Frequently Asked Questions

How do I pay for lessons?

You can pay per term or per week. You can pay cash or bank deposit.

Lessons are $35 for 30mins, $50 for 45mins or $65 for 1hour lesson.

How long do lessons go for?

You can choose between 30min, 45min or 60min lessons. Most children will start with 30min lessons and as they progress they will have longer lessons. For younger beginner students we may start with 20min lessons. The cost for 20min lesson is $30. For adults, you can choose how long you want to come. It all depends on how quickly you want to improve. The longer the lesson, the faster you will learn.

How many lessons do I need to have per week?

You can choose between once or twice a week.

Do you do trial lessons?

Yes I can do a free 15minute trial lesson for any new student. I can also give a free 15minute introductory lesson for any beginner students in order to discuss what you will need to purchase and a short lesson where you can play one of my violins.

Where is the location of lessons?

Lessons are located at my house at Mansfield, Brisbane. Please email or phone to get the address.

Do you travel to student's homes?

Unfortunately I do not drive to student's homes. I also do not pick students up from bus or train stations.

Do I need my own violin?

Yes you will need your own violin. There are a few reputable music shops that I can recommend when you come for your free introductory lesson. You can buy the violin outright or rent your violin. I do own multiple violins that you can play in the first lesson, however I do not let students borrow my own violins.

How much would I be looking at spending on a violin?

This depends on if you want a second hand violin or a new violin. Prices vary depending on the size you need and which shop you go to. As a rough guide, you can expect to pay around $170-$200 for a second hand violin. If you want a new violin you will pay a minimum of $300-$500 for an outfit including bow, case and rosin.

Can I rent a violin?

Yes you can rent a violin from a couple of different stores. Simply for Strings rents violins for $24 per month. However you will need to rent for a minimum period of 3 months. Their website is www.simplyforstrings.com.au/rental. There is another shop called Animato that rent violins. There is an initial payment of $50 and then 10 weekly payments of $24 Their website is www.animato.com.au. Massons Music also rent violins. New violins rent for $35 per month or second hand violins for $25 per month. Please email: sales@massonmusic.com or call 3349 2006.

What size violin will I need?

This depends on how long your arms are. If you go to a reputable violin store they will be able to fit the correct size violin to you. 

What do I need to be aware of when purchasing a violin?

Before purchasing a violin make sure the violin is “set up” properly. This means that the violin should have a new bridge and pegs that has been fitted to the violin. Ask if the violin comes as an outfit with bow, case and rosin. Ask if they can fit the violin with synthetic strings and not steel strings.

I am a beginner, will I need to purchase my own music?

In the first lesson we will use my music. I will then assess which music will be best for you. Most students will start with Essential Elements book 1. As the student progresses we will learn out of the AMEB repertoire. I always encourage my students to bring along any extra music that they want to learn.

How many AMEB grades can you do per year?

That depends on how much you practise. Most students will do 1 to 2 AMEB exams per year.

Are there junior orchestras my child can join?

Yes there are junior orchestras in Brisbane. They do require that you are at a particular level of AMEB and for most orchestras you will need to do an audition to join them.

There is the Brisbane Regional Youth Orchestra that has a requirement of grade 2 AMEB to join the scherzo strings or Symphony Orchestra is AMEB grade 4. They rehearse Monday 5.45pm-8.30pm at Balmoral.
https://www.brisbaneregionalyouthorchestra.com/

St Andrews Community Orchestra is located at Vulture Street South Brisbane. They rehearse 7.00 pm – 8.30 pm on Wednesday evenings. There is no audition required for this orchestra.

www.st-andrews.org.au/ministry/community/st-andrews-community-orchestra

The Queensland Youth Orchestras has a Junior Strings Ensemble that has a requirement of grade 5 to join. They rehearsal saturdays 8.45-11.30am at the Old Museum Building.

There is also the Queensland Youth Orchestra 3 that also has a standard of grade 5 to join. They rehearsal on saturdays 1.15pm-4.00pm at the Old Museum Building.

qyo.org.au/

Please look up their websites to find more information.

Performance opportunities
There are many opportunities for students to perform throughout the year.  There is the Brisbane Eisteddfod. You can find more information at https://www.brisbaneeisteddfod.org.au/
There are also concerts at Massons Music every few months where students can go and perform.

Do you offer group lessons?

No, I only teach individual lessons as each student learns differently, it is important that each lesson is structured for the needs of that particular student.

Do you teach adults?

Yes I have experience teaching adults that have always wanted to learn violin.

What is your required notice period to stop lessons?

Please notify me 2 weeks before you intend to stop lessons

Do you have a current Blue Card?

Yes

Are you a Member of the Music Teachers' Association of Queensland?

Yes I am a Professional Member