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Teaching Methods


Being registered Suzuki teachers we use this method to begin all violin students. We believe this method is most successful for young children. State Suzuki associations provide opportunities for level graduations, group lessons, summer schools, workshops and more.

AMEB (Australian Music Examinations Board) provides a graded system of examinations in music. The examination requirements include technical skills, listening activities, historical aspects and performance with a piano accompanist.

We encourage our students to gain qualifications through the AMEB so that they will develop confidence, and their skills will be widely recognized and respected. Its accreditation is recognized professionally both in Australia and internationally.

Professor Peter Shixiang Zhang is a leading expert of violin teaching. His publications from China which include video demonstrations are the most innovative method for today’s audio visual generation.

Suzuki method


The Mother-Tongue Approach was how Dr Suzuki described his teaching method. He was inspired by the fact that children so effortlessly learn to speak their native language.

Children are encouraged by their parents' love and family environment. Consequently they respond and are able to develop the most difficult of skills, including that of speech.

When a child learns to speak, the following factors are at work:

  • Listening
  • Motivation
  • Repetition
  • Step-by-step mastery
  • Memory
  • Vocabulary
  • Parental Involvement
  • Love

The Suzuki approach encompasses all of these factors, which form the principles of learning of an instrument. The mother-tongue approach has also been successfully applied to other areas of study such as art, mathematics and sport.

Suzuki method also offers students the opportunity for level graduation. To graduate is to achieve recognition for having reached a certain milestone in the ongoing process of musical education. When students graduate they receive a written report on their playing and are presented with a beautiful Graduation Certificate. An annual concert is also held at the Opera House for all Suzuki students.

There are several major publications outlining the Suzuki method available in shops, and to borrow from the studio.

For more information about Suzuki method click here.

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AMEB


AMEB (Australian Music Examinations Board) provides a graded system of examinations in music by offering high quality syllabuses, educative services to teacher, examiners and candidates, and quality publications. Its accreditation is recognized professionally both in Australia and internationally.

Examinations are based on syllabuses which reflect an appropriate range of performance skills and the latest musicological research.

AMEB offers is the only examination body with formal links to major Australian universities and Ministers for Education.

For more information about AMEB click here.

Zhang Method


Professor Peter Shixiang Zhang is from Shanghai Conservatory, China. He is a leading expert of violin teaching with over 55 years experience. He is also a distinguished judge at renowned international violin concerto competitions.

His publications from China which include video demonstrations are the most innovative method for today’s audio visual generation.

We are privileged to have regular contact with Professor Shixiang Zhang as our mentor, and his method has been hugely influential in forming our own teaching philosophy.

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