How much is an investment in piano, music, or vocal coaching?
Lessons take place either in my studio or at your home in the Wollongong & Illawarra region
$80/hour $60/hour for new students until 31 March 2018*
* Limited places available
How long are lessons?
Lessons are usually 1 hour or 1.5 hours. In some cases some students who have great focus like to do 2 hours, especially if they are studying for an exam, or they have an upcoming performance.
I have found that 30 minute lessons are not productive. I prefer you do a 1 hour lesson per fortnight than 30 minutes a week.
If I bring my child(ren) to your studio to teach, can I sit and watch?
Yes I recommend this. You may like to take notes throughout to help your child when they do their own practice in their own time.
How soon can I teach my child to learn piano?
Generally as early as 6 years old is best, however children younger than this (3-4yo) may have excellent focus when learning music.
My child’s voice is breaking. Should I still pursue singing lessons, and how long will it take until my child’s voice becomes stable?
It is better to stop training while your child’s voice is breaking because it is like training with an inconsistent instrument. The results are unpredictable and it is frustrating and disheartening. Either have a break, or we can focus on things like music theory and/or sight reading that will help him in the future. We can still do solfeggios which will teach sight singing and pitch.
In terms of how long it takes for a child’s voice to become stable, I can’t answer this. For myself, it took approximately 3 months, but every person is different.
Do I have to commit to a fixed number of lessons in advance?
No. You may only need a few lessons to correct a voice technique if you are an experienced singer, or you may want to have a session with me to work out the best songs for your vocal range. Other students prefer to commit to 1, 2, or 3 lessons per week depending on whether an event or exam is approaching that they are training for. Other students prefer fortnightly. If you would like your child to get weekly lessons that fall in line with their school term, and take a break over holidays, this is absolutely fine.
I am here to help you reach your goals – whether it is short term or long term.
What if I don’t have a piano at home?
Piano lessons are in my studio, or at your home. If you would like to learn to play the piano, it is a MUST that you buy a piano (Gumtree have lots), or buy an electric keyboard that has 88 keys. You can get a new 88 keys keyboard for $500, or a used one for even less on EBAY or Gumtree. There are many people that advertise their piano for free if you pick it up. If you don’t have a piano – borrow, hire, or buy one.
Please avoid any schools or teachers that will take your money and want to teach you piano lessons if you do not have a piano at home.
I don’t want to learn sight reading. I just want to learn how to play. Is this ok?
I struggled to sight read as a child and have dyslexia. This is a blessing because it means that I had to develop immaculate hearing from a very young age, and as a result can play a song on the piano just by hearing it a few times and have a highly developed hearing for vocal coaching. If you find sight reading difficult or you just prefer to learn by ear, this can be a very efficient way of learning a song.
Do you only train previously trained musicians or singers?
I teach both trained musicians and/or singers, or complete beginners. If you have performed in the past but you are a bit rusty, this is fine as well.
I have students ranging from 5 years old (piano) to 70 years old (singing). There is no age limit to singing or learning the piano.
Do you offer Skype lessons?
Lessons are in person. Nothing replaces one to one in person tuition. Nothing.
I want to sing a particular song, however it seems to be out of my range. Can I still learn it?
One of my main specialities is musical composition. This means that I can fit the song (in fact any song) to match your vocal range. You just need to let me know what song(s) you would like to sing!
My child does not have a good singing voice – can you teach my child to sing?
Singing is something you can train. It depends on how much someone has been exposed to music (any genre) and their interests in it, however there are situations where children do not have the ear or ability to sing, no matter how much time and money you throw at the quest. In this case, I do not want to take your hard earned money for a goal that may not be achievable and I will let you know if we think that energy and money should be spent elsewhere.
Unfortunately there are music schools that provide singing lessons for any children and are happy to put a child on stage or in public to sing when they are not ready, or with a song that does not match their vocal range. This is unfair.
Music must build a child or adult’s confidence and they must feel good about singing and feel good about making progress every week. Confidence is priceless and will carry over into everything else the student puts their mind on in life.
I have more than one child that would like to learn piano or take singing lessons. Is it ok if they get lessons back to back?
Yes this is the most efficient use of your time. I’ll schedule the children one after another. While one of the children is having a lesson, I will give the other exercises to do on another piano / keyboard. Effectively you are getting more value for both children.
Where can I peform (as an adult), or where can my child perform?
Having a goal to perform is a great motivator. I like to encourage my students to perform when they are ready (however this is entirely optional). After performing something you have been working on feels like a great accomplishment. While it may seem daunting for new performers, every student is glad they did it and it has given them a new level of confidence!
Wollongong has some great theatre production teams that hold auditions regularly throughout the year. Some of these are the Roo Theatre Company, Phoenix Theatre, and the Arcardian Theatre Group. There are also regular charity functions held throughout the year that feature local artists. Performing at these help build confidence and build up performance experience.
I have coached many people for singing auditions and can help prepare you for them if this is something you are interested in.
Where are you located?
My studio is located at Windang. Piano and vocal coaching / singing lessons can take place in your home if you own a piano or keyboard in the Wollongong and Illawarra region.
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