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Help With Music Auckland, New Zealand
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Name:   Surangika (Sue) Senanayake
Phone:   00649 5352126, 021 1
Website:   Click here to go to my website
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Last Update:    2016-12-05 15:49:16
Eastern Beach, Bucklands Beach, Howick, Pakuranga, Highland Park, Botany Downs and other areas of East Auckland.



I am piano/keyboard teacher with more than 30years of experience. Currently I am teacher with New Zealand Modern School of Music. I coach for both NZMSM and ABRSM exams; my expertise is from the young beginners to intermediate level, though I do take on adult pupils as well. Recently I published my first book, Help Me Learn Music targeting parents who does not have a music knowledge but would like to help their children with their music lessons at home, just like they would with regular homework. My main focus in the book is to help the child keep his interest in music alive, without dropping out in frustration.

Date:  2014-11-15 13:20:07
Description:  Individual piano lessons in East Auckland. Details as per video.


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Date:  2014-07-02 22:01:33
Subject:  The Top 10 Lasting Benefits that Piano Playing Bring

Date:  2014-06-03 15:40:21
Subject:  10 Benefits for a Child of Learning to Play an Instrument
Blog:  1. It will boost his brain power Do you want to give your child a mental advantage? Well, music can do it. More and more studies show that there is a higher level of academic achievement with children who learn music, than their peers who don’t. Music stimulates parts of the brain that are related to reading, math, and emotional development. And you would certainly want your child to be good at these. 2. Teaches Discipline There’s this old joke that begins, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” The answer? “Practice, practice, practice!” And you can’t do it without discipline; practice and self-discipline go hand in hand. Learning to play an instrument is challenging at times. Your child needs to be disciplined to be able to face up to a challenge. It is a useful habit when sitting school exams. To be able to play well, needs dedication and regular practice. 3.Relieves Stress Studies have shown that playing an instrument lowers blood pressure, by lowering the levels of stress hormone, cortisone. This makes the person relaxed. My friend who is also a music teacher tried this with her son when he was sitting school exams. She insisted that he took a break from his studies for about 15 minutes and played whatever he enjoyed, on the piano. Today he is a doctor and continues with his mother’s advice, especially after a stressful day at work. 4. Sense of achievement Your child’s satisfaction will feel priceless each time he masters a piece; never mind if it is a simple piece. A step closer to achieving his goal is something to be proud of. No doubt it’ll make you proud too. 5. Helps build self-confidencePlaying for his peers, or being involved in a group class, will enable him to learn to accept and give constructive criticism. This will also help your child to understand that nobody is perfect and that everyone has room to improve. When he is advanced enough, he’ll have the musical skills that will make him stand out. When he knows that he can play it well, he will become naturally confident even approaching other subjects. 6.Develops coordinationMusic learners coordinate many skills such as, using ears, eyes, hands, feet, and vocal cords.”Music learning supports all learning. Not that Mozart makes you smarter, but it is a very integrating and stimulating pastime or activity.” Says Kenneth Guilmartin of Music Together. Music playing requires hand and eye coordination. There are many benefits of hand-eye coordination: it sharpens concentration; you have to focus on pitch, rhythm, tempo, note duration and quality of sound. And if your child is playing in a group, he will have to learn to be considerate of others. With music training he will be an expert multi-tasker in the future. 7.Improves active listening skills If you want your child to develop a high level of active listening skill, you have to teach him to be focused and committed. It needs, thought and reasoning. Therefore, it needs to be developed gradually. All these research and findings show that, music and the brain share something special with each other. 8.Creativity Just like an artist has in his mind what he is going to paint and what it will look like, a music composer has in his mind what he is going to compose and hear. This is so true about Beethoven, as he became deaf and still continued to compose some of the most beautiful pieces of music. He was a master of structure and melody. His compositions are vast and beautiful; music by great composers show how music can unlock the full potential of creativity. 9. Becomes more responsible If you are playing in a group, may it be a band or an orchestra, then you have a responsibility towards your fellow players. Interacting with them, respecting them and helping them apart from turning up on time and not missing practice time, are all, parts of responsibility. 10.It is fun What ever the reasons given above does not matter as much as the element of fun that music brings. Being able to play brings immense amount of fun for the player and the listener. The ultimate goal of learning to play an instrument is to have fun. You need only one piano or a guitar player at a party to enjoy a sing song. Full article at