April 8, 2020

What to expect from online lessons at Inner West Institute of Music

Our recent rapid transition from face to face lessons to online lessons has been a steep learning curve for us all. Watching students and teachers embrace the intricacies of technology set ups has been amazing and every week we are […]
April 4, 2020
Remote music lessons via video conferencing and screen sharing

The benefits of continuing lessons online in times of uncertainty

When things seem a little chaotic in our environment, one way to feel like we have some control is to stick to our routines. They can give us a sense of certainty and familiarity, especially for our children. No doubt […]
March 19, 2020
Best ways to clean string and wind instruments

How to clean your instrument

Attention to cleanliness of your instrument not only helps with reducing the potential of it harbouring nasty bacteria, but it also prolongs the life of your instrument. Ideally your instrument should be cleaned every time you use it, but often […]
February 26, 2020

How using different teaching techniques can help a student’s progress

I have been teaching students for over 20 years and have performed in countless concerts, but I still consider myself a student. I am still learning and growing and challenging myself after all this time. I may no longer have […]
February 11, 2020

Some surprising benefits of learning the drums as an adult

Drums are one of the most historically significant musical instruments. They have been used for thousands of years in ceremonies, wars, spiritual and symbolic ways. They have been used as a communication tool over long distances and now form the […]
January 15, 2020

Practical Practice Tips

Think about speed Speed plays a big role in quality practice – sometimes you’ll need to slow things down so you can adjust and take in everything you need to – sometimes thought you’ve just got to go for it. […]
January 15, 2020

How To Practice

Make A Plan Plan out what you want to achieve from your practice. This is just as important for a quick 5 minute practice as it is for a big session. Set yourself some really specific targets – and then […]
November 19, 2019

Music, memories and purpose

John Curro was an Australian violinist, violist, conductor and music director. John was a beautiful soul, so intrinsically entwined in his love and passion for music. This strong sense of purpose touched many he encountered, including myself. He was one […]
November 6, 2019

How music lessons benefit Homeschooling families

How music lessons benefit Homeschooling families Home education is a legally recognised alternative to enrolling a child in school in all Australian states and territories.  Across Australia, there are around 20,000 homeschooled students and the numbers are growing. (https://www.sbs.com.au/news/why-homeschooling-is-on-the-rise-in-australia) You need to […]
October 27, 2019

How adults can benefit from learning an instrument

How adults can benefit from learning an instrument Have you ever wished that you learnt an instrument as a child? Or perhaps you did learn an instrument, but gave it up or sold it. Playing an instrument is not just […]
October 12, 2019

Why you should encourage your kids to busk

Why you should encourage your kids to busk Busking is a fun activity for kids and is encouraged in most local area councils. In Inner West Council permits are free and Sydney City Council there is a small fee depending […]
September 25, 2019

5 ways music lessons can help your preschooler

I often get asked ‘how young is too young to start private lessons’? And the answer is – it really depends! Whilst some believe that school age is the right time to introduce private lessons to your child, there are […]
December 4, 2018

How music lessons can improve your child’s fine motor skills

Improving fine motor skills in children with music lessons Fine motor skills relate to the ability to coordinate the smaller muscles in your hand to complete an intricate task. Refined motor skills are used in activities such as doing up […]
December 4, 2018

When is the right time for my child to start music lessons?

This would have to be one of the most asked questions of our music teachers at Inner West Institute of Music. Unfortunately, there is no definitive answer, as it really does depend on the willingness and development of the child […]
November 14, 2018

The Benefits of Learning Music as a Family

Adam with Sylvie and Henry “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato When you share music with others, it becomes a whole new life experience. Whether […]