Book Piano Lessons

with Katie

I teach group and individual lessons in central Nelson usually every second Saturday during term-time. I teach individual lessons in Motueka every week during term-time. I also teach online by webcam. For more information about the venues and lesson types scroll down below the booking links. Note that I am not currently running group classes, only individual lessons.

Click on the buttons below to book.

Booking links visible when subscribed to a Piano membership

Between lessons you can continue to progress by watching the pre-recorded video lessons. You can try these now using the 1-week-free registration. Click on the following link:

You can use these pre-recorded lessons by themself but most students prefer to get some teacher feedback. If you can travel to Nelson or Motueka you can attend additional in-person lessons with me. If you live further away or prefer not to travel, I also teach by webcam or you can send me videos of your playing so I can reply to you with helpful suggestions.

To learn more about me and the Suzuki method see the Homepage and the items in the "INFO" menu above.

Booking 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, you can decide whether or not to continue attending their lessons with them.

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.

Remote lessons by webcam

I offer introductory chats and teach individual lessons via webcam using Zoom video-conferencing software. You don't need a Zoom membership to take a lesson. The first time you attend an online lesson your device will download the required Zoom software. You can run Zoom on a desktop, a phone or a tablet.

To prepare for your lesson, have your Suzuki book and course booklet printouts with you. Sign on to Zoom early so you have time to check that everything is working properly before the lesson.

Please don't chew gum during lessons.

Lessons in Nelson

Nelson lessons are at Nelson Center of Musical Arts (NCMA) at 48 Nile Street. In Nelson I teach individual lessons and run group sessions for children in book 1. I suggest that children who are just starting, come to the Prep Course masterclass and stay on for the group class which follows. Alternatively, or in addition, you can book half-hour individual lessons. For adults, teenagers and children beyond book 1 I suggest booking individual lessons.

When coming to an Individual lesson please bring your Suzuki book, practice sheets and any other paperwork you are using.

The masterclass involves a small group of beginners having short individual lessons and watching the lessons of their peers. We will be working directly on the pieces that the children are learning. Usually I will work with each child individually but sometimes we work as a group. Children learn a lot by watching the lessons of others.

The group class involves children playing pieces together. It provides a social network for children and parents. Because all the children learn the same pieces from memory, they can play together. This gives the enjoyment of playing music with a group and the motivation of listening to others play more advanced pieces. There is also the opportunity for informal individual performance.

Costs

Website subscription costs $30/month and gives access to watch the video lessons and the ability to book lessons.

Individual lessons in Motueka or in Nelson cost $25 for 30-min.

Masterclass sessions cost $10 for 30-mins

Group classes cost $8 for 30-mins.

In order to attend any Nelson classes (in the NCMA building) your child must be registered as an NCMA student ($20/child/year) in addition to paying the class/lesson cost.

You will also need a copy of the Suzuki book and CD (or a start-up pack) and a violin to practice on.

Lessons in Motueka

For beginners based near Motueka you have the choice of coming to half-hour individual lessons in Motueka and/or travelling into Nelson for the masterclasses and group classes.

When coming to an Individual lesson please bring your Suzuki book, practice sheets and any other paperwork you are using.

How to get started

1/ Do a 1-week-free subscription on this website to have a look at the pre-recorded lessons and if you like you can book a free introductory chat to meet me. If it all looks good, then...

2/ Subscribe with a paid membership, Buy a start-up pack or just the book and cd, and organise a piano, seat and footstool for your child.

3/ Book in for the next Prep Course masterclass or book an individual lesson. You can start working through the pre-recorded website lessons with your child before attending a class or you can wait and start the website lessons after your first class.