Music theory will enable you to understand the songs you are playing and how they were composed.

During music theory lessons you will learn scales and key signatures, intervals, musical terms and notation, transposition, musical styles, song composition and structure, and much more. Music theory lessons allow you to appreciate the music you are playing. Lessons are highly recommended for anyone learning an instrument.

One-on-One lessons are designed for you to learn at your own pace with personalised attention.

Group lessons are also available. Group lessons are best for a parent and child, siblings or friends.

Lessons can be just for leisure or you can choose to undertake exams through the Australian Music Examinations Board. Taking exams is a great way to measure progress as it sets goals and a time frame for learning.

See below for more information on exams.


What length of lesson is best for me?

What is best differs for each student. It depends upon skill level, the rate of progress and time availability. For children and beginner students, half an hour is recommended. For adults and intermediate level students an hour lesson is recommended.

How much should I practice at home?

You should try to make practice a part of your daily routine. Aim for 15-20 minutes a day. Doing  2 hours of practice one day a week is not as effective as 20 minutes every day of the week, as learning and memorisation occur through frequent repetition.

Do I need a piano to practice on at home?

You will need to practice outside of lesson times, otherwise, progress will be too slow. If you are searching for an excellent quality piano, you can visit the Piano Warehouse in Milton.

If you are unable to invest in a piano or do not have the necessary space for piano or singing, Tempo Tutoring offers practice rooms for hire.

How long does it take to learn to play the piano?

This depends on the student's learning speed and the skill level goal. From our experience, within six months to a year, students are usually able to play short songs and have preparation for the Preliminary AMEB exam well underway.

What are AMEB exams?

The Australian Music Examinations Board provides examinations for music, speech and drama in Australia. AMEB have exams for a wide range of skill levels from Preliminary certificates to academic degree-level diplomas.

Exams are a great way to set appropriate goals according to the AMEB syllabus. After completing the exam, students receive an official certificate recognising their achievement and independent feedback from the examiner. Exams are highly recommended for those still in school, as each grade from 4 and above earns an extra OP rank upon graduating high school.

Do I need to do AMEB exams? 

No, it is completely up to you if you want to sit exams. Lessons can be just for leisure and progression goals can be set according to what you want to learn.

For more information about the AMEB exams please visit the AMEB website