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North Shore, Sydney
1. Can Miss Yvonnne Give Piano Lesson at My Home ?
Unfortunately, Miss Yvonne does not travel to student's home to give lesson. Miss Yvonne believes that students will learn better at the studio. There are three reasons of why Miss Yvonne does not give lesson at students' home:
1. The teacher teaches better at his/her studio
The studio gives a better learning enviroment and atmosphere than the student's home. The studio provides a variety of teaching equipments, such as a grand piano, audio equipment, video camera, photocopy machines, computer and so on. The teacher can also chooes suitable teaching resources from his/her studio to cater for individual needs.
However, at the student's home, there are too many things that can possibly distract the lesson. These include TV, Food, Toys, other family members or friends in the same room and so on. Besides, there is a lack of teaching resources and equipment at the student's home.
2. The Student concentrates better during the lesson at the teacher's studio.
Traveling to the teacher's studio meakes the student feel going to see an specialist ( like going to see a doctor, remember doctor never goes to patient's home to give service). Therefore, the student gives more respect to the teacher if the lesson is given at the teacher's studio
3. Good teachers never go to students' place to teach.
A good piano teacher has more students. Therefore, his/her teaching timetable is most likely to be full. A good piano teacher never have time to travel to students' places
2. Do I need to Buy A Piano? Can My Child Practice on an Electric Piano Instead ?
Practicing on an old small up- right piano is much more effective than practicing on a fancy electric keyboard.
Some parents are afraid that their child will quit piano lesson halfway. So they prefer to get an electric keyboard.
My opinion is that "if the child wants to learn piano for a couple of months, using an electric keyboard is enough", but "What happen if the child falls in love in playing piano and wants to continue the lesson?"
If the parents wish their child not just to have fun but also gains the skill, buying a piano is necessary. Practicing on an old small up -right piano is much more effective than practicing on a fancy electric keyboard. The child can feel the mechanic actiion inside the piano and hear the change of tone. This can be never achieved on an electric keyboard.
Some piano retailers offer "piano for rent"service which charges on daily basis. Some piano retailers offer "trade in" service.
3. Should I Have My Child to Sit for the Piano Exam ?
The answer can be "yes"or "no"- "Loving and Enjoying Playing Piano" should be the principle of learning piano.
A student who has reached early intermediate level (ex: Hal Leonard Piano Lesson Book 4) will be asked whether he/she wants to sit for the piano exam to get a proof of his/her piano playing skill. In Australia, there are many different types of music examination boards, such as ABRSM, Trinity and AMEB. The most popular and recognizable examination board is AMEB (Australian Music Examination Board)
AMEB has been recommended by Many Australian musicians and music educators for many years. AMEB provides a constructive evaluation on the student's musical skill. The exam has four parts: instrumental performance, aural test, general knowledge, and sight reading. The student does not only focus on piano playing but also study the history and analysis of the pieces and develop a good listening and sight- reading skills. By taking exam, the students receive feedback from another music expert, not just his/her piano teacher.
Taking AMEB gives many advantages for the student who wants to apply for selective schools, private schoools and scholarship. UNSW also offers bonus points on top of ATAR for the student who completes AMEB grade 8 or above in year 11 and 12.
However taking exmaination is not suitable for all circumstances. Some students might lose interest if taking exam brings them stress and anxiety.
My recommendation is that "Loving and Enjoying Piano" should be the principle of learning piano. If taking exam helps your child to learn better, the answer is "Yes". If taking exam makes your child lose enjoyment in piano, the asnwer is" No".
As Miss Yvonne Piano Home Studio offers many performance opportunties, taking piano exam is not the only way to improve your child's piano skill.
4. "Pianoforte" syllabus Vs. "Piano for Leisure" syllabus ?
The Pianoforte syllabus is suitable for the student who takes piano learning seriously and wants to teach/perform music as a career in the future. It required longer time spend on daily practice.
The Piano for Lesiure syllabus is suitable for the student who wants a proof of his/her piano playing skill but has limited time to practice. As there is no theory exam required in the syllabus, the student is not able to work in music teaching industry
"Piano For Leisure" syllabus-
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