EXCEPTIONAL TEACHING STANDARDS

ABC Music Group is very choosy about the teachers we employ. They all:

  • Hold a university degree or a TAFE diploma in music
  • Have  sound previous teaching experience
  • Have proven abilities in keeping pupils motivated and on task
  • Have a passion for music that’s really inspirational
  • Hold a Working with Children card.

All teachers have induction training and on the job training in ABC Music Group methodologies. We  conduct regular personal development workshops to ensure they can continually improve their students’ performance outcomes. Our teachers are an integral part of our team. This assures teacher stability and dedication which results in a consistent learning environment for students.

A deep love of music and strong drive for exceptional teaching underpins everything we do. Our principals are qualified and experienced in music, management and human resources, so we can identify and hire the best possible music teachers. Our pupils are motivated and have fun while developing a very strong musical foundation.

Kyla

Kyla

Piano, Voice and Theory teacher at Richmond & Williamstown studios
Email: info@abcmusicgroup.com.au

Originally from Canada, Kyla Price has been performing since the age of 8. She began piano lessons at the age of 6 and complete her Grade 8 Royal Conservatory examinations before heading to Acadia University to study Vocal Performance with a concentration in Musical Theatre. She completed her degree and moved to Toronto where she was given the opportunity to work with Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber and Simon Lee. After 10 years of performing in an Andrew’s Sister Tribute group as well as in her own band she moved to Melbourne. She has teaching for ten years and has been working with ABC Music since 2015. Her greatest joy in teaching is sharing the discovery of sound and rhythm with her students and seeing their confidence grow as they develop their musical skills and understanding.

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Mairead

Piano and Cello Teacher at ABC Music studio in Richmond and primary schools

Mairead is trained as a classical pianist and is inspired by a vast range of musical styles. As a teacher, Mairead draws upon 20 years of playing the piano and significant experience with A.M.E.B. Exams, including an Associate Diploma in piano, a Graduate Diploma of Music from Melbourne University, ensemble playing and solo performance. Mairead has also completed a Masters degree in Music Teaching at the University of Melbourne and has studied under eminent teachers Patricia Gleeson and Janine Sowden. Mairead never stops learning and loves to connect with students of all ages through their own musical perspective, and to enable them to create sounds that they love even in their earliest lessons. Mairead always approaches teaching analytically and creatively, skills enhanced in her time studying and working in the field of architecture. With a deep commitment to music education, Mairead is keen to take her students on a journey exploring music through technique, style, fun and personal expression.

Megan

Megan

Piano, Keyboard, Violin and Music Theory Teacher

Megan believes music is something everyone can enjoy at any level or age. Her teaching philosophy is based around a step-by-step program which develops a strong musical foundation combined with an individually tailored program which allows each student to explore their own creativity and musical interests. It is not her goal to force students into a specific, standardised mould, but rather give them the tools to decide for themselves. It is our mission to give students the opportunities and skills to create lifelong, positive memories with music.

Megan completed her pianoforte AMEB exams at an early age and added violin and trombone to her list of instruments at the age of 11. During her high school years she dedicated every spare moment to playing, whether it was with many of the outstanding youth music organisations throughout Melbourne such as Melbourne Youth Music, Castlemaine Youth Orchestra, Napier Street Orchestra or even being involved in the various bands and orchestra in local school productions and theatres.

In 2003 she commenced her musical studies at Melba Conservatorium of Music and later on also completed a Bachelor of Arts a Deakin University majoring education and sociology.

Megan has shifted her focus to teaching from performing over the last 10 years and is passionate about sharing her philosophy of music education with her students. She specialises in both group lessons and private lessons.

Hayley

Hayley

Piano, Keyboard, Guitar and Singing Teacher

Hayley has been teaching piano, keyboards, guitar, voice and music theory at ABC Music Group in Williamstown and primary schools since 2014. Her aim is to help students realise their musical goals and give them every opportunity to make music an important and rewarding part of their life. Students will develop strong skills in reading, listening and playing technique whilst also exploring music theory, composition and improvisation. Hayley likes to incorporate technology into lessons, where appropriate, to help engage students outside their lessons and promote regular, quality practice. Students are invited to assist her in setting specific goals for themselves which we will work towards together and reassess throughout the year. Hayley says about her teaching approach “My teaching style varies based on the needs of the individual student. I enjoy teaching students of any age and adapting my style to suit their needs. During lessons we discuss their goals, their motivations and their learning style and explore a variety of techniques to improve their practice outside the lesson and maximise their progress. I enjoy building student repertoires that incorporate a variety of styles and genres. I hope that lessons are a rewarding experience in themselves but also that the student walk away with musical knowledge that will stay with them for life”

