Welcome


Welcome to Rachel’s Music Studio where anyone can learn music!


A private home-studio based in Albany, North Shore

Lessons offered include :

  • Piano (classical, improvisation, accompaniment)
  • Theory and Aural (ABRSM / Trinity)
  • Accompaniment (instrumental, vocal, choral)
  • Chamber music coaching
  • 30min or 1-hour lessons

My main purpose and objective are to create an open environment for musicians to share ideas and appreciate music. Anything you need will be catered for such as grade exams, school composition assignment, school solo performance, high school chamber music competition, church hymnal accompaniment and much more. If you are not a performer, you can still learn the piano just as a hobby to relieve some stress in this busy world. Remember, music is for everyone! Book a free trial lesson today and discuss how we can integrate music into your life.

Available hours:

Weekdays
  • 9am – 3pm for daytime students (adults)
  • 3.30pm – 8pm for afterschool students
Weekends
  • 9am – 6pm (students only)

Lesson Scheme

Lesson Scheme

Whether you are a complete beginner or a transfer student from another teacher, you are all welcome.

Lesson scheme cannot be limited by a fixed date plan because one size does not fit all. Everyone learns at a different pace and each lesson is an interactive experience. It is almost like improvising! But we have a general guideline such as improving on technique, artistry, performance and theory, and all are equally important components of music learning which will be covered in the lessons.

Piano Adventures, Bastien, Bayer or Alfred methods are used in my lessons for beginner to intermediate students, and I slowly incorporate additional repertoires to make a transition to advanced level.

To finish off a great year, you will be given an opportunity to perform in a house concert with a real audience to experience performance.

Theory Made Easy by Lina Ng or ABRSM theory workbook is used for theory lessons.

For adults, you can begin with Piano Adventure for Adults or other easy contemporary repertoires based on what your preferred genre is. I am extremely flexible to accommodate what you wish to learn.

FAQ

Frequently asked questions

Q: Can I decide to not continue with further lessons after the free trial lesson?
A: Absolutely.

Q: Do you provide visiting lessons?
A: Unfortunately not at this point, because there will be students before and after you and I cannot leave the studio.

Q: Do I have to sit a grade exam? Is it important?
A: It is not a mandatory requirement. However, 90% of students take it to set a goal for the year. I also recommend sitting at least one exam every second year so you know where you are. Personally, I view every exam as a motivation and a goal to practice but nothing more than that. If you have other bigger and better performance opportunities, take this instead of the exam!

Q: Is Trinity better or ABRSM better?
A: This seems to be a big interest amongst parents and candidates! As a teacher with 10+ years of teaching experience, honestly, it does not matter at all. Examination pieces across both Colleges are relatively similar, although a grade 6 piece of one College could be in grade 5 in the other in some years. This does NOT mean one is more advanced than the other but is only due to different interpretations. Trinity College currently offers in-person exams with New Zealand examiners. This follows the traditional exam structure (3 pieces, exercises, scales & arpeggios + a choice of sight-reading, aural, improvisation component). ABRSM offers both in-person (traditional) and online recording (performance) exams. Recorded performance exam fees are currently 15% discounded and you can apply every month.

Q: Would you choose an in-person exam or a recorded online exam?
A: Again, it does not matter. They are both good. Let us not think in terms of ‘good’ or ‘better’ when it comes to music exams. It’s just a tool for you to see where you are in comparison to others. For me, the exam is just a mean; not the end.
Both exam structures have their own benefits. Traditional exam lets you follow (obviously) the traditional structure of 3 pieces, scales & arpeggios + choice of sight-reading, aural or improvisation. It gives you a chance to experience performing onsite. It gets you to practice and prepare more sightreading, techniques and aural skills. This is useful for those who need a bit of a push to cover all these aspects.
The new performance exam (effective from 2020 due to covid-19) requires 4 pieces from the syllabus and nothing else so it’s easier and less time-consuming to prepare for. I include all aspects of music including technique, aural, sight-reading and improvisation regardless of the exam so I don’t find the need to be examined on these (again, they are only means, not the and. Therefore I personally prefer the performance exam. However, it completely depends on each student’s situation and some may be better off on traditional and some on performance.

Q: Do I need to take the theory exam?
A: For ABRSM, you need a grade 5 theory exam certificate if you wish to take a practical exam grade 6 or above. So YES to those wishing to pursue this path. Trinity College does not require a theory exam. Personally, I think the theory exam is very useful because studying for an exam provides you with knowledge and understanding of the musical language. If you do not wish to sit a theory exam, try the past exam papers!

COVID-19

Health and safety information regarding COVID-19

In order to aid the current situation, a hand sanitiser will always be available in the studio and the piano will be constantly cleaned with disinfectants.

Furthermore, Skype or Zoom online lessons are available. It’s just like a normal lesson but in your own comfortable lounge! 😀

Please download either of the apps on your iPad or laptop and add me. Let’s pick a suitable time (which doesn’t have to be our normal lesson time).

You can find me through these directories:

 

contact@imrachelsong.com

https://zoom.us/j/8100869929 

021 0271 0704

You can find me through these directories:

 

contact@imrachelsong.com

live:.cid.67488c320b307734

021 0261 0704

 

Please stay safe and let us hope this ends very soon!

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