Violin and piano lessons in Tamworth with Sam Blaxland | Tamworth Music Teaching

Sam Blaxland
Violin and Piano Tuition

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About Sam

I’m Sam Blaxland. I teach violin and piano in Tamworth NSW, Australia. I currently teach in three schools in Tamworth as well as maintaining my own music studio. I am passionate about developing my students with solid technique and a complete understanding of music to allow freedom of musical expression. I have been teaching violin and piano since 2013.

I am very grateful for the opportunity I have had to work with students and parents to give children and adults the opportunity to develop musically.

Violin Lessons

Individual tuition

Violin lessons are one-on-one and are available in 20, 30, 45 and 60 minute sessions (see pricing). As students advance, they are given the opportunity to participate in the weekly ensemble (see below).

Method

  • Fundamentals: Using techniques from Rolland, Galamian and Suzuki’s string pedagogy, I have developed a method which focuses on posture, tone and musical expression from the beginning of training.
  • Sightreading: While posture and technique are being introduced in bite-sized chunks, sightreading is also taught.
  • Weekly ensemble: Participation in the weekly ensemble class is highly recommended. In these classes, violinists experience playing in parts, working with other musicians, and blending with other instruments (eg. viola, cello, brass and woodwind). Much repertoire is covered which gives the students ample sight reading practice. This gives the students confidence when learning new repertoire and when playing with other musicians.
  • Listening: Frequent listening to recordings of classical repertoire is emphasised (including the pieces the student is playing). Individual expression is also highly encouraged.

Developing personal discipline and learning the science of practice is perhaps the most valuable concept students will learn. Students will learn the following:

  • The art of repetition in bite-sized chunks when practising
  • Engaging the mind while practising (concentration with intelligent decisions about what and how to practise)
  • Cultivating a productive home practice environment
  • Establishing a regular and consistent routine of practice
  • Finding enjoyment in achievement as a result of hard work

Practice teams

Parents’ have an active role in the child’s musical development. Parents are the home teachers and participate in lessons, develop the environment and actively engage the child in productive practice.

Parents do not need prior experience with music. By participating actively in lessons and making use of learning resources, parents can fulfil the role of home teacher with confidence. The teacher, parent and child all work together as a team.

Piano Lessons

The piano is a very versatile instrument. It is used to lead large classical orchestras, accompany small string groups or perform beautiful solos. Learning the piano helps to develop technique, rhythm and musical expression in musicians. Students in my studio learn the following:

  • The art of practising
  • Correct posture
  • Understanding of rhythm, pitch, musical expression and tone colour
  • Sight Reading
  • Performing (concerts, soirees and exams)

Individual tuition

Piano lessons are one-on-one and are available in 20, 30, 45 and 60 minute sessions (see pricing).

Practice teams

The practice team involves the student, home teacher and studio teacher. Parents are the home teachers and participate in lessons, develop the environment and actively engage the child in productive practice.

Parents do not need prior experience with music. By participating actively in lessons and making use of learning resources, parents can fulfil the role of home teacher with confidence.

Pricing

$20 / twenty minutes $30 / half-hour $60 / hour Length of lessons depends upon the level of playing, age and concentration. Young children beginning musical studies usually benefit from twenty-minutes lessons, while older children and adults usually have half-hour lessons.

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