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Singing, Guitar & Piano

Profession:

Singer and Songwriter

Qualifications:

BMus(Contemporary Performance), Australian Institute of Music

Experience:

6 years teaching experience
7 years gigging experience

About:

Jacqueline is an experienced vocalist, singing professionally since 2010. She also has 9 years experience in guitar and has played both classical and contemporary genres. She also has skills in multiple other instruments including piano, bass, mandolin and ukulele.Jacqueline performs regularly and is currently involved in a number of musical projects. She has proficient skills in performance composition, music theory, producing, arranging and sound engineering. She has knowledge and ability across multiple genres, including classical, jazz, funk, folk, pop, latin, music theatre, rock.Jacqueline has performed in concert with international acts Dan Bremnes and Jordan Worner and supported Australian band Southdown. She has also played lead roles in Southern Highlands productions of ‘Suessical the Musical’ and ‘Joseph and His Technicolour Dreamcoat’. Jacqueline is an accomplished tutor and has taught levels from beginner to professional and both children and adults. Lessons are customised to the students goals, age, interest and abilities.

Anecdotes:

If you could have written one song that someone else wrote, what song would it be? Tell us why…
“Bohemian Rhapsody is one classic that I wish I had written. It is a stroke of genius with a rich mix of insanity and metaphor that can’t be compared to anything else. It’s one of those songs that will transcend time and never loose it’s ability to stun, something every artist strives to do.”

Violin

Profession:

Violinist

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Classical Music Performance – Strings, Violin
  • Five Semesters at Berklee College of Music – Focusing on violin performance in multiple genres

Experience:

Over 10 years teaching experience

About:

A violin student since age five, Rosy Timms continued to take lessons and perform throughout primary and high school. Following that, she completed a Bachelor of Classical Performance in 2011 at the Elder Conservatorium of Music in Adelaide, Australia. Rosy completed a semester of the Honours program before travelling to Boston to study at the Berklee College of Music until mid 2015.

Some performance highlights include Nicola Benedetti’s Masterclass at the Elder Conservatorium; Performing in the Berklee World Strings ensemble with A.R. Rahman for his tribute concert at Symphony Hall in Boston; and providing violin on the Grammy award winning Hip-Hop artist Lupe Fiasco album Tetsuo & Youth.

Anecdotes:

If you could have written one song that someone else wrote, what song would it be? 
“Not a song – but I would pick the third movement (Passacaglia: Andante) of the Shostakovich Violin Concerto in A minor, because it’s so sad and so beautiful.”

Your top 5 favourite albums? Go!
“So hard to choose, here are some in no particular order:

  1. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
  2. Korn – Follow The Leader
  3. Marilyn Manson – Mechanical Animals
  4. Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral
  5. SBTRKT – SBTRKT”

What has been a stand out in your music career? 

“Playing guitar solos transcribed on electric violin with Hot Dub Time Machine at two Enmore Theatre shows in Sydney earlier this year. We decided on the solos from Michael Jackson’s Beat It and Rage Against The Machine’s Killing in the Name. Most fun shows I’ve ever played.”

Piano

Profession:

Head Music Teacher

Qualifications:

BMUS(PERF.), GRAD. DIP. BUS. ADMIN (UTS)
Sydney Conservatorium

Experience:

16 years music education and tuition

About:

As the Managing Director of All Arts Academy, be rest assured to receive only exceptional music tuition from Meena. Having graduated from the prestigious Sydney Conservatorium of Music, she brings over 20 years of experience in concert performances, competitions, radio broadcasts, festivals and teaching. Meena dedicates herself to each student and is passionate about passing the breadth of her experience and knowledge to the next generation of pupils. She has taught for over 12 years and her students have gone on to achieve wonderful AMEB and competition results. Her approach is both effective and enjoyable.

How can you help me?

  • To prepare for AMEB exams, competitions, auditions and concert preparations.
  • To teach young beginners to attain a solid grounding.
  • To guide and train intermediate level students to become advanced, quality, outstanding young musicians.

