International School of Music

Turramurra

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We believe that

Learning music Is fun

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A bit about the school

We develop musicians not technicians 

ISM Turramurra provides unique, group music courses for students from 2 years of age. We also offer private tuition for piano, guitar, singing and theory.

We run both pre-school music classes and group piano classes, Monday to Saturday during the public school terms. All the programs are structured to give the maximum benefit to each student, developing all technical and musical components. ISM's music courses make learning music fun.

Children enjoy the wide variety of music from classical to rock’n’roll. Theory, listening, reading, composing, and all musical skills are developed in a comprehensive approach so your child will develop into a young musician. ISM Turramurra has been teaching children music for over 25 years. 

Our approach to learning is simply;

What you hear you sing;
What you sing you play;
What you play you read;
What you read you write.

MEET THE DIRECTOR

Ros Tesoriero graduated from the University of Sydney Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education specialising in piano.

Whilst later residing in New York she continued her studies in jazz improvisation, arranging and composition with the world-renowned jazz concert artist and music educator, Dave Frank.   Over the last 20 years Ros has worked as a professional musician ranging from music theatre to solo pianist/vocalist. She has also worked as a specialist music educator covering the entire music school curriculum from Kindergarten to general and elective music throughout High School.

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Group CLasses

2 year olds

$14.50 for 30 minutes

Jitterbugs provides two year old children with the opportunity to be immersed in a musical world, in a group setting, often for the first time.

The program includes singing original and known favourites, actions to songs, percussion, movement to music and musical craft relating to the lesson topic.   Children attend one lesson per week for 30 minutes with a parent or carer.

This is a great opportunity for children to have lots of musical fun in an unpressured classroom environment. Classes are held in the mornings at both Eastern Road and Turramurra Primary School locations, Monday to Saturday.   All teachers are preschool and musically qualified. Classes have a maximum of 10 children per group. Siblings may attend.

3 YEAR OLDS

$19.00 for 45 minutes

This program aims to develop all aspects of early music fundamentals for this most receptive age group.

We sing to encourage pitch, use percussion instruments to develop rhythmic skills, do action and movement for gross motor co-ordination, experience music appreciation for listening skills and play lots of musical games to encourage the brain to develop through musical concepts.   

In the Beebopper program, parents move into a partner role, sharing the experience with the child. There is greater emphasis on fine motor control and pre-reading activities. An ideal way to give your child the opportunity of enjoying and discovering the world of music.   

After the Beebopper program and at the age of four, the children can proceed to the Pianorama Junior Course , where they continue in the same group system, but also learn the piano as part of the lesson structure.

4-6 year Olds

$24.00 for 45 minutes

The Junior Music Course incorporates all fundamentals for practical and musical development for the beginner student. An emphasis on aural training expediates the learning process and the students develop the components of musicianship and technique simultaneously.

In their weekly lessons the students develop the following skills:

Piano tuition - practical learning, with solo and ensemble experience

Percussion - to develop rhythmic skills

Theory/musical games - for confirmation of reading notation and musical elements

Music Appreciation - understanding of musical structure and creativity

Class maximum of 10 students, grouped within a 6 month span. A digital piano is provided for each student for use in the classroom. We create an unpressured atmosphere with an effective structured programme taught by fully qualified music specialists.

from 7 years of age

$24.00 FOR 45 MINUTES

The Primary Course incorporates technical and musical concepts which are covered through repertoire and technical finger play, experiencing all styles of music.

In their weekly lessons the students develop the following skills:

Keyboard and percussion ensembles for rhythmic development

Music appreciation for the understanding of musical structure

Creative awareness

Opportunity for solos and ensemble work

With the use of the teacher’s speed variable disk, the children play with exciting orchestral and band tracks, inviting them to experience a broad range of musical styles.

FROM 7 YEARS OF AGE

$27.00 FOR 45 MINUTES

The Intermediate Course is for Junior Course graduates, to further develop their musical and technical skills.

In their weekly lessons the students develop the following skills:

repertoire

technical development

solfege aural concepts

harmonic extension

theory worksheets

ensemble and individual practical work

FROM 9 YEARS OF AGE

$37.00 for 60 minutes

Extension Course is for Primary and Intermediate Course graduates. We cover all musical styles of repertoire with a technical development programme for this level.

The students learn to become more musically independent and work at a more comprehensive level.

This, together with the acquired musical awareness, enables the teacher to work with the students in:

composition

improvisation

keyboard harmony

theory worksheets

Our focus

ISM learning
materials

Our course materials are book and CD sets that include all repertoire and worksheets. They are fun, informative and easy to use.

responsive to children’s needs

Our teachers are friendly, responsive and sensitive to the students’ needs. All are preschool and musically qualified and trained within the ISM system.

age appropriate
lessons

Children are grouped according to age and ability. Lessons are structured to accommodate age appropriate behaviour.

Friendly
Staff

Our ISM teachers are caring and sensitive to the students needs. We create an energetic and positive learning environment.

Frequently Asked Questions

What days are you open?

