This traditional mode of learning piano is still very popular. It is necessary for more advanced students to have individual tuition, especially if they wish to prepare for AMEB exams. I like private students to have occasional group lessons with other students at a similar level. These classes create the perfect opportunity to practice ensemble playing as well as building on their theory and musicianship skills.
Preschool Piano Prep
There are about 4 students in each class and it is not necessary to have a piano at home. Students learn basic concepts involving rhythm and pitch, up/down, high/low, loud/soft, fast/slow, piano keyboard geography, fine motor coordination and having fun with counting songs. They will learn to recognise some symbols, but will not be learning to read music. My goal here is not to explicitly teach in a ‘hot house’ way, but simply to provide enriching musical experiences, so that children can learn if and when they are developmentally ready.