Lucy Buttenshaw B.A., Dip. Ed. A.T.C.L.
There is much evidence about the beneficial effects of playing an instrument to improve the brain's capacity for learning all sorts of things besides music. In a nutshell, It's very good for us!
The initial and most important gain in learning how to play an instrument however comes from the sheer pleasure of discovering and making music.
My aim is for students to enjoy the piano and to develop the skills and confidence necessary to discover music independently.
There is the opportunity for students to try a range of music styles, to learn for a specific purpose, for pleasure, or to sit exams through the Australian Music Examinations Board (see courses below).
Students of all ages are welcome, from 5 to 105!
Students may receive instruction for the following AMEB (Australian Music Examinations Board) exams:
P Plate Piano
Piano for Leisure
Theory of Music
NB. The AMEB - practical examinations in West Wyalong are held around July/August every year.
Scheduled lessons coincide with NSW school terms.
NB. I will also teach over the holidays with a flexible timetable to fit around holiday activities - great for continuity and help with practice!
Piano/music lessons start for TERM 1 on Monday 30th January 2017. The last lessons for TERM 1 take place on Friday 7th April 2017
Piano/music lessons start for TERM 2 on Wednesday 25th April 2017. The last lessons for TERM 2 take place on Friday 30th June 2017
NB: The 2017 AMEB practical examinations for the area can take place at any time between Monday 17th July and Wednesday 16th August as soon as I am made aware of the exact date it, will be posted here and I will inform the students.
Piano/music lessons start for TERM 3 on Tuesday 18th July 2017. Please note lessons are held as usual on (Bank Holiday) Monday 3rd Aug. Please phone if unable to attend. The last lessons for TERM 3 take place on Friday 22nd September 2017
Piano/music lessons start for TERM 4 on Monday 9th October 2017. The last lessons for TERM 4 take place on Friday 15th June 2017
Fees for 2017
$29 per half hour piano/music lesson.
$29 per hour per student for a class of 2 Group Music Craft / appreciation.
$23 per hour per student (3 or more students) Group Music Craft / appreciation..
Please pay half fee for all missed scheduled lessons and full fee where little or no prior notice has been given.
If paying on a weekly basis, it would be appreciated if fees for missed lessons could be brought when the student next attends.
Notice will be given if I will be absent for any lessons and substitute times will be offered where possible. (In case of an emergency I will contact via mobile phone).
Requirement not listed?
If the specific music tuition you require is not listed here, just give me a call as this page is only a guide to the range covered.
Piano tuning & sales
Touchstone Pianos is based in Wangaratta, Victoria. After 56 years David Lawson retired handing over to Mark Bolsius who took over the business in 2014. Mark visits West Wyalong around June each year tuning my piano (prior to the AMEB piano exams) together with other pianos in the area. I strongly recommend using a tuner with his level of expertise, over 30 years experience as a piano tuner. He completed his training at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 1982, and as part of a Churchill Fellowship, undertook further training in 1999 at the Steinway factory in Hamburg. He is also an accredited Yamaha Warranty Service Technician. Mark is a registered member (ARPT) of the APTTA (Australasian Piano Tuners and Technicians Association) and the Piano Tuner and Technicians Guild of both NSW and Victoria.
Touchstone Pianos, 35 Warby St. Wangaratta, Vic 3677
Telephone: 03 5721 355
AMEB website link
West Wyalong has been very lucky over many years to have full support from AMEB who have ensured attendance of an examiner for piano.