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Paula Gampe

From $60.00per 45 minute lessons

Music has been with Paula all throughout her life.

When she was young, her family would often be found playing and listening to the piano. It isn’t surprising that she now has a strong passion for music.

Through the years, Paula has taught as a woodwind and piano teacher, played in two bands, and was the Instrumental Music Co-ordinator at a school in Cairns.

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10 Strathaird Rd,
Bundall QLD 4217, Australia
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    Gold Coast Arts Academy FAQs

    Click on any of the below topics of interest to find answers to your questions. If you can’t find what you’re looking for below, please contact us.

    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.

    The student generally provides theory books and sheet music, however the teachers can generally source the material on behalf of the student.

    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.

    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.

    Medical advice should be sought to determine the best protection for the student.

    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

    Do I need to bring my own instrument?

    GCAA have 2 upright acoustic pianos, 2 electric pianos, an electric drum kit and some acoustic guitars available to use (dependant on availability of guitars), however we recommend students have their own instruments to practise with at home. Students that practise regularly will become proficient with any instrument. Teachers can advise the type of instrument to purchase dependant on students level.

    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 info@goldcoastartsacademy.com.au. The free trial lesson is used to determine the proficiency of a student and the fit for a student/teacher before lessons are booked for a term. Teachers are paid for the trial lesson so if a student does not attend a pre-booked trial they will have to pay for the next lesson.

    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) 5-7 is a good age to ensure the student can concentrate during the lesson and can do the practice that is required to become proficient and to enjoy playing.

    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 (subject to timetable availability)

    Unfortunately, we do not offer home lessons.