Music Lessons

Simone Collins offers private, one-on-one lessons to students of all ages – children and adults – from complete beginners through to those taking exams, at her home studio in Canning Vale.

Each student receives personal one-on-one attention from Simone, with lesson books or music chosen according to the student’s ability and needs.

Not all learning is done at the keyboard; since we are also learning theory and musicianship, we may work with theory books / worksheets, educational apps, a whiteboard, and with percussive instruments to practise concepts such as rhythm, note naming etc.

We may also make use of the internet to explore performances on YouTube or take a look at other elements related to what is being studied.

Availability

I do not currently have availability to take on new students in the afternoon/evening or on weekends. 

Preference is given to students willing to make a regular commitment to their learning. I report on attendance in the lesson notes; if attendance falls below 80% then we may need to reassess whether it is worth continuing with the lessons.

I do have availability during school hours to teach adults. Individual lessons can be paid for on an ad hoc basis (at a higher fee), or a regular weekly time slot can be set (as with children, payment is required in advance to secure your time slot; see the conditions below).

For those just wanting a few lessons to brush up (or to gift lessons to a partner), a block of 3, 4 or 5 lessons plus a book can be purchased to be redeemed at a mutually convenient time.

Lesson Fees

Tuition costs for weekly students are $72.50 for a 45 min lesson.

Ad hoc lessons for adults are available outside of my regular teaching hours for $100 per hour / $75 for a 45 min lesson.

This is in line with the minimum fees that the WA Music Teachers Association recommends of $95 per hour for Accredited Teaching Members. WAMTA members are all vetted as being qualified to teach, and Accredited Teaching Members need to have also demonstrated a history of successful teaching; you may find other teachers who do not meet WAMTA’s criteria for membership will charge less.

If two siblings are taking back-to-back lessons and are still at a beginner level, I do offer a combined 60 minute slot at a discounted fee of $90. This involves a 30 minute practical lesson each. If siblings are primary aged, a parent is required to attend the lesson to supervise the child who is waiting.

Please note that 30 minute lessons are generally too short to adequately cover everything and are not available for a single student, or students preparing for exams.

Books and exam fees are payable as required.

  • Lesson books are not included in the tuition costs.
  • As a bonus, regular weekly lessons paid monthly include access to several subscription-only services such as Piano Maestro and My Music Staff at no extra cost – I pay additional monthly fees in order for my students to be able to use these apps at home to make the most effective use of home practise.

Lesson fees for the month ahead are payable by the 1st of each month. Invoices are automatically emailed out the week before the start of the month. A late fee of $10 will be applied for any payments that are more than a week overdue.

Your lesson time is reserved for you, and regular payment is expected for you to keep your lesson slot. Lessons continue year round, including during the school holidays, except on public holidays. If you will be travelling, please contact me to discuss alternate arrangements.

Missed Lessons

Choosing to miss a lesson for any reason does not require me to provide additional lesson time (a make-up lesson). The fee for that week’s lesson will be payable whether you attend or not.

Please note that I do not offer make-up lessons for conflicts or no-shows. Please see the music lesson as a priority / prior commitment. If the regular lesson time becomes unsuitable, please speak to me about whether we can find an alternative.

If a student is unwell or there is no one available to drive the student to their lesson, I can conduct the lesson online during their regular lesson time so that they don’t miss out and don’t need to leave home  – the only thing needed is a device or computer by the piano which can run Zoom, Skype or Google Hangout – I also have a special Online Lesson Room here on my website – so that the student can see and talk to me.

If I am unable to go ahead with a scheduled lesson (e.g. if I become sick) the payment for that lesson will be credited to the following month.

See also The Importance of Communication … And Honouring Your Lesson Time Slot

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