Commonly Asked Questions at WSM
Who and where do you teach?
Wentworth School of Music takes enrolments in piano, flute and musical theory for children 2 years of age and upwards, ‘Rainbow Music’ for children aged 2-5 years, as well as adults wishing to begin or continue their musical adventure. All levels are catered for, from beginners to advanced. Private tuition and KeyNotes classes are offered at the WSM studio in Karalee, as well as Springfield Lakes.
I’ve heard music lessons cost a lot, how will I know I am getting value for my money?
Over the past ten years, more than 75% of our students sitting exams have achieved a grading of Honours or above. WSM uses the Australian Music Examinations Board as our main exam provider. This figure includes exam results from beginner students all the way up to 8th grade, certificate and diploma level. For the rest of our students, 22% achieved a grade of credit, and 3% achieved a pass grade - we have never had a fail. Our outstanding results are a reflection of the quality of our teaching staff, course material and lessons, the dedicated students and of course, the support from the parents!
Speaking of exams, is it compulsory for my child/me to sit an exam?
Music Exams can be fun and are a very important part of a student’s music education. Although exams are not mandatory, we strongly encourage our students to sit exams for the following reasons:
Student Enjoyment and Achievement
AMEB (Australian Music Examination Board) exams are a fun learning experience that will build and increase an individual’s confidence. As WSM students prepare to sit an exam, they are given the choice to learn classical songs, modern songs, jazz songs and more!
We regularly have children as young as 5 years old sitting their first exams. Although the experience may be a bit nerve-racking at first, students always finish the exams with big smiles on their faces and a happy sense of achievement.
Exams give children goals during their learning, and a sense of improvement and achievement as they progress through the grades. It is also a good way for parents to follow their child’s progress. With professional feedback on their child’s performance, parents will know how to healthily encourage and support their children.
The QCAA (Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority) recognize AMEB grade 4 and higher exams. High school students can use these exams to earn credits towards their Senior Certificate and Dual ranking. Many of our students have taken advantage of this great opportunity, and this has helped them get into a Uni course of their preference.
Are the teachers at WSM qualified?
All teachers employed by WSM hold their Queensland Working with Children’s Check, as well as formal qualifications through the Australian Music Examination Board in their instrument of choice.
Our director Tiana has been teaching for ten years, is a primary and early childhood qualified teacher, as well as an accomplished classical pianist. She has also studied in the area of music therapy after commencing tertiary studies in music at the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music.
What exactly are the fees and policies for music lessons at WSM?
Students begin with 30 minute lesson, then after their first beginning year (or when moving to a preliminary exam level) it is recommended to increase their lesson time.
Pricing is aligned with the recommended 2018 minimum tuition fees for a Private Studio Music Teacher as stated by the Music Teacher's Association of Queensland
- 30 minute private lessons - $35.00
- 40 minute private lessons - $48.00
- 60 minute private lessons - $70.00
Lessons are to be paid monthly, in advance. WSM accepts the following payment options:
- Direct Debit Funds Transfer
- Cash Payment
What are the benefits of my child/me participating in music lessons?
Learning to read and play music is an invaluable gift.
It is not easy, success is long and challenging but there are benefits that will last a lifetime. Music is a bit like exercise – no one is ever happy they gave up, but those who succeed have contemplated giving up many times. It provides a sense of enjoyment and fulfilment.
1. Piano Lessons Help Children in School
The most talked about benefit children receive from music lessons is that it helps with their school lessons. Numerous studies available show children who play an instrument, score higher in both standard and spatial cognitive development tests alike. There are also findings that show children who play piano, in particular, scored higher in maths, especially in problems dealing with ratios and fractions.
In one particular study conducted by Dr. Frances Rauscher (a psychologist at the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh) and Gordon Shaw (a physicist at of the University of California at Irvine) tested preschoolers who received piano instruction. They found that preschoolers who received piano lessons scored 34% higher than their non-musical counterparts in tests measuring spatial-temporal reasoning, which is the brain function used to understand maths, science and engineering.
2. Piano Lessons Raise Self Esteem
Learning to play the piano is hard work and takes dedication. Not only does each song mastered increase a child's self-esteem, but showcasing their newly learned talents at piano recitals can boost their self esteem as much as winning a game in a sports competition. Lessons help children to learn how to keep a positive outlook when facing difficult tasks. The understanding that mastering a new skill is a process that requires patience helps children to approach tasks with confidence, and not become discouraged or frustrated.
3. Piano Lessons Increase Coordination
Increased eye-hand coordination is almost a given for children that learn to play the piano, but there is more than that. Kids who play the piano have improved fine motor skills and, unlike other instruments, the piano requires both hands to work independently of each other, one moving fast while the other may be moving at a slower rate. All of these things help to increase a child's overall dexterity and complex thought processes.
4. Piano Lessons Help Children to Concentrate
Reading a piece of music takes a great deal of focus, causing a child to interpret a note and a rhythm, translate it into hand movements on the keyboard and then immediately go on to the next one. Reading and playing music allows them to think both critically and creatively, which is a skill that will assist them in anything they choose to undertake in the future.
5. Piano Lessons Help Children to be Well-Rounded
Regardless of whether a child plays the piano for a short time or for a lifetime, the long-term effects of their piano pursuance are many. Through playing the piano, children are exposed to classical music that they may otherwise have never heard. Kids may develop an appreciation for composers like Bach or Mozart that stay with them for life. In addition, the skills and knowledge they learn in piano may help them easily pick up another musical instrument later.
Do I need a piano at home to practice on?
Having the right instrument for your child to practice on is absolutely vital to their long term success. Most of their musical life will be practicing at home, so in order to do this they need an instrument that feels good, sounds great and responds. It is very important that we as parents understand that expecting your child to make a commitment to practice in turn requires you to make a commitment to providing them with an appropriate instrument. Therefore, choosing the right instrument is a very important decision. We are more than happy to assist you when purchasing your instrument, our advice is absolutely free and perfectly honest!
Thank you and we hope to hear from you soon!