Rates and services

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Creative kids $100 accepted. Apply to https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-creative-kids-voucher to get your $100 voucher.

PRIVATE LESSONS

Private lessons are tailored to the student's needs. In general however, a lesson will include note reading/theory, Aural, creative skills, general knowledge and many other little interesting things that get pulled out of the hat.

We understand the need for music students to not only enjoy their instrument in performance, but to also develop skills in:

  • fluent reading
  • aural
  • composition/improvisation
  • Theory

Performance in concert practice, competitions, exams etc are all available to the student but are completely optional.

Piano Lessons

Piano lessons are taught on a Yamaha C3 grand piano with adjustable stool and adjustable foot rest (if needed). Students can learn a wide range of styles and preparation for AMEB graded exams is optional. Also optional is participation in piano Eisteddfods. Yearly student concerts are a great way to gain performance experience and to integrate with other students.

AMEB has 2 syllabus' for piano. The original is the classical or some people call it the 'full syllabus'. It can be demanding if you are preparing for exams as there is more content to fulfill than the other syllabus. The AMEB has recently updated the technical work requirements and I think it is a vast improvement and I recommend it to many students. It is not for all though, so this is where the 'Piano for Leisure' syllabus comes in. This relatively newer program is excellent for those wishing to complete graded exams but have less time to prepare. It covers a wide range of styles from classical to jazz, pop and other styles. It is also a good program to use even if a student does not want to sit for exams.

Those students who don't fit into wanting either of the above have plenty of options such as learning how to play their favourite pop songs, learn to improvise, or use alternative method books.

Please note that from the first lesson of an absolute beginner, there is around 1-2 years (usually) before a student is ready for exam levels.

Adult beginners are most WELCOME!

Music Theory Class

Students who have sufficient music theory knowledge will enhance the learning of their instrument immensely.

Larisse recognises that many students view music theory study as a boring and tedious exercise (as she once felt that way herself!). So she has invented new ways that are fun, hands on and interactive with other students, to discover these concepts in a fun and natural way. Her goal is to make the discovery of music, fun!

Students will develop:

  • an understanding of varied music styles/genres
  • understand other instrument's workings
  • be able to gain the skill to compose their own music.

General theory rudiments

Students can learn theory integrated into their practical lesson, take a private lesson in theory or attend a group theory class.

Now taking expressions of interest for a music theory class for accelerated learning for AMEB MUSIC CRAFT Preliminary level. Please click see below for more detailed information. Soon to come: Grades 1-4. Please register your interest by emailing larisse@playpiano.com.au.

AMEB Music Craft

Now offering a comprehensive course to prepare students for AMEB Music Craft exams. AMEB does offer an online theory course but only for the 'Theory of Music' Syllabus. There is also a 3rd syllabus - 'Musicianship' but there is already a lot of support and materials out there for it. Music Craft is the newest music theory course by AMEB and is the most comprehensive of the 3 courses. Not many teachers are familiar with it because they stick to the comfort of the other two courses that they know. The books are also quite expensive in comparison to Musicianship and Theory of Music.

So why change to Music Craft? The other 2 courses are also quite good but they focus on different things. Music Craft is more work but it has advantages such as it covers Aural right from the start, uses both British/Australian and American terminology so is more internationally workable. It uses a different labeling system for scale degrees and chords - the system also used widely internationally. There are also modules on learning about instruments of the orchestra and analysis of set works. It is (in my opinion) a superior course. The easier road is not always the best road!

So, I have been working hard at putting together a comprehensive online course to prepare for Music Craft exams. It will cover everything you need to know and there are written and video modules as well as quizzes, printables and forums. I will give support along the way via email and the forums and occasional a live chat/video sessions. All this for $99AUD (preliminary level) and enrollment is open for 12 months. Preliminary level course will be available from July 1 2019. To access the course, you need to email larisse@playpiano.com.au and I will send you login details to the Moodle learning portal.

Violin Lessons

Hayden is now accepting expressions of interest for new students under his tutelage.

Rates: 1st lessons free! Then $25 per half an hour.

Locations: Mount Colah, Hornsby and Berrilee

For more information, contact him direct on:

Mobile: 0449 763 699

Email: hpwhite9@gmail.com

Pre-school Classes

Currently I run Pre-school group lessons at 2 locations at careforkindies.com.au

Monday: Belfield, & Leppington

Students must be enrolled in the preschool and starting school in the following year.

LESSONS ARE FREE If you are enrolled on the days I am there.

See the Pre'school's website for information, enrolments and locations: http://www.careforkindies.com.au/

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

Now taking expressions of interest for a new class in my Mount Colah studio. Classes will have 3-6 children and for $15 per student for 30 mins.

Singing Lessons

Singing lessons are for all ages. Some teachers do not teach singing until students are 12 years old but I believe that singing is very natural to the youngest learners (as I see each week with my pre-schoolers). Lessons are conducted in an age appropriate way including content of songs.

Students will learn about technique such a breathing and control of the voice through exercises. Songs taught will also develop a student's skills. Use of solfege - particularly for young learners, is encouraged. Reading of music notation is not necessary but can be helpful.

Lessons are NOT taught with a microphone.

RATES & SERVICES

RATES (2018)


Private lessons: Home Studio Mount Colah

Before 3pm weekdays: Discounted rate of $30 per half hour.

All other days/times: $35 per half an hour.


Group music Theory classes Mount Colah

Saturdays 11am - 12pm

minimum 3 students, maximum 6 students

$20 per student per week. Commitment of at least 1 term.


Music Craft Theory ONLINE course

Preliminary: $99 per year.

First grade - Fourth grade: coming soon


Private lessons: The Learning Lounge

(Wed, Thur, Fri 3:30 - 8pm) - Turrumurra: $40 per 1/2 hour.

DISCOUNT RATES

  • Lesson fees are heavily discounted at my Mount Colah Studio.

I have always kept my rates as low as possible to give everyone a chance to learn music in an affordable manner.

PAYMENT OPTIONS

  • Cash or bank deposit
  • pay weekly, fortnightly, monthly or by the term

CANCELATIONS

Cancellations due to sickness can always be rescheduled to another day. Cancellations for any other reason must be well in advance or a make-up lesson will not be offered.

TEACHING LOCATIONS

    • Home Studio: Mount Colah
    • The Learning Lounge: Turrumurra
    • Preschools at various locations. Soon in Mount Colah/Asquith area.
    • Online

FREE PRESCHOOL PIANO LESSONS

only at: careforkindies.com.au located in Leppington and Belfield Mondays.