Sam Blaxland
Violin and Piano Tuition
Tamworth NSW

Meet the teacher

Violin lessons

Piano lessons

About Sam

I’m Sam Blaxland. I teach piano and violin at my own music studio in Bithramere (10 minutes past Tamworth Airport) as well as music tutoring in three schools in Tamworth.

I am passionate about developing my students with solid technique and a broad 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 parents, children and adults and to watch new musicians advance musically over time.

Violin Lessons

Individual tuition

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

Violin students will learn the following:

  • The art of violin practice
  • How to engage the mind most effectively (making intelligent decisions about what and how to practise)
  • How to get the most from each minute of practice
  • How to read music
  • How to enjoy the achievement resulting from perseverance and turn it into motivation
  • Opportunities to perform in the semesterly concerts
  • Opportunities to polish skills with AMEB piano exams

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.
  • Listening: Frequent listening to recordings of the student’s pieces and other classical music is emphasised. Individual expression is also encouraged.

Developing personal discipline and learning the art of practice is perhaps the most valuable concept students will learn.

Practice teams

Parents’ have an active role in the child’s musical development. Parents are the home teachers and participate in lessons, foster a musically-nurturing environment and engage the child in productive practice.

Parents do not need prior experience with music. By participating in lessons and making use of the provided learning resources, parents can confidently help and encourage their children at home. The teacher, parent and child all work together as a team.

Piano Lessons

Piano students in my studio learn the following:

  • The art of practice
  • Correct posture
  • Understanding rhythm, pitch, tone and musical expression
  • How to read music
  • Opportunities to perform in the semesterly concerts
  • Opportunities to polish skills with AMEB piano exams

Individual tuition

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

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

Practice teams

It takes a team to nurture a budding musician! The student, parents and teacher are all essential players. Mum and Dad are the home teachers and participate in lessons, develop the environment and actively engage the child in productive practice.

Parents do not need previous knowledge of music. By participating actively in lessons and making use of provided material, the home teacher can guide and encourage their children as they unfold and blossom musically.

Pricing

$23 / twenty minutes

$34 / half-hour

$68 / 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.

Testimonials

“Sam is a fantastic teacher. He has taken the time to build a rapport with my children. He has earned their trust and developed a beautiful bond over music with them. Their confidence amongst their peers has dramatically improved over the short time they have been partaking in music lessons. Practice is not looked upon as a chore in our household but as a pleasure as Sam has made it fun and gives them goals to strive for each week.
Thank you Sam!”

Kath Geddes

“Isabella loved the concert and playing with you! She said it was fun and she did so well. I’ve found this year she has grown and matured so much already and is so keen to practise the piano more so than before. She just loves it!!!”

Suzy L

Get in touch

Feel free to contact me about lessons. Often the best way to contact me is by email as I can reply when I’m not teaching.

0491 119 982

Studio: 270 Bayliss Lane, Bithramere, Tamworth

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