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Gold Teachers (From $37 per half hour)

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.”

 

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!”

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.”

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 & 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, 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.”

 

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.”

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.”

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.”

 

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

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”

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”.

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:

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″ 

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!”

Piano

Profession:

Piano Teacher and Accompanist

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Music Education (Sydney Conservatorium of Music),
  • AMusA Diploma Pianoforte AMEB

Experience:

  • 4 years Music Education
  • 12 years of Performance and Accompaniment

About:

  • Began piano lessons at the age of 10 as an interest which then progressed into something serious.
  • Has since then played the piano as a form of background music in school award ceremonies and special occasions as well as solo performances and accompaniment.
  • Teachers included Ari Daoutakis and Natalia Sheludiakova.
  • Achieved an AMusA in 2013.
  • Recently graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music Education.
  • Has extensive experience teaching at music schools, privately and at NSW schools delivering lessons to a wide variety of ages and abilities.
  • Career highlights include performing Chopin’s Etude in A flat major at a Graduation Ceremony in 2012.
  • Believes that effective teaching really comes out from having good patience, using a variety of teaching methodologies to tailor to student’s learning style and differentiating effectively for all students regardless of ability.

Anecdotes:

What was the standout in my music career?
Accomplishing and learning a multi-melodic composition (Fugue) on my own using all the knowledge that was passed on from my own piano teacher.”

What were my earliest memories of music?
“My earliest memories of music was listening to the songs produced from the Walt Disney cartoon films only to realise many years later I still love to listen to them and work out how those fantastic harmonies work.”

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.”

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.”

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.