Why choose You?

  • Having taught over 80 different students, she has had many years of experience.
  • Uses innovative and fresh teaching methods.
  • Has a set curriculum from beginners to advanced with important skills which has proven to be very effective in all her students.
  • Trains pupils to learn effective practice methods.
  • Supportive to her students, encouraging them to achieve their personal best.
  • Turns notes to music that comes alive!

Anecdotes:

Do you have a favourite song/songs to belt out in the car?
“Britney Spears “Baby One More Time” because she takes me back to when I was 14 yrs young, and carefree. I also like singing Aerosmith “Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing”, Mariah Carey’s “Hero” and “Without You” and rapping Gangsta’s Paradise – yes, yes, roll your eyes, I’m definitely still living in the 90s.”

 

Piano

Profession:

Concert Pianist

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Music (First Class Honours), University of Melbourne
  • Master of Music, University of Melbourne
  • Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), Performance Program
  • Suzuki Primary Teacher Training Course

Experience:

Over 15 years 

About:

Elina Yasumoto has taught piano and performance at leading musical institutions including the University of Melbourne and Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music and also worked as an accompanist at the University of Melbourne, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Australian National Academy of Music. Her piano students have garnered many awards and scholarships. Highlights of student achievements include: first prize winners in solo piano and ensemble sections at the Dandenong Eisteddfod VIC and the Mackay Eisteddfod QLD, full music scholarship award for primary and secondary education, best performance of Bach and best performance of an Australian Composer at local Eisteddfods. 

Performance achievements:

  • Award winning and internationally acclaimed classical pianist
  • Critically acclaimed as a “Magician of the Piano” and praised for her “Command and Grace” (The Age, Melbourne).
  • Referred to as ” The Female Horowitz” by an international jury at the Australian National Piano Awards where she was a top prize winner.
  • Her playing has been recognised for it freshness, spontaneity and architectural strength and for its poetic evocativeness, “painting beautiful images with the sound palette”. (Roger Lord, Chairman of International Jury. Australian National Piano Award).
  • At a young age Elina frequently performed on Australian radio and television, both as a soloist and in musical collaborations.
  • Among these broadcasts she performed in Gershwins Rhapsody in Blue on Channel Ten and SBS Television.
  • Broadcast from the Sydney Entertainment Centre, where she performed as the concerto soloist.
  • Elina now plays to audiences in major cultural and concert venues throughout the world, as well as closer to home: from Beethoven recitals at the spectacular Yamaha Hall in Ginza Tokyo of her native Japan to the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall where she has recorded as a soloist performing Prokofiev.
  • Elina appeared on Channel Ten 5pm News, which featured a story of her “Reaching the World” concert tour of the United States.
  • Multi talented musician playing all genres from pop, rock to jazz.

Anecdotes:

What are your earliest memories of music?
“I even taught a little black cat to play twinkle twinkle little star! Ask me for the video!”

Drums, Piano & Guitar

Profession:

Drums, Piano & Guitar

Qualifications:

BMus (Ed.), Sydney Conservatorium.

Experience:

9 years of experience as a musician

About:

Johnny is a dedicated and engaging teacher who is confident in the belief that his students may grow and achieve highly if they are taught well. He is determined to achieve this end through fun, interactive and well – planned lessons.

With over 9 years of experience as a musician, Johnny has focused his musical endeavours on the field of performance in drums and guitar. Having a great passion for music, he is enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge and skills with others.

Being experienced in a range of genres in both contemporary and classical streams gives him the ability to adapt his lessons based on student interests, and to encourage students to pursue what they are personally passionate about.

Johnny is currently undertaking specialised studies in Music Education at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, honing his skills in teaching, and equipping himself better for helping his students accomplish their best.

Anecdotes:

What are your earliest memories of music?

“My earliest memories of music are wanting to drum along to music on the radio in the car and at home when I was very young!”

