Bart is a patient and experienced teacher of piano accepting students from reading age upward. Material is carefully graded to allow for progress and encouragement for all students. Those of his students who have followed the AMEB (or ABRSM) piano exam series have received, on average, the Grade Award of A (Honours): "The candidate demonstrates an overall superior level of achievement in meeting the syllabus objectives in all Sections, in terms of musicianship, security of technique (including intonation, tone, phrasing, articulation, rhythm), and stylistic awareness" (from AMEB guidelines for exam criteria marking).
Bart's students experience from their study of piano the rewards of increased confidence, dexterity and the two hand co-ordination and musical literacy which accelerate learning and influence positively the overall development of the person, as well as deriving artistic satisfaction in both meaningful practice and performance. Also fostered through piano lessons are those more elusive virtues of patience and perseverance currently missing from our modern mindset of instant acquisition! The old adage rings true, "That which grows slowly, endures".
All students, when ready, receive opportunities to participate in Masterclasses. Some students wish to learn within a less structured, exam-free environment, but receive equal attention given to building a solid technical foundation.
Teaching since March 2010
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Teaches students aged 5+
I received excellent music training both privately in piano, cello and singing, each to Grade 8 (ABRSM); as well as in world class ensembles, participating fully from a young age as a chorister of St Paul's Cathedral Choir, London, and later a harp major at the Queensland Conservatorium. My further academic studies, results and performances saw me graduate with BMus First Class Honours in 2015 from QCGU, having received the Alva Memorial Award as the third year student with the best overall results in the Bachelor of Music the previous year. These and further awards attest to my own teachers' patience and skill in engaging, grounding, focusing, and nurturing my commitment to both the performance of music as well as to my own practice of teaching both harp and piano.
Key to enjoying an illuminating life with music is breadth and exposure to an array of styles and possibilities. By focusing on each student's artistic goals, I am keen to tailor repertoire choices and general musical endeavours to these developing goals and aspirations as they evolve and deepen. I aim to combine the teaching of technical, theoretical and musical concepts and to cultivate a relaxed and encouraging atmosphere where clear intention and enjoyment can thrive. Weekly lessons in piano and harp are between half an hour to an hour in duration. Practice between ensures continuing progress.