Piano Teacher Perth

I’m a qualified, formerly trained classical and contemporary piano teacher based in Perth, Western Australia. I provide professional one on one piano lessons and additional musical tuition and consultation to students aged ten years and above. Educated in Piano, Voice and Percussion at Perth Modern School and WAAPA, piano lessons are relaxed, friendly, with a strong focus on dynamic musicianship, the understanding of historical and theoretical components and an expectation of regular practice and memory consolidation. As a music teacher, I have a high retention rate and student intake is strictly by appointment only. The criteria for intake starts with a serious passion for, and interest in music. This can be classical, jazz, rock or popular genres. Self motivation, a willingness to learn, a dedication to improvement and having a fortified parental or financially/emotionally secure support system in place is equally as vital. This criteria, coupled with secure instruction, has enabled many of my students to attain high levels of excellence through examinations, eisteddfods, aptitude testing, entry to gifted and talented programs, acceptance into secondary music scholarships, tertiary education and performance degrees, careers in education and internationally recognised musical careers. My success is your success. 

The most important role in my life is as a parent. To this end, I understand how important it is to know your child is getting an holistic education, rather than a cookie cutter approach. Especially during the inequity of the school ranking era. I believe that a teacher must possess a nurturing, compassionate heart, a dexterous mind and the ability to listen and understand the student. Teaching is a learning experience. The journey to autonomy is challenging and it involves lots of rewarding learning curves, but many more difficult plateaus. This is the greatest test of the teacher student relationship. 

My approach to Piano Lessons…

  1. To demonstrate and provide the student with knowledge, assisting them in approaching tasks with confidence.
  2. To make each step of the learning process enjoyable, energetic and enriching.
  3. To impart aural, rhythmic and theoretical component to lessons. The whole (music) is the result of the sum of it’s parts (theory).
  4. To encourage and establish attainable goals, combined with aspirational tasking.
  5. To provide a fun, nurturing, relaxed environment, encouraging students to express music for themselves.

Classical Piano Lessons…

Classical Piano Lessons cover musical repertoire and history from the baroque, classical and romantic periods, through to the 20th century.

Contemporary Keyboard Lessons…

Contemporary Keyboard Lessons cover musical repertoire and history from the 20th Century, jazz and blues, through to rock, popular and top 40.

Curriculum…

Working from the Australian Music Examinations Board manual of syllabus, utilising the fundamentals of Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and Chopin, plus a selection of my own classical and contemporary teaching tools, lessons cover the core mental and physical components of the musical language.

This includes…

  • posture/performance/efficiency (Alexander Technique)
  • technique, musicality and memory consolidation
  • repertoire, history/musicology
  • musical theory
  • sight reading, scores to charts
  • improvisation
  • blues jazz fundamentals
  • aural/rhythmic listening and practicing skills

Please Note…

I do not work for free. All lessons without exception must be paid for in advance.
I do not offer free trial lessons, catch up lessons or redeem missed lessons.
I do not travel to provide lessons.

Teaching Instruments…

Yamaha CF Concert Grand (88 weighted keys)

Yamaha U3 Upright Piano (88 weighted keys)

Nord Stage 2/Electro 4

Working With Children Card and Police Clearance.

Music Promotes Neuroplasticity…

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

Acknowledgements…

I would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of this land, Wadjak boodjar and honour Elders, past and present, The Noongar people.

I would also like to pay tribute to my former teachers that nurtured and equipped me to pass on their knowledge. The late Pauline Belviso (April 2018) and Richard Gill (October 2018). It was a great privilege to study with you. And my dear Mother (April 2014). May you rest in peace.

“The aim of education is to enable students to understand the world around them and the talents within them, so that they can become fulfilled individuals and active, compassionate citizens.” Sir Ken Robinson

Testimonials

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

I consider myself very lucky to have been accepted as a pupil of Justin’s. I know that in order to really appreciate music that I not only have to listen well, but I have to feel it in my fingers and play it. It is Justin who inspires this process by intuitively knowing what I need and encouraging me to keep on and make those little break throughs. Learning to play the piano again at the age of 81 is a challenge as the dexterity in my fingers lessens. But I look forward to my lesson each week as he patiently steers me through the difficult phrase and brings the music alive for me. I am aware that it is a privilege to be a pupil of Justin who’s commitment to music, sharing it and of course, teaching it, is his life’s purpose.

Rachman

Justin not only has formidable music talent, but he is an amazing teacher! Justin’s teaching abilities enable him to teach all ages. I commenced piano lessons with Justin as a beginner. Learning the piano has always been a lifelong dream of mine and is a means of personal reward for the end of an era of studying. Justin is an exceptionally talented performer, who has a highly effective method of teaching. Justin has been able to adapt his teaching methods to suit my style of learning as a mature age student with no previous experience playing the piano (but with some playing other instruments). My lessons consist of working on technique, music theory, effective practice methods and musicality. It is through Justin’s teaching, coupled with his positivity and encouragement, that I am progressing well and surpassing my goals. Justin is very thorough and doesn’t miss a thing, which aligns well with the high standards I set for myself. I’m also very appreciative of Justin’s support (and good humour) when I make mistakes. Learning the piano, although very enjoyable is challenging and it is an absolute imperative for me to have a great teacher. Thanks so much Justin for all of your amazing expertise, knowledge and inspiration. Looking forward to continuing the journey. Dr Jane.

Jane

Just a short note to tell you of a great first Justin! Upon our return home tonight, our daughter Isabella rushed off to the piano and belted (can’t think of an appropriate alternative word) the tune your taught her today. She told me she likes the lessons a lot because they are “so fun!” At present she is even attending to her theory book! Not at my behest either. All actions have been of her own choice. Can you believe it? Ain’t that just wonderful!

Gary & Ros