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Platinum

Learn from the absolute best – our Platinum teachers are most popular for a reason.
Each with over a decade of experience under their belts, they know how to nurture every student’s musical ability to bring out the best they can achieve.
Beginner students will find they progress quickly with these experts who know what they’re doing, whilst having loads of fun!
Lessons are tailored to your learning style to develop your talent and love of learning your instrument
Students preparing for AMEB exams, school/uni entrance auditions/exams and anyone wanting to attain advanced levels will find these teachers a perfect suit.

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.”

 

Violin

Profession:

Musician

Qualifications:

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

Experience:

  • Over 10yrs 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? Tell us why…
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.

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? Tell us about it…
“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.”

Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Piano, Guitar, Recorder, Italian, English and Art

Profession:

Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Piano, Guitar, Italian, English and Art Teacher, Recorder.

Qualifications:

    • Bachelor of Arts (major in Music and Ancient History) at
    • Sydney University
    • AmusA in Saxophone.

    Experience:

    • 7 years music education and
    • over 15 years of performing and tuition.

    About:

    Aimee is a well trained professional Saxophonist with over 15 years of study. She took an early interest in music at the age of 8. Later on she attended Newtown High School of the Performing Arts and developed an array of musical skills in solo performance and multiple ensembles. These included Saxophone quartets, orchestras and stage bands. With her successful completion of her AmusA in Saxophone just after High school she continued to study at the University of Sydney where she completed a Bachelor of Music. Aimee showed an interest in teaching at the age of 18 where she also learnt multiple woodwind instruments such as the Clarinet and Flute as well as studying Piano and Guitar under multiple tutors. Aimee loves to teach her passions of language, arts and music to her students in hopes that they will one day succeed in their artistic endeavours.

    Anecdotes:

    What was the first instrument you ever picked up?  
    “The Alto Saxophone was my first and only
    choice as a kid. I insisted on learning it at a young age and signed up for the band in year 3.”

    What has been a stand out in your music career?
    “ Performing in the Sydney Eisteddfod in 2017 and placing in the Finals as a top 6 contender was a highlight of my music career. It gave me the confidence to perform by memory and in front of a large audience.”

    What’s the weirdest thing you do to calm your nerves before a performance?
    “I don’t practice too
    much right before a performance as it makes me more nervous. I sit there and go to the bathroom
    many times and read my music like a novel!”

Drums

Profession:

Drums and Percussion Teacher

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Music on drums (Australia National University) School of Music
    Canberra

Experience:

  • Playing drum/percussion since 3 years old
  • 20 years of teaching experience

About:

Born in Peru into a musical family, Giorgio started playing percussion at the age of 3. Growing up playing Bongos, Cajon, Congas, Timbales, Drums, minor important Percussion and styles such as afro Peruvian music, Afro cuban music, Brazilian music, Jazz, latin jazz, Funk, Reggae, Andean Music, Middle eastern music, Rock. At the age of 13 Giorgio moved to Australia, and on 2005 he finished his Bachelor of music (jazz) at the Australian National University in Canberra. Giorgio has been playing professionally since the age of 5, playing around Peru, Chile, Australia. He played for bands such as Mi Tierra, Reyes De la Onda, Mucho Mambo, Krillo Collective, Son Veneno, Oscar Jimenez, Watusi, Mark Levine, Bare Foot Divas, Ministry of Sound Orquestra, Camino, James Ryan Quartet, ANU Faculty Jazz Band. In 2008 Giorgio joined international Dance Show, Burn the floor touring the world until 2017. In 2016 he recorded his Trio Album (Drummer of God) Latin Jazz album.

Anecdotes:

What was the first instrument you ever picked up? 
“The first instrument I learned was the Peruvian instrument Cajon (the box)”.

What has been a stand out in your music career?
“Stand out gig was when my family band –  Mi Tierra won the first Clave contra Clave Latin band competition in Australia”.

What inspires you to sit down and make music?
“To keep music flowing relaxed meaningful I train martial arts because they come from the same soul”.

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!”

