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 4 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 delightful, 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"

Learn piano at Music Adventures on the Gold Coast!

All lessons are private lessons except for Explorers for under 5s. Private piano lessons can be taken by adults and children from 3.5 years. 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...

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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...

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Piano Readers

This year I am introducing readers for the children. I have made many books by selecting pieces from other books and combining them into suitably graded readers. This is a lending library and it saves me lending out dozens of books. As I own all the books I'm pretty...

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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 doesn't want to...

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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...

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True Grit

The key to success boils down to 3 essentials: determination to succeed, correct practising, and acquiring good reading skills. Let's talk more about determination, or sticking to the task however long it takes. What we might call having grit. I want to debunk...

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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...

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Evidence That Music Benefits the Brain

It is always exciting to read about scientific studies that back up what we already know, or think we know, about the benefits of music. An article appeared last month in the Medscape by Megan Brooks which reported on three new studies which showed that musical...

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Exam Time

Once again we are in the last run-up to piano exam with the usual nerves and anxieties for teacher and pupil alike!  If only children realised the stress they put their teachers through.  When I was a child I can remember thinking how lovely it would be to be the...

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Should children sit exams?

Should children sit exam?  Yes that old chestnut again! Just about everyone has an opinion about this, even people who have nothing to do with music, or learning the piano. But somehow it always draws hot debate, with tales of horrendous childhood experiences...

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Typical Characteristics of 2 to 4 Year Olds

Children of this age can be even more confusing than 2 year-olds! Why? Because your child is now in the midst of enormous growth, physically and mentally as they take in masses of information about the world, sort and label and turn rapidly from baby into a small but...

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Music and the Preschooler

Between the ages of 4 years and 6 years children undergo enormous growth, and they are ready to expand and extend their musical experiences. This age is certainly a more comfortable age to teach (and parent!) than the volatile 3 year-old.  But they are also more...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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!

Manuscript Paper

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