Welcome to East Coast Bays Piano Studio
As a Suzuki teacher, Melody believes every child possesses the talent and creativity for making music. It is her goal to assist her students fulfilling their potential. Melody sees music education as an important part of physical, mental and emotional development for any child. Read more about the Suzuki Piano program here.
The studio has been newly refurbished and equipped with two pianos including a Samick grand piano. It has an ever-expanding music library, most up-to-date teaching materials and recording equipment, all to ensure the students of the studio are getting the most out of their learning.
The studio also runs a very successful and popular adult piano program. We have received lots of good feedback from our older students so if you are interested in learning piano as an adult, please do contact us.
Introducing new eBook: Fit 4 Piano
For the last few years, Melody had the pleasure of collaborating with Associate Professor Rae de Lisle on an exciting new resource teaching and learning piano technique.
Rae de Lisle is one of New Zealand’s leading pianist and piano educator. She has consistently produced award-winning students, many of them are now established performing pianists and pedagogues all over the world.
The book Fit 4 Piano is an illustrated multimedia resource which covers the most basic movements one use to play the piano, demonstrating how simple exercises apply to teaching and playing at all levels in the most artistic and expressive way. It is also the result of a lifetime of research to resolve issues of tension and stiffness in playing and assist in the prevention of playing-related injuries. The techniques shown in this book allows the student to naturally progress from the earliest beginner to a professional level of playing, and are techniques Melody uses everyday in her own teaching.
Each exercise is described and shown by Melody on video, and explanations for teachers are included in the interactive pop-ups. More than 80 HD video excerpts of demonstrations and repertoire examples by Rae de Lisle show how they are relevant whether playing the easiest pieces or the most advanced.
You can find out more about Rae and this book here.
Like and follow us on Facebook to stay connected!
12/10/20: Congratulations to Fern McClean, who achieved Distinction in her grade 8 piano exam, 2 weeks after coming out of the lockdown and a whole lot of Zoom online lessons! So proud of her hard work and looking forward to what she will achieve in the future!
03/09/20: Well done to the students who participated in the recent HBC Music Festival. Read Melody's blog to find out more!
22/01/20: Congratulations to all students who sat exams in 2019, I am super proud of these students as 100% of them achieved Distinction. Coco Dou (9 years old) deserves special mention, as she received full marks of all three exam pieces in her grade 4 Trinity exam in November 2019!
05/08/19: Melody attended and presented at the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference in July. Visit the Blog page for a summary of her talks on gamifying learning, and the use of story-telling in the piano lesson.
01/05/18: Very Proud of Emily Wong who has achieved her ATCL Diploma in piano.