Gold

Our Gold teachers bring a bound of energy to the lessons. If you’re looking for a more cost-effective solution, our teachers are for you!
Ideal for beginner to intermediate students, our teachers in this category have 1-4 years of teaching experience.
They have been selected for their passion and enthusiasm they bring to their lessons
Students enjoy the exposure to the different music genres whether learning for leisure or for serious study.
All ages and levels welcome!

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

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.”

 

Drums, Piano & Guitar

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:

“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.”

Singing and Piano

Profession:

Children’s Entertainer and Teacher

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Music (Musical Theatre)
  • Currently studying Masters of Teaching (Primary)

Experience:

  • 5 years teaching experience
  • Over 15 year’s performance experience

About:

Alison is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Music and holds a Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre. She has over 15years experience in the performance industry having performed in Theatre, Musical Theatre, Film and TV, as well as gigging around Sydney and Canberra. She is skilled in a variety of musical styles including jazz, classical, pop, folk and musical theatre, and during her time at AIM trained and performed with some of Australia’s top performers and industry professionals. She began her musical journey at age three and has since studied a variety of instruments including piano, violin, flute, and ukulele, but for the past 12years her focus has been vocal studies.

Alison has always had a passion for education and is currently studying for her Masters of Primary Teaching with a focus in music and performing arts education. She has over 5 years’ experience teaching piano and voice, and has spent the past 2 years teaching music in childcare centres across Sydney. She believes music is incredibly beneficial in building creativity, imagination and confidence thus she tailors lessons to suit each student’s individual talents and unique abilities.

“Where words fail, music speaks” – Hans Christian Anderson

“Art is how we decorate space, music is how we decorate time” – Anon

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent” – Victor Hugo

Violin, Piano, Science, English, Arts

Profession:

Violin, Piano, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, English, Arts

Qualifications:

    • Bachelor of Music (Music Performance)
      The Sydney Conservatorium of Music
    • Bachelor of Science (Pure Mathematics)
      The University of Melbourne

Experience:

  • 8 years music education and tuition

About:

Marrianne is currently studying the Bachelor of Music at The Conservatorium of Music with Professor Alice Waten. Marrianne has previously completed a Bachelor of Science at The University of Melbourne alongside the Diploma in Music (Practical). Marrianne has performed in both intuitions’ Symphony Orchestra, String Orchestra, and chamber groups including piano trios, piano quartets, and string quartets. Marrianne is passionate about teaching and she has brought students through the AMEB exams and Suzuki books. Marrianne is pursuing a career as a chamber musician in addition to being a highly esteemed music and science teacher.

Anecdotes:

What’s the weirdest to calm your nerves?
“Not that weird amongst my friends, but I like to eat a banana. It actually works really well!

What are your earliest memories of music?
“I had my first music lesson on an electric piano.
My teacher showed me all the different instrument sounds it could make. It was so interesting and fun!

What’s your favourite song to belt out in the car?
“I have too many. Adele is fun to sing but also really hard! I love to sing along to musicals. Also some old songs too!”

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!”

 

Singing, Sax, Piano, Uke, Guitar

Profession:

Student

Qualifications:

  • A Levels (BCC)

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 to belt in the car?
“Party In The USA- Miley Cyrus”

What is someone else’s song you wish you had written?
“ABBA – Angel Eyes”

Someone you would love to perform with?
“Tom Odell”

Singing, Guitar, Dance, Speech, Arts

Profession:

Singing, Guitar, Dance, Speech, Arts

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Music (Majoring in Music Theatre) at the Australian Institute of Music

Experience:

  • 4 years teaching experience

About:

Edan Mcgovern is a trained Singer, Dancer, Actor and Guitarist who is currently studying Music Theatre at the Australian Institute of Music. Edan has been in a variety of Musicals and Plays (Macbeth, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Crazy For You, Spamalot, Seussical, Back to the 80’s, etc.) and also have experience creating original works and Assistant directing productions. Edan has been teaching Dance, Voice and Guitar lessons for four years to both adults and children. In the last year, she has also tutored students for HSC Music and Drama in both the theory and performance elements of these subjects.

Anecdotes:

What are your earliest memories of study Dance? 
“My earliest memories of studying dance include baby Ballet classes at age 5. At the end of year concert I ran on stage and began to dance on my own, and was promptly carried off the stage by one of my teachers.”

