These frequently asked questions are the queries I most often have.  You may have other questions. Please do not hesitate to email or phone me. I am only too happy to help. Jill


    • I would like my child to start lessons, will they need a piano to practise on?   Yes your child will need a piano to practise on. The fun of learning is to be able to enjoy playing at home. If a piano is a little steep for your budget you may want to have a little tester first to see how it goes. An electric keyboard will suffice for a few months, a year at the most, then you will need to purchase a piano or good digital piano. The keyboard is very limited in the sounds it can make and many of the techniques we learn cannot be properly practised on an electric keyboard. If you opt for a digital piano it should have 88 fully-weighted keys. These are approved by AMEB to be used up to Grade 4. Later exams will certainly need an acoustic (proper) piano.


    • I am looking for group piano lessons. Do you offer these?   At the moment we do not offer group piano lessons after the age of 6 years. Private lessons cater for the individual needs of each child and progress is usually much quicker. We do offer partner lessons for young children.


    • My child would like to have music lessons to broaden their musical experience. Do you offer these?   Groups lessons have become very difficult to organise and many kindies now offer music time. Therefore I don’t now offer general group music lessons. We do have group piano lessons for younger children which have plenty of early music experiences.  All piano lessons are 35-40 minutes and include general music training.


    • How long are your lessons?  My standard lessons are 40 minutes long. 30 minute lesson are considered in certain circumstances and as your child advances they will need more time.


    • How much practice should my child do?   Practice should be done on at least 5 days a week. Small children should start with 20 minutes a day (or two 10 minute sessions) but should work up to 30 minutes a day as soon as they have enough music.  Briefly more practise equals more progress.


    • Tell me about exams. Do all children take them?  Children are not obliged to take exams but we offer the Australian national exams (AMEB) and other boards by request, i.e. ANZCA and ABRSM exams. Exams are of international standard, recognised throughout the world. As such they help pupils and parents to see progress and can open up doors educationally. Exams are taken once a year around October time and form an incentive and motivation for children. There are 9 exams in all, Preliminary and Grades 1-8. By Grade 8 pupils are competent pianists. The average time from start to that stage is 10 years.


    • How old must children be to start piano?  I am now teaching 3-year-olds through the lovely method, Dogs and Birds. So if you are willing to support your child in their learning, they may be ready to start at that age.


    • Tell me about Dogs and Birds  Dogs and Birds is a delightful method especially designed to teach young children under 7 years. The books are richly illustrated ad follow the adventures of Dog and his friends. Children learn by listening, singing and reading by placing animals on keys and “ropes”. We have a lovely time!


    • Why learn rote pieces?  Learning pieces by rote allows beginners to play more ambitious music than they would be able to if they had to read it. This increases their enjoyment, but also they absorb the feel of music and play much more musically than when struggling with reading. Therefore I find it a useful tool.