Yesterday the NSW Premier announced the closure of non-essential businesses and urged parents to keep their children at home. NSW schools have been suffering extensive drop out rates as parents decide to keep children at home and we have been seeing this trend in our group lessons.
Unlike other businesses we do not have to simply close as we can move to digital lessons and classes.
The purpose of this newsletter is to announce that today, Tuesday 24th March, will be the last day for face to face classes at Eastern Road or the Primary School. From tomorrow, Wednesday 25th March, all private lessons and group classes will be delivered digitally. Your teacher either has, or will, contact you regarding arrangements.
Private lessons should already be taking place digitally and we have had some excellent positive feedback around the quality of these lessons. I need to make it clear that there are to be no exceptions to this policy which is designed to protect both our teachers and students. If your child is in OOSH at the Primary School and has a private lesson your teacher will contact you to arrange a suitable new time for your digital private lesson.
All group classes will be digital as of Wednesday 25th March. The system we are adopting is You Tube videos. Your teacher will produce a video for each class every week. The teacher will send you a link to allow you to access the video. You have the ability to pause or rewind the lesson as necessary. I have previewed the sample lessons the teachers have produced and they are world class. You can view the video at a time of your convenience during the week and as many times as you like.
The office at Eastern Road will NOT be attended after today. A message will be put on the answer phone to that effect. If you have a query please either contact your teacher or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Keep safe! Stay well! Make music!
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 – Sunday 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.
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.
Check out the video for more info...
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.
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.
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 by age, with separate group classes for 4, 5, and 6 year olds. 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.
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
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.
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:
solfege aural concepts
ensemble and individual practical work
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:
At ISM Turramurra we offer private lessons in piano, voice
and guitar. Lessons take place in our fully equipped private
We offer private lessons at both our Eastern Road and
Turramurra Primary School locations and lessons are
scheduled in the afternoons and evenings Monday to Friday
and on Saturdays.
We have private piano teachers who cover contemporary and classical music from beginners to Grade 8 and beyond and
we also have specialist guitar teachers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We offer a 20% discount for a third and subsequent child.
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The ISM Turramurra Private Student Piano Concerts were held on Sunday 15th September at the Uniting Church in St. Ives.
At each concert there were also performances by Ros Tesoriero, the school’s Director as well as some of our private piano teachers. Take a look at the videos for a taste of those performances!
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.
Maria trained in Germany, completing a Master of Music from University of Heidelberg and Bachelor of Music (Hons) from University of Munich. She has since pursued a successful piano teaching career; teaching piano and musicianship to students of all ages, from primary school to tertiary level. Maria has performed as a soloist and accompanist in Australia and Germany in many public and music club appearances, including invitation recitals, charity recitals, as an official accompanist and on a sponsored solo tour (Samsung). She has recorded with ABC-FM Radio and 2MBS-FM.
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 joined ISM in 2015 and teaches Group Classes as well as Private Lessons. Leah has a Degree in Creative Technology and is completing a Bachelor of Music degree in June, 2017. Leah is great with her students and they love her in return. One of Leah’s students won a Song Writing Competition in 2016. She has also won awards in the short film catagory.
Jessica is a graduate of the Conservatorium High School and is currently studying a combined degree of Bachelor of Music Studies (Performance) and Software Engineering at Sydney University. In Year 9 she attained her AmusA on piano and was later nominated for ENCORE for her HSC piano performance. In addition to teaching, Jessica also accompanies and loves to compose, taking inspiration from film music.
Alex has recently just completed a Bachelor of Music Performance majoring in Piano at the Sydney
Conservatorium of Music and enjoys exploring a wide range of music in both contemporary and classical
fields. In addition to his Classical piano studies Alex has also developed skills in jazz and classical voice and also regularly works professionally as a musician. Alex enjoys teaching and loves passing on his passion for music to students.
Katrina has attained her A.Mus.A, and completed a Master and Bachelor of Music (Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium. She has also received several scholarships, with Phillip Shovk and Clemens Leske.She has performed in Austria and France, and has had numerous masterclasses with international pianists.
Katrina loves chamber music, and has performed in piano trios, as well as alongside vocalists. She has played with eight orchestras and ensembles as an orchestral pianist. Katrina has been teaching for ten years, and finds joy in helping students create different characters and stories with their music.
Kyra graduated from the Conservatorium of Music High School in 2016 as School Vice Captain and is currently studying at university. In 2014, she completed her AMusA in piano performance and achieved the highest band for both HSC Music 2 and Music Extension units in 2016. Kyra enjoys sharing her knowledge of piano performance, theory and musicianship, but has always placed a greater focus on communicating and sharing her love and passion for music with her students.
Wallis completed her AmusA in piano when she was in Year 9, received an Encore nomination for her HSC piano performances and was ranked 1st within her school for her HSC Music Extension unit. She is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Music Studies at The Sydney Conservatorium of Music, combined with a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) at The University of Sydney. Wallis is passionate towards passing on her musical knowledge and interest to others.
Eumi completed a Bachelor of Music, as well as a Masters of Music in classical piano performance while residing in Seoul, South Korea. She has extensive teaching experience ranging from young children to adults. She has prepared students for AMEB exams as well as university auditions. Eumi is involved in the Pymble Catholic Parish as an organist and piano accompanist.
Jesse completed a Bachelor of Music degree in 2018. He now teaches many piano students to prepare for AMEB exams, plays in a jazz-fusion band and conducts a community choir in Sutherland as well as singing in a few. Loving classical, jazz and contemporary music, Jesse is passionate in helping others strive for their musical goals.
Ailie graduated from the Conservatorium High School in 2016 with full marks for her HSC Music Extension performance, as well as a HSC Encore Nomination. During her high-school years, she completed her AmusA and LmusA and received a distinction for both. Ailie is currently studying at the University of Sydney. She enjoys teaching and hopes to share her love of music with her students.
Joy is in the process of completing her Bachelor of Music in Classical Piano. Music and People are her two greatest passions and she loves working with people of all ages. Joy has been involved with jazz improvisation and various ensembles at the Wollongong
Conservatorium of Music.
Passionate about how a piece of music can take you on a journey, Joy looks forward to sharing this with her students.
An experienced guitar tutor, Anton has been an avid guitarist since early high school with a strong passion for music, keeping him inseparable from his guitar ever since. Anton has performed alongside international act, Shahkar Bineshpajooh's orchestra at his Sydney show at theCity Recital Hall.
Other professional musical pit work includes The Addams Family, We Will Rock You Show and Dogfight. Anton is also experienced in the corporate music and gig circuit, weddings, Christmas parties and corporate events. Parents and students commend his talent and his patience in his tuition style. Each lesson brings out the best in every student in a fun and engaging way. He also has vast experience in HSC preparation and performance.
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.
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