Welcome and please join us for the very first Piano Summer School in New Zealand! Enrolment is now open and we look forward to seeing you at the School. 

The School runs from January 11th to January 15th, 2016 and will be held at the Lewis Eady Piano Showroom and the Lewis Eady Music School, 75 Great South Road, Newmarket, Auckland. 

The aim of the School is to provide fun and educational workshops for students, performance opportunities and will cover a wide range of topics including improvisation, ensemble skills, exam preparation, song writing and many more.

The idea of the School is to offer one day courses for piano students of all levels and ages across the week. The School will advise students which days to attend once enrolment has been received. 

Course fee: $75 per student per day and click here to enrol. Places are limited and enrolment closes 31st December 2015.

Programme

Daily from 10am-3pm and registration opens at 9.30am.                                                                                            

There will be three workshops each day, one-on-one lesson time and a concert at the end of each day.

  • Day 1 - Monday January 11th 2016, Beginners
  • Day 2 - Tuesday January 12th 2016, Intermediate
  • Day 3 - Wednesday January 13th 2016, Advanced
  • Day 4 - Thursday January 14th 2016, Combined
  • Day 5 - Friday January 15th 2016, Piano Play Day!

The School will place students with other students of similar level and/or years of learning on Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3. They are also welcome to join us back on Day 4 and Day 5. Please indicate on the enrolment form how many Days you would like to attend. 

For more information about the School, please click here and we look forward to hearing from you. 

Staff

Evans Chuang 

Director - Evans Chuang MMus, GradDipTchg, AIRMT

Evans Chuang is excited to present the first Piano Summer School in Auckland after realising the lack music programmes available for piano students during the long summer holiday break in New Zealand. 

Evans attended the 12th Australian Piano Pedagogy Conference in Melbourne this July and is looking forward to bringing the latest teaching philosophies and practices to the School this year with many fresh ideas on piano pedagogy. 

Evans is looking forward to working along side Paul Somerville from Sydney. Paul is a well known and respected piano teacher in Sydney and he will bring a wealth of knowledge in the modern piano genre. 

For more information on Evans, please click here

Paul Somerville

Guest Tutor - Paul Somerville MA, BA (Comm), AMusA (pianoforte), Cert III in music (technical production), MTA

Paul studied piano and musicianship with teachers including Wendy Tierney and renowned Australian composer Miriam Hyde, attaining his Associate of Music Diploma (AMEB) in piano performance in 1990.

He has performed in many jazz and rock ensembles and he continues to perform regular solo gigs in Sydney. At University he studied Communication, which included intensive study of popular culture and song—and he composed the soundtracks for a number of students films.

He has been part of numerous contemporary rock, pop and dance bands, and to this day has a keen interest in composition and contemporary recording techniques. For many years he has been involved with songwriting group SongsAlive! Australia, and many of his pop, electronica and jazz songs have been awarded in local and international competitions. In 2012, he won the Uniting Church of Australia’s national songwriting competition and, following that, signed a contract to have his songs promoted and published globally. He has since had dozens of songs published in print collections and online.

Paul has been teaching piano for more than 20 years, both privately and at several high schools. He is currently a piano tutor at Georges River Grammar School and the Newtown School of Performing Arts—and he oversees large private studios. From 2008 to 2011, he was an Australian Music Education Board (AMEB) examiner for its contemporary pop music (CPM) keyboard course.

In addition to his work as a teacher and performer, Paul has worked as a writer and editor. Numerous articles he has written on piano pedagogy and contemporary music have been published, for example in The Studio and Australian Music Teacher magazines.