A. Learning a musical instrument is an excellent exercise in both brain cognition and creativity. Learning a musical instrument doesn't necessarily mean a career as a musician is required. At the very least, learning an instrument is a valuable and enjoyable skill that will stay with the player for life. Learning an instrument may equip a player with thinking, problem solving and other skills that are relevant to and useful for a range of career pathways. Starting to learn at primary and intermediate age is particularly useful, in order to take full advantage of the musical programs offered at secondary schools.
A. Group lessons are a great, social way to learn to play a musical instrument. There is a huge amount to be learned about playing an instrument that is learned from playing with others. Joining one of our ensemble groups is an excellent way to get some further extension in this regard. Group lessons are affordable too, meaning you can try something out and if you find you do not like it and want to stop then a huge amount of money has not been spent.
We are only funded for group classes and need at least three students to make a class viable. Most classes have a limit of five students per 45 minute lesson. This is different for our beginner Recorder and Ukelele classes, which could have up to twelve students. With our band, ensemble and choir, the more the merrier!
A. Practice of 3 - 5 times a week for around 15 - 30 minutes depending on their age is reasonable. Continuing to practice during the school holidays is also a good idea. Your child’s teacher will tell them or write down what needs to be accomplished during practice time at home. Ask your child to tell you what they are supposed to work on this week during their practice time, then you can encourage them to achieve it. Feel free to also talk to your child’s teacher.
A. You may need to make some tough decisions whether to do music or sport on a Saturday morning, but many of our students manage to do both! With four possible class times we hope you will find a time that fits in around your tennis, netball, soccer, or other sports! If not, please email us and we’ll see if we can help!
A. All students should bring a pencil to class, and most lessons also require at least one tutor book. Click here to see the 2022 Booklist. Drums and keyboards are supplied in class, and students will need to have their own instrument at home. Recorders, Ukeleles and Guitars can be purchased from a local music store, such as Farrell's Music House . Trumpets, Violins, Cellos, Clarinets and Saxophones can be hired from us for $50 for the school year.
A. Make sure you know how to contact your teacher. Missing a lesson is OK, although missing a number of lessons makes it difficult to keep up with the rest of the members of your class. You should tell your teacher (or the manager) if you are going to miss a lesson so they can plan. If you miss three lessons in a row without notification, we will assume you have withdrawn from the class, and another student may take your place.
A. Yes, we have a Committee of parents who help in running the Centre. We also have parent helpers who we call on from time to time to assist. Email us by clicking the button at the top of the page if you are interested in being involved. We would be grateful for your help.