Drums, Trumpet & Piano

Profession:

Musician

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Composition and Production, The Australian Institute of Music

Experience:

Over 7 years

About:

Chris Haigh has always had a strong passion for performing, writing and teaching music. Chris began playing trumpet at 7 years old and later at the age of 14 discovered a strong passion for playing the drum kit. Chris developed a high level of competency in a range musical genres throughout his professional career.

He has performed at many well-known Sydney venues and has had experience teaching drums, trumpet and musicianship lessons to students for 7 years. To expand his musical knowledge, Chris later attained a degree in composition and production at The Australian Institute of Music (AIM). Chris prides himself on his ability to create a fun and stimulating lesson for his students of all ages.

Anecdotes:

If you could have dinner with any musician past or present who would it be and why?
“Michael Jackson. I would love to try and understand the mysterious ways of the one and only King of Pop. It would be a treasured moment for me to be able to sit with Michael and hear his stories, ideas and quirks without the influence of the media. In my opinion, it was impossible for Michael not to be famous. He was an artist that embraced and embodied such unconventional uniqueness of which he boldly introduced to the world. I would have an endless list of questions that I would ask if I wasn’t too star struck!” 

Who was your biggest music influence and why?
“Nile Rogers from Chic. From an early age my parents exposed me to plenty of his 70’s-80’s disco hits and the characteristics of disco music became strongly engrained in me. Until now I realise that many of my performances and compositions adopt elements of the genre. Nile rogers, although the front man of Chic also created many “feel good” hits for the likes of KC and the Sunshine, Dianna Ross and INXS. His funky guitar lines, rock solid rhythm section and punchy horns are all accountable for his unique sound.”

What is your earliest music related memory?
“My parents were playing a cassette tape featuring Liberace on the drive up to my grandparents’ house. I can remember appreciating his playing and questioning my mother as to why he was so much better than her at playing the piano. Hopefully she wasn’t too offended… come on, it’s Liberace!”

Drums, Piano, Guitar & Chinese

Profession:

Piano, Drums, Guitar, Composition, Maths and Chinese

Experience:

12yrs piano training

About:

Having great passion for all music since a young age, John specialises in a wide range of musical instruments to accompany his devotion to all genres of music. He has been playing piano for over 12 years and has also spread his musical passion into the guitar and drumming. John is bilingual in both Chinese and English and has been exposed to both the western and Chinese educational systems.

Taking 4-Unit Maths in high school, he is also very confident in teaching the mathematical and numerical areas of study to both beginner and advanced students. I value the passion and affection towards a subject and aim to utilise this in my teaching. John believes that music is not limited to anybody and he thrive to assist those who have difficulty in their area of study and to allow them to accomplish their absolute best.

Anecdotes:

If you could play with any musician (or band), past/present/dead/alive, who it would be? Tell us why…
“I would no doubt play with digital music duo, Daft Punk. Their never ending musical knowledge will never fail to surprise anyone, ranging from Electronic to Funky RnB tracks, and even down to Orchestral pieces. More so, their ability to synthesize parts of known songs and altering the genre completely is something all musicians should admire.”

Chinese

Native Tongue:

Mandarin (China)

Specialisation:

  • Teaching Chinese to beginners (particularly children)
  • Developing strong reading, writing and listening skills
  • Chinese homework help

Lessons:

  • Private one-on-one
  • Small groups

Singing, Sax, Piano, Guitar & Uke

Profession:

University Student & Musician

Qualification:

Certificate IV in Music and Ministry at Hillsong International Leadership College 

Experience:

7 years of performing, 3 years of teaching 

About:

“I am a huge lover of music, I have grown up always learning and being surrounded by music and have always had a heart for singing especially. Performing arts and creative writing and playing a variety of instruments is something which I find great joy in! I spend a lot of my spare time singing and serving in my local church and I am an extremely extroverted, people person who loves meeting new people and sharing my the same love for music as I do!”

