Frequently Asked Questions

LESSONS

How old should my child be before commencing piano lessons?


We recommend the best time to start a student with music lessons is when they begin to show interest in learning. While there is no set age for this, we do recommend that the child is at a level where they can concentrate on a lesson for at least 30 minutes, and have reading and counting skills appropriate to recognise the letters of notes and interpret simple notation. This is usually around age 5, and we recommend they settle into a term or two of school before adding piano to their commitments. Adults, whether beginner or advanced, can begin whenever they like! The best advice we can give for adult students, no matter their level, is to ensure they have the time to commit to weekly lessons and a regular practice schedule. See our practice section below for more information.




What kind of instrument do I need?


We highly recommend an acoustic piano, but a keyboard with 88 weighted keys will do just fine. We would be more than happy to make recommendations for decisions on where and which type of piano to buy. For beginners on a budget, we generally recommend the Yamaha P-45 keyboard, which is available at most piano retailers. Renting and buying second hand are also cost–effective options. We don't recommend keyboards without weighted keys, as they feel lighter and quite different to weighted keys and can compromise the proper development of finger technique and dynamics. If you have a lightweight keyboard, this is ok to start on, but will need upgrading after the first term.




How long should my piano lessons be?


For most beginner and intermediate students, we recommend 30–45 minute lessons, as they provide optimum time to consult with the teacher as well as learn new techniques and pieces, without sacrificing the required focus of the student. We find that advanced or exam students may like to increase the length of lessons to 60 minutes to best benefit from their tuition. Adults are recommended to take 45-60 minute lessons.




Do I need an instrument?


Yes! We can't do lessons with you if you don't have an instrument to learn on. Teachers can't bring an instrument to lessons with them. Moreover, most of your development will come from practising in between lessons, and you'll need an easily accessible instrument for that. We'd go so far as suggesting you'd be wasting your money if you didn't practise in between lesson time.




How often do I need to practise?


Practice is an integral part of learning to play the piano, and will be the most significant factor in determining your progress. Consistency and quality of practice, rather than time, is most important when considering your practice strategy. We recommend 10–30 minutes of practice 4–5 times a week for the best results out of your lessons. For kids, parent participation and support is key to the success of the practice sessions.




How can I get my child to practise?


The best time for practising is the day after the lesson - which cements the new skills learnt, and the day before the lesson - which allows the revision to be fresh. This makes the most of lesson time, which is for learning new skills, not repeating last week's lesson. Add in an extra mid-week lesson and you will start to see consistent progress. Our Practice Diaries offer inspirational games, practice troubleshooting guide and reward program. Encouraging your child to use these will show a positive result in their application of themselves to their practice sessions, and also teach them how to make strong choices in their development. The best gift you can offer your child is to be involved in and supportive of their piano playing. It's also important that they're rested, fed and free from distractions when practising. You might like to have a regular performance time where the student can perform for the rest of the family! You'll be surprised how this can positively affect their learning, and how enjoyable it can be for the family as a whole. Another fun idea is to allow the student to decorate or accessorise their instrument so that it feels like a part of them and is inviting for the student to want to play.




What if my child doesn’t like their teacher?


The right piano teacher can be crucial to developing a love of music in students. As such, we're commited to ensuring the best match for your needs. If at any time you don't feel the relationship is working well, it's best to open a discussion with your teacher to see if anything can be changed or amended to better suit. If this doesn't achieve the outcome you were hoping for, we'd be more than happy to discuss it with you and arrange for a new tutor where necessary. The best time for changing teachers is at the start of a new term.




Which suburbs do you service in Sydney?


Eastern Suburbs

Bondi, Bellevue Hill, Bondi Junction, Bondi Beach, Bronte, Clovelly, Centennial Park, Coogee, Dover Heights, Double Bay, Kingsford, Kensington, Maroubra, North Bondi, Point Piper, Paddington, Queens Park, Rose Bay, Randwick, South Coogee, Tamarama, Vaucluse, Waverley, Woollahra, Watsons Bay

Inner West

Abbotsford, Alexandria, Annandale, Balmain, Birchgrove, Burwood, Camperdown, Canada Bay, Concord, Drummoyne, Dulwich Hill, Elizabeth Bay, Enmore, Five Dock, Glebe, Haberfield, Leichhardt, Lewisham, Marrickville, Newtown, Petersham, Rozelle, St Peters, Stanmore, Strathfield, Summer Hill, Tempe

We may have limited availability immediately outside of these areas, please feel free to ask!




Which suburbs do you service in Melbourne?


City

Abbotsford, Alphington, Burnley, Carlton, Clifton Hill, Collingwood, Cremorne, Docklands, East Melbourne, Fitzroy, Port Melbourne, Princes Hill, Richmond, Southbank, South Wharf, South Yarra, Toorak and surrounding areas

North East

Ascot Vale, Bulleen, Coburg, Fairfield, Hawthorn, Ivanhoe, Kew, Northcote, Preston, Templestowe and surrounding areas

South East

Bentleigh, Brighton, Caulfield, Carnegie, Elsternwick, Elwood, Glen Huntly, Glen Iris, Malvern, McKinnon, Murrumbeena, Prahran, Ormond, Ripponlea, St Kilda and surrounding areas

We may have limited availability immediately outside of these areas, please feel free to ask!




What's your Cancellation Policy?


It's best to avoid cancellations, as we don't offer refunds. We'll do our best to find a mutually convenient time for a make-up lesson, teacher's availability allowing. If a suitable time can't be found, then the lesson will be forfeited. In the event that your teacher can't attend a lesson we'll organise a make-up lesson, or offer a hassle-free credit if this isn't possible. We encourage a spirit of goodwill while still respecting and safeguarding our teachers' incomes.




Do you offer a free trial lesson?


We value a great teacher/student match and see it as a key to success for all students. While we don't offer free trial lessons, we do encourage you to try a teacher out for a good match before committing to the term with them! If you don't click with them after the first lesson, you'll only pay for the lesson you had, and we can try out another teacher if there's one available.




Which teacher will you send me?


We'll choose a piano teacher based on four main factors: 1. The information you give us in the enquiry stage 2. Student's goals and personality 3. Location 4. Availability The more we know about you, the better a match we can make!




Which suburbs do you service in the Gold Coast?


We're excited to be opening in the Gold Coast for 2021! We have great availability with our head teacher in the southern suburbs, but please feel free to enquire outside of these areas as we're ready to grow! Availability is good for: Mudgeeraba Tallai Bonogin Robina Reedy Creek