Piano and keyboard are popular instruments to learn at Chasing Sound Music School in Footscray. These instruments can offer instant results and sound amazing!
Learning piano can help train your ear and similarly develop your ability to express yourself. They are a terrific instrument to begin your musical journey and also prove suitable for young children. Don’t have a Baby Grand at home? It is completely fine for students to practice at home on a keyboard.
At Chasing Sound we have three upright Pianos and teach students of all ages and at any level. Our teachers can prepare you for an AMEB Exam, Recital performance or teach you that song you’ve always wanted to learn!
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PIANO – FOUNDATION PHASE
Students learn the fundamentals of playing technique and reading notation. This includes correct posture and practical technique. They are introduced to reading music notes, as well as counting rhythms and learning basic symbols. They work on learning how to practice effectively and develop routines to support their progress. If they have some experience on the instrument already, these elements of their musicianship are refined. This phase allows students to see if they enjoy the instrument and find out if they are compatible with their teacher. Music lessons are a commitment so above all this phase can show how well students can incorporate lessons and practice into their lifestyle.
PIANO – STREAMS PHASE
Students can sit The Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB) music qualifications. This AMEB STREAM covers Preliminary-Grade 8 and above and similarly the Music Theory exams in the later levels. These exams are a terrific way for students to excel and further develop their general musical skills. The exam is mostly practical (playing scales and pieces on their instrument). Students will find that listening, general knowledge and sight-reading skills are also covered. AMEB students receive comments from an examiner and a certificate upon completion. AMEB exams take place in Hawthorn. Costs incurred include exam enrolment and AMEB print materials.
Within the AMEB format, students can study within the following styles: Classical, Piano for Leisure, CPM Keyboard, P Plate Piano and RockSchool Piano.
Classical / School Repertoire Stream
Students who elect to do the CLASSICAL STREAM work on repertoire by classical composers. They build on the technique they developed in the FOUNDATION phase and also increase their range and rhythmic comprehension. Students learn about playing in time, develop an understanding of various symbols as well as improve their theoretical and aural awareness.
Students who are already playing instruments in their school programs will participate in a slightly different FOUNDATION phase before working on their repertoire. This could include learning songs for upcoming concerts and supporting students in VCE Music.
Students who elect to do the CONTEMPORARY STREAM work on one of the following various styles: Pop, Rock, Soul, RnB, Music Theatre etc. They build on the technique they developed in the FOUNDATION phase and develop an understanding of the symbols, markings and techniques to playing within the specific style. Students are also encouraged to learn about different artists within the style. Additionally, they expand their skills to incorporate relevant chords and playing patterns.
Students who elect to do the JAZZ PIANO STREAM build on the technique they developed in the FOUNDATION phase and develop an understanding of the symbols, markings and techniques to playing within jazz. Students are encouraged to learn about different Jazz artists as well as improve their relevant theoretical and aural awareness.
PIANO — PERFORMANCE PHASE
Students perform pieces they have worked on in the previous STREAM phase or new pieces from the same style as a soloist. Students learn how to plan chunked practice as they move towards the performance. This might include problem-solving as well as identifying progression points. With their teachers, students talk about managing nerves, improving concentration and furthermore their growth as performers. This performance can take place in a public forum at Chasing Sound events or be done as recordings in lessons — a product of the phase.
PIANO — SPECIALISATION PHASE
Students can revisit and expand upon a style they worked through in the earlier STREAMS phase. Alternatively, they can take a creative step forward into song-writing, composition or improvisation. This stream allows a student to consolidate the work they have done in the previous phases. Students would not be able to transition into this phase without having done the others in order.
PIANO — SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING PHASE
Students are empowered with the relevant skills, stylistic understanding and self-awareness musically to direct their own musical pathways. They do so with the support of their Chasing Sound Music School teacher and community.