The Encore on Keys music course is designed for Piano and the Encore on String course is designed for Cello and Violin. It develops complete musicians through performance pieces, improvisation, aural training and awareness, keyboard harmony, sight-reading, chord chart reading, ensemble playing, transposition, rhythm development and music literacy. View flyer here
Key Elements of Junior Piano and Strings:
- Songs - for musical enjoyment, expression and foundation movement activities
- Finger Zips - small pieces that develop keyboard skills on a micro level
- Repertoire Pieces - solo performance pieces
- Ensembles - develop part-playing skills, group interaction and team playing
- Solfege/Solfa Singing - builds an aural library of melodic patterns
- By-Ear Playing - connecting keyboard playing with aural perception
- Flash Cards - enhance reading skills and reinforce theory concepts
- CDs - provide an aural model featuring outstanding arrangements.
"Best Australian Made"
This program won the Australian Music Association "Best Australian Made" award for print music or music software in 2010.
The award was based on the:
- High production qualities of the Books, CDs, Flash Cards and toys
- Educational effectiveness of the content, including the comprehensive Teacher Guides
- Success in marketing these new materials to teachers and parents in a number of countries including Australia
Master of Music ( Piano performance) Monash University, Melbourne
Fully accredited member of AMTA
Alla is the director and founder of Alla's Music Studio has been playing and teaching the piano for over 25 years.
Alla started her professional music education in Russia and completed in Australia, at Melbourne Monash University. Under the guidance of Tamara Smolyar (a continuer of traditional Russian piano school) and the team of pianists - Max Cooke, Robert Chamberlain and Darryl Coote (continuers of French piano school), Alla graduated with a Masters in Music (piano performance) from Monash University.
She was awarded a High Distinction for Piano Performance as part of her Master's degree (click to listen Alla's performances).
Alla enjoys teaching piano to children from the ages of 2.5 years old, as well as primary, secondary and tertiary students and adults. She starts with student from 2.5 years old and leads them to the highest grades of AMEB or ABRSM.
Alla believes that one of the most important parts of her teaching is to explain to her students how to practice at home, between piano lessons in class. How to benefit the most from practice sessions. Alla sets up clear home tasks for the student in their music diary and every lesson begins from checking those tasks. New steps can be taken once the previous assigned tasks have been completed and understood by the student.
Alla's education in Preschool programs.
Alla completed Preschool music education and attained her License for teaching Kinder Beat level 1,2,3 and "Encore on Keys" music programs in 2014 with Encore Music Education team, creators of the program Mark Gibson and Morna Robinson.
Alla trained her teachers to teach Encore on Keys and Encore on Strings Program.
Samuel Bachelor of Music (Contemporary Performance) and Master’s degree in Creative Studies in JMC Academy Melbourne
Samuel studied classical music performance, majoring in piano during his initial years at STIKMI conservatory in Serpong, Indonesia. He then completed his Bachelor of Music (Contemporary Performance) and Master’s degree in Creative Studies in JMC Academy Melbourne, Australia.
As part of his learning endeavours, Samuel was taught by many distinguished pianists from all over the world, including Kuei Pin Yeo, Charlotte Panggabean, Marco Grieco, Kyunghee Yoon, Snezana Stankovic, and Giuseppe Andaloro. Additionally, Samuel has also spent one year studying Early Childhood Education at RMIT University.
As a pianist, Samuel has been performing both classical and contemporary music for seven years, and aside from performing and composing music, he is ready to impart what he has learned from his teachers to his students. To him, it is important that students improve not only their technical skills but also their musicality.
In 2021 during her last semester in university, Agnes re-entered the piano teaching world to explore her passion for music education after teaching for a year when she was 13 years old. By then, Agnes had been learning to play the piano for 9 years and she kept up her lessons right up until her college graduation at 18.
Agnes completed her Grade 8 Associated Board of Royal School of Music (ABRSM) practical piano exams at fifteen years old, after which she moved to Singapore from Indonesia on an international scholarship at an International Baccalaureate school to take Music (Higher Level) as one of her high school subjects. Before moving to Singapore, Agnes had participated in regional as well as national piano competitions.
Agnes delivers individualised teaching based on each student's learning style and capacity, with the aim of fostering long term enjoyment of the piano and music in general. It is when her students have been able to find this enjoyment that they have performed their best in examinations (whether it be with the ABRSM or the AMEB), competitions, and recitals.