Anecdotes:

What’s your favourite song you belt out in the car?
“Miley Cyrus – Party In The USA”

If you could have written one song that someone else wrote, what song would it be?
“ABBA – Angel Eyes”

Name someone you’d love to perform with.
“Tom Odell”

 

Piano and Drums

Profession:

Drummer and Songwriter

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Music (UWS), Associate Diploma of Performance (AMPA), Currently in a Masters of Teaching Secondary School (UNE)

Experience:

Over 7 years.

About:

Aaron took up the piano for a number of years reaching Grade 8, encountering many styles of music including Classical, Pop, Latin, Jazz, Australian contemporary and Rock. At AMPA, he was under the brief tutelage of session drummer Jamie Casistros. During both degrees, Aaron gained a huge amount of collaborative experience with musicians from all backgrounds. His philosophy? Music communicates. He believes that studying and practising music can establish extra-curricular behaviours and form a positive sense of well-being and happiness with all students: Music is shared! As a teacher, Aaron is devoted to his students. As a tutor for 7 or more years, he has a wealth of experience to utilise. No matter what age, he will strive to work with students in developing musical outcomes and experiences regardless of mood or skill. Communication finds its place within Aaron’s light-hearted and flexible lessons. As a collaborator, Aaron loves to work with like-minded musicians who strive for creativity and quality workmanship.

Anecdotes:

If you could have written one song that someone else wrote, what song would it be? Tell us why…
“Achilles Last Stand by Led Zeppelin: besides the duration of the song, it retains many heavy elements of rock n roll that are uniquely combined amongst, arguably, the most contemporary insturments: drums, guitar, bass and vocals. It is an epic based off an epic that is both higly emotional and supremely technical to play on any layering of the song. It is fast, dramatic and exciting but within its simplicity, it is masterly crafted by Jimmy Pages orchestration. It’s almost like a story within a story and is based off the story of Achilles, the greek hero of the trojan war. It is a fantastic epic and combines both traditional lore with the modernised sounds of the future.”

Piano & Composition

Profession:

Piano, Accordion and Composition

Qualifications:

BMus (Piano & Composition), Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University
Grad. Dip. Screen Music, Australian Film Television and Radio School

Experience:

10 years music education and tuition.

About:

Passionate piano tutor, composer and performing artist, Joff Bush has performed with many renowned international acts including Megan Washington, Nikki Jean and Barry Crocker to name a few. Jonathan believes the joy of playing music is for everybody at every level and enjoys teaching absolute beginners as much as tertiary level students. With a warm and friendly attitude accompanied with a wealth of experience, he has taught piano, theory and composition for over 10 years.

Anecdotes:

What’s been a stand out in your musical career so far?
“Nothing in particular. I’ve had lots of wonderful opportunities.”

What inspires you to sit down and make music?
“Music is a challenging and incredibly beautiful thing to create. I can’t imagine doing anything else.”

 

Drums & Art

Profession:

Drummer, Singer and Songwriter

About:

Florentina is an experienced drummer, having taken up the drums in 2003 she has also been playing professionally since 2010 within various bands. During her time playing live on stage, at festivals such as Big Day Out, she began to show interest in singing as well as drumming, which she now utilises within her songwriting.

As a teacher, Florentina exhibits an enthusiastic style and encourages students to explore a range of styles. She is very flexible to different learning styles of each student and has previously tutored students privately from the ages of 5 and up.

Anecdotes:

If you could have written one song that someone else wrote, what song would it be? Tell us why…
“Anything written by Daniel Johnston, because all of his songs come from a purely genuine place.”

If you could play with any musician (or band), past/present/dead/alive, who it would be? Tell us why
“Bernard Purdie, in the hope that some of his effortlessly cool jazz style would rub off on me.”

What are your earliest memories of music?
“I was taken along to a lot of music concerts with my family, it entailed ridiculously loud music and lots of dancing.”