We are open all day Monday to Friday and Saturday mornings. Classes run from 8.30am for preschoolers and from 3.45pm through to early evening for both group and private lessons.

How do I enrol?

The easiest way is to call into the school in person or by phone and talk through the needs of your child with our administrator or school director. They will then be able to either slot you into an existing group class or private lesson or put you onto the appropriate waitlist. We advise that you enrol online or in the office so we have all your information.

Is there a registration fee?

No, but we ask parents to pay upfront for a Term. For group classes we offer a free trial lesson and then should you wish to proceed the first lesson becomes part of the term’s fees.

Is there a waiting list

For private lessons we normally have slots available. Some group classes are full and others have space but we cannot guarantee to offer a suitable class on your preferred day. We always have new classes being formed and establish a wait list until a class becomes viable.

Do I need to have a piano at home?

Jitterbugs and Beeboppers do not require pianos, however all our other programs require that you have a digital or acoustic piano at home for them to practise on.

Where can I hire a digital piano?

We highly recommend going to Pianoworld Australia in Chatswood. You will get a great price through your connection to the school and they offer a 6 month rental agreement on all pianos both digital and acoustic.

390 Eastern Valley Way Chatswood, NSW 2067

Phone:02 8999 3639

How long is each class?

The Jitterbugs group classes for two year olds are 30 minutes. The Beebopper classes for three year olds and the Pianorama Junior, Primary and Intermediate courses for 4 – 7 year olds are 45 minutes. The Pianorama Extension course is 60 minutes.

Private lessons are usually 30 minutes but for higher grades and older children can be either 45 or 60 minutes.

How many students in a class?

Group classes are capped at 10 students each. We generally do not start new classes with less than 5 or 6 students to ensure the best group dynamics. Our average group size is around 8. Private lessons are one-to-one.

As a parent how much am I involved?

Parents/Carers have to attend Jitterbugs, Beeboppers and it is preferable to attend the 4 year old junior classes. It is useful for parents to assist with practise and motivation at home.

Do you ACKNOWLEDGE previous music tuition?   

Yes we do which is why we ask about prior experience in our initial conversation with parents. We try to then place the child in the best class that suits their age and previous level of experience.

what do the materials cost?

The cost of materials (books and CDs) varies by program but is generally in the range of $35 - $42. These materials generally last around 6 months before the children progress to the next level.

Are there discounts for registering more than one child?

We offer a 20% discount for a third and subsequent child.

What digital pianos do we suggest for students?

What are weighted keys?

What is the meaning, significance and usage of a weighted key on a digital piano?


Weighted Keys are the ones you will find on a normal Piano. So on a keyboard they will have the feeling as if you were playing a real Piano. If you don't plan on doing much with Synth Sounds, I would get the weighted keys. They are more comfortable to play and also set you up for when you are playing on any normal piano.

Can you suggest a digital piano to buy/hire?

Casio CDP-130

The Casio CDP120 is an affordable entry into the world of 88 note digital pianos.

Simple to use, yet all of the basic features piano players need to learn and perform at their best. Can also be used as a MIDI controller.An optional piano stand CS-44P is available to configure the keyboard for lessons and serious piano play. Or you can remove the stand for a basic compact configuration that fits in just about anywhere.

• 5 high-quality tones

• Digital effects: reverb (10 types), chorus (5 types)

• Layer

• 5 demonstration songs

• Damper (sustain) pedal included.

Kawai ES100

The ES100 features 88 grade-weighted keys and the keyboard responds just like a real grand piano. Therefore it is an ideal choice for beginners seeking a starter instrument on which to learn.

However, its realistic, acoustic-like touch will also appeal to more experienced players looking for a second piano for after-hours practise. 

The integrated lesson function, with adjustable metronome and song recorder, is an invaluable tool for aspiring pianists, while additional instrument voices, Dual and Split playing modes, and 100 drum rhythms allow players of all levels to indulge their creative spirit.

At just 15kg, this portable instrument is light enough to be carried around the home or school with comfortable ease. 

Roland F-130R

The F-130R brings high-end piano performance into your contemporary lifestyle.


Roland’s acclaimed sound quality and keyboard touch puts the authentic tone and feel of an acoustic grand under your fingers. The built-in stereo speaker system provides rich, full sound for practice and entertaining, while the unique Headphones 3D Ambience effect lets you lose yourself in an immersive sonic experience during private playing sessions.

The F-130R offers many additional features for improving your skills and increasing piano enjoyment, such as onboard recording, the ability to play along with favorite songs via USB memory, and support for Roland’s free piano apps for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

We suggest going through pianoworld Chatswood. 

Pianoworld Australia offer 6 month rentals on all their pianos and great prices for our ISM students.
Contact Katherine, she’s our favourite.
Email: katherine@australiapianoworld.com.au
Ph: 02 9882 6618

Private Concert Teachers Videos

The ISM Turramurra Private Christmas Concerts were held on Sunday 29th November at the Uniting Church in St. Ives.


