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Acoustic and Electric guitar lessons

Whether you want to learn acoustic guitar like Ed Sheeran, play electric like Jimi Hendrix, or pursue classical or flamenco guitar, our teachers can get you playing the music you want to learn. We cater to beginners of all ages, can help intermediate students diversify their skills, and for more experienced players our tertiary educated teachers can bring your playing to the next level with technical know-how and real-world experience. We believe in structuring our guitar lessons on strong theoretical foundations so that students of all levels can confidently learn and explore the music they love..

Our curriculum: although all students have different goals and aspirations, we have various studio-wide term challenges and activities that we encourage all of our students to participate in. Some examples include composition (writing, scoring and recording a piece), music of the world, duets, ten-piece challenge and many more. All students experience elements of theory, improvisation, performance and composition.

 

We usually start our younger players on a nylon string acoustic (3/4 size) and focus primarily on getting the kids interested and enthusiastic about music and creativity. We encourage them to learn and play the songs they like, as well working through a suitable method book for their age. While we realize the importance of the formal aspects of music education, we feel the most important aspect for younger learners is making music fun, as it is and should be!

We supplement the formal music aspects with a range of other activities, like board games, iPad instructional apps and games, composing, learning duets, clapping/rhythm activities and regular improvisation - where teacher and student work together to create an original song on the spot. While there is no official starting age, kids that have basic counting, left/right and reasonable fine-motor skills can get started using our ¾ size acoustic guitar. We don’t generally accept students younger than 5, but it really is down to the child.

This is a great age to be learning music, as their passion really develops, and by encouraging them to learn what they love about music, they are motivated like never before. Instead of having to learn ‘boring old music’ they can be learning the songs they identify with, bringing a true relevance to their musical education. Motivation is the key to success, and there is nothing more satisfying (and motivating) for a student than playing one of their favorite songs themselves.

It’s also the time to start diversifying their guitar playing. It might be trying a different style, changing between acoustic/electric, song writing and composing, continuing or starting exams, and maybe even experimenting with effects and pedals.

Beginners Our teachers can help you avoid the common pitfalls faced by many self-taught guitarists. We'll make sure your posture and technique are correct, and show you how to properly work on the skills you need to make the music you love. While we do encourage you to learn to read music and immerse yourself in the theory of great music, it isn't necessary to get you playing your favourite songs. And no, it really isn't too late too get started. We learn our whole lives - music is no different

Experienced players If you already play guitar, but would like advice on a particular skill or help with a tricky solo, our teachers can help. It could be technical know-how, advanced exam prep, aural training, chord theory,help with song writing, getting your head around some new gear –all of our teachers are highly trainined and are currently active in music scene. scene.

Please visit our FAQ section below to find out more information.

Our teachers have a wealth of teaching experience, specialising in composition and improvisation with both jazz and classical backgrounds. All of our teachers are formally educated, have industry experience and teach multiple styles.

We screen our teachers to ensure not just flawless theoretical knowledge, but a real understanding and appreciation of music; they have the ability to really listen and hear music – enabling them to transcribe and teach anything you’d like to learn.

They are all talented and practising musicians, and above all, have the ability to transmit those abilities to others.

Teaching Qualifications

BMus in Jazz Jazz Guitar
Queensland Conservatorium

Masters of Teaching
Ongoing

Current Victorian Working With Children Check

Alex took up the guitar at 7 years old, soon after discovering rock music, and has been an avid player ever since. He completed an Advanced Diploma of Jazz guitar in 2007, followed by a Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium in 2010, majoring in Jazz Guitar

He is currently teaching guitar, music theory, aural skills, transcription skills and ensemble practices at Victoria University, and plays guitar in a number of Melbourne bands. He has gigged across Australia in a variety of acts, played as a session musician and taught at primary, secondary and tertiary levels. Although guitar is his primary instrument, he also professionally plays mandolin and drums.

Teaching Qualifications

Master of Music (Performance)
Melbourne Conservatorium

Bachelor of Music Performance
Victorian College of the Arts

Current Victorian Working With Children Check

Tristan Cozens is an outstanding classical guitarist who specialises in both solo and ensemble playing. He began his studies at the age of five learning Suzuki guitar and has been performing in public for more than twenty years.

Tristan was a finalist in the inaugural World Competition in 2013 and has performed in master classes with John Mills, Slava Grigorian, and Tim Kain.

He has performed regularly on 3MBS Classical radio station playing both ensemble and solo works. He completed a Bachelor of Music Performance at the Victorian College of the Arts, as well as Honours and Masters at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. He has been teaching guitar for more than 8 years, working with a variety of age groups, guitar styles and abilities.

We understand the value and importance of live performance, and encourage our students to perform at every available opportunity. Not only does it provide a great motivation both before and after the ‘gig’, it builds confidence, consolidates practice and above all is a great experience. Ask any musician – nothing beats the feeling after a live performance!

