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Book here for individual lessons, introductory chats, children's masterclasses, children's group classes and the students' concerts.

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Introductory chats ($25 for 30 mins)

If you are new here and would like to meet me to discuss any aspect of how to get music lessons working for you, book an Introductory Chat. We can chat using a webcam or in-person in Motueka or Nelson.

Individual lessons ($25 for 30 mins)

Individual lessons can be attended either online using a webcam or in-person in Motueka or Nelson (New Zealand).Please bring your Suzuki book, practice sheets and any other paperwork you use to your lesson.

Booking individual lessons for your child

Parental input is very important in Suzuki lessons so please be present during all lessons unless arranged prior. With younger children, one of your important roles is to take notes on what your child should practice. Even for older teens, it can still be helpful for you to listen in so you know what your child has been asked to practice and can follow up with them later. Many children do better with some parental input till mid or late-teens. Once your child is completely independent with their regular and effective practice, it is OK for you to not attend lessons.When you are working with your child at home you are actively in the teacher-role. When your child is having a lesson with me please remember to switch to the parent-role! and be a mostly quiet observer and note-taker.Individual lessons usually start and end with the child and me bowing to each other.

Children's Masterclasses in Nelson

$10 for each 30-minute class + NCMA enrollment.Masterclasses run for Prep Course level (Twinkles) and book 1 level (beyond the twinkles).These 30 minute classes usually run every second saturday during term-time in Nelson.The masterclass session involves a small group of children and their parents. We will be working directly on the pieces that the children are learning. Sometimes I will work with each child individually and sometimes we will work as a group. Children learn a lot by watching the lessons of others.

Children's group classes in Nelson

$8 for each 30-minute class + NCMA enrollmentAny of my piano students are welcome to attend this group. It includes children of varying levels but most will be in book 1.Group classes give the enjoyment of playing music with a group and the motivation of listening to others play pieces that you will learn in the future. It also provides a social network for children and parents.We will play pieces together. All the children learn the same pieces from memory so playing together is easy. There is often the opportunity for informal individual performances. Sometimes we do other activities like playing with cards on the floor or walking to the beat.

Students' concert

These usually run once each term on a Saturday afternoon. There is no concert in term 3 2019.

 

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Attending lessons in Nelson

Nelson classes are held at Nelson Center of Musical Arts (NCMA) at 48 Nile St. In order to attend these classes your child must be registered as an NCMA student ($20/child/year) in addition to paying the class fee.Please put your phone on silent.Children/siblings are welcome to watch lessons as long as they are not a distraction to me, the student or the parent. If they will need entertainment please bring something quiet and still for them to do, something that will not need your input. Kindle-type readers are fine but please avoid having children play games on digital devices because I find the rapid movements distracting!Please no food nor chewing gum in lessons (this includes observing children).

Lessons in Motueka

For lessons at my house, please do not leave children in your car when you come inside for a lesson (unless arranged prior).

Attending lessons online using a webcam

Parental input is very important in Suzuki lessons so please be present during all lessons unless arranged prior. With younger children, one of your important roles is to take notes on what your child should practice. Even for older teens, it can still be helpful for you to listen in so you know what your child has been asked to practice and can follow up with them later. Many children do better with some parental input till mid or late-teens. Once your child is completely independent with their regular and effective practice, it is OK for you to not attend lessons.Individual lessons usually start and end with the child and me bowing to each other.When you are working with your child at home you are actively in the teacher-role. When your child is having a lesson with me please remember to switch to the parent-role! and be a mostly quiet observer and note-taker.
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