Both instruments are great for different reasons. If you are not sure which instrument to choose, here are a few points about both instruments:

PIANO

  • It is easier to start on but requires coordination of the two hands which can be hard for some
  • It has a wide pitch range and can create many different sounds
  • It is the best instrument on which to learn music theory, harmony and aural
  • Can be solitary compared to other instruments
  • One can play any styles of music with it

VIOLIN

  • It is harder to start on but there is usually only one melody line to deal with so it does become easier with practice
  • It is one of the best instruments on which to develop a good ear
  • It is a social instrument; one can play the violin in orchestras, ensembles, fiddle groups, etc.
  • One can play many styles of music with it

Yes, I do, although I like to emphasize the journey over the destination. I am a strong believer in developing musicianship in students before they undertake any sort of exams. Please see the Lessons page for more details.

I teach students as young as five.

Lessons take place at my studio in Canada Bay (between Five Dock and Concord, in the Inner West). Alternatively, I can travel to you for a higher fee if you live in the following suburbs: Canada Bay, Five Dock, Concord, Burwood and Croydon. Please see the Contact page and the Fees and Lesson Options page for more details.

It is recommended that you practise daily. While the length of practise may vary depending on your level, it is crucial that you practise daily, or at least five times a week. Consistency is key, even if it is only for fifteen minutes!

As a guide, I recommend:

  • 10-20 minutes a day for beginners
  • 20-30 minutes a day for elementary students
  • 30-45 minutes a day for intermediate students
  • 45-60 minutes a day for advanced students

I recommend:

  • 30 min lessons for students aged 7 or under
  • 45 min lessons for students over 7
  • 60 min lessons for intermediate and advanced students

 

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