We hold two recitals per year: a mid-year winter recital, an end-of-year Summer Duets recital (they’re more like a parties) where all of our younger students perform for fellow students, family and friends, showcasing their talents with songs they’ve learnt and/or composed throughout the year. You can see pictures of our latest recital here. For our more mature students, we hold ‘wine and cheese’ nights at the studio every term, where our adult students can meet others in a friendly atmosphere, all the while getting an interesting and varied concert. Always a relaxing, constructive and fun evening!

While we don’t force or pressure our students to take exams, we certainly encourage them. Exams cover most aspects of musical education, and provide both structure and deadlines. Whether the student wants to take exams or not, we teach all of the aspects examined, such as sight-reading, performing, aural skills and theory. The decision to take exams or not is down to the student – on one hand they can be rewarding and beneficial for those who work well with the exam structure, for others they are overly stressful and can end up turning students off music altogether. We find that the majority of students lie somewhere in the middle.

Our teachers can help students prepare for AMEB, ANZCA and VCE exams. Our students currently have a 100% success rate.

Exams are scheduled throughout the year; it is necessary to book in advance, before the closing dates. If you’d like to organise exams please talk to your teacher and we’ll arrange the booking for you.

 

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Enrolment at Allegra Music is based on an 11-month school year (Feb-Dec), with 40 weekly lessons per year, divided into 4 terms.

The annual fee is based upon the VMTA recommended hourly rate of $74.00. You have three options for fee payments: per annum, per term or in monthly instalments. Whichever you choose, the total cost is the same, as outlined below.

Please note: All lessons are paid in advance, and are non-refundable. 

The rates listed below all include GST.

 30 Minute Lesson45 Minute Lesson60 Minute Lesson
Annual$1628.00$2442.00$3256.00
Per Term$407.00$610.50$814.00
Monthly (Feb-Dec)$147.99$221.99$296.00

* Due to school holidays, some months/terms have more lessons than others. Please click here to view our term dates

Family Discounts

A 5% discount applies when 2 members of a family are enrolled. For 3 or more family members, a 10% discount applies (does not apply to annual studio fee).

Annual Studio Fee

There is an annual non-refundable studio fee of $30 per student to cover enrolment in online theory and practice courses, teaching materials and printing costs.

How To Pay

Preferred payment method is via direct deposit; however, we do accept cash if required. Invoices are issued either on the 1st of the month, or the 1st day of term. Payment is due within 7 days.

2017

Term 1

29th January to 1st April
(9 weeks)

Term 2

18th April to 26th June
(10 weeks)

Term 3

16th July to 23rd September
(10 weeks)

Term 4

7th October to 22nd December
(11 weeks)

The studio operates as normal on public holidays that fall within the term.

We ask that you to adhere to the following studio policies:

Cancellations

If you can’t attend a lesson, we require a minimum of 24 hours notice. If the required notice has been given, we are happy to schedule a make-up lesson.


Illness

We understand that kids (and adults!) get sick sometimes. If this happens, please text, call or email before 9am (8am on weekends) on the day of the lesson and we will schedule a make-up lesson.


Students are entitled to one make-up lesson per term. Make-up lessons must be used within the term and cannot be rescheduled.

Attendance

Your lesson time is reserved for you each week, so please arrive on time. Lessons always start and end at the scheduled times.


Practice

Students are expected to fulfill all homework and practice requirements. A goal of 5 days per week is optimal. As a rough guide, for very young students 5-10 minutes of supervised practice per day. For older children and adults, at least 20-30 minutes per day is recommended. Please see the FAQ section for more details.

For younger students, the parent/guardian needs to ensure students are keeping up with their piano practice.

Yes. We teach from beginner right through to Grade 8 level and beyond.
Yes. Learning and appreciating the piano is about playing the music you like. Whether it’s Dr John, Disney or Katy Perry, if you like the music, we’ll teach you how to play it.
No, we teach all ages. In fact, around a third of our students are adults, and many of them are beginners! It sounds cliché, but it is never too late – we continue to learn our whole lives, music is no different.
We expect all of our students to practise for obvious reasons: the more you practise, the more you will enjoy the music. For very young children (4-8), 10 minutes of supervised practice per day is recommended, for older children (9-15) and adults, 30 mins per day. We recommend you don’t practise more than 5 days per week. Lessons should not be included in the practice regime, as their purpose is to direct and guide you in your learning, not to practise scales!
We generally don’t teach children below 4 years of age, as some basics are required (left/right, numbers, letters, attention span), however, we have a Music For Kids preschool program.
Yes. We have two music parties per year (‘recitals’), and wine & cheese evenings for our adult students once per term. They are optional, but a lot of fun and highly recommended. Playing in front of others encourages you to play the best that you can, is a great motivator, and nothing beats the feeling of playing a live show!

Apart from the benefits of learning and appreciating music so that it feels ‘natural’, children also benefit in a number of other areas. A quick web search will show numerous studies, but as a quick sum up taken from the Dept. of Education NSW:

  • Better academic achievement, particularly with maths
  • An increase in ability to focus
  • Better memory
  • Aware of discipline and the importance of practice
  • Learn fine motor skills
  • Develop teamwork and shared goals
  • Better at interacting socially
  • Learn to listen more actively
  • Learn to embrace other cultures through music

The benefits of playing a musical instrument are outlined in the below short (4:44) TED video, for people in general, not just children.


