STREAMS & FORMATS
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One to one lessons. Students may prefer or benefit by individual training, at least for a little while before joining a group. One to one lessons can provide specific individual focus and an individually tailored, custom built curriculum. Some singles lessons are often required for a little while before entering a doubles or group club unless parents organise the students themselves.
Two students together. Doubles are a lot of fun and we are able to create duet parts for students to experience live playing. It is also a cost effective method of tuition. Students don't always need to be at the same age or level - an older or more experienced friend or sibling will simply take the more complex sections. Often parents will organise the doubles groups based on knowing the children's compatibility and/or sharing transport, or we can match two students we feel may be compatible.
Small groups generate many possibilities for musicians. As well as being a very cost effective way of learning, a small group can be a music lab of real musicians to create a band or a team of musicians learning the same instrument to help each other reinforce their learning. Of course older or experienced musicians will be matched accordingly but in the younger groups there can be quite wide skill levels as more experienced players take more complex roles and junior players take the easy parts. This has worked well where older and younger siblings take part.
DOUBLES OR GROUP FORMATS
(If you want to try out for, put your name on a wait list for,
or organise a doubles or group class)
Doubles or Group clubs are in four formats:
Unison clubs are where all musicians play the same instrument as in a guitars, keyboards, drums, saxophones, flutes, clarinets or singers (Glee Club). Other instruments are available by enquiry. As well as learning to play their instrument they will learn all the components of music such as rhythm, pitch and reading, and they may also form a playing ensemble and can still produce recordings & even music videos if they choose.
This is a system we have been using in NSW schools for over a decade. Students have the opportunity to try different instruments or stick with something they like and literally start straight away playing in a band. Believe it or not complete beginners and very young children have no trouble playing songs immediately in a band because we use special animation software and quick learn/play techniques for learning the instrument directly through playing it in a group. Styles can be jazz, classical, rock, latin, but are usually a combination. Band clubs usually produce recordings and can also make music videos.
Songwriting club is a chance for musicians to compose original music and turn that into recordings and even music video clips. Naturally this is a very creative group and over the years students have created some incredible recordings. Students will be taught all aspects of songwriting and depending on the ages and skill levels we will will either use methods allow their imaginations to transform into music quickly without too many obstacles, or for more experienced or older musicians we will study formal compositional techniques academically.
For adventure seekers on one subject we also have specialist units where all members learn a specific skill such as music reading, music theory, jazz, classical, pitch, rhythm, audio/video/animation etc, and also students wishing to study AMEB or Trinity grade systems.