Fremantle: boys playing away stereotypes

Anneka Pearton with her students.
Anneka Pearton with her students.

A GROUP of boys is bucking the gender trend of piano lessons in Fremantle.

PianoEasy Music School owner Anneka Pearton, who has been teaching for 20 years, said piano lessons could be a female-dominated hobby and that classes were often all-female or had seven or eight girls and two boys.

However that trend was broken recently when two classes merged to create a class of only boys.

“Actually it just happened to work with times, the girls went to different classes and since the start of term it’s just been the boys,” she said.

“It doesn’t often happen.”

Mrs Pearton said piano was a great way for boys to get their hands dirty.

“Traditionally piano is taught by reading music and often in reading girls are a little bit ahead, which could be why more girls play,” she said.

“Boys love to get to their hands dirty and piano is ideal, there is a lot you can do.”

The piano teacher said she has seen the confidence level increase among the seven boys in the class.

“One of the most common bits of feedback is how their confidence improves in maths and reading at school,” she said.

“One of our boys loves playing Imagine by the Beatles, he plays the chords and the family sings along to the song.”