Alison has a substantial number of students who have passed their Diploma exams, usually before VCE, many achieving High Distinction at the age of ten, eleven or twelve years old. They usually move on to excel academically.
Lessons are available in Melbourne and Ballarat
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The Intermediate level is a crucial stage of learning and and sometimes a change of direction is necessary. Alison teaches the classical styles but also caters for jazz and contemporary styles.
Often the Piano for Leisure course of the AMEB or the new Jazz Syllabus of ANZCA can appeal to students of Intermediate grades or Secondary school. Taking a break from lessons is not all that effective.
Students begin to realize that while music can be fun, some degree of diligence and consistent effort are necessary if they are to make satisfactory progress and to become good piano players as well as musicians. The focus on detail is increased for the more serious student. The technical elements and various aspects of touch and articulation are constantly monitored. In many students an individual performing style is clearly emerging, therefore communicating ideas to the listener and employing gestures are also explored to enhance their performing style.