Learn How to Play the Piano at Fireworks

Our Piano Teachers

 Tamara Deferri - Piano Teacher and Piano accordion teacherTamara Deferri studied music at Belorussian Music Academy , graduating with a degree in performance and teaching in 1995. She is an encouraging and engaging teacher, and also teaches piano accordion!







  pic073 - CopyEileen Kwon graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor of Music from  Kangnam University, South Korea, and she has over 18 years experience teaching piano. Eileen’s favourite composer is Sergei Rachmaninoff.









Keeping Students Motivated

Sometimes it is hard to keep motivated in the quest to learn how to play the piano. We have an assortment of ideas and incentives to help keep students moving along (I like to call it bribery and corruption).

Practice Charts are up in our waiting room. Any student can sign their name up on the charts to track their own practice over the course of the term. Six practices a week earns them a sticker, and a whole term of stickers earns them their choice of prize from my box of prizes.

End of Term Concerts are usually held on the second last Sunday of any term, and we encourage students to get up and show us their favourite piece they have been working on. It is quite a relaxed atmosphere, and we usually have a bit of afternoon tea afterwards.

100 songs challenge: you will find pieces of scrapbooking paper up on our walls, marked as the 100 songs challenge. Any student is able to participate in this, just talk to your piano teacher about what songs you learn in your piano lesson can count towards your chart. When you reach 100 songs I will get you a trophy! This is an idea that we picked up from a Brisbane workshop with piano teacher and pedagogue Elissa Milne. It encourages students to learn more music, improve their reading and sight-reading, and be more independent in their practice.  To find out more about how using a repertoire-rich program of learning can help you when you learn to play the piano, you can read more in this article by Elissa Milne: The Surprising Power of Quantity.

Stickers for younger students (or some adults, even!) never seem to lose their popularity.

Formal Exams (such as AMEB exams) can be a good motivator for some students, when they are ready. If you are interested in you or your child taking formal exams such as AMEB, discuss it with your piano teacher early on, so you can work out together where an exam might sit in the program of learning. Younger piano students can work towards P-Plate Piano exams before they are ready for full AMEB exams.

It’s not expected that all of these will appeal to every student, but teachers and parents need to have many tricks up their sleeves, in the hope that a couple might work!

Free Theory Lessons at Fireworks School of Music

Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

AMEB Theory of Music Additional Requirements – some observations and notes One things AMEB students don’t know (until they get there!) and even us teachers sometimes forget, is that in the upper exam levels there are additional requirements in theory. For example, if you sit your grade 6 violin and you pass with honours, but have not yet done your Grade 2 Theory (or Musicianship or Music Craft) you will get your lovely comments sheet in the post, but no certificate. You have not actually formally completed Grade 6 until you fulfil your...

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Winter Program ’13

Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Music School | 0 comments

Winter Program ’13

These coming school holidays, for the first time, we are going to offer a holiday program from 24th – 28th June. The plan is to have instrumental and vocal intensives: one 30 minute lesson per day (5 lessons) which will cost $125 (normally $176), and I will also be running free theory classes for any students who want to sit an AMEB online theory exam. I will be opening this up to anyone who would like to do it, but I want to offer the places to current Fireworks students first as due to our limited space there are only about 12 spots...

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Guide to Buying a Piano

Posted by on January 8, 2013 in Music School | Comments Off

Buying a piano is a big investment in a number of ways. As well as it being a large financial investment, it takes up a lot of space in your house, and will in all likelihood be with you for a long time! This article is aimed at both adult students and parents with children who have piano lessons. Note also that this is intended only as a guide – certainly talk with your piano teacher about it as your piano teacher will be able to assess your specific needs. There are essentially three main options for you to consider, all available in...

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Guitar Lessons for Young Beginners

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Do you have a primary school aged child expressing an interest in having guitar lessons? Are you at a loss to know where to start in finding them a guitar teacher? Here are a few points to keep in mind that will help to guide you through, and keep your child motivated and achieving for many years to come. Choosing a Guitar There are three basic types of guitar available to you – the six-string acoustic guitar, the twelve-string acoustic guitar, and the electric guitar. The six-string guitar can be used in a variety of styles including...

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21 Green Weeks

Posted by on August 17, 2012 in Music School | 1 comment

This term we have been doing a “21 Green Weeks” initiative, trying to incorporate some environmentally friendly processes into our business, one for each teaching week in semester 2 this year. As it is a home business, there are already quite a few green things we are doing – for example solar panels, and energy efficient lighting. But I am challenging myself to find one thing a week that I can do for my business that is good for the environment, or better than what we were doing. I have been posting pictures up on our...

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