Frequently Asked Questions

How young can students start lessons?

I will take students from age 5. I have a fantastic curriculum for 5-6 year old students that is full of fun while building skills in technique, sight reading, listening and musical theory. I use a different series of books for beginners aged 7+ and then again for students aged 10+. I think it’s very important that both materials and teaching style are age appropriate and motivating for students.

Do you teach adult beginners?

As all lessons are currently conducted from Good News Lutheran School I am only able to offer lessons to students attending the school (Prep – Year 6).

Do you offer make-up lessons if we miss one?

There are no make-up lessons or refunds for cancellations made by students. Please understand that lessons are paid for in advance to reserve a regular spot in my teaching schedule. Unlike people working in other professions I cannot resell that time nor can I create extra teaching time in which to give lessons. If students are unable to make it to a lesson due to illness or holiday it will not be rescheduled or refunded. School related events such as swimming carnivals and camps will either not be charged for in advance, or lesson days will be swapped with other students. Please refer to my Studio Policy.

 Can students sit exams?

Students are offered the option of sitting AMEB (Australian Music Examinations Board) examinations throughout the year. This is entirely optional, and many students do not take this route. This is a decision that we should discuss together and with your child once they reach the appropriate standard.

Are lessons offered on weekends?

Lessons are only available Monday to Friday, approximately 7:30am to 4pm.

Are there lessons during the school holidays?

Standard private lessons are not held during school holidays, but are available on request for students during the Summer break (Dec-Jan). Piano Camp often runs in the holidays, and this is an excellent option for students to learn new skills and have a lot of fun with music in a group setting. There are no lessons on public holidays.

Do we need to have a piano at home?

Yes! Having a quality instrument at home to practise on is essential. Students will need either an acoustic piano, or a digital piano with weighted keys, full range 88 keys, and sustain pedal. Please note that an electronic keyboard is not an acceptable substitute for a piano. Having a quality instrument at home is much more enjoyable to play on, and will help students develop strong technique and tone production. Students with a quality instrument are more likely to enjoy their practise time and keep playing for longer.

Do you offer lessons from students’ homes?

No, all lessons are conducted from Good News Lutheran School.