Piano, Guitar and Singing lessons in Coburg North

Allegra Music

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Whether you want to learn Herbie Hancock, Sam Smith, Katy Perry or Adele our teachers can get you playing the music you love. We can teach you jazz, classical, blues, composition, contemporary, prepare you for exams – anything you want. Our tertiary educated teachers are trained in multiple styles, have a wealth of experience and are keen to help you progress on your chosen path. We believe in structuring our piano 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.

Lessons for children should be fun. We don’t believe in gluing children to the piano stool for 30 minutes straight, while they repeat scales over and over until they’re ‘perfect’. Learning piano isn’t just about sitting down to practise, it’s also about listening, PLAYING in both senses of the word, understanding and being creative!

To make lessons more fun and motivating, we try to keep things moving. We might go over a piece they’re learning, complete some theory/workbook, play a duet, play a board game, sing, clap, compose a song, the list goes on. We often do a ‘3 minute jam’ at the end of the lesson, where the teacher and student will create an improvised piece of music together. Popular with students and teachers alike!
We know that teenagers love music. Whatever their style, they want to be able to reproduce their favourite songs. And whatever level of experience they have come from (some complete beginners!) our teenage students are all now able to do exactly that.

Amongst the many aspects of music education, students are shown how to use reading, listening, chords and arranging to make their favourite songs achievable to play. This not only inspires and motivates, but also brings relevance to their learning.
Many adult students come to us saying that they used to play when they were younger, but they gave up and now wish they hadn’t. If that sounds like you, then it’s not too late! Honestly, everything you learnt is still in there somewhere (maybe plus a few cobwebs..) and can be remembered more easily than you think.

If you’ve never touched a piano at all, fear not! Age is not a barrier to learning, only lack of motivation. If you’ve come this far, you’ve shown you’ve got what it takes. We’ll help you realise your dream to play by keeping you motivated and on track to reach your musical goals and aspirations.

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 Piano
Queensland Conservatorium

Music Mentor Training at Independent Music Academy, Brisbane

Current Victorian Working With Children Check

Allegra has loved the piano ever since she can remember. She began taking lessons at age four and grew up learning Classical before moving into Jazz, all the while figuring out her favourite songs from the radio. Later in life she completed her Classical Exams with AMEB and ANZCA, and then studied at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.

Taking her piano tuition with Steve Newcomb, she graduated with a Bachelor in Music majoring in Jazz Piano in 2008. She’s played in jazz, tango and reggae bands (to name a few), various ensembles, and Big Bands. She enjoys travelling, performing and playing with friends, but has come to love teaching most of all.

Teaching Qualifications

James started learning piano at 5 years old, and was soon improvising, composing, and learning pieces by ear, before finally being drawn to the rhythm and energy of jazz. He later completed his degree in Jazz Piano at the Queensland Conservatorium, and his classical LMusA. He’s performed in pop, hip-hop, tango, Iranian and klezmer bands, as well as some work as a clarinettist.

Under the tutelage of teachers such as Yitzhak Yedid, Steve Newcomb, and Therese Milanovic, James maintained an interest in a diverse range of styles, and developed a variety of skills that he enjoys passing on to students in his work as a teacher.

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 installments. 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 do not include GST.

 30 Minute Lesson45 Minute Lesson60 Minute Lesson
Annual$1480$2220$2960
Per Term$370$555$740
Monthly (Feb-Dec)$134.54$201.81$269.09

* 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).
No, but you do need an instrument to practise on. Ideally a tuned acoustic piano, as the natural acoustics provide a rich and enjoyable tone - the better the instrument, the better the sound, and the more enjoyable your piano experience. That being said, a keyboard is perfectly acceptable; preferably one with weighted keys so the ‘touch’ can be maintained.

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23 Tilley St
Coburg North
VIC 3058

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0406 836 397

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