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Manuel

Keyboard & Guitar Teacher at primary schools

James

James

Woodwind and Brass teacher at Richmond studio and primary schools

James was born in Geelong, after attending Corio Primary & Geelong High school’s during which time James played with the Geelong West City Band and the Geelong Youth Orchestra, James enlisted in the Royal Australian Navy at the age of 17 years.  Upon graduation from the Defense Force School of Music, James was posted to the Victoria Naval Band (VNB) as principle bassoonist and baritone saxophonist. After a period that included performances in Japan and all of the Australian capital cities, James was posted to the Fleet Band and was posted back to VNB. During this period James studied music education at Melbourne University. James left the navy in 1993 and joined the Australian Army Band Sydney as principle bassoonist. After 3 years James left the army and began teaching in Sydney at a number of schools whilst continuing to play saxophone and flute with popular Sydney band Big Toy. James has performed with John Paul Young, The Seekers, Jimmy Barnes, Marina Prior and James Morrison. In 2004 James returned to Melbourne to teach at various schools and has been teaching for ABC Music since 2010.  James continues to perform as part of a woodwind trio at different venues in Melbourne

Tim

Tim

Guitar, Keyboard and Drums Teacher at Richmond studio and primary schools

Tim completed his Bachelor of Music Performance on Contemporary Guitar and Composition at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. A classically trained guitarist, he went through up to 8th Grade on the AMEB syllabus before starting to focus on more Contemporary Music. Since then he has performed in just about every genre; specialising in Jazz, Folk, Gypsy, World, Musical Theatre and Rock. In addition, he is a singer-songwriter with many career highlights including opening for Christine Anu, Mike McClellan, playing guitar alongside Australian virtuoso Bruce Mathiske and debuting his EP in 2014 to a packed house. He has played guitar in pit orchestras for acclaimed productions of Les Misérables, Legally Blonde, Evita, Mary Poppins and many others. Recently he became a guitarist and singer for Melbourne Hard Rock/Metal Band “Leonard” who have been playing many shows around the Melbourne and Traralgon area since April 2015. He first started writing songs at the age of 10, and recently got involved with larger scale composition. His Symphony “The Passion of the People” for Orchestra, Rock Band and Choir was premiered late in 2015 to a packed house and standing ovation. Tim is capable of teaching both classical and contemporary styles on guitar, keyboard and drums and will encourage a lot of creativity in his students drawn from his experience as a talented player and perfomer.

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Bella

Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet and Keyboard/Piano teacher in primary schools and ABC Studios
Bella is currently studying a Bachelor of Music Performance, at the Victorian College of the Arts. While being a classically trained saxophonist, Bella has always been passionate about jazz. She has completed AMEB classical saxophone exams, and Trinity College London jazz exams, both up to 8th grade.
During these studies, Bella has had a number of career highlights. These include playing at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, and the Porretta Soul Festival in Italy, along with numerous other jazz and soul festivals across Europe and Australia.
Bella has been taught by a number of expert teachers in Victoria. From this, she understands that music is a profound method of personal expression. She encourages students to find their own sound and style of playing. Bella is confident in teaching a wide range of repertoire, including jazz, contemporary and classical music.
As a deeply passionate musician, Bella will always encourage students’ creativity, and guide them to become a confident, accomplished and innovative performer.
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Josh

Trumpet, Trombone, Keyboard, Piano, and Violin Teacher

Josh believes that music can be enjoyed by anyone, but being able to understand music, is a really beautiful thing to be able to do. Josh likes to create strong technical facilities so that they can have the freedom to express in their own way. Josh likes to help people discover their own sound, and their own idiosyncrasies rather than just learning how to play an instrument.

Josh was well invested in music from an extremely young age. Starting Violin at age 5, piano at age 7, and trombone at age 10. Josh completed his AMUSA on violin at the age of 16 and his 8th grade AMEB on piano. Whilst trombone and other brass are Josh’s musical focus, he still uses his multi instrumental skills in many bands and projects as well as teaching.

Josh studied at the Generations In Jazz Academy of music in 2014, and is currently undertaking his Bachelor of Music at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University. Some of his most recent notable projects and achievements are: Paul Grabowsky’s – Monash Art Ensemble, The Melbourne Composers Big Band, and the Tilde New Music Academy.

Josh is regularly seen performing around the city in some of Melbourne’s best jazz venues like Uptown Jazz Cafe, or Bennetts Lane. When Josh isn’t teaching, he can also be found playing traditional South American music of many kinds around Melbourne.

Stephen

Stephen

Saxophone, Clarinet and Flute Teacher at Richmond studio

Stephen is a very talented jazz saxophonist/clarinetist that holds a Bachelor of Music Performance from Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University. After receiving the university’s only Jazz Scholarship for undergraduate students he has participated in various music programs around Melbourne such as Melbourne Youth Music [1st Tenor in Melbourne Youth Jazz Orchestra], Juilliard Winter Jazz School as well as being selected to perform in the 2013 VCE Music Top Acts Concert. He was taught  from elite teachers and hopes to pass on the knowledge to his students.
Stephen teaches many styles of saxophone and clarinet playing and can help students prepare for AMEB and VCE music exams, also he specialises in jazz improvisation.
Stephen has been teaching at ABC Music in Richmond from February 2016 the following instruments  saxophone (soprano through to baritone), clarinet, beginner flute and jazz theory.