Guitar, Singing, Ukulele & Piano

Profession:

Guitar, Ukulele, Singing and Piano

Experience:

Over 3.5 years teaching experience

About:

Grant is an avid music enthusiast. Playing music from a young age on various instruments Grant found his passion in playing guitar, which he’s been playing for over ten years and teaching for over three years. His wide knowledge of musical styles, sound and performance allows him to cater to the needs of each and every student he teaches. With a profound belief in the joy of music Grant strives to inspire his students to help them enjoy learning, playing, performing and listening to music. When it comes to teaching patience is Grant’s greatest asset and along with his friendly persona he creates lasting impressions and strong bonds with his students. Grant has studied music in many extracurricular classes including the Type One Jazz course at the Australian National University. He can play multiple instruments, sing and is an independent recording artist with experience in song production.

Anecdotes:

Tell us your top 5 favourite albums?
“1. Let’s Get it On – Marvin Gaye
2. Sign of the Times – Prince
3. Mothership Connection – Parliament
4. Ain’t Necessarily So – Andy Bey
5. Voodoo – D’Angelo

Honourable mentions: Funkadelic (self-titled album) & Bad – Michael Jackson”

 

Violin, Viola & Piano

Profession:

Violinist

Qualifications:

Bmus (Perf.) Sydney Conservatorium, DipABRSM. LRSM, ATCL, LTCL, Grade 8 ABRSM Piano, Grade 8 ABRSM theory

Experience:

20 years of musical training on the violin
10 years of training on the piano

About:

Claire is a passionate and caring teacher who believes in the musical potential of every keen learner. She has studied under renowned violin teachers in Singapore and Sydney, and loved passing on the strong pedagogical ideas for a solid and comfortable violin technique, which she has compiled from her teachers over the years. She has had a wide ranging experience in mentoring all types of string lessons for over 10 years. These range from giving private violin lessons and piano lessons, student conducting with various string ensembles across Singapore, conducting sectionals in all five string instruments, as well as being leader of both her secondary and high school string ensembles.

Claire is also an active performer and her main love for performance lies in chamber music, in particular piano trios. She has toured both locally and internationally, across Singapore, Malaysia, Italy and New South Wales. Claire specialises in teaching violin to all ages, from beginner to advanced levels, as well as beginner to intermediate levels on the piano. She enjoys preparing her students for the ABRSM and AMEB graded levels, and helping them achieve their goals.

Anecdotes:

What are your earliest memories of music?
“My earliest memories is sitting on my mum’s lap and playing the ‘hungry Crocodile’ on the piano (She composed it). and being sent out to the garden by my violin teacher to practice a piece until I got it right.”

Drums, Guitar & Piano

Profession:

Guitar, Drums, Piano, Ukulele, Producer and Songwriter

Qualifications:

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Experience:

Over 18 years experience

About:

Oliver is a multi-instrumentalist, performer, producer, recording engineer and songwriter working within a broad range of contemporary styles including electronica, hip hop, rock, pop, rnb, jazz and world music. As a passionate musician with over 18 years experience, he provides students with a versatile skill set that is informed by the cutting edge of music. Oliver’s lessons are tailored to the strengths and interests of each student ensuring consistent engagement and enjoyment while covering fundamental music theory.

Anecdotes:

What was the first instrument you ever picked up?
“I got my first guitar (a Squier) when I was four.”

 

Singing, Piano & Ukulele

Profession:

Singer-Songwriter

Qualifications:

BMus (Perf.) Australian International Conservatorium of Music

Experience:

16 years music education and tuition. 7 years professional gigging.

About:

Ana is a graduate of the Australian International Conservatorium of Music (AICM) and holds a Bachelor of Music (Perf.) in contemporary voice. Having studied pop, blues and jazz styles, she has both versatility and knowledge as her key creative tools in music.

As a teacher, she aims to instil a sense of music appreciation and cover all technical aspects in a fun, relaxed environment. She takes into account that every student is different and devises her lessons to cater for the development of their talents. Ana is currently completing piano pedagogy as a second study at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts (formerly AICM). Alongside her study, she continues to work on original compositions with her own line up of contemporary musicians.

