Piano Lessons

“Amy is the real deal!”

Mark Snow: Film & TV Composer best known for ‘The X-Files’.

Photo of Amy Bastow, radio host and producer of Kiss My Arts

 

What Can I Learn in My Piano Lessons with Amy?

  • AMEB Grades (Preliminary – 8th Grade) – Amy has over 13 years’ of experience teaching the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) national syllabus in piano from preliminary grade through to 8th grade.
  • Classical Piano
  • Pop / Contemporary Piano
  • Film Music Pieces
  • Chord Charts
  • Improvisation
  • Your Favourite Song
  • Sight Reading
  • Actors Needing Piano Training for Film & TV Roles
  • It’s all about achieving YOUR music goals, so tailoring the lesson to suit your needs is Amy’s priority.

 

Where Does Amy Teach?

  • All piano lessons are conducted from Amy’s piano studio in Brunswick, Melbourne (see photo below).
  • Students will learn on a U3 Yamaha Piano (see photo below).
  • Amy’s studio is a 3 minute walk from Anstey Train Station (15 mins train ride from Flinders Street Station).
  • Parking on Amy’s street is free.
Amy's Teaching Studio
Amy’s Teaching Studio

 

Lesson Length and Financial Investment.

OPTION 1: Paying Per Lesson

  • 30 minutes = $60.00
  • 45 minutes = $90.00
  • 60 minutes = $120.00
  1. Paying ‘per lesson’ means you pay for your piano lesson each week as you go.
  2. No up-front costs or bulk payments necessary.
  3. If you miss a lesson due to a holiday, sickness, clashing schedule etc, you have no financial obligation to pay for the lesson you cancelled.
  4. If you go away on an extended break, you can suspend lesson payment (and keep your current time in Amy’s schedule) for when you return.
  5. All fees are in Australian Dollars.

OPTION 2: Paying Up-Front

  • 30 minutes = $50.00
  • 45 minutes = $75.00
  • 60 minutes = $100.00
  1. Paying ‘up-front’ means you pay for 3 months’ worth of lessons up-front in bulk (12 lessons). Once you’ve had your 12 lessons, you will again need to pay for the following 12 lessons up-front, and so forth.
  2. Any lesson/s you miss or do not attend (for whatever reason), you will forfeit that lesson and not receive a refund on that missed lesson.
  3. Any lessons cancelled by Amy (due to sickness, holidays etc) will be credited towards the payment of your following 3 months.
  4. All fees are in Australian Dollars.

 

What Do You Get For Your Fee?

Your weekly lesson fee includes:

  1. Tuition time.
  2. A lesson tailored to your music goals…including learning how to read music, improvisation, sight-reading, ear training, music theory, technical work, reading chord charts, composing on your instrument etc etc.
  3. All photocopying costs.
  4. Administration costs.
  5. Email/phone correspondence costs.
  6. Amy uses an online note-taking and homework portal called Teach ‘n Go which each student and parent will have free access to, and be able to use to keep track of homework, attendance, payment etc.
  7. Video/audio guides created by Amy and tailored to your lesson to take home with you to assist your practice.
  8. You will still need to purchase additional exam music books, sheet music, and pay for any examination fees.
  9. If you arrive to your lesson late, the lesson time cannot be extended to make up the difference. Eg: If you arrive 10 minutes late, your lesson will now only be 20, 35 or 50 mins long (depending on your agreed lesson length) and no refunds for lost time are given.
  10. Please be realistic about what you can expect from your lesson time. Amy cannot squeeze 60 mins worth of tuition into 30 mins. If you are over the age of 12 and are serious about learning piano, a 60 minute lesson is recommended.

Amy Bastow
Amy Bastow

 

Auditions.

Amy only takes on a small number of hand-picked students who demonstrate ability and commitment to the pursuit of musical excellence. If you’re interested in learning from Amy, you will be required to attend an audition.

