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.

Chantelle

Chantelle

Piano, Keyboard, Guitar and Violin Teacher

Chantelle has been teaching piano since 2007 with fourteen 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, with a firm belief that it is never too early nor late to start learning music if you wish to follow your passion and dream. Her sole focus in teaching is to help each student reach their full potential and musical goals. This can be achieved in multiple ways and various styles, whether it be 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, many of Chantelle’s students receive pass with Honours in their musical examinations. Her greatest joy is to see their personal 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.
Students of younger age and early entry level, particularly enjoy the reward program that Chantelle endorses.
‘It is so important to enjoy the journey of your chosen instrument, they are memories and skills that will last you a lifetime.’
HAYLEY

Hayley

Piano, Keyboard and Guitar Teacher at ABC Primary Schools

Hayley has 18 years teaching experience and 12 years experience preparing students for AMEB exams in Piano, Piano for Leisure and Music Theory.

She holds AMusA Diploma and an Early Childhood Education and Care Dip. from Melbourne University. Hayley has been teaching for ABC Music Group since 2013.

My 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.  I like to incorporate technology into lessons, where appropriate, to help engage students outside their lessons and promote regular, quality practice.  Students are invited to assist me in setting specific goals for themselves which we will work towards together and reassess throughout the year.

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.
James

James

Woodwind and Brass Teacher

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 Australian Army Band 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. 

Encouraging his students to receive recognition through AMEB exams, many of  James’s students receive pass with Honours in their musical examinations.

James continues to perform as part of a woodwind trio at different venues in Melbourne

EMMA

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

CLEO

Cleo

Voice, Keyboard and Guitar Teacher

Cleo is a singer/ songwriter and guitarist with 20 years’ experience in the music industry. Currently she is the lead singer/frontwoman of Jazz trio, “Green Dolphin Street” and paving her way as an independent electronic pop artist under the guise of M E D L E Y. Her experience spans from backing vocalist at festivals such as Big Day Out, to rotation on 94.1 Jazz FM radio, to being the lead vocalist for jingles such as ‘Sanctuary Cove Resort’ with London Music Group and Mike Blewitt Ford Dealership.

Her notable highlights include ‘Top 12 Finalist’ on 2011 Channel 9’s ‘The X- Factor’, 2011 Sandown 500 National Anthem performer and is a former Queensland Conservatorium of Music graduate, with a Bachelor in Popular Music. Cleo was awarded a scholarship by her highschool to study classical guitar under the mentorship of Tony Vandermeer, in 2002.
Cleo can teach voice techniques across a range of styles, (from classical, country, jazz and pop) and has tangible tools to help your child enjoy practising in their own time!
Some of Cleo’s past vocal mentors include Venetta Fields (backing vocalist for Pink Floyd and The Rolling Stones), Erana Clark (Australian Idol vocal coach) and Jeff Usher (tour support for Stevie Wonder). Cleo has used her knowledge and love of guitar to shape her song writing and has accompanied herself on this instrument for most of her musical years, performing for the likes of Olivia Newton John and Sir Cliff Richard at their respective charity events.

Cleo has been teaching voice, guitar and keyboards for 12 years and has been working with ABC Music since 2019 in addition to being a Jazz Voice instructor at The Music Gym. Cleo teaches all age groups as well as adults. 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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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 25 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 Balkan 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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