts to a standard acoustic piano, dependent on which make and model of keyboard / digital piano you purchase.

Q: How often and how long do I need to have lessons?

A: The improvement that comes with formal music lessons is largely a result of consistent and frequent interaction with your teacher, and less as a result of the actual musical knowledge that is distributed to you.  For this reason, a weekly 60 minute lesson will be less effective at bringing you improvement than 2 x 30 minute lessons spread across the week.  Similarly, a weekly 60 minute lesson is not likely to yield better results than a weekly 45 minute lesson.  It is questionable that the extra 15 minutes will be of any real benefit, therefore 60 minute private lessons are generally only recommended in special cases.  For the majority of people, we recommend 45 minute lessons.  For younger children, 30 minutes is sufficient where mental fatigue is a consideration.

Twice-weekly 30 or 45 minute lessons will bring great improvement.

Q:How much should I practice?

A: You should practice as much as possible, but it is recommended that you practice for a minimum of 30 minutes a day so as to keep progressing and developing a consistent routine.

Q: Where should I practice?

A: To get the most out of practice, ensure that you are practicing in a quiet place, keeping practice at a consistent scheduled time as often as possible, and record practice times in a music diary.

Q: Do I need to do exams?

A: No!  We are committed to providing a highly personalised service.  We have the utmost respect for your reasons for playing, your musical preferences and your goals. In some cases, this may mean selecting a syllabus to study, in other cases not. Under guidance from your teacher, the choice is entirely yours.

Keep in mind, you can study a syllabus such as AMEB classical piano and play other things too!

Q: How can I support my child whilst they are learning an instrument?

A: Numerous studies indicate that parental support and involvement are important factors in a child’s ability to successfully learn to play and enjoy music.
You can:

  • Encourage your child to play for family and friends
  • Offer compliments and encouragement regularly
  • Expose your child to a wide variety of music, including concerts and recitals
  • Encourage your child to talk about their lessons with you
  • Listen to your child practice and acknowledge improvement
  • Ensure your child’s instrument is maintained and in good working order

Q: What can I do if my child has lost interest?

A: In the event that your child loses interest in his or her own musical studies, don’t panic. Discuss the situation with your child to try and determine why their interest is declining. Then you can talk to your child’s instrumental teacher to see what might be done to rekindle their enthusiasm. You can also try to encourage them to stick with the lessons by moving the practice area closer to the rest of the family, to increase enthusiasm and support.

Q: What is the benefit of the Music Diary?

A: The Music Diary is a specially designed diary which is an essential aid for:

  • Setting students’ clear weekly practice objectives
  • Tracking students’ progress
  • Tracking weekly practice efforts
  • Communication between teachers, parents and students

Q: Why learn an instrument?

A: Your decision to learn a musical instrument will provide you not only with the opportunity for self-expression and creativity, but will also give you a sense of achievement and a great deal of enjoyment. It enhances:

  • Self-confidence
  • Coordination
  • Memory Skills
  • Self-Expression
  • Poise
  • Problem Solving
  • Goal setting
  • And much more!

Q: What should I do if I want to know anything else?

A: Contact me ! I’ll be happy to give you any advice you need via email.