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ScoopFX piano tutor, Stephen Kiely, teaches all styles and levels of development, specialising in tutoring students who have some piano ability and want to expand on it.

Contemporary music, whether pop, rock, country or swing, is built on a knowledge of chords and chord substitution.

Once you begin to grasp the fascinating matrix of chords, you'll soon begin to discover the possibilities.

Major, minor, diminished and augmented chords. They are used everday in those sweet ballads and funky hiphop songs. The basics haven't changed in a hundred years, just the interpretation.

With an understanding of the building blocks of chords, you'll see how close Eminem is to Cole Porter, how rock'n'roll, blues, country and pop are simply stylistic derivations of the same basic chord changes which have driven and will continue to drive popular songs for a long, long time.

Beginners are welcome!

"I have been learning piano for approximately 3 months. Stephen's approach to teaching a contemporary style has enabled me to gain a greater understanding of chord structures by breaking down what seem to be complex songs, into something a lot simpler, then building from there. In such a short time I am able to play full songs! I'm not only learning piano technique, but my music theory is improving along the way!" - Marissa (piano student)

Find out for yourself and find out so much more through Stephen's teaching method.
  • Having performed professionally as a pianist, singer, guitarist and songwriter for over 20 years, Stephen has a wealth of knowledge, not only of the finer points of the instrument and music styles, but also how to apply this knowledge in the real world of the Australian music scene.

  • Bring along the song you've always wanted to learn. We'll work it out, learn to play it, meanwhile learning some other valuable musical lessons on the way.

    Hands on the keys
  • Have you ever sat down with a piece of music, played the chords and wondered why it doesn't sound like the original? Maybe it has to do with the inversions of the chords you are using.

  • How about those added stylistic sounds which feature say in a country song, or an old rocker? These are the gems of information which allow you to really improve your playing ability, knowledge of thory and practice.

  • Want to know more? Email Stephen now, making sure you fill out your email address to be sure of a reply.

  • Wait a minute? You're wondering what that keyboard is in the pictures with students above. A keyboard? Not a piano?

    Stephen teaches on a Yamaha S90, which is a full-length and fully weighted keyboard, almost indistinguishable from the action of a grand piano.
The added advantage is that, should you wish to learn a particular piece which uses a sound other than the traditional piano sound, the S90 has a great deal of rich attractive and eclectic sounds from which to choose. Useful.

Here is a brief rundown on music currently being studied by our students
  • Bach - Prelude
  • Elton John - Bennie & The Jets
  • Bruno Mars - Count On Me
  • Beethoven - Moonlight Sonata
  • Thelonious Monk - Monk's Mood
  • Rihanna - Unfaithful
  • Yiruma - River Runs Through
  • Billy Joel - Always A Woman
  • Mandy Moore - Only Hope
  • Jerome Kern - All The Things You Are
  • Ray Charles - Georgia
  • Various - Blues and Jazz sequences
  • Michael BublĂ© - Call Me Irresponsible
  • Michael Nyman - The Heart Asks Pleasure First
  • Regina Spektor - Apres Moi
  • Mariah Carey - Without You
  • Ben Folds - Brick
  • Miriam Hyde - Woodland Sketch
    Students are also taught to have a thorough understanding of
  • Key and time signatures
  • Scales in all keys
  • Fingering exercises via Hanon - The Virtuoso Pianist
  • Chord families from the simple to the complex
  • Chord extensions - 9th, 11th, 13th, 7#9chords etc

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