Michael is a piano teacher with over 13 years of classical piano experience, achieving his AmusA diploma at the age of 14 and achieving an AW award for his LMusA (licentiate) exam at the age of 16. From a very young age, he has attended and received many awards in numerous piano competitions and performed in various recitals and concerts.
He has also been a part of an Orchestra, and bands and is also quite experienced in chamber music. His biggest achievement apart from passing Lmus was his performance of Grieg Piano Concerto and being allowed to play Rhapsody in Blue with his school orchestra.
Throughout the years of his musical journey, he has obtained a broad range of musical knowledge and is very enthusiastic to share his experiences and teach others how engaging piano is.
Vitus Lai Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, ATCL (piano)
Growing up learning both the piano and violin, Vitus is a classical piano and violin teacher at the studio. Prior to his studying at The University of Melbourne (Melbourne Conservatorium of Music), he has obtained LTCL in violin and ATCL in piano in his teens.
Vitus puts a heavy emphasis on the structure of his students’ learning progress, as well as the fundamentals. He is currently teaching beginners to intermediate-level students and is looking forward to having you join one of his interactive lessons.
Lydia Flowers is a Piano & Ukulele Instructor. She has been playing the piano since she was 6 years old, was classically trained and obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Music from Victoria University. In 2019, she became a member of the Victorian Music Teachers' Association (VMTA).
She had experience in classical piano, theory, bands/ensemble recitals, songwriting and playing-by-ear. Her teaching methods are age-relevant, engaging and in fun and supporting style. She also incorporates technology into her teaching - especially with sight-reading, learning the notes, and aural training. Lydia is passionate about working with students on their musical goals and helping them to achieve their fullest potential, in whatever shape or form that is for them.
- Bachelor of Music Performance, Victoria University
- Fully Accredited Member of VMTA
Frances is currently completing a music industry diploma and has been teaching violin privately for over seven years. She achieved her AMusA diploma in 2017 and has completed all AMEB exams with excellent results.
Frances has experience teaching students of varying abilities and strives to create a positive learning environment where they feel supported and inspired to play. She believes that great results come from open and honest communication between students, teachers, and parents.
Gabe is currently entering his third year at Monash University, studying for a degree in Music Performance (Popular Piano and Voice). Playing the piano since the age of four, Gabe has immersed himself in various styles of music, stemming from Classical, Jazz, Pop, RnB/Soul, Blues and Rock.
Whilst piano is a specialty of his, Gabe is also an experienced vocalist, having studied Popular Voice and Vocal Mechanics, before transitioning to his piano studies. However, you will often hear his voice emanating behind the keys of a piano!
What Gabe will offer as a Piano/Vocal teacher:
- Improvisation (implementing relevant scales and chords to match the appropriate key)
- Textual understanding (dynamic control, rhythmic variation, tension and release)
- Learning by ear (linking theory to make intuitive learning easier)
- Notes and chart reading (understanding key, form and rhythm)
- Hand techniques, fingering, and right-hand/left-hand coordination
- Singing and playing the piano simultaneously
- Practice routines
- Performance practice! Aspects of performance include stage presence, storytelling and entertainment.
Brenny has experience performing a wide repertoire on the cello, ranging from the Renaissance period to the Contemporary Music Period. He especially enjoys music from the Romantic Era and Contemporary Period, where he can express his musicality to match the piece's characteristics.
In addition to classical music, Brenny enjoys improvising mainstream music on the piano, where he was influenced by his piano teacher Tim Topham to learn new genres and hopes students will feel encouraged to expose themselves to different musical styles.
Brenny's teaching style is focused on building a musical foundation with students and fostering effective practice habits by incorporating self-discipline. Ultimately, Brenny aims to ensure enjoyable lessons and hopes students can utilise their new skills through performances and ensembles to make the most out of their musical experience.
Student Progress Example - From Encore on Keys to AMEB Piano
Yu Ting and Ari Threadgold
Yu Ting and Ari started music lessons when they were 2,5 years old with group classes Kinder Beat 2. At the age of 4 they made their way to piano course Encore on Keys book 4. They able to read wide range of music notes in both treble and bass clef, play pieces with triads in one hand along with the melodic line in the other hand, recognize all the music terminology and follow dynamics and details such as legato and staccato.
Playing piano and understanding music theory helped Yu Ting with her violin lessons which she began at the age of 3,5.
Yu Ting & Ari performing at the End of Year 2017 Concert
Yu Ting & Ari performing at the End of Year 2022 Concert
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