Testimonials

The first lesson was so beautiful that I got all teary.

“I’d heard much about Mark Hooper and I decided to give piano one last try with my then 8 year old, after two years of unhappy lessons. The first lesson was so beautiful that I got all teary. The connection Mark forms with his students is a privilege and a joy to behold. Piano has become about joy rather than scales (but he does still enforce regular practise!).”

Megan  Parent

“My daughter enjoys every moment in these classes, it is the best activity she participates in each week!”

Yvonne  Parent

“Thank you James for a very thorough and informative session. As always, your teaching is so relevant and helpful and has so much take away. It’s particularly relevant to have work that is applicable to the senior context.”

Emma  Methodology Student

“Luke really enjoys singing and playing musical games every week at do-re-mi. He loves his teacher Debbie, and has made some great friends too.”

Katherine  Parent

I learn millions of new things and come out of the lesson like ‘WOW!’

“I really like doing singing lessons with Annie! The lessons are super fun and aren’t stressful. Annie has so many techniques to help me improve my singing and I feel like every lesson I learn millions of new things and come out of the lesson like ‘WOW!’.”

Grace  Secondary Student

“Deep understanding of content, musical teaching styles and student learning needs, while demonstrating amazing teaching abilities.”

Carla  Methodology Student

I ‘learnt’ piano as a child, and walked away from that experience believing that I could not, and would not, ever be able to play. Nearly 40 years later, I found the courage to embrace my dream and started lessons with Mark Hooper after watching how amazing he is with our girls.

“He’s patient when he needs to be, and firm when he needs to be, knowing seemingly instinctively what we need and when. It’s now a family affair; even my husband has started lessons too! Saturday mornings are my favourite day of the week, and I’m ever so grateful for Mark’s encouragement as I endeavour to find some ‘me’ time in this crazy busy world.”

Gill  Student

“Freya absolutely loves coming to music every week. We sing the songs at home too!”

Sarah  Parent

“Musicianship classes are the best way for me to improve my own skills, and to help me prepare for my own classroom teaching. The practical classes are so relevant and I enjoy every lesson!”

Amy  Adult Student

It wouldn’t feel like Saturday without clapping, tapping, singing and laughing our way through the morning.

“I have been coming to musicianship classes for two years now. I look forward to coming to Kate’s class on Saturday mornings and love the way she is able to accommodate all levels of skills and knowledge in her class. It wouldn’t feel like Saturday without clapping, tapping, singing and laughing our way through the morning.”

Anne-Marie  Adult Student

The Pathways program is highly valued by our family.

“Our 9 year-old daughter is able to learn from one of the best violin teachers in Brisbane, attend an outstanding Kodály-based, musicianship program, and then be extended in the string ensemble every Saturday. She finds it a truly enriching experience and it is one she looks forward to every week. The Colourstrings and Kodály methodologies of teaching combined have seen her performance and aural abilities accelerate substantially. We look forward to having our younger daughters attend the program when they are older.”

Anneliese  Parent

“My brain is once again in lovely knots along with my feet. Straight to the point and immediately useful practical presentation.”

Sue  Methodology Student

I can never thank you enough every time I see Monica enjoying practicing piano at home!

“Thank you Mr Hooper for teaching Monica. You are the perfect piano teacher! You help bring back Monica’s passion for learning piano in a very positive way. I can never thank you enough every time I see Monica enjoying practicing piano at home! Much appreciate it.”

Vanessa  Parent

“I am a 71 year old who (55 years ago!) reached a Grade 6 level in Music piano and theory and thought I knew it all … I didn’t!!

The teaching method back then was simple. You learnt everything by rote. Asking “why?” was severely discouraged. The new world that opened up to me through the Kodály Musicianship Class led by Carla Trott was amazing, informative and great fun. Learning to “hear” notes in your head, memory training through listening and singing, questions answered through individual exploration and fun – and through it all, the development of real understanding. It’s a “MUST DO” if you want a full musical experience that leaves you with a smile on your dial… I’ll be back next year!”

Sharyn  Adult Student