Piano Lessons in Mosman.
As an educator, Samuel has been teaching piano, music theory, analysis, music history, performance, arranging, and jazz for over ten years. He is professional pianist (in both the classical and jazz fields) a composer, arranger, and music academic. Samuel is currently completing his PhD in Music history at the Sydney Conservatorium, on the life and Music of Maestro Tommy Tycho (you can read more here).
As well as teaching in his private studio at Mosman, Samuel lectures in music arranging and harmony at Western Sydney University and has taught A History of Film Music, Music Journalism, Advanced Analysis and Music Fundamentals within the University of Sydney Music Department, where he has also guest taught in contemporary music, performance and ensemble performance.
Samuel studied piano with Stephanie McCallum and Dr. Christine Logan, and during this time developed both an expressive and analytical approach to learning music. In that sense, Samuel doesn’t just teach students to read music and then read notes, but he teaches them how the music works and functions as a piece of music beyond the notes, therefore giving the students a holistic understanding of the music and how to play it.
In piano lessons Samuel uses the Contemporary Piano Method which employs interval reading from the very first lesson. This takes the fuss out of learning note names and the students are better able to read shapes and patterns with an awareness of the keyboard geography, rather than learning isolated notes which often causes stress and confusion. Samuel has undertaken many professional development workshops with the author of the Contemporary Piano Method and worked as her music assistant for many years, giving him great insight into this effective learning method.
As well as learning this method, the students undertake technical work that gives them a strong foundation and set of skills at the keyboard which they will keep for life. Beyond learning pieces, students also compose, improvise and create their own music using the variety of skills that they learn through their study of the piano, theory, and aural. Students also perform duets in each lesson and work with other students playing piano duets to enhance their ensemble and communicative skills.
I take students who are interested in learning about music, learning to play the piano and develop a life long love and passion for the craft of music. I am not interested in mindlessly putting students through exams, where they often spend months learning three or so pieces and not actually learning about music, but rather interested in students who are curious and interested about music. As finding the right piano teacher is very important to the success of any child I now interview potential students with their parents. This ensures that we are both on the same page in terms what you want to achieve and what I have to offer. If you are just looking to have someone teach your child to copy their exam pieces by rote then I am not the right teacher, but there are many teachers out there who will provide this service. I encourage a love of music through learning and expect my students to be engaged and curious about their music studies.
My Studio is located within Saxophone Academy Sydney at 20 Hordern Lane (behind Bridgepoint shopping centre) in Mosman (click on the icon on the map below). Please note, all lessons are conducted at the studio, and unfortunately, I do not offer home visits.
Lessons Fees for 2018 are $45 per half-hour lesson ($90.00 per hour) and can be booked in 30 minute, 45 minute, or hour long sessions and are invoiced, in advance, per term. For a highly qualified piano teacher in Mosman get in touch. I look forward to hearing from you.
Current times available as of Term 1, Week 2 2018 are:
Limited spaces available