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Ainslie Arts Centre & Online


Mondays 9:30am  |  Mondays 12:15pm  |  Mondays 7pm  |  Mondays 8pm NEW in Term 2  |  Tuesdays 6pm  |  Fridays 12:15pm

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 simple improvisation techniques; how to read and respond to a piano score; fundamental music theory; and begin developing aural and sight-reading skills.

Prerequisite knowledge: None. For absolute beginners. This class 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: 

  • How to Play the Piano – Technique (understanding chords, bass-lines, riffs, scales, improvising)

  • Learning to Read – Chunking (learning pattern-based sight-reading skills)

  • Understanding Sheet Music – Reading (extending reading skills in a stylistic context)

  • Musical Interpretation – Playing (developing technical, reading, and improvising skills)


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

Progressive learning is offered through Continuing Piano 101 and Piano 201 classes in subsequent years.

Full class fee: $295 plus $15 text fee per term.

Term 1 2021

Monday 1 February - Thursday 1 April 2021

Term 2 2021

Monday 19 April - Friday 25 June 2021

Term 3 2021

Monday 12 July - Friday 17 September 2021

Term 4 2021

Tuesday 5 October - Monday 13 December 2021


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Ainslie Arts Centre,

30 Elouera St, Braddon



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