By combining current teaching pedagogies with an ongoing performance career, I provide tuition that is relevant, contemporary and inspirational.
Over the last 25 years I have taught privately, in schools and in tertiary institutions, in Australia and the UK, preparing students for Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) examinations, for entry to tertiary music courses, for pure enjoyment and for professional performances. My students have ranged in age from three to mid 60’s, with a variety of skill levels from complete beginners to advanced jazz and classical students and I am passionate about developing my students’ skills on the piano.
I am trained in the Suzuki method of music teaching as well as using the more traditional European approach. Classically trained to Associate Trinity College London (ATCL) level, I also hold a Master’s degree in Music and am a specialist jazz teacher. As a professional musician, I place great emphasis on the development of good aural skills, sight-reading ability, and a sound knowledge of theory and harmony.
Lessons range from 20 minutes for very young Suzuki students, 30 minutes for beginners and early level students, 45 minutes for intermediate students and 1 hour or longer for more advanced students. Lessons will typically involve a variety of tasks including technical work, review of the previous week’s tasks, new repertoire pieces, improvisation, aural and sight-reading work. Theory is frequently integrated into the practical lesson at the piano and may be given as homework. I can also provide opportunities for duet and/or ensemble practice during the lessons with a second keyboard and custom backing tracks.
Parents are welcome to attend (indeed parental attendance will be expected for Suzuki students).