Only if you want to. Some people prefer to follow the structure of exams, others like to learn outside of the curriculum. We can prepare students for exams right through to Grade 8, and assist with VCE preparation.
No, we only teach from our studio in Coburg North. Our singing, piano and guitar teachers hail from Thornbury, Carlton and Moonee Ponds, but all converge on the studio to teach. While we do have students from just around the corner, as well as coming from Pascoe Vale, Brunswick, Mill Park, Preston and other local suburbs, we can offer better lessons from the studio, using studio resources, acoustically treated rooms and well-maintained instruments.
Yes of course, however we’ve noticed that generally children are more open and relaxed if their parents aren’t in the room.
Yes, although we operate roughly in line with the school terms, students can start at any time throughout the year. We simply charge a pro-rata amount, based on which week of the school year the lessons start.
No, although due to the varying start and end dates of the school terms, sometimes your lesson will overlap with the start or end of the holidays. You can view our studio calendar here. If you really would like to take lessons during the holidays, please contact us.
If you can’t make a lesson we can reschedule a make-up lesson at a later date, provided we’ve been given enough notice. As per our policy, we require 24 hours notice before the lesson time to cancel, or if you or your child are sick, before 9am on the day of the lesson. If the required notice is given, we offer one make-up lesson per term. Make-up lessons do not ‘roll-over’ to the next term, and if the notice hasn’t been given, we are unable to offer a make-up lesson. Your teaching slot has been reserved each week and the teacher paid, so if given the notice we may be able to offer your slot to another student.
We provide each student with a folder to take home, often print music for the student to keep, and provide access to a number of online learning platforms; these are all included in our annual studio fee of $30. In addition to this, we often recommend music books to students, which we offer for sale, or which can be purchased by the student themselves.
You certainly can, and we encourage it! We can advise you how you can help your child, and there are even textbooks for students with duets with a partner who can’t play at all! Any involvement from the parents/guardians is helpful – from monitoring that they are practising, to how they are practising, we truly encourage you to be active in your child’s learning. Check out our blog for tips.
A very hard question to answer, as everybody is different. Like anything, the one thing that remains constant is the more you practise, the better you’ll play and the quicker you’ll achieve your goals. Some children appear not to progress initially, as they are ‘sorting it all out’, but all of sudden their abilities increase. Others steadily get better and better, it really is down to the individual.
Our prices are listed here, and are set according to the VMTA recommended fees for 2015.
We accept bank-to-bank transfer (details here), and cash.
We don’t accept casual students for two reasons. Firstly, from an ideological point of view, we know that learning an instrument, as with all worthy pursuits, requires commitment, perseverance and dedication. Weekly lessons combined with regular practice yield great results – the more that is done, the greater the enjoyment in both listening to and playing music. Secondly, from a logistical point of view, if a casual student just wants occasional lessons, it isn’t always possible to accommodate them in the timetable. On the other hand, if a weekly time slot is allocated for the casual student, but they don’t always come, it isn’t fair on the teacher who is only paid for the hours they teach (this time slot could have been allocated to a regular student).
The deciding factor should really be to do with your musical preferences – what music do you want to learn to play? While you can play all styles on all guitars, it is probably best to learn the type of guitar your favourite guitarists play. That being said, there are some practical differences. Electric guitars are generally easier to play, as the strings are thinner and easier to press down, and often the neck of the guitar is thinner. Nylon-string acoustic guitars are generally easier to play than steel-string acoustic guitars.
Although a lot of the theory and technique is similar between all styles, there are some particular skills that come with different styles. For example, classical and flamenco guitarists hold the guitar differently and use a finger picking style, while electric guitarists generally use a pick/plectrum. While there are no ‘rules’ on how to make music, the different disciplines traditionally require slightly different sets of skills.
Yes. We can provide you with an acoustic nylon string at your lesson (3/4 or full size), but you’ll need a guitar at home to practise with.
No. We provide you with a studio practice amp and a lead, so you just need to bring your electric guitar.
Yes. While we encourage you to learn to tune your guitar by ear, when you’re starting out it is easier to use a guitar tuner. You can buy them fairly cheaply, or just download one of the many free tuner apps available if you have a smart phone. Unlike the piano, the guitar needs to be tuned quite regularly. Many students feel they can’t play as although their technique is correct, they haven’t tuned the guitar and it sounds terrible. Very important to tune your guitar every time you pick it up!
Starting out you might find that your fingertips get sore for a few weeks, as the skin is usually soft and you’re not used to pushing down on the strings. The skin will quickly toughen up, so hang in there!
Yes! We are happy to help you experiment with your pedals, play slide guitar, use a capo, an e-bow.. There are quite a few ways to play the guitar!
A debatable topic amongst guitarists the world over! Although you can get by reading tablature (a simplified notation used mainly for guitar), we encourage all of our students to read music. It gives a greater understanding of musical theory, which in turn reflects in your playing. Some books have both tab and standard notation, however we think it best if you start out on standard notation. Tab can be handy if you want to learn a song that doesn’t have sheet music and that you can’t figure out by ear.

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