Put all your soul into it, play the way you feel!
~ Frédéric Chopin ~
Were you aware that Canberra, the capital city of Australia, is home to Friends of Chopin Australia? This society, formed in 2011, is dedicated to exploring and promoting Chopin, his music and the role it has come to play in the musical life of Australia.
Canberra is also home to the prestigious Llewellyn Hall, a world-class concert venue with arguably the best acoustics in Australia, originally designed as the centre of musical learning and performance in the capital.
The hall is the home base of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, known for its vibrancy and collaboration with Canberra's cultural and education institutions and for programming more original Australian music than any other symphony orchestra in Australia.
It should come as no surprise that musical performance is a key experience in Canberra — especially if you've been around when a Carillon performance has been happening — and that music lessons are both highly sought after and widely available.
With a longstanding music education tradition in the primary and high school settings, featuring the Instrumental Music Program (IMP), and a large number of private music schools and independent teachers, Canberra locals are spoilt for choice when it comes to learning an instrument — and piano or keyboard is one of the most popular.
If you want to know where you can enrol in piano lessons in Canberra — whether you're looking for piano lessons for beginners or a piano teacher who can tutor advanced students — Superprof has the answers for you.
The Benefits of Learning Piano
Whether you're seven, seventeen or seventy, there's never been a better time to learn how to play the piano. Before we get into the benefits of learning piano, think about this question: when is a piano not a piano?
Answer: when it's an accordion, carillon, harpsichord, electric keyboard, organ or a melodica. Then, of course, you have the three broad piano categories of upright or vertical pianos, grand pianos or digital pianos — each of which has its own features designed for specific musical needs and environments.
So — the biggest benefit of learning piano? Variety. There is so much to choose from: sizes, types, musical styles (like jazz, contemporary, pop or classical). There's something for every student and to suit all ages and abilities.
It would take all day to list every benefit this instrument provides, but here is a small sample:
- Intellectual benefits — memory, aural skills, concentration
- Emotional benefits — happiness, confidence, self-esteem
- Physical benefits — hand-eye coordination, dexterity
- Social benefits — multitasking, cultural awareness, listening skills, like-minded friends
- Personal benefits — time management, new opportunities
If you've always wanted to play the piano, are keen for a new challenge or love music and want to be part of playing it — chances are, you're ready to learn.
'I Need Piano Lessons Near Me' — Where Can You Learn Piano in Canberra?
Certainly, the internet search engine, whichever one you choose to use, has become our best friend to help us find whatever we need at the press of a key. Try typing in 'piano lessons near me' or 'piano lessons Canberra' and you'll be inundated by website after website.
If you don't really yearn to spend hours in front of your computer, scrolling, Superprof can get you started right now.
Bec Taylor School of Music
Based in Dickson but also offering online tuition, the Bec Taylor School of Music is now teaching lessons for adults and kids on piano, drums, voice, guitar, bass guitar, song composition and music production. The teachers at this school listen to the types of music their students want to learn and use this to tailor each lesson.
They guarantee that, after your first two lessons on piano, you'll be able to play two songs — even if you've had no prior piano experience.
ACT Academy of Music (ACTAM)
With teachers who are some of Canberra's most accomplished musicians and education specialists, ACTAM provides lessons for students of all ages who wish to learn not only piano but instruments from every family — woodwind, string, brass, percussion and voice. At the time of writing, there were six piano teachers, teaching everything from classical piano through to musical composition and theory.
They also have extensive experience helping students prepare for the AMEB exam.
Canberra Music Education School (CMES)
A small but dedicated music school, CMES teachers work with students of all ages and levels from beginners to advanced. There are four teachers of piano, and a small number of singing teachers, and guitar (electric, acoustic and bass) and violin tutors.
Tuition is offered in musical theory, composition and musicianship, as well as practical skills. Students can learn a range of styles, including classical, jazz, contemporary, pop and rock, and lessons are available to help students prepare for the AMEB exams.
Music for Canberra
Offering high-quality musical tuition for all ages, from their popular Music Play and Mixed Ability classes through to individual lessons and ensembles, Music for Canberra is also the home of the Canberra Youth Orchestra and the James McCusker Orchestra (both requiring an audition to join).
Australian Music Teachers Register
This online register is a reliable place to find private music tutors with qualifications and experience anywhere in Australia. Currently, there are 27 piano teachers registered in the Canberra and regional areas.
Most registered tutors for piano also offer help to prepare for AMEB (and other) exams, as well as teaching theory, composition and aural skills.
Music styles are listed for each tutor and include jazz, pop, contemporary and bass guitar pieces.
On the Superprof platform, you can search for piano lessons in Canberra to see listings of all the registered tutors and where they are based in Canberra. If you can't find anyone close by who is available at times that suit you, do remember that many tutors offer online lessons meaning that you can access the perfect tutor for you, even if they live on the opposite side of the country.
Superprof tutors usually offer the first lesson for free as well, so you can make sure their teaching style is right for you.
Piano Lessons for Beginners — What You Need to Know
When learning new skills, it is easy to become discouraged if you are putting too much pressure on yourself to be perfect after the first or second lesson. If you are a complete beginner when it comes to piano, or even if you play another instrument from a different family, learning to play the piano, while it is said to be one of the easier instruments to learn, requires a different level of coordination and technique — including training your right hand to behave differently to your left.
Here a few pointers to help you curb potential frustration and ensure you persist with your learning and playing.
1. Accuracy before speed
While it may be tempting to play your favourite music at the speed you are used to hearing it, playing it accurately and getting all the notes right is more important than playing fast. Get your hands used to the movements first, then build your speed.
2. Learn in sections
Try learning pieces in small chunks or sections, perfecting one before going on to the next. Then put them all together.
3. Learn how to sight read
Many musicians, even accomplished ones, play by memorisation. However, if you can sight-read, your progress will be faster and you'll be more confident to play trickier pieces.
4. Practise, practise, practise
Short, sharp and regular practise sessions, for example, 15 minutes every day, are much more beneficial than an hour and a half once a week. And, when you do practise, even if it's only for a quarter of an hour, spend the first few minutes going through some routine pieces, like scales or drills.
If you're not having fun, you'll avoid playing. Remember to start and end with a piece you love to play.
Qualities of a Good Piano Teacher
Whether you're in a group class or having private tuition, a good teacher is essential. By good, we don't necessarily mean 'experienced' or 'highly accomplished'. A good teacher is one who you, as the student, feel comfortable with and supported by. This is the essence of successful learning.
In addition, you may wish your tutor to have teaching qualifications, performance experience or have reached a certain level in the AMEB exams. It really depends on your needs, expectations and goals.
At the end of the day, making music is about positive emotion and enjoyment. Your tutor has to be able to instil this in you and encourage it.
Bach is an astronomer, discovering the most marvelous stars. Beethoven challenges the universe. I only try to express the soul and the heart of man.
~ Frédéric Chopin ~