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), and all day Saturday.
How long are lessons?
Lessons can be either 30 or 60 minutes, depending on the age and ability of the student.
How much does it cost?
Fees for individual lessons are as follows, and are invoiced in full for each school term:
- 30 minute lesson: $38 (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.
How much practice do I need to do?
We don’t encourage any students to spend long durations of time at the piano. It is better to do smaller concentrated sessions – even 5 minutes can make a big difference if it is done right!
After years of learning and enjoyment at the piano, Camille Nelson fulfilled a lifelong dream to become a teacher herself and pass on her love and constant amazement for music!
After a year spent in Germany, Camille returned home to attend the New Zealand School of Music, where she gained a BMus (Musicology) and a GDipMus (Music Therapy). Alongside this she continued studies in piano and achieved ATCL in Piano Performance. After university, she became an associate member of the NZ Institute of Registered Music Teachers (IRMT), where she is also Secretary of the Wellington Branch.
Camille has a wide and varied musical background. Not only does she enjoy the classical music she was taught as a student herself, but has enjoyed exploring everything from pop to heavy metal (although, attempts to learn the guitar largely failed). She ventured briefly into the world of Music Therapy, so has built up a substantial amount of experience working with children who have special intellectual and physical needs.
Currently she is learning jazz piano to brush up on some skills, as well as learning the ropes of piano building while watching her 1830’s square grand piano be restored to its former glory.
Here at Curious Keys Piano Studio, we teach students from all ages and backgrounds, 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.