Tuition is conducted at James' fully equipped private studio in Lavington. Ample parking and a student waiting area is available. 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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Information last updated April 22, 2019.

Child-safe Child-friendly Policy

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Information last updated Jan 21, 2019.

Schedule of fees 2021

Fees are payable in advance for the term (or part-thereof)

Individual tuition
30 mins per week: $40.00 per lesson
45 mins per week: $60.00 per lesson
60 mins per week: $80.00 per lesson

Music theory tuition
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Casual tuition
Additional 20% of the per lesson fee as stated above.

Critical assessment
$100.00 (discussion and report only).

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Information last updated April 22, 2019.


Upon agreement of the studio policy you may contact the studio for lesson availability. Enrolments not coinciding with the beginning of the term will be billed pro-rata in advance.