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When is the right time to start private music lessons and how do I get started?

When you have the time to commit to weekly lessons and develop a practice routine with your child at home. Once you complete the online booking form, we will contact you to discuss your enquiry. We encourage you to apply for your child to participate in one of our programs as early as possible before group class and private lesson times are full.

Should my child start learning an instrument before they get involved in our introduction to music fundamentals group class?

No. Our programs are suitable for all school children that are simply interested to learn about the world of music regardless of whether they undertake private instrumental lessons or not. Each family has personal preferences as to when they would like their child to start private music tuition.

The great attraction about theory and musicianship classes is that these fundamentals apply to learning any instrument. They have been quite popular for this very reason.

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Why are theory and musicianship skills important?

The completion of Grade 1 theory of music or musicianship is mandatory for young musicians that would like to receive their certificate for completion of their AMEB instrumental exam from Grade 6 and above.  Aural, sight-reading and general knowledge are also examinable components in every traditional AMEB instrumental exam from Grade 1 and above. 

Many parents are not aware of these additional examinable components within instrumental exams which are outlined in the AMEB syllabus. We try our best to help parents better understand what is involved in the preparation for an exam beyond both technical exercises and repertoire and emphasise that time must be allocated to develop aural, sight-reading and general knowledge skills.

These examinable components demonstrate the importance of learning these skills as part of your child’s development as a musician regardless of whether they are working towards an exam or not. Theory and musicianship skills are so important to develop as this provides students with the confidence to independently learn new pieces at home through sight-reading the music and playing by ear, both incredibly important skills.

What are the benefits of online lessons?
  • More time to learn as students set up and tune their instrument prior to the lesson! This has encouraged students to take more individual responsibility and for beginners to develop technical skills such as tuning their instrument which they would need in the long term.
  • Students have more awareness of their posture as they can see how they look through the camera and adjust their position accordingly.
  • Revise what has been learnt immediately after the lesson ends while students are focused and motivated to practice.
  • Flexibility for students to have lessons regardless of their location.
Why are creative activities such as a quality music education important for your child’s development?

Children are creatures of habit and thrive in a nurturing environment that allows them to be curious and explore new things. Developing creative skills in children at an early age gives us better creative thinkers to solve problems in new ways, invaluable soft skills that transfer into an academic environment along with the improvement in their mental well-being, leaving them with better future opportunities.

Suggestions to improve your instrumental practice:

Practice requires consistent effort on a daily basis, patience from both parents and students, and persistence to overcome challenges. Most importantly we need good concentration and attention to detail to be able to quickly identify and fix mistakes.

This can be achieved with the right practice set up at home regardless of the duration of practice. A consistent daily 15 minutes of practice that becomes a habit in your life is always much better than a one off longer 1 hour run through the day before your lesson.

  1. Record yourself at the beginning of your practice. This will train your ear to be more receptive and provides you with an opportunity to critique your performance and be aware of areas that may need improvement. Note your improvement on a day to day basis and see how that translates into your practice in the following day.
  2. Practice in front of a mirror. You can correct your posture and anything that looks visually incorrect; tension and unnecessary movements.
  3. Use an online recording. Although this may seem difficult at first, it is extremely important to learn how to play in time with the correct rhythm. This will help you confidently play the music with accompaniment and also in a group setting.
  4. Practice at a slow speed to ensure that you play all the correct notes.  
  5. Use a metronome or tuner. *Your tutor will give you guidance when you should start using these tools.
  6.  Incorporate dynamics and expressive techniques. Create greater dynamic contrast(loud/soft) between different sections within the piece no matter how simple the piece may seem to be. This makes the music more interesting for the listener.
  7. Imagine playing the piece. Don’t use your instrument and imagine playing the piece by moving your fingers in the order you would with the instrument. This will improve your kinaesthetic memory.
  8. Increase the speed of your piece. There is no rush to play a piece in the correct time. However, to help reach your end goal to play the piece in the correct time, it is helpful to increase the speed in increments throughout the week before your lesson.