My Mosman: Nur Sanders celebrates a milestone 50 years of teaching piano to our local kids!
NUNU’S PIANO SCHOOL IS ABOUT TO CELEBRATE ITS FIFTH DECADE OF TEACHING LOWER NORTH SHORE KIDS TO TICKLE THE IVORIES. THE LADY BEHIND THIS INSTITUTION IS NOW AGED 70, BUT SHOWS NO SIGNS OF SLOWING DOWN, AS HER DAUGHTER (AND MOSMAN COLLECTIVE GUEST WRITER) YASMIN SANDERS KNOWS ALL TOO WELL!
Meet Nur Sanders, affectionately known by her students as “Nunu”. She is about to
celebrate her 5th decade of teaching hundreds of students aged five to 77!
As this milestone approaches, I asked Mum to reflect on her trailblazing career.
Nur started playing the piano at the age of 4. From a very young age she knew that she wanted to devote herself to learning - and later teaching - the piano.
At the age of 13, Nur auditioned for the renowned Frank Hutchen, before studying under the equally eminent Alexander Sverjensky, at the Music Conservatorium of NSW.
Passionate about teaching, Nur was quick to return to her students after the birth of her two children, who seemed to enjoy a C-major scale or two being played by her students, as they napped in their bassinets underneath her piano.
Nur passes her love of the piano to her students, be they budding pianists or virtuosos,
and their relatives continue to sing praise of her infectious love of piano. Nur’s beloved Jack Russell, ‘Rodney’, sometimes likes to drop by and join in on the fun too.
No day is the same for Nunu, she always has a funny story to reflect on especially with her younger students, some of whom are hilariously honest:
Miss 5: “Do you go to work or just play the piano?”
Nunu: “Ummm hmmm (scratches head and LOLs)
Mr. 9: “When do I get to the loud and fast bits?”
Nunu: “Maybe we need to finish our first book?”
Mr.9: “Yeah… but can we skip some?”
Nur has created a wonderful community of Music loving pianists and families.
At the end of each year Nur hosts a very festive concert in her own home where students from her Mosman and Belrose teaching studios have the opportunity to perform for their family and friends. It’s a wonderful celebration which brings together all of her students as one big family.