Theory & MusicianshipIn essence, music theory is the universal language of music which explains how a composer has constructed a piece. The study of music involves the investigation of the compositional techniques and devices which informs musicians how to perform the music expressively and as it was intended …
Sight-ReadingWe use a variety of different methods to help young musicians learn how to sight-read their instrumental and ensemble music. At an introductory level, we learn how to clap rhythms by counting the beats in every bar. Once students master this system, we introduce other rhythm syllables systems …
Rhythm & PitchRhythm is the placement of sounds in a regular or irregular pulse. As different notes are held for different durations, it is important to recognise the effect of the use of different notes on the length of time that a note should be played. This characterises a piece of music in conjunction with the pitch …
Sight-SingingThe ability to sight-sing is undoubtedly one of the most overlooked musical skills. This is based on the fact that musicians must look ahead in the music and process those notes before they are played. In short, young musicians need to take a screenshot of the notated music in their mind …
TrebleMakers – Theory and Musicianship
TrebleMakers provides group theory and musicianship classes to students in the lower north shore area. It is a suitable program for students that would like to undertake AMEB theory/musicianship exams or prepare for the aural and sightreading tests in their AMEB instrumental exams. This program provides students with a 1 hour weekly lesson and 2 external performance opportunities. The combination of rhythm, pitch, sight-singing, sight-reading and performance activities allow students to improve their performance style, confidence, teamwork and leadership skills and also achieve excellent results in the AMEB exams. Students use the recently introduced AMEB Theory of Music coursebook materials.
Mini TrebleMakers – Introduction to Theory and Musicianship
Mini TrebleMakers is a group theory and musicianship class targeted towards students in K-Y4 that would like to be introduced to AMEB theory/musicianship and the aural and sight-reading components in AMEB instrumental exams. It is a fun and interactive class that is suitable for beginner level students that would benefit from having an introduction to basic music concepts, rhythm and pitch. This exposure to musicianship which involves learning sight-reading, sight-singing, aural and rhythm skills forms the foundation in receiving a well-rounded music education. The Mini TrebleMakers K-4 program provides students with an overall 45 minute lesson.
Private Violin Tuition
Private violin tuition is available for students aged 4 and above. This is suitable for families that are committed to learning an instrument for the long term and have the time and enthusiasm to develop a practice routine at home and attend weekly lessons. Lessons are structured in a logical manner that follows the traditional method of learning with a strong focus on posture and good technique. All lessons are tailored based on the age and personality of the child so students are encouraged to learn by ear and read music. Lessons are available at 30, 45 and 60 minute intervals subject to availability. Please complete the online booking form for specific enquiries.
All lessons are paid for the term in advance. You will receive details for payment after we have received your booking enquiry which is completed by entering your details through the online form on our ‘Contact Us’ page. Enrolment for your child in the program is confirmed upon payment and you will be contacted with further details at the commencement of the term.
Creative Kids Provider
As a registered Creative Kids provider, you can place your $100 voucher towards any one of our music programs. If you would like to do so, all you need to do is forward your original creative kids voucher with your child’s DOB across to us. *A Creative Kids voucher cannot be applied retrospectively so the original voucher with your child’s DOB must be provided before term payment is due.
For more information regarding the fantastic Creative Kids program provided by the support of the NSW government, you can visit service.nsw.gov.au/campaign/creative-kids.
There is a no make-up lesson policy as we do not expect to work additional time outside of standard work hours allocated.
We require 2 weeks notice of cancellation to provide new students with an opportunity to enrol.
Cardinia has a current and up to date Working with Children’s check.
What People Say
“Cardinia has a wonderful understanding of how to teach and keep young children engaged. She has a calming and patient attitude towards the lessons while still able to move seamlessly through her lesson plan and helping the children learn new concepts and making them stick. I recommend TrebleMakers to all young children who have an interest in music. Cardinia brings to life learning to read and creating music. Our 7 year old son looks forward to his TrebleMakers class every week as he enjoys the interaction and learning new and interesting things about music.”
“My 9 year old has been learning violin for 2 years and started TrebleMakers this year (2017). Her violin teacher has commented on the improvement in her playing since and I attribute it to the fun filled lessons she has had every weekend with Cardinia. I wish I had music theory education that was as fun, I might have gotten a lot further! Thanks Cardinia for your patience, passion and enthusiasm to see your students thrive.”
“Thank you so much for being such a great violin teacher to Nicholas. I am so glad that Nicholas also joined your TrebleMakers class because ever since he started attending he has been more interested in reading music and challenging himself. His overall musical ability has improved a great deal. A lot of his improvement is the result of your keen interest to impart the knowledge. I understand Music Theory extends beyond being able to read sheet music so needless to say, we look forward to having Nicholas participate in the program in the years to come.”
“TrebleMakers is a fantastic music theory program for children that learn a musical instrument. It is vital for children to understand the foundation of music as it enhances their ability to recognise music notes and rhythms. My daughter always looks forward to having her lessons with Cardinia and she is more confident than ever. We are delighted with this program.”
“Thank you so much for the wonderful years that you have guided my daughter through the theory and musicianship classes. Your encouraging, thoughtful and detailed approach makes your class special and meaningful. The knowledge my daughter learns from your class has helped her build confidence in her daily flute exercise and also to an extent, enriched her understanding towards the music pieces that she’s been enjoying and practising.”
“My daughter enjoys Cardinia’s theory and musicianship class. I am surprised how much she has learned within a year. Cardinia is a very warm, positive, and patient teacher, the class content is well structured, students are fully engaged. Cardinia also communicates with parents well, with follow up emails after every class. I highly recommend TrebleMakers for any students who interested in learning musicianship.”