Anecdotes:

What’s your top 5 favourite albums?
1. ‘Tapestry’ by Carole King
2. ‘When The Pawn’ by Fiona Apple
3. ‘In Rainbows’ by Radiohead
4. ‘Make Yourself’ by Incubus
5. ‘No Beginning No End’ by Jose James

 

Guitar, Bass & Ukulele

Profession:

Professional Guitarist

Qualifications:

BMus (Perf.) Academy of Music and Performing Arts (formerly Australian International Conservatorium of Music)

About:

Having begun training at the age of five, Daniel has found a uniquely passionate appreciation for guitar and music. He has developed a strong proficiency in all contemporary genres such as Rock, Blues, Jazz and Pop, appropriating himself as a versatile guitarist. Daniel specialises in guitar tuition, covering all aspects of the guitar in a straight forward yet relaxed style. He firmly believes in his students and aims to find the best approach to achieve their greatest potential.

Daniel has studied with many instructors and lecturers, gaining a vast knowledge base to employ within his students’ lessons. Aside from teaching, Daniel currently works as a professional guitarist in both session work and performances. He is currently working on a contemporary group with a new line up of musicians.

Anecdotes:

Can you give us a rundown of your favourite guitar and gadgets?
“My number one has always been my Fender Stratocaster. I’ve rewired it more than four times and every time it sounds great. Through thick and thin, it has survived equipment falling onto it. It comes with me to nearly every gig, if not as the main guitar, as the backup. The main gadget would have to be my overdrive pedal named the ‘Tube Zone’. Now discontinued, it always wipes my other overdrives off the board!”

 

Piano

Profession:

Composer, Professional Classical Pianist and Contemporary Keyboardist

Qualifications:

AMEB Grade 8, BMus (Perf.) Academy of Performing Arts (formerly Australian International Conservatorium of Music)

Experience:

7 years teaching, 6 years professional live performance

About:

Starting his musical journey with piano lessons at the age of 6, Michaels passion for music continues to grow every day. With over 18 years piano experience, he has a comprehensive understanding of all music genres from early Baroque, all the way through to contemporary pop and jazz. Michael has played in multiple ensembles from rock, electronic, pop, jazz, progressive to classical. During his undergraduate studies, Michael focused heavily on musicology, song writing and composition giving him a strong understanding on all aspects of musical theory.

Michael believes that everyone has the ability to learn music and that is an excellent way to express yourself, as well as a great way to keep the mind active and positive. His teaching methods reflect this, in where each of his tailored lessons are to ensure each individual student not only learns a lot, but has a lot of fun in doing so and walks away each week happy and eager for their next lesson.

Anecdotes:

What’s your favourite song you belt out in the car?
“Luminol by Steven Wilson. That bass riff gets me every time.”

If I could play at any venue in the world, where would it be and why?
“I would play a headlining show at Acer Arena; what a pleasure it would be on a stage where my idols have previously played, not to mention the amazing atmosphere of a large stadium.”

 

Piano

Profession:

Piano and Flute

Qualifications:

AMEB Piano Grade 8

Experience:

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About:

Having taken a great interest in music from a young age, Tara has studied the piano for 15 years, completing 8th Grade AMEB. She also studied Music 2 and Music Extension for her HSC in 2010, majoring in composition and performance. Tara has proficient knowledge in the accompanying theory necessary for Piano, having passed all theory exams with honours. She teaches beginners to intermediate piano. Tara also teaches beginners flute, having played the flute for six years as a member of the Hornsby Girls High School flute ensemble. Tara is an energetic and fun teacher with a passion for sharing her knowledge of music with her students. She believes that music is a greatly valued and important skill that can have only a positive effect on your life no matter what level you are at. She works with each student differently, tailoring their lessons to suit their individual style of learning and overall goals.

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