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 and Voice Teacher at ABC studios

Originally from Canada, Kyla 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.

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.

Megan completed her pianoforte AMEB exams at an early age and added violin and trombone to her list of instruments at the age of 12. 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.

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Chantelle

Piano, Keyboard, Guitar and Singing Teacher

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 WA, 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 AMEB 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.

Max

Max

Keyboard & Guitar Teacher at primary schools

Max is an experienced guitar, bass and keyboard tutor with a Bachelors degree in Jazz and Popular Music Performance from the prestigious Monash Universities Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music.

As a part of Melbourne’s thriving music scene Max has had extensive experience playing gigs throughout Victoria and Australia, highlighted by performances with International artists such as Terence Blanchard, Mirko Guerrini and Jim Black (AlasNoAxis).

Over his 7 year teaching career Max has enjoyed teaching all styles of music and is experienced in Contemporary and Rock to Jazz, Funk, Folk and R’n’B. Max adjusts according to each students preferences, and he aims to get students playing songs and pieces of music that they choose, to help nurture and grow their passion for music while achieving their goals.
“Music education is a powerful tool for growth and Max is dedicated to utilising it to its full potential to improve confidence, creativity and problem solving skills, while ensuring to help nurture and grow his students passion for music as they achieve their goals.

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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Loren

Piano, Keyboard , Guitar and Singing Teacher

Loren has been teaching Singing, Piano and Guitar for 9 years.

She has a Bachelor of Music from Christchurch Jazz School in New Zealand where she studied Jazz composition and arranging and relocated to Melbourne in 2018
She helps her students to achieve to a high level, in an encouraging, supportive learning environment with a focus on music theory and musical play.
Loren draws on a wide range of approaches to learning music, including the Kodaly approach and her work as a jazz singer.
She believes music should belong to everyone and anyone can learn with the right access to good quality music education!

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Daniel

Guitar, Keyboard and Bass Guitar Teacher at Primary Schools / ABC Studios

Since completing a BA Hons in Professional Musicianship, Daniel has taught instrumental music and run rock band projects in the UK, with both the British and Irish institute of Modern Music, and Chichester College. As a musician, he has worked with Guy Fletcher (Dire Straits), Mercury Prize-winning producer Charlie Andrews (Alt-J), and AMP-nominated songwriter Thomas Savage. He was a founding member of signed electronic band Kanzi, and has years of live experience, sharing the stage with artists including Little Comets, The Vaccines, East India Youth and NZCA Lines.

He has been teaching guitar for 8 years and performs regularly in various bands and ensembles. Lessons with Daniel ensure each student is catered for in their own individual needs. They will always be a positive experience focused on guiding students to develop their musical skills, creativity, and confidence. Furthermore, lessons will encourage students in understanding music theory, developing aural awareness, and improving their technique. Daniel teaches guitar, bass guitar, double bass and keyboards.

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Bella

Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet and Keyboard/Piano teacher in primary schools and ABC Studios

Bella completed her Bachelor of Music at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2018, and is now pursuing a Masters of Music (performance teaching) at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.

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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Shai

Piano and Keyboard Teacher at Primary Schools

Shai earned his Bachelor of Music in jazz piano from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2014 and have been teaching since. He has a classical background, studied jazz at university and currently performs and writes music in many contemporary music groups. With this diversity in personal interest, as well as a fun and warm personality, Shai aims to create a learning environment that it is joyous and engaging.

Shai 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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Alana

Piano, Keyboard and Violin Teacher at Primary Schools and ABC Studio

Alana found her love of music by learning piano from the age of 5 and is classically trained through the AMEB syllabus and holding an AMusA.  Since then, she has also learnt the viola, violin and voice. She has been performing in both large scale concerts and small bands for all three instruments and voice since 2010.
Alana incorporates both technique and theory into her lessons, and can also teach the AMEB syllabus. From her previous teaching experience, Alana understands that each student learns differently and has different goals in mind, and so lessons are adapted so that these goals are reached. She enjoys watching students flourish and progress their skills to be the best that they can be.

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.

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Thom

Keyboard, Voice and Guitar Teacher at Primary Schools
From a very young age, music has been Thom’s passion. That same passion drove him to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance in addition to his Diploma of Education.
“Music has always been my source of excitement and always interested me and so I thought why not share that with people by sharing and teaching it.”
With over 12 years of experience in composing, performing and teaching, Thom has a vast knowledge in playing a wide range of instruments and also having mentors such as Ella & Jesse Hooper (Killing Heidi), Ainslie Wills, Stevic MacKay (Twelve Foot Ninja) and Hayley Cramer helped develop his perspective in music teaching and performing.

His performance experience and passion in a variety of musical settings informs his holistic and versatile approach to music teaching, where any student’s style and musical voice can be fostered.

Thom believes every child should have the chance to experience the joy of music and always strives to inspire his students.

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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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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Michelle

Keyboard, Drums and Guitar Teacher in primary schools

Being brought up by musical parents, Michelle decided to follow in her father’s footsteps and become a drummer at the early age of 7. She was taught by the likes of two of Melbourne’s best drummers Darryn Farrugia and Gerry Pantazis while completing her Bachelor Degree in Contemporary Music Performance at The Australian Institute of Music.

During her studies she picked up Piano/Keyboard, Bass and Guitar and now teaches in many locations across Melbourne. Michelle has done a variety of showcases, recitals and musicals throughout her 14 years experience as a musician and enjoys connecting with others, sharing her passion and learning.

“To me, being a musician is a very special thing. Its always nice having the ability to share your knowledge and understanding of music. For some, learning an instrument for the first time can be very intimidating, so I like encouraging students to feel confident and have fun with the learning process.”

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