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My name is Andrea and I teach the piano. You can read more about me here>>.
I specialise in teaching adult students (please read below) and teenagers of all levels, but please note that I only teach 'classical' styles, not improvisation or pop/rock.
June 2016: I have a free time on Wednesdays mornings only.
If you are interested in receiving lessons please email your details or call 0416 077 965. Preference is given to siblings and referrals, so please mention who referred you if this is the case.
Please note: I am no longer taking students under 10 unless they family members of current students.
If you need a teacher for a young student, please try: Katrina Wilson-O'Brien (Reservoir) or Roland Cox mobile: 0416 709 767 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (he comes to you).
WHERE & WHEN
Lessons are held at my studio in inner city Melbourne (Merri/Northcote). I do get very booked up and often have a waiting list. Lesson length is typically 30 minutes but can be up to an hour.
Adult students can have fortnightly lessons to fit in with their busy busy lives, likewise serious young students may have several lessons a week.
Payments are due at the start of each term in advance. There is a strict 24 hour cancellation policy, lessons will then be credited or made up at another time (up to 2 lessons per term). Late payers may be glared at and receive stroppy emails.
Lessons in 2016 cost $37 for 30 mins, $55.50 for 45 minutes and $74 per hour.
A lot of potential adult students approach me somewhat apologetically with the following sentence: "sorry, I have no knowledge of piano, can I still learn?". The answer is YES and you don't need to have any musical experience in order to start lessons.
Beginning anything new as an adult can be a little bit daunting. Particularly for those students who are extremely proficient in their working life, it is an odd experience to suddenly know very little about a subject. Students often feel vulnerable, sensitive and sometimes it can bring up issues from childhood, especially if they had a bad experience learning piano in the past (slap happy nuns with rulers anyone?).
Learning the piano is as much about learning 'how to learn', being open to taking instructions and being patient with yourself, as it is about actually playing the piano. The idea that mistakes are normal can be difficult for some older students to accept, but just like eating your greens, it is all good for you in the end.
Adults however, have the distinct advantage of being highly motivated once they decide to be, and also find reading music much easier than children. It can be highly rewarding to achieve a dream that you have had for a long time. It is never too late to learn or return to playing the piano!
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