We provide a comprehensive approach to learning an instrument

Performance

Performing is immensely important to musical development, and ultimately it is why we do what we do. Our program aims to give our students as many opportunities to perform as possible. 

In addition to private tuition, we offer each student the additional following opportunities:

  • Monthly studio class (attendance optional, but encouraged) open to any student of any instrument. Feedback is given to each student on the spot, and our teachers work with the student in the moment to help develop confidence in their performance skills.
  • End of term concerts. Students perform polished works in a formal environment. Older students are encouraged to engage with the audience through short introductory talks about the pieces they are performing. 

All together this adds up to at least 12 performance opportunities each year through the school, with additional programs and opportunities often running in the school holidays.

Personalised learning

There are no two students with the exact same needs, and as such we tailor their musical education accordingly, in consultation with the parent, the teacher, and the student. 

We implement personalised learning through:

  • Personalised learning plans. At the beginning of every term, our teachers write PLPs for every student in our program. These are tailored to the individual’s specific needs, and the agreed upon goals for that term. Whether that is an AMEB exam, local eisteddfods or competitions, scholarship auditions for schools, performances in their own school, or even just learning for leisure.
  • Guidance in setting smaller practise goals. Our students are all given practise journals, and our teachers work with each student to assist in setting realistic weekly practice goals that are challenging yet achievable. 

Qualified teaching artists

Our experienced staff all hold tertiary qualifications in music. They also each in their own way engage in a wide variety of other musical endeavours in their own professional practice. 

Many of our teachers perform professionally in ensembles around Sydney, work as accompanists, chamber musicians, are involved in arts leadership, or even use their entrepreneurship to engage in their own music business endeavours. 

Our teachers epitomise the idea of the teaching artist defined by Eric Booth as “… a practicing professional artist with the complementary skills, curiosities and sensibilities of an educator, who can effectively engage a wide range of people in learning experiences in, through, and about the arts.”

Additionally, to be a musician is to engage in life-long learning, and musicians never truly stop being students themselves. We regularly encourage, and provide resources for our teachers to pursue professional development opportunities to help them further their craft. 

Listening and exploring

Listening is an often-overlooked element of a child’s musical education. The ability to hear in your mind what you are trying to play, before you attempt to play it, is a pivotal element of instrumental performance. A student’s musical mind can only be developed through constant exposure to the sounds they are trying to produce themselves. 

  • Students are given regular listening assignments.
  • In each lesson, teachers are constantly demonstrating for students, both in small chunks, and in complete renditions of the pieces the students are working on. 
  • Our frequent performance opportunities not only give the student the opportunity to perform, but also to hear the music that other students are making. 

These three things - listening to recordings, teachers modelling, and exposure to peers performing - all work towards the same goal of developing the students musical mind and facilitating them building up a mental blueprint of the musical outcome they are aiming for. 

Community

Our school is a close-knit family of teachers, parents, and students all working together to create high quality music and foster a positive learning experience. Being surrounded by excellence, but in a non-judgemental and supportive environment, is an incredibly powerful tool for student motivation. When students see their peers and their teachers succeed, they feel encouraged to do the same. When the student is then further supported in this by the parent, success is not a question of if, but when.

Rachel and Chris founded St Leonards Music Academy knowing that above all else, this community surrounding a student on their musical journey is the biggest differentiator in how far they will go. Our entire program has been built with this in mind. Between our studio classes, regular concerts, personalised learning plans, and dedicated teaching artists, students aren’t just having one lesson a week, they are joining a community that is solely dedicated to their musical success. 

Our experienced teaching artists tailor their approach to the needs of every individual

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