Corey

Corey

Guitar, Percussion and Mandolin Teacher

Corey has successfully been teaching music for over than 20 years and has seen his students achieve the goals they wanted.

Corey sees his role as a teacher to inspire students creatively and to foster a true love for music as a player and listener. He believes that music lessons should be enjoyable and rewarding and he ensures to tailor his teaching style and lesson plans to suit each individual student.

He holds a Diploma of Music Performance and specialises in many styles Folk, Irish, Jazz, Rock, Traditional, World.

He plays in Balakan band the Sljivovitz Orchestra, Reflejos (Latin American), Irish band Conundrum and Rising Tide (original). Apart  from playing guitar and mandolin Corey composes music “Composing definitely comes from a deep personal love of music and a sense of the possibilities, meanings and feelings that can be expressed,” Corey says.

Chantelle

Chantelle

Keyboard and Piano Teacher at primary schools
Chantelle has been teaching piano since 2007 with nine years teaching experience she joined the team of ABC Music Group in 2015. Originating in Perth W.A, Chantelle commenced Piano and Theory lessons at Gingin District Highschool offering private tuition both individually and in groups. Further expanding her methods and knowledge to all ages, her sole focus in teaching is to help each student reach their full potential and musical goals. Whether this be through various styles, classical, modern, jazz, pop -she believes each individual has their own flair which deserves to be captivated. Encouraging her students also to receive recognition through A.M.E.B exams, her greatest joy is to see their success in achieving these as she has accomplished previously.

Composing music from a young age, Chantelle has compiled a broad collection including simplified versions of much loved classics for her students to enjoy.

Ed

Ed

Piano, Keyboard and Violin Teacher

Ed began piano lessons at the age of 4 and completed ABRSM Grade 8 in Piano at the age of 12. He went on to join the renowned Hwa Chong Choir at age 17, taking on the role of Student Conductor a year later.

In 2014, Ed joined the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore where he studied piano performance with the accomplished pianist Lena Ching, composition with renowned local composer Dr. Zechariah Goh, and conducting with Cultural Medallion winner, Maestro Lim Yau.

Prior to his relocation to Melbourne, Ed was the Resident Conductor of Hwa Chong Voices, an appointment he assumed since 2008. He has also served as resident conductor to the Anglo-Chinese School (Independent), Anderson Secondary School choir and Assumption English School Choir. Under his direction, the choirs have earned Gold and Silver awards in the Singapore Youth Festival and the Singapore International Choral Festival in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Ed is currently pursuing a Master of Music (Performance Teaching) degree at the University of Melbourne and is studying under the guidance of distinguished concert pianist Janine Sowden. He is also an active member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus and performs professionally with the all-male A Cappella group, Suade.

Ed is passionate about introducing budding musicians into the wondrous world of music, and his eclectic interests in the different facets of music allow him to approach music education in an interesting and holistic manner.

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Jessica

Piano, Keyboard and Flute Teacher at Williamstown Studio

Jess completed her Bachelor of Music at the Sir Zelman Cowan School of Music at Monash University in 2013.  She is in her final months of completing her Master of Teaching (secondary) at Australian Catholic University.
Jess has studied extensively with flautists such as Carolyn Grace and Peter Sheridan.  She has performed world premiers on bass flute, adjudicated at the Victorian Flute Competition and performs with the Victorian Flute ensemble on a casual basis.
Jess began playing piano at the age of 8 and has completed AMEB exams.  Classically trained,  she has been teaching privately since 2010 and has been with ABC Music Group since 2015.
Jess believes that anyone can learn any instrument, at any age and is always happy to help – whether that be for AMEB exams or just for fun.  Each lesson is individually tailored and focuses on music, technique, theory and aural development.

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Andrew

Piano and Keyboard Teacher in primary schools

From a young age, Andrew started learning piano and developed a strong passion for music.

Andrew followed his passion and continued his education by completing a Bachelors degree in Music from Box Hill TAFE. He has been teaching music for ten years and is very passionate about teaching music to beginner students. His calm approach to teaching together with his vast experience provides students with an inspiring insight into the world of music.

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Elena

Piano and Keyboard Teacher in Primary Schools and Studio

Elena was born into a musical household, so her passion for music has been growing from a young age. Elena started learning guitar when she was in primary school and wanted to broaden her skills so she also took up piano.

Elena continued her education by completing a Bachelors of Arts degree with a focus on Media and Communications and Spanish. Elena also completing Grade 8 AMEB in Classical Piano and Grade 5 in Classical Guitar and completed Music Performance in VCE.

Elena strongly believes that music has the ability to have a positive impact on all areas of a child’s life. She has been teaching piano/keyboard since she finished high school.

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