We have a great range of instruments to learn at Focus Music.
Students can choose to learn their instrument in a 1-on-1 lesson or small group class environment.
Brass & Woodwind
The trumpet is an amazingly versatile instrument and can be played in just about any genre of music. It is an easy instrument to start. All you have to do is make a buzzing noise with your lips and blow into the trumpet and you have made a sound. The hard part is becoming good at it, and that takes hard work and dedication. Two years ago, the world-famous trumpeter Haken Hardenberger came to Perth to perform with WASO. Growing up listening to his CDs, I had to go to one of his workshops. The one thing I remember him describing was how much he practised in the basement of his house in Sweden. Every day he would practice like a “maniac”. Okay so he is one of the best in the world, but if you really want to discover what the trumpet can do. You just have to play.
Justin Fletcher – Focus Music
As a kid I would always have a song in my head. Before I learnt to play an instrument, I used to try to mimic the songs that I was hearing by humming the melody and tapping the rhythms. I would tap any surface that I liked the sound of, and even developed a weird way of playing with my teeth (in such a way that, thankfully, didn’t require me to have braces…)
When I was about 10 years old, I finally got to play all of these rhythms on a REAL drum kit. I was in awe of the power that came from the sound and found that I could happily play around for hours at a time. I’d found my favourite way of materialising the beats that were in my head, and as my music taste expanded, so to did my ability and love of playing the drums.
Alex Barker – Focus Music
The guitar is truly one of the most expressive and versatile instruments on the planet! My obsession with the instrument took hold by the age of eleven after being inspired by my father (who is a consummate bass player). Each month I’d save my pocket money and buy a CD, whatever looked interesting! Then I’d spend hours after school trying to figure out how to play as much as I could by ear – as musicians, our ears are absolutely our most valuable assets! I soon realised that the guitar is everywhere, and can be applied to just about any musical situation. I carry this sense of freedom to this day, and am thankful for the ways in which learning the guitar has guided my listening and helped to shape my character.
Before long, I sought to emulate all of the fantastic players I was listening to, picturing myself in their shoes up on the stage. This desire to perform became my main motivation to practice. I was lucky enough to have some school friends that felt the same way, which led to weekly after school jam sessions and our very first gigs – memories that I will always cherish. There is nothing more exhilarating than getting together with your friends and having fun making music together. Now, I am extremely fortunate to pass this gift onto our many talented students, and see in their eyes the same infatuation with the guitar that I had at their age… and still do!
Daniel Wiggins – Focus Music
I began learning the piano at age 7. As a child I always loved my piano lessons. They added a unique shade of colour to my week that was different to the enduring school beige and the perpetual greys of homework. Learning the piano was rewarding because it was like a giant toy box – you could keep digging deeper and deeper, discovering new things. To this day, piano is still a way to further express what I am trying to communicate. It has become a kismet companion to my voice. I am always happiest when these two things come together to unite everything I have ever learned about the powerful force that is music.
Mae Anthony – Focus Music
Listening to Mariah Carey’s ‘Vision of Love’ for the first time was a godlike moment that touched my soul – it’s the day I fell in love with music. I was 12 when I made a conscious choice to become a singer. How? No idea. All I knew was I wanted to be one. My advice to my aspiring vocalists – find your passion and do more of that.
Lee Morunga – Focus Music
Violin & Viola
My mother suggested the idea of learning the violin when I was 9 – I’m so glad she did! She said it was the closest instrument to thing to the human voice. To this day I am still in love with the endless expressive capabilities of the violin, an instrument that has remained virtually unchanged for centuries.
Jason Kroll – Focus Music