The Teacher: Having taught piano to all ages and abilities for over 10 years both privately and in music schools, Bianca Gannon is a dedicated and engaging piano teacher of classical repertoire, exam syllabi (AMEB, ABRSM etc.), contemporary/pop music, basic improvisation and aural-training. From Ireland and now Melbourne-based she is a pianist, composer and gamelan (Indonesian pitched percussion) enthusiast with a Bachelor of Music from Cardiff University and a current Working With Children Check.
Where: Piano lessons take place in The Piano Room, Bianca's home studio in Somers. The Piano Room can also come to your home, please see the Fees page for more info.
Lessons for Kids: Bianca also brings her 3 years of experience as a Kindergarten Teacher to teaching children piano, alternating between active and passive learning, engaging kids through a variety of fun musical games (at the piano and away from it!), incorporating elements of Kodaly, Orff and Delacroze Methods and establishing a system of reward.
Lessons for Teenagers: Bianca’s experience and training as an English-language Camp Leader in Germany further enriches her work with teenagers. Building rapport, working their interests into lessons and repertoire, and offering them choices leads to great musical feats.
Lessons for Adults: Likewise Bianca’s work as a Choral Conductor for an adult’s community choir in Ireland has further highlighted how differently beginner adults as opposed to children learn. Bianca has many tools to engage adult students in a more intellectual and theory based way, to help them overcome any mental blocks and re/start playing their favourite tunes. Socialising is encouraged through informal performance soirées and group outings to piano concerts of various genres.
Performance Opportunities: Performing is great fun and important to practice. All students are invited to perform twice yearly – be it solo, singing and playing or as a duet, both in an informal soirée setting and in a formal concert setting. Once a term parents (or friends) are invited to a Parent Participation Class which will be full of great surprises.
Final Note: Whether you’d like to work towards AMEB exams, play classical or popular music or create your own music, Bianca will tailor piano lessons and tunes to your needs and work with you to experience the joy of learning piano and achieve your musical goals.