What has been a stand out in your life?
“A stand out in my life was studying for three months in Canada. I was able to experience schooling in a completely different country in a small town with an amazing community of people. on this trip I also received my qualifications to be a Snowboard instructor.”

What’s the weirdest thing you do to calm your nerves before an exam?
“Before exams I like to calm my nerves by getting the excess energy out of my body. to do this i have often jumped around or even done push ups to use up all the adrenaline i get when I’m nervous.”

Bass, Piano, Guitar & Drums

Profession:

Musician

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Music and Education
  • Master in Music Studies (USyd)

Experience:

  • 10 years of Education Experience
  • 14 years of Performing Experience

About:

Born in Chile, Gabriel studied a double degree in Music and Education, and has specialized in Jazz Music, studying with the renowned Chilean bass player, Christian Galvez. Gabriel was awarded the National Chilean Scholarship to continue his studies at the University of Sydney, completing a Master of Music Studies (Performance) in 2016. He has been performing around Sydney and he has provided private classes to music students, applying over 10 years of teaching experience.

Anecdotes:

What are your earliest memories of music?
“My earliest memory of music is when I picked up a little keyboard when I was 5 years old. I started playing some melodies and then realised that I could actually mimic melodies from what I heard, that was my first approach to music and from there I never dropped it”.

If I could play at any venue in the world, where would it be and why?
“I would probably say the Opera House or The Blue Note in New York”.

Piano

Profession:

Pianist and Teacher

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor Honours. ABRSM Grade 8. ABRSM Grade 5 Theory

Experience:

  • 11yrs Teaching Experience
  • 24yrs Piano Experience

About:

I have been playing the piano for over 20 years and teaching for over 10 years. I established my own teaching practice in 2006 and have worked with a large number of students from beginner to advanced level, teaching piano and music theory, and entering them for exams, competitions, and auditions. My students have enjoyed a 100% success rate in being accepted into tertiary education establishments for Music.

I have worked with a number of pupils studying music at tertiary education level such as at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the University of Glasgow. I have worked with a range of age groups from children as young as 3 to mature adults. I have been successful in teaching children with limited attention span and have also experienced success in working with adults with learning difficulties.

Anecdotes:

What was the first instrument you ever picked up?
“My miniature 2 octave keyboard. I used to take it to bed with me and play it in bed as a child!”

What has been a stand out in your music career?
Helping a pupil get accepted to the Royal Scottish Conservatoire after working with him four times a week to get him from Grade 2 to Grade 6 standard in just 12 weeks!”

Your top 5 favourite albums? Go!
Travis – Singles. David Gray – Greatest Hits. Eva Cassidy – Songbird. Dido – Life for Rent. Adele – 25″ 

Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computing & Engineering

Profession:

Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computing and Engineering

Qualifications:

  • BA (Hons) from University of Cambridge

Experience:

  • 4 years teaching experience

About:

Jonathan Lay graduated with a BA (Hons) from the University of Cambridge in 2017. While studying there, Jonathan began tutoring students in High School, students who then were accepted into Cambridge and Oxford, as well as students who represented the UK internationally in the International Mathematics Olympiad. Jonathan also tutored other fellow university students in their undergraduate studies in Maths and Physics. Jonathan is passionate about teaching and likes to inspire others.

Anecdotes:

What are your earliest memories of study Maths?
“My earliest memories are of taking part in a statewide correspondence program focusing on problem solving, which I thoroughly enjoyed. This led me to discover many other similar programs in maths and science.”

What’s your favourite subjects and why?
“I’ve always been fascinated by maths, and the pure fun of problem solving is what initially made me like it so much. For much the same reason, I’ve been interested in science for years. Through my studies at university, I’ve discovered something of the true breadth of science, especially physics. You cannot really speak of anything in the other sciences without some sort of at least conceptual reference to physics. Pretty much anything you can think of scientifically is derived from the fundamental principles of physics.”

If you could travel all around the world, where is your favourite place and why?
“I’ve been to many places around Europe while studying, but my favourite place I’ve travelled to have to be Santorini in the Greek Isles. You can spend most of your days lying on the beach without a care in the world, and in the evenings, wander around the small streets home to a number of great restaurants and bars with an amazing atmosphere.”

