Piano Teacher Perth


I’m a qualified classical and contemporary piano teacher based in Perth, providing professional one on one piano lessons and musical tuition to students aged eight and above. Educated at Perth Modern School and WAAPA, I have a very high retention rate and take students strictly by appointment only. Students that are both dedicated to improving and self motivated. I am also a parent and regard this as my most important role.

My Approach To Piano Tuition

  1. To provide the student with knowledge to assist them in approaching tasks with confidence.
  2. To make every step of the learning process energetic and enriching.
  3. To impart a musical theory component to all lessons. The whole (music) is the result of the sum of it’s parts (theory). This is critical in order to express the language fluently.
  4. To establish and encourage attainable goals.
  5. To provide a fun, relaxed, professional environment, encouraging students to embrace and express music for themselves.

classical Piano Lessons COver musical repertoire and development from the baroque, classical and romantic periods through to the 20th century.

Contemporary Keyboard Lessons COver musical repertoire and development from the 20th Century through to current day popular artists. Genres include jazz, blues, bebop, latin, classic pop/rock and top 40.


Being a parent, I also understand the need for peace of mind. Knowing that your child is getting an excellent education from a highly motivated music teacher is vitally important. The journey to autonomy is challenging and it involves learning spikes along the way that assist and define the transformation.


Working from both the Australian Music Examinations Board manual of syllabus, the fundamentals of the Liszt and Chopin school and a selection of my own classical and contemporary teaching tools, we cover core components that make up the musical language. These ingredients include:

  • posture
  • relaxation
  • musicality and technique
  • repertoire
  • technical/musicality exercises
  • sight reading, scores to charts
  • improvisation
  • blues jazz fundamentals
  • listening skills

Justin James
With a background in Piano, Voice and Percussion, I have taught and consulted a variety of students, musicians and songwriters, who have gone on to excel in musical careers, both in education and performance. From soloists, forming successful groups to graduating from high school into full time study at a tertiary level into teaching/performing careers. It is very satisfying to be able to provide a fresh perspective and offer input into positive practice and performance outcomes.


Please Note…
All lessons without exception must be paid for in advance.
I do not offer “catch up lessons” or redeem missed lessons.
I do not travel to provide lessons.

Teaching Instruments… Yamaha U3 Upright Piano (88 weighted keys) Yamaha CF Concert Grand (88 weighted keys) Working With Children Card and Police Clearance.



Studies published by the Association for Psychological Science suggest that intelligence test scores were higher in children who took lessons in keyboards and singing. Music helps children develop their frontal cortex. In another study, students between the ages of 6 and 15 who took music lessons scored higher on tests of memory than students without musical training. There is solid evidence now that musical training is the cause, not merely the effect of higher IQ.

For adults, learning music is a great way to alleviate stress, stimulate the mind, improve coordination and promote a sense of well being. It can keep you mentally fit the way exercise can keep you physically fit.

Bookings: 0438 382 048 | Email: justinjamespiano@bigpond.com


“Justin is the rare combination of a technical, masterful and an inspirational piano teacher. I studied under Justin for over two years and in that time, learnt both classical performance and jazz improvisation. He is a living encyclopaedia of both subjects, with a sparkle for performance. His friendliness and keenness to share his knowledge and passion for his art pushed my technique in the classical realm. I looked forward to every lesson and afterwards, felt inspired about what music had to offer and that I could achieve anything. He is very versatile, responsive and encouraged my own musicality and was also willing to assist me in the direction I wanted to take. I highly recommend Justin for the very passionate and knowledgeable piano teacher that he is.” Aaron

“I’m giving him five stars! Justin is such a proactive and witty teacher! He definitely understands how to relate to children, making lessons interesting and fun, without neglecting the importance of both practical and theoretical teaching. He is also a versatile performer! Always “super” organised and very professional, offering plenty of feedback to not only students, but parents also.” Sabrina

“I have found Justin James’s is an excellent piano teacher for me. He is at all times encouraging and this keeps me practicing and enjoying applying myself. I have found that he sets a realistic pace that I can master, and having time to practice my repertoire gives me pleasure. I appreciate the theoretical input such as additional worksheets or his presentations and always enjoy the background knowledge he brings to the study of music. He takes such an obvious interest in all his pupils, as well as having such a high standard of musicianship. This is rare.” Barbara

