Tuition is generally conducted at James' private studio in Lavington. By special arrangement, tuition at other studios (including schools and churches) is possible if necessary.

Please contact the studio directly for further information.

Individual tuition

30 minutes

30 minute lessons are aimed at beginning or elementary level students.
Examination reference: Beginner/Preliminary - Grade 3.

45 minutes

45 minute lessons are suited to intermediate students and those who would like extra time to cover more material.
Examination reference: Grade 4 - Grade 6

60 minutes

Hour long lessons are suited to the intermediate/advanced student and those desiring to cover a balance of theory, sight reading and aural training at each lesson.
Examination reference: Grade 6+

Music theory tuition

30 minutes

Music theory classes are available as individual or group tuition (where two or more students able to attend). Music theory is an essential part of musical development and should be seen as a core skill rather than a supplementary one. Classes are suitable for all ages and skill levels.

Critical assessment

Maximum time allocated, 30 minutes

Students from other studios and/or teachers are welcome to perform their repertoire for critical assessment at any level. At the conclusion of the performance, a discussion will follow and a report issued. Video conferencing or submission of pre-recorded footage is also acceptable. Critical assessment is useful before an examination or public performance.


James is available to provide accompaniment for concerts, recitals, performances and exams for all instruments and voice. Rehearsal at a mutually agreed time before the event is expected.

Examinations, competitions and recitals

Students are encouraged to concrete their musical development by means of examinations, local eisteddfods and student recitals. Music examinations ensure that a student's musical development is formally recognised. Competitions and recitals focus on musical performance and of course the joy of sharing music with others.

James' uses the examination systems offered by the AMEB and St Cecilia School of Music (Examinations). Study with other examining boards is available upon request.

Studio policy

The music studio operates according to the NSW school term dates. Lessons are secured on a weeky, term-to-term basis. Please review the studio policy carefully as all conditions must be agreed to before enrolment can take place.

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Schedule of fees 2018

Fees are payable in advance

Individual tuition (per term of 9 weeks)
30 mins per week: $315.00 ($35.00 per lesson)
45 mins per week: $450.00 ($50.00 per lesson)
60 mins per week: $630.00 ($70.00 per lesson)

Admin fee (term students only)
$5.00 per term, per student
(to assist with cost of student materials, studio and instrument upkeep, professional development and contribution towards expenses for student recitals)

Music theory tuition
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Casual tuition
Additional 10% of the per lesson fee as stated above.

Critical assessment
$70.00 (discussion and report only).

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Upon agreement of the studio policy you may contact the studio for lesson availability or complete the register your interest form. Enrolments normally coincide with the beginning of the school term but exceptions will be made where possible.