We develop musicians not technicians
ISM Turramurra provides unique, group music courses for students from 2 years of age. We also offer private tuition for piano, guitar, singing and theory.
We run both pre-school music classes and group piano classes, Monday to Saturday during the public school terms. All the programs are structured to give the maximum benefit to each student, developing all technical and musical components. ISM's music courses make learning music fun.
Children enjoy the wide variety of music from classical to rock’n’roll. Theory, listening, reading, composing, and all musical skills are developed in a comprehensive approach so your child will develop into a young musician. ISM Turramurra has been teaching children music for over 25 years.
Our approach to learning is simply;
What you hear you sing,
What you sing you play,
What you play you read,
What you read you write.
Ros Tesoriero graduated from the University of Sydney Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education specialising in piano.
Whilst later residing in New York she continued her studies in jazz improvisation, arranging and composition with the world-renowned jazz concert artist and music educator, Dave Frank. Over the last 20 years Ros has worked as a professional musician ranging from music theatre to solo pianist/vocalist. She has also worked as a specialist music educator covering the entire music school curriculum from Kindergarten to general and elective music throughout High School.
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Jitterbugs provides two year old children with the opportunity to be immersed in a musical world, in a group setting, often for the first time.
The program includes singing original and known favourites, actions to songs, percussion, movement to music and musical craft relating to the lesson topic. Children attend one lesson per week for 30 minutes with a parent or carer.
This is a great opportunity for children to have lots of musical fun in an unpressured classroom environment. Classes are held in the mornings at both Eastern Road and Turramurra Primary School locations, Monday to Saturday. All teachers are preschool and musically qualified. Classes have a maximum of 10 children per group. Siblings may attend.
This program aims to develop all aspects of early music fundamentals for this most receptive age group.
We sing to encourage pitch, use percussion instruments to develop rhythmic skills, do action and movement for gross motor co-ordination, experience music appreciation for listening skills and play lots of musical games to encourage the brain to develop through musical concepts.
In the Beebopper program, parents move into a partner role, sharing the experience with the child. There is greater emphasis on fine motor control and pre-reading activities. An ideal way to give your child the opportunity of enjoying and discovering the world of music.
After the Beebopper program and at the age of four, the children can proceed to the Pianorama Junior Course , where they continue in the same group system, but also learn the piano as part of the lesson structure.
The Junior Music Course incorporates all fundamentals for practical and musical development for the beginner student. An emphasis on aural training expediates the learning process and the students develop the components of musicianship and technique simultaneously.
In their weekly lessons the students develop the following skills:
Piano tuition - practical learning, with solo and ensemble experience
Percussion - to develop rhythmic skills
Theory/musical games - for confirmation of reading notation and musical elements
Music Appreciation - understanding of musical structure and creativity
Class maximum of 10 students, grouped by age, with seperate group classes for 4, 5, and 6 year olds. A digital piano is provided for each student for use in the classroom. We create an unpressured atmosphere with an effective structured programme taught by fully qualified music specialists.
The Primary Course incorporates technical and musical concepts which are covered through repertoire and technical finger play, experiencing all styles of music.
In their weekly lessons the students develop the following skills:
Keyboard and percussion ensembles for rhythmic development
Music appreciation for the understanding of musical structure
Opportunity for solos and ensemble work
With the use of the teacher’s speed variable disk, the children play with exciting orchestral and band tracks, inviting them to experience a broad range of musical styles.
The Intermediate Course is for Junior Course graduates, to further develop their musical and technical skills.
In their weekly lessons the students develop the following skills:
solfege aural concepts
ensemble and individual practical work
Extension Course is for Primary and Intermediate Course graduates. We cover all musical styles of repertoire with a technical development programme for this level.
The students learn to become more musically independent and work at a more comprehensive level.
This, together with the acquired musical awareness, enables the teacher to work with the students in:
At ISM Turramurra we offer private lessons
in piano and guitar. Lessons take place in our fully equipped private
We offer private lessons at both our Eastern Road and Turramurra Primary School locations and lessons are scheduled in the afternoons and evenings Monday to Friday and on Saturday mornings.
We have private piano teachers who cover contemporary and classical music from beginners to Grade 8 and beyond. We also have specialist guitar and piano teachers.
We are open all day Monday to Friday and Saturday mornings. Classes run from 8.30am for preschoolers and from 3.45pm through to early evening for both group and private lessons.
The easiest way is to call into the school in person or by phone and talk through the needs of your child with our administrator or school director. They will then be able to either slot you into an existing group class or private lesson or put you onto the appropriate waitlist. We advise that you enrol online or in the office so we have all your information.
No, but we ask parents to pay upfront for a Term. For group classes we offer a free trial lesson and then should you wish to proceed the first lesson becomes part of the term’s fees.
For private lessons we normally have slots available. Some group classes are full and others have space but we cannot guarantee to offer a suitable class on your preferred day. We always have new classes being formed and establish a wait list until a class becomes viable.
Jitterbugs and Beeboppers do not require pianos, however all our other programs require that you have a digital or acoustic piano at home for them to practise on.
We highly recommend going to Pianoworld Australia in Chatswood. You will get a great price through your connection to the school and they offer a 6 month rental agreement on all pianos both digital and acoustic.
390 Eastern Valley Way Chatswood, NSW 2067
Phone:02 8999 3639
The Jitterbugs group
classes for two year olds are 30 minutes. The Beebopper classes for three year
olds and the Pianorama Junior, Primary and Intermediate courses for 4 – 7 year
olds are 45 minutes. The Pianorama Extension course is 60 minutes.
Private lessons are usually 30 minutes but for higher grades and older children can be either 45 or 60 minutes.