“I am very pleased to recommend pianist and piano teacher Justin James. Justin is a highly professional, creative and articulate tutor, who has a great enthusiasm for music that inspires his students. Justin is also a talented and sensitive performer with a large repertoire of music from all historical periods and genres. With his extensive musical knowledge and vast experience both in performing as well as teaching, he is quickly able to diagnose technical problems and give explicit instructions how to practice in order to improve. As a mature age individual, I decided a year and a half ago to take up piano playing again after a thirty year lapse. After some research, I discovered Justin. Justin has a high degree of compassion, flexibility, and humour and has that rare knack of imparting to a student the qualities of music appreciation, the joy of learning, the self confidence and the drive and desire to progress. As I reflect on my interaction with him, I am again impressed at how well he diagnoses the missing parts of my piano training, then assists me in rebuilding those incomplete components. He has shown me how important phrasing, dynamics and interpretation is. He stresses the importance of detail or to look for the meaning behind the score to understand the composer ‘s intent in the particular piece of music, and then to express that in the playing of the piece. I continue to benefit from Justin’s instruction and highly recommend his work to anyone who would like to improve their piano skills.” Harry

“Learning with Justin in his studio was a very inspiring experience. His open minded passion & knowledge for such diverse types of music from pop to classical to jazz was wonderful, as it meant that I could go straight into the songs & music that I loved, learning to be more than just a technician by breaking down songs and understanding their structure. Lessons were fun, energetic and with a choice of both piano & keyboard. Highly recommended!” Melissa

“As a mature student who cannot read music, coupled with self-styled keyboard skills, taking the plunge to attend piano lessons was not an easy decision. The biggest asset a teacher can have is to understand how to get a student to listen to the lesson. This is a skill set Justin has perfected. For me, it was important that the enjoyment of playing simple melodies was promoted whilst the ground rules of musical key formations were being taught. Each lesson left me feeling that with time, patience and practice, I can get there. Justin takes the time to listen to the various hurdles that a student faces and with his wealth of experience, he always offers practical solutions to assist in getting over the stumbling blocks that many students will face from time to time. He has infinite patience, is 100% committed to the role of teacher and I would not hesitate to recommend him to anybody. Be prepared to do your homework because learning music requires student commitment and an excellent teacher deserves committed students.” Sharon

14 thoughts on “Piano Teacher Perth

  1. Hello Justin, Do you know whether any of your mature age students would like to have a go at playing in a band? We are looking for a keyboard player to play Commitments style dance music. This is a new project, we are in our mid 50s and have played in various Perth bands but are willing to try someone who hasn’t played in bands before but would like to build from the ground up. Cheers, Shane 0414 305 372.

    • Hi Shane, thank you for your message. This sounds like a great opportunity for somebody to start fresh in a live rehearsal/performance environment. I will ask around and pass on your details to them, should they wish to get involved. Thanks again Shane.

  2. Dear Justin,

    Recently my piano teacher told me that he is relocating to Victoria at the end of this term. I’m 19 years old and have been learning since I was about 7. I’m passionate about classical piano but also enjoy a few contemporary pieces. My favourite composers are Beethoven, Chopin and Mozart.

    My musical theory is not very good as I tended to learn in a hands on style. Hopefully if you have availability for some lessons, I would thoroughly enjoy learning with you. Piano is my favourite hobby and I learn purely for leisure as I’ve never sat any formal piano exams.

    Thanks for your time and hope we can get in touch soon.

    Yours sincerely,

  3. Hi Justin,

    To summarise, I am looking to send my daughter to a piano class. I need further information such as when are the classes running and fees?



  4. Dear Justin,

    My name is Reihaneh and I am 27 years old. I am very keen to learn piano. Could you please tell me how I can contact you? Where do you teach and what is the fee?

    Thank you.

    • Hi Reihaneh, thank you for your message. I appreciate that you are passionate about learning piano. It’s a wonderful, ever changing, counter-intuitive learning curve. Please contact me on 0438 382 048 for the information you wish to know.

      Warm Regards,

  5. Hi Justin,
    I was wondering if you teach kids at your studio or whether you do home lessons also (i.e. at student’s house)?
    Also, do you prepare for exams and if you do – is it Australian or International exams?
    And, finally, what are your costs?

    • Hi Tania, thanks for getting in touch. I teach from my studio. Yes, I do prepare students for exams, if this is the path they wish to take. The exams are held by the AMEB (Australian Music Examinations Board). You can contact me on 0438 382 048 to discuss this further.

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