1. How many students are in the class?
All classes at Grand Music Central are capped to a maximum of 8.
2. What is the fee structure?
Enrolment is for the full calendar year which is payable by direct debit. Fees are charged per semester in advance in accordance with each program. Lessons operate throughout NSW Public School terms which is for approximately 10 weeks. Please contact the office for a breakdown on course fees.
3. Is a Piano or Keyboard needed at home?
Yes. For piano programs, a piano or digital keyboard with a minimum of 66 weighted keys is required. Children in Pre Schooler classes do not require a piano at home.
4. Are private lessons available?
Private lessons are available by appointment and after a paid assessment. Preparation for AMEB, ANZCA and Trinity Exams is available, as well as tuition in Theory and Musicianship.
5. Why do we use Solfege?
The universal musical language of solfege enhances pitch and develops aural memory. Using the most versatile instrument of all – the human voice – solfege is physically easier to sing than letter names. By learning pieces first in solfege, a natural learning progression is followed – to listen, to sing, then to play.
6. When do students start using letter names?
Letter names are introduced to students of Primary age and are used in conjunction with solfege throughout the duration of their tuition at GMC.
7. When will my child go into a private lesson so they can “learn properly”?
Students remain in classes for as long as possible to establish and their music education in a wholistic manner. Class students receive a very solid grounding in a broad range of musical concepts including pitch, harmony, note-reading, rhythm, dynamics, articulation, theory and general knowledge, just to name a few. Correct technique and posture is delivered and expected from the first lesson and all students undertaking instrument tuition are expected to practise regularly.
8. Do you offer a trial lesson?
Grand Music Central can arrange a fee-based, half hour assessment for students showing interest in commencing piano, to ascertain the aptitude and level of interest of both the student and parent. For children of Pre Schooler age, two fee-based introductory lessons are required to become acquainted with the Jiggle Music and Kinderbeat programs before proceeding with enrolment.