Simone Collins has been playing music for over 35 years, and teaching music since 1997.
One of my favourite things as a child was to listen to my father play the organ. I was so excited to begin learning to play the piano at 6 years of age and the electronic organ at 8! Music lessons are a great gift – it opens up a magnificent doorway for expression and enjoyment, and it is such an honour to introduce students of any age to the realm of music.
Thanks to my own music teacher’s encouragement, I developed early a love for performing in front of crowds (which was also an excellent vehicle for developing public speaking skills) and arranging music. In the years I competed in Yamaha Electone Festivals, in most cases playing songs I had arranged myself from orchestral scores, I usually won my heats and went on to the state finals on several occasions. In fact, the first time I went through to the WA State Final I was the youngest ever to do so, at 10 years of age.
I have completed Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) exams for Piano and Theory of Music (both to Grade 5) and Yamaha Exams for Organ to the equivalent of the AMEB’s AMusA level. I am registered with the WA Music Teacher’s Association (WAMTA) as an Accredited Member, and hold the position of Marketing Co-ordinator on the WAMTA Council as well as being employed part-time as the WAMTA Secretary.
I believe that music lessons should be fun and tailored to the individual, and that students should be well versed in understanding the theory of music, including reading music rather than learning pieces by rote, as part of their performance skills so they can branch out into whatever area interests them most. I make the most of technology, including a variety of fun apps to reinforce music concepts and practise. Students have free access to Piano Maestro while they are taking lessons with me (normally $14.99 a month if you were to purchase it yourself!)
I have taught students from the age of 4 (I won’t take them any younger than that) through to their 70s, from complete beginners through to students preparing for exams. I cater for both students simply looking to learn for fun, as well as those wishing to take exams – I work with a number of different exam syllabuses, particularly AMEB, Rockschool, and the Australian Guild of Music Education (AGME).
I look forward to teaching you or your child and being a part of your own musical journey!