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Frequently Asked Questions

Following are some of the most frequently asked questions by prospective voice and piano students and/or their parents. If you have any other questions, please contact me.
What’s the youngest age students you teach in voice and piano?
For individual voice lessons, the youngest is 13 years, and in Groups it is 9- 12 years; 13 – 17 years; and Adults 18+ For individual or partner piano lessons, the youngest is 6 years,
Do you teach Adults?
Yes, I really enjoy teaching adults who are beginners or want to reawaken their piano skills.
What Lesson length do I need?
I recommend 30 minutes for beginners; 45 minutes for intermediate (those that have been learning 3-4 years); and 60 minutes for the more advanced.
How much practice is necessary?
Practice is an essential part of learning to sing and play the piano.  It needs to be an ‘almost’ daily practice at home.  Ideally students should practice at least 5 days a week and should practice long enough to complete all the weekly assignments given at each lesson.
Do I need a piano at home?
Yes for learning the piano, you need a piano at home.  As will all art forms, the better quality your practice instrument is, the better quality the practice will be.  If you don’t have an acoustic piano, you will need an 88 key weighted, touch-sensitive digital piano or keyboard to practice on.
Will there be opportunities to perform?
Every year I hold an Annual Student Recital in November, which gives students the opportunity to build their performance skills and confidence in front of family and friends.  From time to time, other performance opportunities may become available in the community.
Can I sit for an AMEB exam?
Students are welcome to sit piano or voice exams with the Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB).  Exams can be a great motivator for some, but they are not for everyone.  I never push a student to do an exam if it’s not something that they are interested in.    
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