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.

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 University 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

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Emma

Keyboard and Voice Teacher at ABC Primary Schools
Emma is a passionate teacher and versatile vocalist with over 20 years experience in the Music Industry. Emma is a Graduate from W.A.A.P.A and Collarts University with a Bachelor of Music and an Advanced Diploma of Contemporary Music.
Emma’s musical journey began at the age of 8 when she received her first instrumental lessons and since then she has sung with artist such as Tina Arena, Leah Haywood, Ross Willson. Eric Weiderman, supporting acts such as Marina Prior, Dione Warwick and 10CC.
As a teacher, Emma has trained students from all ages and abilities. Emma is enthusiastic to see students gain confidence in their singing ability and enjoys sharing her knowledge of musical theory with students.
‘I love voices! It is such a personal instrument and I find it a privilege as a teacher to play a part in helping people find their own voice and learn how to look after it.’ Emma

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Hayley

Piano, Keyboard and Guitar Teacher

Hayley coming soon

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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.

Corey

Corey

Guitar Teacher in ABC Primary Schools

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.

Nathan

Nathan

Piano and Keyboard Teacher at Primary Schools

Nathan is a versatile musician with backgrounds in classical piano, conducting and choral singing. His performance experiences encompasses, piano repertoire, choral repertoire, chamber music, film music and contemporary music.

Nathan began his music education as a young liturgical pianist and chorister. He completed his Bachelor of Music piano studies at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne. He is actively performing with the Melbourne Bach Choir and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus. Nathan is a recipient of the 2019 Melbourne Bach Choir Scholarship where he sings as a tenor. He went into conducting and singing as a means of approaching orchestral, oratorio and choral repertoire which was not accessible to him as a piano soloist.

He founded and conducted the children instrumental ensemble at Camberwell Methodist Church for young musicians. He currently conducts the Citylight Methodist Church choir. Nathan is also a member of the piano collective Skerzo in Melbourne, focusing on piano duo and duet projects. He is also passionate about imparting the gift of music through teaching and sharing his experience with students.  He has performed at various community centres, concert venues and events as a conductor, pianist and chorister across Melbourne and Kuching, Malaysia

Nathan is capable of teaching both classical and contemporary styles on piano and keyboards and  will encourage a lot of creativity in his students drawn from his experience as a talented player and perfomer.

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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.

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Emanuel

Piano/Keyboard and Guitar Teacher

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

He followed his passion and continued his education by completing a Bachelors degree in Music Performance. He has been teaching music for five 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.

From his previous teaching experience, Emanuel understands that each student learns differently and has different goals in mind, and so lessons are adapted so that these goals are reached. He enjoys watching students flourish and progress their skills to be the best that they can be.

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Kristie

Piano and Woodwind Teacher at ABC Richmond Studio
 Kristie coming soon ….

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