Adolescence is a time of change, when teens begin to explore who they are. At Branch Out, our students express this through creativity as they make their own music. As they improvise with a beat, create beautiful melodies, or play a favourite pop song by ear, students use the building blocks of music in a very hands-on way. This approach is carefully tailored to the individual, so that beginners can learn the basics without boredom and more advanced musicians are intrigued by the possibilities.
Of course, there’s plenty of room for fun. While it’s true that music studies are often hard work, requiring vision and discipline, at the end of the day they should also be enjoyable! Teen students have the option to customise their lessons and tie them in to other interests, whether football or fantasy. They have the opportunity to do duets or accompaniments with other musicians - there’s nothing more fun than playing good music with like-minded friends! For those seeking to challenge themselves, practical piano exams, such as those offered by the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB), are a good route as well.
Piano lessons at Branch Out also embrace the diversity of music: a world of culture and history that belongs to all of us. It is our passion to ensure that this rich human heritage is available to everyone. This means that teen students will be learning from a wealth of different styles, genres and eras. From Beethoven to film music, Bach to blues, English Romantic to Latin jazz, they will discover the great sounds out of music’s past and its present, and discover their own interests in the process.
So if your teen is ready for a new challenge, this might just be the one...