Welcome to Curious Keys Piano Studio

29 Waitoa Road | Hataitai | Wellington | NZ

(04) 386 2376 | info@curiouskeys.co.nz

Fun and engaging individual piano lessons for all ages and abilities

Get in touch to enquire about lesson availability and to arrange a free trial lesson

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LESSONS

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What days do you teach?

Throughout the school term the studio is open Monday to Friday (with spots available during the day and after school), as well as all day Saturday and Sunday.

How long are lessons?

Lessons are mostly 30 minutes weekly, with some higher grade students requiring 45 or 60 minute lessons.

How much does it cost?

Fees for individual lessons are as follows, and are invoiced in full for each school term:

  • 30 minute lesson: $39 (incl. GST)
  • 45 minute lesson: $49 (incl. GST)
  • 60 minute lesson: $59 (incl. GST)

What do you do in a lesson?

Lessons are run according to the student’s needs on the day, and any long-term goals. Often we start with a warm up, and then move on to learning new pieces, or answering any questions or problems the student may have. We also try to allow time for listening activities, improvisation or composition, theory and reading music, as well as plenty of time for some musical games.

What do I need?

To begin with, just a piano or keyboard at home, and some quiet space to work in. We will ensure that you receive a folder, where we keep track of things to work on, and any music books that you may need.

What is a good age to start learning the piano?

In our experience, the best age to begin is around 7 years old. At this age, children have developed the fine motor skills needed to play the piano. They also know other necessary basics, such as counting and the alphabet, and are able to concentrate for a longer period of time. We also teach beginner adult students, so there is no age limit!

How much practice do I need to do?

Students will need to set aside time to practice regularly throughout the week to make progress between lessons, however the time spent practicing will vary depending on age and level. Beginners should aim for at least 5 minutes (ideally 5 days a week or more!), while students sitting grade exams would need to allow at least 30 minutes.

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ABOUT THE TEACHERS

Camille Nelson

Camille has been teaching piano for the last 10 years, fulfilling a life-long dream of running a music studio.

After a year spent in Germany, Camille attended the New Zealand School of Music, gaining a BMus (Musicology) and a GDipMus (Music Therapy). Alongside this she also achieved ATCL in Piano Performance. Soon after, she became a member of the NZ Institute of Registered Music Teachers (IRMT), where she is also Secretary of the Wellington Branch.

Camille not only enjoys playing the classical music she was taught herself, but enjoys exploring everything from pop to jazz to heavy metal.

Camille teaches the Monday to Saturday lessons at Curious Keys.

Micah Nicholson

Micah has been playing piano since he was 14, but has been immersed in music his whole life. His parent’s music collection spans Hildegarde to Six60, so he has developed strong love for both listening to, and playing music.

Micah is about to go into his first year of study at Victoria University. He will be pursuing a BA in Theatre and English, with the eventual aim of becoming a teacher.

He wants to build on his experiences as a student mentor and his love for working with people to help teach others to love music as much as he does.

Micah teaches the Sunday lessons at Curious Keys.

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PHILOSOPHY

Here at Curious Keys Piano Studio we teach students from 7 years to adult, and from beginners to early advanced levels. Students are engaged in lessons, and take an active role in determining the course of their study. Together we create a supportive and encouraging environment, so that students gain the confidence and musical experience to independently explore and try out new things.

Of course, the main goal is to get people playing music! We teach a combination of reading music and by ear, as well as skills like improvisation and composition, to enable students another creative way to express themselves, and to deepen their understanding of music. Students gain an appreciation of many different styles and genres. For children, we find that teaching through play is the most effective way to learn, so our lessons are full of creativity and fun.

Music is a fundamentally important way for humans to express their feelings and emotions – we aim to give students the skills they need in order to do this. Learning an instrument is a long-term project, but one that is incredibly fulfilling. Through hard work and dedication, and a generous helping of curiosity, students are able to reach their musical goals, whatever they may be.

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GET IN TOUCH

We are now taking Sunday bookings! Starting in Term 1 2021 we will be offering lessons on a Sunday, with a small number of individual and group lessons available for beginners with our new teacher, Micah. Get in touch now to secure a space!