Teaching Piano is Our Speciality

Music Adventures offers a musical journey from first lessons to advanced diploma; from first steps to competent pianist. The studio name perfectly sums up the our ethos. Your journey may be short or life long, but the road is wide and there will be many adventures on the way. Give your child the best possible musical start with Music Adventures.



Piano lessons are for everyone from 3 years to adults. 7 years is the average starting age.
We teach a variety of music, and those who wish may sit piano exams.
As well as exciting music there are games of discovery, weekly readers of well known pieces, and tunes to memorise and write ourselves.

Dogs and Birds

Music Adventures teach piano to children as young as 3.5 years using the beautiful, and musically sound programme Dogs and Birds. Beautifully designed, children learn to play without language experience. It’s creative and imaginative and children love it!!


Partner lessons for children under 6 years. Learning piano through Dogs and Birds, partner lessons work at a slightly slower pace. Like private lessons we also sing, beat, move, tap, clap and dance to music. The emphasis is on fun and building self-confidence.

Your Teachers

John and Jill Argyle are friendly and approachable, committed to making your music adventure a wonderful experience. We are both highly qualified with piano diplomas and music degrees and we have valuable years of experience.

“For the vast majority of students, music can be every bit as important educationally as reading or writing”

Oliver Sachs "Musicophilia"

Music Adventures is located at Nerang on the Gold Coast. Jill and John Argyle are the piano teachers. All lessons are private lessons except for Explorers for under 5s. Private piano lessons can be taken by children and adults 3.5 years and older. Theory, games, beat, rhythm, composing, improvising, sight reading, memorising, technique, movement and creativity are a normal part of our lessons. We aim to make Music Adventures a fun place to learn!

Articles You May Find Interesting…….

What age to start?

I am frequently asked, what is the best age for a child to start learning piano. How long is a piece of string? There are various factors to consider. Does your child love singing and hearing music? Have they shown an interest in playing? Another factor maybe the cost... read more

Dogs and Birds Piano method for children aged 3 to 6

Introducing Dogs and Birds, a wonderful way to teach piano to very young children. Yes, children as young as 3 years can learn piano through the Dogs and Birds method. I have found that 3.5 to 4 years is the lower limit for most children but some children are ready to... read more

Why play games in piano lessons?

Here in Australia it is the second week of the teaching year. It is hot and steamy and the kids arrive tired and yawning from school. Really they just want to jump in the pool and cool off. What better way to make piano lessons the next best thing than to play a game... read more

What and How to Practise

Well here it is, the long awaited article of exactly how to practise. This is a biggie!! Mistake number one: we sign our child up for piano lessons and everything is happy ever after. Nope – it doesn’t work that way. Children have no idea how to practise.... read more

Why should my child practise?

Let’s look at why practice is so necessary. After years of teaching I know that to succeed in mastering the piano, three things are necessary: The determination to succeed Daily practice Good reading skills If you are saying to your self, but my child... read more

Determination to Succeed

Studies have shown that effort, not talent lead to amazing results. 10,000 hours seems to be the magical number required for mighty achievement but steady, regular practice will lead to success. To spend years mastering an instrument requires the child to have great... read more

Three Essentials for Learning Piano

The road to success can be long and hard. But does it need to be? Learning to play the piano can be a real chore for some children, but for others it is a great joy. Why is this? I would really love to say I have an answer that will turn every child into a budding... read more

Something Fresh

Unfortunately there never seems to be enough time in the lesson to fit in pieces, scales, ear tests, sight reading …. the list goes on… But what can you teach when you or your pupil need a break from routine.  Perhaps the long awaited exam is over, or the pressure of... read more


One of my teaching resolutions this year is to put more emphasis on memorization.  This skill is too easily dismissed as a talent.  Either you can or you can’t.  To be honest that rather sums up my pupils at the moment.  Some are frightened to take their heads out of... read more

Teaching Music to Young Children

In my music studio, from time to time I stop and look at my own teaching and assess what works, what I could have done better and what makes children smile.  I know all successful teachers are constantly looking at their own performance. It is a necessary part of... read more

Committing to Learning

Yesterday a small incident in my teaching day left me pondering things for quite a while. It turned my whole philosophy of teaching on its head. So I’d like to share it with you, and invite comments. I teach a beautiful 16 year-old  girl who plays like an angel. She... read more

Practice and the Beginner

In these free and easy times when we love and respect our children and acknowledge their rights and feelings, it is sometimes hard to enforce the need for self-discipline in order to get homework and piano practice done. In music lessons I see many bright children who... read more

How to Help Your Child with Piano Practice

8 Ways to help your Child  Be enthusiastic! Show them that you think learning piano is very exciting and love everything they do. Anticipate your child’s ups and downs.  You may have to cajole them through the bad patches. Know when to help, when to support and... read more

Making Music part of Family life

So you have always wanted to play the piano and now your child is learning!  Everything is fine… or is it?  Did you know that children are unlikely to commit to learning if their parents are not very interested?  I mean, why should they, when you clearly don’t value... read more

Term dates for 2017

Term 1: 23 Jan - 31 Mar (10 wks)
Term 2: 17 April - 23 June (10 wks)
Term 3: 10 July - 15 Sept (10 wks)
Term 4: 02 Oct - 02 Dec (9 wks)


For Budding Composers

Music Writing Software Programmes

If you are a serious composer you can do no better than Sibelius which allows you to write down any music you would ever want. It is worth a look as it does great student deals. But if you just want to dip your toes in, for all you budding composers – there is a free and comprehensive programme available for writing music at Muse Score.  It may look a little daunting at first, but there is lots of information about it and instructions. Really it couldn’t be better!! Do give it a go!

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