Amy is a young, fun saxophone teacher who can help your child reach their next level of musical brilliance. She strives to make all lessons engaging, productive, enjoyable for all involved and most importantly specific to each individual student. She ultimately aims for her students to both set AND achieve their own personal goals for their musical development. She is experienced at preparing students for AMEB exams, internal school exams, as well as auditions- with strong results- and has taught a wide range of students ranging from 6 years up to 60 years old. She is comfortable teaching an array of styles and repertoire- including Classical, Baroque, Jazz, Contemporary, Basic beginner pieces, Nursery rhymes, Movie themes and songs, Musical Theatre, Jazz Standards and Pop. She prides herself on using recording techniques to facilitate student self learning- through students listening back to their own playing and performing, analysing and learning to utilise critical thinking as well as sound aural skills.
Amy has taught at Genazzano FCJ College, Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak, Caulfield Grammar School, Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School and Greenhills Primary School, as well as running her own private studio where she teaches both saxophone and clarinet.
If you are interested in having a lesson with Amy please get in touch here, or via the 'Contact' page with any enquiries or questions.
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Benefits of Private Music Lessons:
Patience: Learning an instrument teaches delayed gratification and builds perseverance in students through weekly lessons and regular practice. These techniques can then be applied to other areas of their schooling and lives.
Creative expression: Learning an instrument gives students an outlet to express themselves creatively, and provides them with a sense of identity. Through music they are able to demonstrate their own feelings, emotions and interpretations; and can give a voice to what can't be expressed through words.
Accountability: By having to be accountable for their own actions (normally students either have or haven't practiced!) this helps to build a strong work ethic in the student- a vital life skill.
Lessons are catered to the INDIVIDUAL rather than the group: As each student is different, private lessons can be tailored to meet that exact student's way of learning- be it visually, aurally, kinaesthetically, socially, logically etc.
Discipline and routine: Learning an instrument encourages students to develop solid practice schedules and routines, which often enhances their overall time management, planning and organisational skills.
Fine motor skills, spatial awareness and coordination: Students learn to better develop hand eye coordination and muscle memory through playing an instrument.
Creative thinking and problem solving skills: Through learning an instrument students learn to think in different ways. Students also learn that making mistakes is ok, as this is the only way they can improve- as Miles Davis once said 'Do not fear mistakes, there are none'.
Listening skills: Playing an instrument develops finely tuned listening skills in students as they learn how to hear when they are playing in tune or when they have played a wrong note. In turn, this improves student's attention to detail as well as their ability to multi task by having to listen to many different things at once (intonation, pitch, rhythm, timbre etc)
Self confidence: By learning performance skills and how to deal with nerves or anxiety, students are taught techniques for staying calm under pressure, which can be applied to many other areas of their lives.
Improved brain function and memory: Playing an instrument is one of the few activities that engages multiple areas of the brain at once- especially the motor, auditory and visual cortices. Through playing an instrument these brain functions are strengthened and students can then apply these strengthened areas to other activities. There is also ever growing research that the brains of musicians both function and are organised differently compared to non-musicians, as areas of your brain associated with storing information and memory grow and become more active through playing an instrument.
Cultural awareness: Music is a universal language, and through learning an instrument students become more aware of different styles of music, as well as its importance to different cultures.
Lifelong appreciation, and love for music: Perhaps the most important factor for learning music, through being encouraged in a positive and stress-free environment, and through playing, listening, reading and engaging with music students develop a lifelong appreciation and love of music.