Melbourne Piano lessons: What to expect in your lesson?

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I am often asked by friends and non-musicians about what a music teacher actually teaches, specifically what we do in music lessons, so I thought I’d do a quick blog post giving a basic run down of some of the things you could expect to encounter in your music lesson. Of course every teacher is different, and has his or her own approaches, but there are certain things we all agree on as essential things for the aspiring musician to study.

Each instrument is different in the way it’s constructed and played, so there will always be unique things relevant to a specific instrument. But beyond that, there are areas that are common to all instruments.

In the case of the piano, you play the instrument by pressing down keys to play different notes. When you first begin you will start to develop the basic coordination and technique needed in order to play a basic tune. Your teacher will go through different exercises with you to develop this. There are many technical exercises to learn, in the form of scales, arpeggios and other things that help to develop your technical facility on the piano. You will also learn to read music, and understand theory. Aural skills are also very important, that being the ability to play a song just from hearing it, without the sheet music. We work on this by learning to identify by ear different types of chords, rhythms and melodic intervals.

In the course of your studies, you will learn many songs and pieces, otherwise known as repertoire. Learning your favourite song or piece of music is the part that draws most people to music in the first place. The ability to play music from memory to perform for yourself, for friends, in a band or in concert is one of the most satisfying parts of learning music.

This has just been a very short overview of some of the topics we cover in our Melbourne piano lessons. Why not take the step and book in for your first lesson? Call us today.

Melbourne Drum lessons: What to expect in your lesson?

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I am often asked by friends and non-musicians about what a music teacher actually teaches, specifically what we do in music lessons, so I thought I’d do a quick blog post giving a basic run down of some of the things you could expect to encounter in your music drum lesson. Of course every teacher is different, and has his or her own approaches, but there are certain things we all agree on as essential things for the aspiring musician to study.

Each instrument is different in the way it’s constructed and played, so there will always be unique things relevant to a specific instrument. But beyond that, there are areas that are common to all instruments. In the case of the drums, you play the instrument by hitting drums and cymbals with your hands and pedals with your feet. So, first of all you need to develop the technique and coordination needed to play a basic beat or rhythm. Your teacher will go through different exercises with you to develop this. There are many technical exercises to learn, in the form of rudiments and other things that help to develop your technical facility on the drums. You will also learn to read music, and understand theory.

Aural skills are also very important, that being the ability to play a song just from hearing it, without the sheet music. We work on this by learning to identify by ear different types of chords, rhythms and melodic intervals.

In the course of your studies, you will learn many songs and pieces, otherwise known as repertoire. Learning your favorite song or piece of music is the part that draws most people to music in the first place. The ability to play music from memory to perform for yourself, for friends, in a band or in concert is one of the most satisfying parts of learning music.

This has just been a very short overview of some of the topics we cover in our Melbourne drum lessons. Why not take the step and book in for your first lesson? Call us today.

 

How music lessons benefit your brain – It’ll blow your mind!

Music on the brain

When you pick up a musical instrument to practise, are you aware of what is really going on? Most people don’t realise, but the act of practising or performing on a musical instrument sets off fireworks in your brain!

Practising a musical instrument is a unique process that activates almost all the areas of the brain at once. Most activities we involve ourselves in, whether it be simply talking, playing sport or even studying math, tend to activate one or two areas of the brain, but music stimulates it all. This is because of several reasons that have to do with the various component activities that are involved in music lessons and music performance.

Firstly, reading music in itself is a complex process, and like reading any language it challenges the brain to process information. Secondly, when you add the physical aspect of using your hands in the very specific movements that are required to play an instrument, that activates yet more parts of the brain. Thirdly, your mind itself, aside from these first two activities, must also deal with the element of time. This is the unique part of music which sets it apart from most other fields of study. The brain has to process all the information required by the first two components, and then execute the movements within a precise time flow, or tempo. It is very different from trying to complete another given task within a set time frame, because the exact speed at which you have to complete that task is not specified – you just have to finish within a given time period. For example, in a maths test, you are working as fast as you can to get through all the equations and finish the test, but you don’t have to worry about working through them at an exact speed. But with music, you have to perform and execute the melodies, chords and other requisite mental processes at a very specific speed, or tempo. As the music becomes more complex, and/or the tempo increases, the difficulty level increases. Watch this video for an amazing TedTalks video on the subject.

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Music on the brain

It’s getting cold again, winter is coming! With the kids stuck inside at home, what better time to book in for some music lessons? And what better way than to have a Melbourne music teacher arrive at your door and teach them at home? You could be making dinner or relaxing after work while they’re having a guitar lesson, piano lesson or whatever instrument they’re passionate about learning.

Our teachers are all graduates in both Music Performance and Education, as well as holding current Working with Children Checks. Try out our diverse team of music teachers, including qualified Music Therapists and teachers with special needs education experience.

Want to prepare for a performance exam? We can help you go all the way whether it be AMEB, ANZCA, Royal College or any other exam format. We also hold concerts twice yearly to give music students the opportunity to perform in front of a live crowd.

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