Education and research

Education & research services in the fields below are offered both:
– online
– face to face

Skill areas:
– Aural and harmony
– Analysis
– Music history
– Piano tuition

How can Emotemuse help you?
– Tuition
– Research and analysis



Greg Smith completed a Bachelor of Music (Honours Class I) at the University of Newcastle in 2001. He was awarded a University Medal. Awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award, he undertook a Master of Creative arts, which he completed in 2003, studying performance practice issues in Russian Piano Music. This study was focused around the music of composers such as Arensky, Kabalevsky, Liadoff, Rachmaninoff, Medtner, Scriabin, Shostakovich, Sorokin and Tchaikovsky.

Greg lectured in academic studies (harmony, aural and history) at the Faculty of Music, University of Newcastle, from 2000-2005. He also taught at Avondale college in 2006, and has since tutored privately.

Education & research services in the fields below are offered both:
– online
– face to face

Skill areas:
Aural & harmony: Greg Smith has developed a unique approach to training the ear. Using this approach, students can quickly learn to:
– notate melodies
– identify and notate cadences
– identify and notate harmonic progressions


Analysis: Musical analysis from works of all genres

Music history: Understanding the personalities of composers and the culture from which their music grew, not just through serious study, but also through sometimes humorous accounts of their lives.
– articles

How can Emotemuse help you?

  • Collaborative research: are you researching a related field of the arts and require some input from the musical perspective

Piano lessons for all ages and levels is offered in NSW, Australia.
– Undertake exams or just learn for pleasure.
– Variety of styles: classical and jazz
– improvisation
Enquire about piano tuition

Piano method:
A new approach for the beginning pianist. The works are of incremental difficulty. They are designed to:
– encourage ensemble playing;
– promote equality between the left and right hands, bass and treble clefs
– focus from an early stage on expressive elements such as shape of phrase, dynamics, and articulations
– elements such as syncopation are introduced at a fairly early stage.

More about the Piano Method.

Featured Content

Love Came Down At Christmas (MP3)
Title: Love came down at Christmas Text: Christina Rossetti Composer: Greg Smith Instrumentation: Piano solo Product medium: MP3 audio     Related products:     – Love came down at Christmas – SATB and piano (PDF score)     – Love came down at Christmas – Piano solo (PDF score) Samples:
Knowledge of truth
This knowledge of truth, combined with proper regard for it, and its faithful observance, constitutes true education. The mere stuffing of the mind with a knowledge of facts is not education. The mind must not only posses a knowledge of truth, but the soul must revere it, cherish it, love it as a priceless gem; […]
Men of genius
“Men of genius are often dull and inert in society; as the blazing meteor, when it descends to earth, is only a stone.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1849), Kavanagh, London: George Slater, p.49., accessed 4 September 2021.
Vassily Primakov on the role of the arts
“[Art] certainly takes us some place unobtainable. We can go on to say that it enriches our lives – as it has my own. There are many classical musicians I’ve met who are, in my opinion, snobs. They are only involved in certain types of music, seeing nothing beyond ‘classical music’. I think this is […]
Beauty Around Us
Title: Beauty Around Us Composer: Greg Smith Based on text by: Bernhard Severin Ingemann Instrumentation: Piano (easy) Product medium: PDF score     Related products:     – Beauty Around Us (hymn version)     – Beauty Around Us (full piano version)     – Beauty Around Us (mp3) SAMPLE:
Richter on Bach
“It does no harm to listen to Bach from time to time, even if only from a hygienic standpoint.” – Sviatoslav Richter, pianist Monsaingeon, Bruno (2001). Sviatoslav Richter: Notebooks and Conversations. Princeton University Press, p.196. Cited at: Wikipedia
A little ahead … or a little behind
Samuel Sebastian Wesley received great reviews for his conding at Gloucester’s annual Three Choir Festivals in 1865. An critic in The Musical Times wrote in the October issue: We have said nothing of the orchestra during these performances, for in truth the perfect manner in which the whole of the instrumental portions of the works […]
Performance practice issues in Russian Piano Music
ABSTRACT The nineteenth and twentieth centuries witnessed the rapid growth of musical culture in Russia. This resulted in a large repertoire of piano music — ranging from miniatures to virtuosic etudes and sonatas. Growing out of the nineteenth century romantic tradition, and highly influenced by the social conditions of the time, Russian composers developed a distinctive style which […]
Vaughan Williams on an authentic performance of Bach
Vaughan Williams gave a broadcast talk on Bach entitled “Bach the Great Bourgeois.” It was later published in The Listener. Vaughan Williams, who was involved in performances of works such as Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion as part of the Leith Hill Festival, offered some insight in contemporary approaches to Bach performance: WHEN I was a […]
Boyd Neel on Vaughan William’s Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
Boyd Neel was the first conductor to record Vaughan William’s Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis in 1935. He wrote: I often feel that this wonderful work is perhaps the greatest of all achievements in string orchestral composition. Boyd Neel (1986) The Story of an Orchestra. London: Vox Mundi, p.22. Cited in: Holmes, John […]