Spring Piano School

Spring Piano School 2018 - Junior Program on Tuesday Sept 25 & 26, Senior Program on Thursday Sept 27 & 28

Spring Piano School returns to Glenfern in 2018. This event is designed to help young piano students from ages 6 to 18 achieve their potential, irrespective of their level or background. The 2018 program contains two x 2-day workshops of piano classes and individual lessons culminating in a concert for all students.

A unique piano teaching event for school-age pianists!

Read the Spring Piano School 2018 Brochure for further details of timetable, venue, requirements, prices and booking.

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Teaching Staff for 2018

SPS18 Staff Faces Photo Bar

As well as teachers from the Team of Pianists - Darryl Coote, Prof Max Cooke OAM and Robert Chamberlain - we are delighted to welcome Elizabeth Mitchell as the guest teacher for 2018. Elizabeth is currently an Honorary Senior Fellow of the University of Melbourne where she has taught for over 25 years. She holds Bachelor, Masters and Doctoral degrees from the university, has been an AMEB piano examiner for 30 years, and is now a Federal examiner, Chair of the Victorian Examinations Advisory Committee and Chair of the Victorian panel for Teaching. As well as teaching at all levels, she provides workshops and masterclasses for a variety of organisations and will bring her wide experience in teaching, coordination and curriculum development to this year's Spring Piano School!

About the Junior Program and about the Senior Program

The Junior Program takes place from 9.30am to 5.00pm on Tuesday September 25 and Wednesday September 26, with a final recital for all students at 3.30pm on Wednesday September 26. There are approximately 20 places for primary school age students of all music exam levels, plus Year 7 students up to and including AMEB/ANZCA grade 4 level. Students take part in group classes covering many themes, they each receive two 30-minute individual lessons (value $100) with various staff members, and will enjoy world-class teaching in the historical 19th century National Trust building Glenfern.

The Senior Program takes place from 9.30am to 5.00pm on Thursday September 27 and Friday September 28, with a final recital at 3.30pm on Friday September 28. There are approximately 15 places for secondary school students of all music exam levels. Students will receive workshops, group lessons and two 30-minute individual lessons (value $100) with various staff members. Parents and friends are invited to attend the final recital sessions in both programs free of charge.

Expand your technique. Explore new skills. Excite your mind. Make new friends.

Piano Teachers Are Welcome Too!

Professional development places, for teachers or for parents, including lunch and certificate of attendance, are available for each day of the Program. Spring Piano School 2018 showcases a wide range of abilities and achievement levels, with contrasting and varied approaches from the teachers in a friendly environment. Teachers have found this to be a very stimulating program to attend and observe, see the 2018 Brochure for full details.

FOTOPS Sponsorships

Through its fundraising activities and membership fees, Friends of the Team of Pianists Inc. is able to provide a limited number of sponsorships for selected students in the Spring Piano School. Some may be offered before the start of the School on the recommendation of the selectors, whilst others will be awarded at the conclusion of the School, on the recommendation of the teachers with whom the students have worked. These sponsorships comprise a refund of part of the Spring Piano School 2017 tuition fee and may be awarded on the basis of helping with travel expenses, need, ability or encouragement.

Batya (Sue) Simon Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Batya (Sue) Simon Scholarship Fund from 2016 commemorated the life of Batya (Sue) Simon, who passed away on 24 November, 2015. In both 2016 and 2017, these funds aided with the provision of sponsorships and assisted worthy young pianists to attend the Team of Pianists Spring Piano School.

Instrument Sponsors

Bernies Music Land, 381 Canterbury Road, Ringwood, Tel: (03) 9872 5122, is our valued instrumental sponsor, providing fine instruments by Bernstein, Schimmel and Roland.

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Some Comments and Evaluations from the 2017 Spring Piano School

“I liked...the session on technique and the one on practice methods (using metronome and opposites). I liked how the sessions focussed on different types of things, such as technique, pedalling, dynamics, preparing for performance. I enjoyed the individual lessons because I received helpful feedback from the teachers.”
“I really enjoyed coming to the Spring Piano School and learning ways to improve my piano playing. I liked getting opinions from other teachers and meeting like-minded people. Thank you to all of the teachers (and helpers) for making this a positive experience!”
“I liked having four teachers who presented on different topics but still had consistent themes running through. It was good to have participation from the students in the sessions so that the concepts being presented could be demonstrated and practiced... it was a great experience, thank you very much!”

See a report about the 2015 Spring Piano School or visit the Past Events section for Brochures and Reports from Spring Piano School and other events between 2009 and 2013.

Upcoming Events

Twilight Chamber Music at Rippon Lea

Concert 5 - Music from Russia, France and Spain, with two Roberts

Robert Ekselman (cello) and Robert Chamberlain (piano) make a musical journey through Europe with François Couperin's Five Pieces en Concert (arr. Paul Bazelaire), de Falla's captivating Suite Populaire Espagnole, Debussy's mercurial Sonata for cello & piano and the passionate Sonata for cello & piano Op 19 by Rachmaninoff. Download the flyer here.

Date and Time

Sunday August 19, 2018 at 6.30pm
Rippon Lea Ballroom, 192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick (Melway 67 E2)

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Twilight Chamber Music at Rippon Lea

Concert 6 - More than Opera hits Rippon Lea

Glorious soprano arias and duets with Rebecca Rashleigh (soprano), Victoria Lambourn (mezzo-soprano) and Darryl Coote (piano). Composers include Mozart, Dvorak, Puccini, Rossini, Tchaikovsky and more!

Date and Time

Sunday September 16, 2018 at 6.30pm
Rippon Lea Ballroom, 192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick (Melway 67 E2)

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Glenfern 1

Baroque, Folk & Oz

Shane Lestideau (baroque violin) and Robert Chamberlain (piano) in a program with works for solo violin by Telemann and Bach, traditional violin solos from Ireland and Scotland, duos for violin and piano by Anders Westström and young Australian composer Alice Chance, plus piano solos by J S Bach and Ross Edwards, all in the intimate Drawing Room at Glenfern. Read more...

Date and Time

Sunday October 28, 2018 at 3.00pm
Glenfern, 417 Inkerman St, East St Kilda, VIC

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