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Small group classes
Ainslie Arts Centre & Online


Group format piano lessons for adults who are absolute beginners, Piano 101 introduces students to easy, logical and step-by-step ways to gain familiarity with the piano, by providing the foundations for both the physical aspects of playing and following a written score.

Goals & outcomes: To be able to play short piano pieces with two hands, incorporating melody and harmony, with progressive accomplishment over the year. Students will learn how to read and respond to a piano score, as well as: simple improvisation techniques; fundamental music theory; and foundational aural and sight-reading skills.

Prerequisite knowledge: None. For absolute beginners. Piano 101 is suitable for adults of any age, new to the piano. 

About the classes: Classes include: (a) weekly one-hour group lessons; plus (b) 24/7 online access to progressive course content, over a term. Terms generally coincide with ACT school term dates. Although enrolment is on a per term basis, the complete Piano 101 course incorporates four successive terms, with each term building on skills learnt in the previous term and covering:

  • How to Play the Piano

  • Learning to Read & Understand Sheet Music

  • Musical Interpretation


Piano 101 incorporates a broad variety of musical genres, including classical, neoclassical, blues, jazz, popular and film music.

Progressive learning is offered through Piano 101 Continuing, Piano 101 Advanced and Piano 201.

Fee: $350 per term

Beginner piano lessons for adults
Term 1 2024

Monday 29 January - Monday 8 April 2024

Term 2 2024

Monday 29 April - Friday 5 July 2024

Term 3 2024

Monday 22 July - Friday 27 September 2024

Term 4 2024

Monday 14 October - Friday 13 December 2024

Enrolment usually opens 3-4 weeks before a new term. 

PIANO 101 is the 1st term for beginners and starts from scratch. Introductory material includes: notation in treble and bass staves; recognising intervals; melodies, harmonies & bass lines; major, minor & extended chords; major, minor & blues scales; time signatures, simple and compound note values, basic rhythms; reading and playing from conventional scores as well as lead sheets; introductory improvisation.

Perfect for absolute beginners & students wanting a refresher. 

What students

PIANO 101 CONTINUING is the 2nd term of Piano 101, which consolidates and expands on the material introduced in the 1st term. Additional material includes: diminished & augmented chords; chord inversions; broken chords and alternating intervals; more reading and playing from conventional notation as well as lead sheets; extended improvisation. 

For students continuing from Piano 101 & also suitable for new students already familiar with the basics introduced in Piano 101.

PIANO 101 ADVANCED follows the first two terms of Piano 101, and is also a progressive class that students are welcome to continue for as long as they like, focussing on developing reading and playing skills. Material includes: lots of short, stylistically varied pieces, to explore a wide range of musical ideas, theory and different techniques. Pieces are offered at a range of levels - advancing beginner (G1) to intermediate (G5) - to suit individual student readiness. 

For advancing beginners & intermediate students wanting to strengthen their reading & playing skills.

Classes run as workshops, with a mix of demonstration, instruction, playing, theory, discussion, and a lot of scope for student enquiry and collaboration. Face-to-face classes are performed around one piano with a number of keyboards for student practice; for virtual classes, students can participate from their own instrument. All progressive material is provided in an online forum that includes explanations, theory, sheet music, learning tips, practice guides and video instruction.


All levels are open for new enrolments each term, subject to interest for new classes and availability in continuing classes.

can expect

Our classes cover both instruction and online learning material. We put a lot of effort into both, and we believe in the quality of both. 


What we expect of our students is simple: enjoy and make the most of both the instruction and material we offer.


As adult students, we absolutely understand demands on time and know that interruptions can happen. So we’re far more interested in the things you can learn with us rather than how much time you spend practising. If interruptions occur, while we don’t arrange make-up classes for non-attendance, all class material is continuously updated online for student reference, providing the benefits of revision and ongoing guidance.

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What we expect


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