Sonya Visser is an experienced, seasoned piano teacher who takes pride in keeping up to date with the most current piano teaching concepts.
Having studied piano pedagogy at a Master's degree level at the Qld Conservatorium, combined with holding an LTCL from the Trinity College of London in Piano Performance and many years of teaching experience, Sonya is able to customise her lessons to the individual needs of every student. Her enthusiasm is infectious and encourages a growing passion for the piano and for music in her students. This in turn encourages autonomy of learning and over time independent musicians.
Reasons For Commencing Music Education On The Piano
The piano is a core musical instrument and for those considering the commencement of a music education, it is the best instrument to start on for a variety of reasons:
- The keyboard layout is alphabetical in a clearly visible pattern.
- To produce a sound, you simply press a key. Other instruments require breath control or precise positioning of fingers in order to produce a note at the desired pitch.
- All properly tuned and maintained pianos assist in the development of a good sense of pitch in younger students. To maintain a piano, it should be tuned once or twice a year by a piano tuner. A good quality digital piano does not require tuning.
- The piano is a great instrument to learn to read music on due to the keyboard layout. It has the largest range in pitch or sound from its lowest to highest notes. Because of this, piano music uses both bass and treble clefs for its written notation.
- As most instruments use either the bass or treble clef in their written notation, this versatility enables students to learn a second instrument relatively easily or transition to another instrument, after a solid grounding on the piano.
- The piano is one of the few instruments you can play both melody and an accompaniment. The design of the keyboard and range of notes allow players to play multiple notes simultaneously, giving a young musician a clearer image and understanding of chords and harmonies.
- This means learning the piano makes the comprehension of music theory much clearer, which is an essential skill when composing or arranging music.