At the audition, you will need to:

  1. Perform 1 piece in any style. It could be a classical piece, a contemporary pop piece, a film music piece or even a piece you have written yourself.
  2. To be considered for a place at Amy’s studio, you must have already gained a level of musical understanding. Minimum level is 1st Grade AMEB (or equivalent). No complete beginners. If you haven’t formally attained 1st Grade, but can read music and play at an intermediate level, you can still apply for an audition. Minimum age is 8 years old.
  3. You will be given a sight-reading test (at your level).
  4. You will be given an aural (ear training test).
  5. You will be asked music theory questions (at your level).
  6. The audition is free and will usually last about 30 minutes.
  7. Once the audition is completed, you will be informed of whether or not you were successful within 2 days.
  8. In the audition, Amy isn’t looking for perfection. She looks for students who show potential, who are passionate and dedicated, and who want to pursue music to the highest level they personally can.
  9. If accepted, you must have a piano (or weighted 88-note keyboard) to practice on at home.
  10. If accepted, you must attend weekly lessons at Amy’s teaching studio in Brunswick.
  11. If accepted, you must commit to a minimum of 10 lessons.
  12. If accepted, you must maintain a regular at-home practice schedule (this will be discussed with you and designed for your level).
  13. If accepted, there is no pressure to undertake exams (you most certainly can if you want to).
  14. Last but not least, it is a requirement that all students laugh and have fun in their lessons!

 

Booking an Audition.

If you wish to audition for Amy’s teaching studio, head to the contact page and outline the following:

  1. Your name.
  2. The suburb in which you live.
  3. Your current musical level (list any AMEB exam grades you have achieved, even if it was a long time ago). If you have never done an exam, list 3 or 4 pieces you can currently play and provide a brief outline of your music achievements to date.
  4. What is your perceived music theory level – Advanced? Intermediate? Or Beginner?
  5. Your age.
  6. The school you attend (school students only).
  7. Your occupation (adult students only).
  8. A short (or long) description of why you want to take music lessons.
  9. Do you have a piano (or weighted 88-note keyboard) you can practice on every day?
  10. Please indicate which afternoon is your preferred lesson day.
  11. Please indicate your preferred lesson length (30, 45 or 60 minutes).
  12. Provide acknowledge that you understand lessons are either 30, 45 or 60 minutes in length, will be conducted at the same time weekly, and cost $50 (30 mins), $75 (45 mins) or $100 (60 mins) per lesson each week.
  13. Please be realistic about what you can expect from your lesson time. Amy cannot squeeze 60 mins worth of tuition into 30 mins. If you are over the age of 12 and are serious about learning piano, a 60 minute lesson is recommended.
  14. Feel free to provide any additional information you think is necessary.

 

Teaching Times.

Amy’s teaching studio has limited places available. Amy only takes on a small number of hand-picked students who demonstrate ability and commitment to their musical studies. Amy has the following teaching times currently available for 2017:

  1. Mondays between 3:30 – 4:30pm.
  2. Tuesdays between 3:00 – 4:00pm.
  3. Wednesdays between 3:00 – 6:00pm.
  4. Thursdays between 3:30 – 4:30pm.

When booking an audition, please indicate which is your preferred afternoon and time for your audition (from the above days/times), and if you are successful at your audition, a weekly lesson time (from the available time slots above) will be arranged.

 

Term Dates.

  • Amy’s Music School follows the Victorian state school term timetable.
  • Lessons are conducted during these dates (but can also run through the holidays if students are available).
  • Lessons can be commenced mid-term.

Term 1, 2017 (9 weeks)
Monday, January 30 – Saturday, April 1

Term 2, 2017 (11 weeks)
Tuesday, April 18 – Saturday, July 1

Term 3, 2017 (10 weeks)
Monday, July 17 – Saturday, September 23

Term 4, 2017 (11 weeks)
Monday, October 9 – Saturday, December 23

 

Amy Bastow
Amy Bastow

 

Testimonials

Thank you for being such an inspiration to all my children throughout the year. You are very gifted.

Mary

Amy continually demonstrated her deep commitment to our son’s musical education. She had a great rapport with him and successfully brought him through a number of AMEB exams. We were always touched by Amy’s passion for music and personal attention to our son’s progress. Sydney’s loss is Melbourne’s gain!.

Steve

Amy’s energy, enthusiasm and depth of understanding was invaluable for my daughter in her Senior High School studies. She made musicology less daunting and composition exciting and achievable.

Louise

We appreciate all your hard work, enthusiasm and positive attitude in teaching our son the piano. He enjoys his music lessons with you and we know he has great respect and affection for you as a teacher.

Rose

Just wanted to say I’m going to really miss you as my teacher when I leave! Thanks to you, I’m composing really well with all the new skills you taught me.

Lucy

My son told me yesterday that he loves his piano lessons with you, so I just wanted to thank you for this.

Patrick

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