How do I find out about auditions for productions, bands and ensembles and what do I need to do to prepare?
Production companies will often post audition opportunities on their websites or Facebook pages. Otherwise, you can request to be added to their mailing list, which will ensure that you are informed of any upcoming shows and productions. They will also include any repertoire that you are required to prepare for the audition, which you can present to your tutor to work on in your lesson time.
Who provides the student’s sheet music?
What is the cost of theoretical text books and where can I purchase them?
What is the cost of notation books and where can I purchase them?
The sheet music, as well as theory and notation books are purchased by the teacher, through the Academy. Those charges are then added on to the student’s invoice. Prices will vary depending on ability level.
What are the costs of exams and exam materials?
Exam costs differ between organisations, and between grade levels. We prepare students for AMEB and ANZCA Exams based on teacher or student preference. For AMEB exams, the fees are as follows (for piano exams):
Preliminary – $90
Grade 1 – $104
Grade 2 – $109
Grade 3 – $113
Grade 4 – $123
Grade 5 – $131
Grade 6 – $150
Grade 7 – $184
Grade 8 – $217
Certificate of Performance – $253
AMusA – $317
For ANZCA Exams, the fees are (for piano exams):
Introductory – $76
Preparatory – $84
Preliminary – $91
Grade 1 – $91
Grade 2 – $108
Grade 3 – $108
Grade 4 – $126
Grade 5 – $126
Grade 6 – $150
Grade 7 – $184
Grade 8 – $208
All of this information, in addition to information regarding fees for other instruments, can be found on the AMEB and ANZCA websites. The price of exam materials can also be found on the AMEB and ANZCA websites.
How much do you charge students to be part of a concert?
How much extra time does a student need to give to be part of a concert?
How much do you charge parents and friends to attend a concert?
When are concerts held?
There is no charge for the student or for audience members, as all concerts are held at the college. Preparation for the concert is included in the lesson time, but on the concert day, the student will be asked to arrive 30 minutes earlier for a run-through/final rehearsal. Our concerts are held every term, on the Saturday of Week 9.
What type of ear protection should I wear during ensemble or band practice?
Musicians rely on their hearing in practice and performance, and it is important that their hearing is not compromised over time.
However, many musicians choose to not wear earplugs because standard noise-reduction earplugs can degrade the quality of the music.
High fidelity earplugs, on the other hand, can let in the good (the precise tonal quality) and keeping out the bad (the high volume).
High fidelity earplugs take into the account the resonant frequency of the ear so that attenuation of the sound is even across the frequency spectrum, preserving the original musical quality, only quieter.
Custom musician earplugs.
Consist of a filter and a custom earplug that is moulded to the shape of the ear. The filter is typically a 9, 15, or 25 dB attenuation filter. The ER-15 filter is appropriate for most musicians. The ER-25 filter may be necessary for drummers or amplified bands. The ER-9 filter is appropriate for solo or acoustic performers. Custom earplugs offer just that, customization. These can be purchased from a hearing healthcare professional who will first take an earmold impression of your ear to customize the earplug.
Non-custom reusable earplugs.
An inexpensive alternative for musicians, students, and concert attendees. They still consider the resonance of the ear to preserve the musical quality, while reducing overall sound volume. Many people are unaware that there are non-custom musician’s earplugs. When purchasing a pair of musician earplugs, you want to look for the term “high-fidelity”. These are a great inexpensive solution that can save the hearing of students, music instructors, and musicians who are consistently exposed to damaging music levels.
Electronic musician’s earplugs.
Adaptive earplugs that can adjust to changing sound levels. For example, a band instructor may need to hear the student’s questions during band practice, but also get protection from the music when the band begins playing. Adaptive earplugs will let low level sounds (the student speaking) come through naturally, while automatically kicking in to provide a sound attenuation of either 9 or 15 dB during the loud sound (when the band begins playing).
Do I need to bring my own instrument?
If I don’t have my own instrument, can I buy or hire one from you?
Yes, you will need to bring your own instrument (with the exception of piano and drums, of course!). But, unfortunately, we do not sell or hire instruments.
How much experience and what skill level do I need to do the intermediate or advanced course?
This will be determined by your tutor.
How do I book a free trial lesson?
To book a free trial, you can call complete the form online, or text us on 0439 729 913, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible with timetable options.
What is the youngest age you will teach?
That varies between instruments. For piano, kids can start at 3 years old and they do an introduction to music, which involves a mix of piano and percussion, as well as basic musicality, which includes rhythm, sequencing, and notation. With all other instruments (including singing), the student should be at least 8 years old.
Can I do lessons before or after school or work? Do you do home lessons?
Our opening hours are between 2:30pm and 7:00pm on weekdays, and 8:30am and 3:00pm on Saturdays, so we can definitely offer you lessons after school or work. Unfortunately, we do not offer home lessons.