Piano, Singing, Language, Dance

Profession:

Piano / Singing / Language Teacher & Flamenco Dancer

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Music Major) at
    University of Sydney

Experience:

  • 8 years teaching piano
  • 5 years teaching singing

About:

Nicole is a versatile musician who trained as a pianist from the early age of 4. Although classically trained she has explored and studied other genres including tango, flamenco, jazz and contemporary music. Nicole graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (major in music) at the University of Sydney and is currently training in musical theatre. In addition to piano, Nicole also studies and performs in classical voice, musical theatre, acting and flamenco dance. In addition to her artistic talents, Nicole spoke Spanish as her first language and then chose to study it alongside Italian at university while completing her bachelors degree. The Italian in particular has benefitted her greatly, especially when performing Italian arias.

Anecdotes:

What was the first instrument you ever picked up?  
“Piano – began showing an interest at age 2 where I would work out melodies by ear – started formal training at 4.”

What inspires you to sit down and make music?
“I want to tell a story whether it’s on piano or in voice. Everyone has a story to share, a story from his or her hearts.”

If I could play at any venue in the world, where would it be and why?
“West end London- dream will be to play the part of Christine from the musical production ‘Phantom of the Opera’. Saw the production there in 2016 and couldn’t believe the passion and musical culture that exists in London, especially west end! Lots of stories told there.”

Singing, Guitar, Composition, Language

Profession:

Singing, Guitar, Composition & Language Teacher

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Science (Psychology)
    Masters of Mental Health Practice
    Certificate III in Live Production, Theatre and Events (Technical Operations)

Experience:

  • 16 years music education & 10 years performance
  • 12 years of performance, accompaniment and songwriting

About:

From a very young age Shivani was interested in music and took part in various choirs and aca pella groups as a child in order to quench her thirst for music knowledge. After attempting to learn various instruments, Shivani found her true-calling at 12 years old when she took an interest in guitar. Self-taught, Shivani has since then mastered many a technique and is comfortable with a wide variety of genres, playing both acoustic and electric guitar. Since then, Shivani has been in a range of performance ensembles and bands ranging from jazz to metal where she has honed her performance skills in both vocals and guitar. Shivani is also a Psychology undergraduate and is focused on developmental and child psychology with a particular interest in teaching styles and how they influence childhood learning.

Anecdotes:

What was the first instrument you ever picked up?  
“A very retro Casio keyboard on which I learnt how to play Hoagy Carmichael’s Heart and Soul!”

Your top 5 favourite albums?
Go! • Hysteria – Def Leppard • Hybrid Theory – Linkin Park • Slippery When Wet – Bon Jovi
• Eclipse – Yngwie Malmsteen • Passion and Warfare – Steve Vai.

What’s your favorite song you belt out in the car?
“Fantasy by Mariah Carey and any of Carly Rae Jepsen’s songs!”

Arts, English, History

Profession:

Arts (Painting / Theory), English (writing / Speech), History.
Austin is an experienced teacher and he also works as an artist.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Arts, UNSW (Distinction)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, UNSW (Distinction)
  • HSC: 96.65 ATAR

Experience:

  • 5 years teaching experience

About:

Austin Kennedy Bates is a recent graduate of a double degree through the University of New South Wales, where he studied Arts and Fine Arts, and graduated with distinction in both. Austin’s studies have built upon his life long passion for the arts and humanities, particularly history and art. In his spare time Austin makes a lot of arts, from painting and drawing to murals, and he is an avid reader as well. Austin is passionate about teaching and likes to inspire others.

Anecdotes:

What are your earliest memories of study History? 
“My earliest memory of my interest in and history is, as a toddler, looking through Encyclopaedias to find and stare at beautiful images of ancient Greece and Rome.”

What inspires you to sit down and study?
“I love being able to piece together parts of information. Even if they seem small, every little bit of information we learn about the world helps us understand the whole.”

If you could travel all around the world, where is your favourite place and why?

My favourite place in the world is Berlin – it is a city rich with history, full of beautiful architecture and art, and overflowing with culture.”