In total 17 students played in the 2.00pm concert; 18 in the 3.00pm concert; and 15 in the 4.00pm concert. Most students were obviously piano students but we also had guitar students and voice students.




At each concert there were also performances by Ros Tesoriero, the School Director and some of our private piano teachers. The listing of their performances is below.
Ros Tesoriero             
Kathy’s Waltz (Dave Brubeck)

Paul Young                
Prelude in C Sharp Minor (Rachmaninoff)

Leah Beanland
Carol of the Bells (Jarrod Radnich)

Lyn Chong              
Impromptu in Gb Major Op. 90 (Schubert)

Craig Brinker             
Allegro Barbaro Sz. 49 (Bela Bartok)

“I enjoy learning piano at this place because there are good teachers.”...

 Josiah, 8 years old

OUR TALENTED TEAchers

Ros Tesoriero

PRIVATE Piano and Group Classes

Ros Tesoriero has attained an A.Mus.A and graduated from the University of Sydney Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education specialising in piano. Whilst later residing in New York she continued her studies in jazz improvisation, arranging and composition with the world-renowned jazz concert artist and music educator, Dave Frank.

SOPHIE RUSSELL

GROUP CLASSES

Sophie joined ISM in 2016 as a group music teacher. Specialising in piano, Sophie has reached Grade 8 Piano at the AMEB, as well as completing the HSC Music 2 course. This year Sophie will be studying at University, and sitting her AmusA piano exam. Sophie herself is an ISM student, starting with Jitterbugs at the age of 2 which makes her one of the original ISM students!

Paul Young

Piano and Voice lessons

Paul has attained both the A.Mus.A and L.Mus.A, the highest levels in piano performance. Paul teaches both piano and voice and is currently working on writing music for movies with the US production company that made Finding Nemo. He is also the Director of Music for the Australian Youth Choir and the Chamber Choir. He has been the Vocal Director for professional musicals such as Miss Saigon and Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

Lyn Chong

PRIVATE PIANO AND GROUP CLASSES

In piano Lyn has achieved the prestigious L.Mus.A for solo piano. Lyn is a quiet achiever with high standards for both her students and herself. Lyn teaches both group classes and private students. Her first career was as a pharmacist following her Degree in Pharmacy from Monash University.

Rachel Harding

Private Piano

Rachel has both a Bachelor of Music degree and a Masters in Music from the University of New South Wales as well as the A.mus.A (with distinction). She has accompanied a number of choirs including touring Europe and United Kingdom in recent years. In the last few years Rachel has had three of her students nominated for Encore (top HSC students performances and compositions in the Opera House).

Leah Beanland

PRIVATE PIANO AND GROUP CLASSES

Leah joined ISM in 2015 and teaches Group Classes to expand our existing team of Claudine, Lyn and Ros. Leah has a Degree in Creative Technology and is completing a Bachelor of Music degree. Leah is great with her students and they love her in return.  She has also won awards in the short film catagory.

Rixa Jaekel

PRIVATE PIANO

Rixa joins ISM Turramurra in 2016 as a private piano teacher.  Rixa's musical pathway in Germany started with private piano classes and five years at the University of Vechta. Her teaching career began 30 years ago in Sydney and she has prepared students from Preliminary Grade to Diploma degrees in both Practice and Musicianship. Rixa is a professional member of the Music Teachers' Association.

Craig Brinker

PRIVATE PIANO

Craig has joined us in 2015 from New York. Craig has a Bachelor of Arts (Music) from Brevard College, North Carolina, where he graduated with a GPA of 3.99 out of 4! Craig has worked as both a music teacher and a professional musician and comes from a strong background in both classical and contemporary music.

Micah Beel

Private Guitar

Micah Beel is our new guitar teacher. He has a Bachelor of Music degree from Excelsia College, Sydney. Micah has been a professional musician for 6 years playing everything from classical, to jazz, to rock. He teaches electric and acoustic guitar, along with the bass guitar and extended range guitars such as the 7&8 string.

Francesca PrihastI

private Piano

Originally from Indonesia, now based in Sydney, Francesca Prihasti is a remarkably gifted musician. She is a recent graduate from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where she studied jazz. Francesca performs regularly with her quartet on the Sydney Jazz Scene. Francesca has recorded two albums of original compositions with prominent jazz musicians from New York. 

Rosa Kim

private Piano

Rosa is completing her final year at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and will graduate with a Bachelor of Music Piano Performance in 2016. She attained her A.Mus.A. in 2010 and was nominated as an Encore performer in 2012 for her solo and chamber performances. Rosa has worked in various educational situations and seeks to help her students to discover joy and love for
music.

Grace Elliott

Private Voice and Group Classes

Grace Elliott joined ISM in 2016 as a group teacher. Grace has been teaching music for 8 years and is a performing musician on the local scene. Grace completed all piano grades in Suzuki and graduated with a Degree in Media from Macquarie Uni where she specialised in music
production. She currently runs an independent music production company.

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1/4 Eastern Road, Turramurra NSW 2074

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Kissing Point Rd, Turramurra NSW 2074

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