Our values & mission
We aim to provide affordable, high quality music tuition for children, that forms a strong foundation, appreciation and understanding of music, that they can build on should they choose to pursue a career in the industry. All our teachers have ‘Working With Children’ clearances & our classes and lessons are a safe and friendly environment to learn in. We not only encourage parents to sit in on classes, but even to sit at the desk with their child and learn along side them.
Private lessons v's group classes
Although DSE Music Tuition offers both private and group classes we want to address some misconceptions around group tuition and having done both for years we can outline clear advantages (other than financial) to group classes. The first misconception is that with many students each one gets less time with the teacher. This would only be true if each student was learning separate material however we have a set pre-planned curriculum that means just like in school, all students are learning the same pieces of music and the same theory all together as a class so everyone gets the attention of the teacher for the full 45 minutes. Our terms run for ten weeks and our teachers use a pre-planned and copyrighted syllabus unique to DSE Music Tuition that takes students through two pieces of music each term and culminates in a practical (playing) and written (theory) test in the last week.
Also the group environment motivates students to complete their homework and practice more readily in order to 'keep up' with their peers, while private tuition always ends up moving along at the pace of the individual (which often becomes slower than the group program). Finally we ask people to think about normal school or university or arts schools and realise that almost every form of education is taught in a 'class' not to individuals and this is the norm because it is the most effective and efficient way to deliver tuition.
DSE Music Tuition conducts children’s music classes, with a focus on music theory (learning to read & write music) as well as instrument technique. After years of offering private or ‘one on one’ tuition we realized that many parents who wanted to afford this opportunity to their children were being priced out of the market due to the very high cost involved. We began offering group classes at a fraction of the cost of private lessons, using a structured term by term curriculum designed to take children from beginner to a competent level of both playing and reading music.
Our Music Director trained at the VCA high school (Victorian College of the Arts) which she attended for six years on a music scholarship, and went on to further her education by completing a diploma of music performance in Jazz and Popular music. Classes are either taught by our Music Director, or a teacher trained by her, using our carefully structured curriculum. Our students goals differ from working towards AMEB exams to training for participation in talent contests or simply as a hobby.
J.D. : “Love the class environment. I have twin girls who are just about to graduate Level 4. One in guitar and the other piano. The class has kept them very engaged and the theory they have learnt alongside playing is invaluable. Thanks DSE you come highly recommended from us!”