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ISM Turramurra returns to face to face lessons From Term 3!

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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 – 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.

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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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What are the effects of learning music on your child’s brain?



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    Check out the video for more info...

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Term Dates


Wednesday, 27th January
Thursday, 1st April

monday, 19th April
Saturday, 26th June

Monday, 12th July
Saturday, 18th September

Tuesday, 5th October
Saturday, 18th December

Concert Dates for your Diary

ISM Group Concert
Sunday, 31st May, 2020
the Turramurra Primary School

ISM Private Concert
Sunday, 13th September
St Ives Uniting Church

ISM Guitar Concert
Sunday, 22nd November
Turramurra Primary School Hall

Group CLasses

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$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.

Pianorama Music logo Junior Course

4-6 year Olds

$26.50 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 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.

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from 7 years of age

$26.50 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.

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$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:


technical development

solfege aural concepts

harmonic extension

theory worksheets

ensemble and individual practical work

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$37.50 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:



keyboard harmony

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Our focus

ISM learning

Our course materials are book and downloadable file 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

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


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

Frequently Asked Questions

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Can you suggest a digital piano to buy/hire?

Morgan and West Keyboard

Yamaha P45

Enjoy the real feel of a piano anywhere. This compact and stylish digital piano is simple to use.

The P-45 features a Graded Hammer Standard keyboard.The feel of the keyboard gradually changes according to the register, so that it feels heavier when playing bass parts and lighter when playing treble parts.The piano also features a keyboard with a natural feel, with black keys that feature a matte finish for authentic piano playing close to that of an acoustic piano.
The P-45 uses digital recordings of actualinstruments to create the sound, and allows you to enjoy grandpianoreverberation wherever you are.

• Depth of less than30 cm

• 11.5 kg with its speaker attached

YAMAHA YDP143 Keyboard

Yamaha YDP143

The Yamaha Arius YDP-143 digital piano provides authentic acoustic piano touch and tone suitable for any aspiring pianist. 

The Graded Hammer Standard keyboard action helps build proper finger technique and strength for an easy transition to playing on acoustic pianos. The improved sound engine delivers expressive, high resolution recordings of the Yamaha CFIIIS concert grand piano. Damper Resonance digitally recreates acoustic piano depth of tone when pedalling, while newly improved reverbs set the stage for you to replicate the feeling of playing in a variety of different environments.

• 192 note polyphony

• Available in either rosewood or black walnut finishes

ROLAND HP601 Keyboard

Roland HP601

Premium sound and modern features to inspire your musical journey.

The SuperNATURAL Piano sound engine delivers the authentic sound and interactive tonal response of an acoustic grand piano. You’ll get an authentic grand piano touch from the PHA-50 keyboard with progressive hammer action and escapement, which combines the traditional look and feelof wood with the durability of modern materials.There is also a Bluetoothwireless connection to smartphones and tablets for using music apps and streaming audio through the piano’s speaker system.

• Headphones 3D Ambience technology for natural, realistic sound when practicing with headphones

• Classically styled cabinet with a compact footprint that’s perfect for smaller spaces

• Three premium finishes: Contemporary Rosewood, Contemporary Black, or White

We suggest going through australian piano warehouse. 

Australian Piano Warehouse offer 6 month rentals on all their pianos and great prices for our ISM students.
Contact Katherine, she’s our favourite.
Email: katherine@australianpianowarehouse.com.au
Ph: 02 9417 3088


We use Scott Jackson, owner of The Piano Workshop Australia as our personal Piano Tuner.
Contact info: phone: 0429 356 312 
Email: scott@thepianoworkshop.com.au 
Website: thepianoworkshop.com.au


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!

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

 Josiah, 8 years old



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.


Maria Tabor

Private Piano and Group classes

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 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).


Ms Leah Watson


Leah joined ISM Turramurra in 2015 and teaches Private Lessons. Leah
has a Bachelor of Music Degree as well as a Degree in Creative
Technology. 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 category.


Jessica Yao

Private Piano

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 Tunnicliffe

Private Piano

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 Choi

Private Piano

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 Long

Private Piano and Group Classes

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.


Shanky Yip

group teacher

Shanky graduated from the Conservatorium of Music High School and recently completed her degree at Sydney University which included a term at the London
School of Economics. She attained her AMusA on both the piano and flute in 2014 and her LMusA on flute the following year. Shanky's HSC Music performances were nominated for the ENCORE showcase at the Sydney Opera
House. She thoroughly enjoys working with young children and hopes to share her passion for music with them.


Eumi Kim Cho


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.

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Jesse Nguyen


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 Yeh

Private Piano and Group Classes

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.

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Joy Chayna

Private Piano and Group Teacher

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.

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Heidi Ching

Private Piano Teacher and Office manager

Heidi has both a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and a Masters of Music (Performance Teaching) from the Melbourne Conservatorium as well as the A.Mus.A (Associate of Music Australia).  

Heidi has been teaching music to all ages as well as group music teaching.  She has taught a variety of styles including to the A.Mus.A. level as well as being an accompanist for choirs, musicals and instrumental exams.

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James Wilkes

Private Piano Teacher

James completed a Bachelor of Music (Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music on full scholarship. In his time there, he participated in masterclasses with a number of internationally renowned pianists and engaged in a wide range of activities including continuo, vocal accompaniment and chamber music.

Since graduating, James has worked as teaching assistant to Dr Bernadette Harvey, his former lecturer, and has been studying injury preventative technique with faculty members of the Golandsky Institute.

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Anton Murdica

Private Guitar

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.

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Matthew Betts

Private Guitar

Matt is currently studying a Bachelor of Contemporary Music, majoring in Guitar at the Australian Institute of Music. He is also an aspiring guitar player and musician, versed in many styles including Blues, jazz, pop, Rhyhm ‘n Blues and soul music.

Over the years he has worked on many different projects including musicals, Christmas Carol Shows and other events in a broad range of ensembles.

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174 Kissing Point Rd, Turramurra NSW 2074


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