Spring Piano School

Spring Piano School 2017 - Junior Program on Tuesday Sept 26 & 27, Senior Program on Thursday Sept 28 & 29

Spring Piano School returns to Glenfern in 2017. This event is designed to help young piano students from ages 6 to 18 achieve their potential, irrespective of their level or background. The 2017 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 2017 Brochure for further details of timetable, venue, requirements, prices and booking.

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Teaching Staff for 2017

SPS17 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 Jennifer Jiaqi Li as the guest teacher for 2017. Ms Li is currently Programme Executive for the Hong Kong International Pianists’ Association & the Lin Yao Ji Music Foundation, and is also Pianist-in-Residence for the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra. After piano studies in Melbourne with Max Cooke, Ms Li studied for her Bachelor's degree at the Royal Northern College of Music (UK), awarded with first-class honours, followed by a Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music (USA). She has performed in Australia, China, South Korea, United States, United Kingdom and Colombia, and will bring youthful vitality, international experience and her highly-sought-after teaching skills 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 26 and Wednesday September 27, with a final recital for all students at 3.30pm on Wednesday September 27. 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 28 and Friday September 29, with a final recital at 3.30pm on Friday September 29. 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 2017 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 2017 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 was established in 2016 to commemorate the life of Batya (Sue) Simon, who passed away on 24 November, 2015. In 2017 it will aid with the provision of sponsorships, to assist worthy young pianists to attend the Team of Pianists Spring Piano School.

Batya Simon (also known as Sue) was well-known as a music educator in and around Melbourne for nearly forty years. Passionate about music and education, she taught piano, guitar, recorder, music theory and improvisation, and especially loved working with children, taking a personal interest in each of her students' progress. She also published the Beginner Album of Jewish Songs, with arrangements for voice and piano. Although born and raised in the USA, Batya spent most of her adult life in Australia where, in addition to her love of music, she had a passion for motorcycling, taught line dancing at the Ormond Senior Citizens Centre, and obtained a taxi driver's license. She was a kind and generous person who touched the lives of her many students and friends. May her legacy continue to inspire young people to study and enjoy music.

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 2016 Spring Piano School

“...Spring Piano School was magnificent. It provided me with opportunities to learn with different teachers, who helped me to polish my repertoire pieces. It helped me to prepare well for AMEB exams and I gained performance experiences...I liked the group lessons because I could listen to other people play the piano. I learned many things from other people.”
“Spring Piano School helped my piano skills, clarity, technique and awareness of my mistakes. I particularly liked the 30-minute presentations from each teacher, given before the group lessons...you could experience different teachers’ views on how you can improve and how our tone should sound...it has helped me become aware of other people my age with a great ability for piano.”
“Spring Piano School helped me improve my skills, by learning better ways to practise.”

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 3 - Breath-taking and Four Hands

Anne Gilby (oboe), Darryl Coote (piano), Darryl Coote & Max Cooke (piano four-hands). Works for oboe and piano by Poulenc, Arnold, Morricone, Schumann, Sutherland and others, plus piano duets by Mozart.

Date and Time

Sunday June 24, 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 4 - Viennese Magic

Kathryn Taylor (violin), Christopher Cartlidge (viola), Rohan de Korte (cello), Ben Hanlon (double-bass) and Darryl Coote (piano) perform Mozart's Quartet for piano & strings in E-flat major KV 493 and Schubert's wonderful Trout Quintet in A major D 667

Date and Time

Sunday July 15, 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 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.

Date and Time

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

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