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.

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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”

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 has recently relocated to Melbourne.
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 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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Georgie

Keyboard, Piano, and Brass Teacher at Primary Schools and ABC Studios
Georgie is a brass and piano player and teacher who, after completing a Bachelor of Music with Honours at the UTAS Conservatorium of Music, is now based in Melbourne.
Georgie has had a range of experiences playing in different orchestras and ensembles including the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra, the UTAS Conservatorium Orchestra and various Australian Youth Orchestra Programs.
Georgie believes that every student is capable of learning and enjoying music in its many forms, and strives to prepare lessons to suit students individual needs.
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Sarah

Guitar and Singing Teacher at Primary Schools

Sarah is currently studying a double Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Psychology) and Music (specialising in Classical Voice Performance) degree at Monash University.

She got involved in music from the age of 4, quickly becoming interested in the guitar. This gave her the opportunity to learn a wide variety of styles and genres including classical, jazz and contemporary. It also allowed her to be involved in many band and group performances, making her a more versatile musician.

Throughout the years, Sarah nurtured a passion for singing. She was involved in many musicals throughout her schooling years, and soon began Classical Voice AMEB exams. This passion has carried on into her tertiary degree, and she has trained intensively in Italian, French, German, Musical Theatre and Contemporary Classical voice.

Additionally, she thoroughly enjoys performing with both guitar and voice in concerts and festivals (most recently the Melbourne Fringe Festival). This allows her to continue to learn and develop her contemporary repertoire.

Sarah has had the wonderful opportunity to tutor students in both guitar and voice. Being able to help students find their own style and further their creativity is immensely humbling. Sarah aims to ensure every student is progressing towards his or her goals in an engaging and supportive environment, ensuring a safe and competent use of technique.

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, Piano and Guitar 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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Sara

Piano, Keyboard and Flute Teacher in Primary Schools and Studio

Raised in Oklahoma, Sara began learning piano at an early age. She continued her piano studies into university where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance and American Studies from Oklahoma State University.

Sara has been teaching piano lessons since 2006 and enjoys seeing students develop the skills to be able to play with confidence. She adapts to the student’s style of learning and uses different teaching techniques to achieve their individual goals.

Sara strongly believes that music translates into every aspect of life. She teaches piano/keyboard and flute and takes her students  from a beginner through to level 8 AMEB or equivalent of other formal exams.

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Michelle

Keyboard, Drum 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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