Group classes are capped at 10 students each. We generally do not start new classes with less than 5 or 6 students to ensure the best group dynamics. Our average group size is around 8. Private lessons are one-to-one.
Parents/Carers have to attend Jitterbugs, Beeboppers and it is preferable to attend the 4 year old junior classes. It is useful for parents to assist with practise and motivation at home.
Yes we do which is why we ask about prior experience in our initial conversation with parents. We try to then place the child in the best class that suits their age and previous level of experience.
The cost of materials (books and CDs) varies by program but is generally in the range of $35 - $42. These materials generally last around 6 months before the children progress to the next level.
We offer a 20% discount for a third and subsequent child.
What is the meaning, significance and usage of a weighted key on a digital piano?
Weighted Keys are the ones you will find on a normal Piano. So on a keyboard they will have the feeling as if you were playing a real Piano. If you don't plan on doing much with Synth Sounds, I would get the weighted keys. They are more comfortable to play and also set you up for when you are playing on any normal piano.
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The ISM Turramurra Private Student Christmas Concerts were held on Sunday 26th November at the Uniting Church in St. Ives.
At each concert there were also performances by Ros Tesoriero, the school’s Director as well as some of our private piano teachers. Take a look at the video for a taste of those performances!
0:00 - Leah Beanland: Debussy - La Fille aux cheveux de lin
0:40 - Maria Tabor: Liszt - Liebestraum
1:19 - Lyn Chong: Sculthorpe - Mountains
2:09 - Ros Tesoriero: Nina Simone - My Baby Just Cares for Me
2:34 - Craig Brinker: Dr. John - Oh When the Saints go Marchin' In
3:04 - Grace Elliott: She
3:26 - Elias Calabretta: Schumann - Traumerei
4:05 - Rachel Harding: Piazzolla - La Muerte del Angel
Ros Tesoriero has attained an A.Mus.A and graduated from the University of Sydney Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education specialising in piano. Whilst later residing in New York she continued her studies in jazz improvisation, arranging and composition with the world-renowned jazz concert artist and music educator, Dave Frank.
Grace Elliott joined ISM in 2016 as a group teacher. Grace has been teaching music for 8 years and is a performing musician on the local scene. Grace completed all piano grades in Suzuki and graduated with a Degree in Media from Macquarie Uni where she specialised in music
production. She currently runs an independent music production company.
Leah joined ISM in 2015 and teaches Group Classes as well as Private Lessons. Leah has a Degree in Creative Technology and is completing a Bachelor of Music degree in June, 2017. Leah is great with her students and they love her in return. One of Leah’s students won a Song Writing Competition in 2016. She has also won awards in the short film catagory.
Shanky graduated from the Conservatorium of Music High School and is currently studying at university. She attained her AMusA on both the piano and flute in 2014 and her LMusA on flute the following year. Shanky's HSC Music performances were nominated for the ENCORE showcase at the Sydney Opera House. She thoroughly enjoys working with young children and hopes to share her passion for music with them.
Micah Beel teaches guitar Monday-Saturday at the Turramurra Primary School. He has a Bachelor of Music degree from Excelsia College, Sydney. Micah has been a professional musician for 6 years playing everything from classical, to jazz, to rock. He teaches electric and acoustic guitar, along with the bass guitar and extended range guitars such as the 7&8 string.
Rachel has both a Bachelor of Music degree and a Masters in Music from the University of New South Wales as well as the A.mus.A (with distinction). She has accompanied a number of choirs including touring Europe and United Kingdom in recent years. In the last few years Rachel has had three of her students nominated for Encore (top HSC students performances and compositions in the Opera House).
Craig has joined us in 2015 from New York. Craig has a Bachelor of Arts (Music) from Brevard College, North Carolina, where he graduated with a GPA of 3.99 out of 4! Craig has worked as both a music teacher and a professional musician and comes from a strong background in both classical and contemporary music.
Maria trained in Germany, completing a Master of Music from University of Heidelberg and Bachelor of Music (Hons) from University of Munich. She has since pursued a successful piano teaching career; teaching piano and musicianship to students of all ages, from primary school to tertiary level. Maria has performed as a soloist and accompanist in Australia and Germany in many public and music club appearances, including invitation recitals, charity recitals, as an official accompanist and on a sponsored solo tour (Samsung). She has recorded with ABC-FM Radio and 2MBS-FM.
Jessica is a graduate of the Conservatorium High School and is currently studying a combined degree of Bachelor of Music Studies (Performance) and Software Engineering at Sydney University. In Year 9 she attained her AmusA on piano and was later nominated for ENCORE for her HSC piano performance. In addition to teaching, Jessica also accompanies and loves to compose, taking inspiration from film music.
Elias recently graduated with a Bachelor of Music from Excelsia College. Over the last 4 years, he has performed as orchestral pianist for the Strathfield Symphony Orchestra, as well as rehearsal pianist for many singers and AMEB exam students. Elias has a great passion for music, and above all wishes to impart that love and understanding to his students.
Eumi completed a Bachelor of Music, as well as a Masters of Music in classical piano performance while residing in Seoul, South Korea. She has extensive teaching experience ranging from young children to adults. She has prepared students for AMEB exams as well as university auditions. Eumi is involved in the Pymble Catholic Parish as an organist and piano accompanist.
Ailie graduated from the Conservatorium High School in 2016 with full marks for her HSC Music Extension performance, as well as a HSC Encore Nomination. During her high-school years, she completed her AmusA and LmusA and received a distinction for both. Ailie is currently studying at the University of Sydney. She enjoys teaching and hopes to share her love of music with her students.
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