Piano teachers

Emily O’Brien

Emily O’Brien

Piano

Having learnt piano from a young age, Emily has a thorough understanding of performance and music theory.

She is currently studying music performance at the ANU School of Music, and previously completed the ANU’s ‘Advanced Classical Music’ extension course (H-course) in years eleven and twelve. She completed her Grade 8 piano exam in 2018 and has performed in numerous productions and recitals throughout Canberra since 2013.

Emily hopes to inspire her students to love music, and always wishes to make lessons fun by creating a positive and encouraging learning environment.

Abigail Higgins

Abigail Higgins

Piano

Abigail started learning piano at the age of 6 and developed a passionate interest in performance and composition from a young age. Classical music has always been special to her as her mother would play her Mozart at a young age.

Having attended the ANU classical ‘H-course’ in her tertiary studies, Abigail received a broad range of expert advice and teaching in performance craft. She completed her AMEB Grade 8 Piano in 2017 and is currently studying engineering and music at the ANU.

Abigail is also currently working toward her AMEB Grade 8 certificate in Violin performance.

Wilbur Whitta

Piano

Wilbur Whitta is an award winning Australian jazz pianist and composer who recently relocated to Canberra. He has performed around Australia, the UK and Europe, and recently toured to Japan, appearing as both a composer and performer. Wilbur has worked with some of Australia’s most respected jazz artists, and has appeared at many international festivals, including Redfest Bristol, London Jazz Festival, Manly Jazz Festival, Peats Ridge Music Festival and the Australian Music Week.

Currently, Wilbur works widely on the UK and Australian jazz scenes, and focuses on composing for his newly formed trio. Wilbur is the winner of the 2019 Dankworth Jazz Composition Award for Small Ensemble, and has received numerous honours and awards including the prestigious Australia Council for the Arts Career Development Award, the Leverhulme Trust Postgraduate Scholarship, the Tait Memorial Trust Award and the Anthony and Sharon Lee Foundation Jazz Scholarship.

He is a recent Masters graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London. Wilbur is also a passionate and experienced educator. He firmly believes in striving to capture the student’s musical interest, and to help them develop a long-lasting relationship with music.

Lynne El Hassan

Piano

Lynne is a former student of Canberra Music Tuition. After doing ten years of lessons with CMT, Lynne completed her AMEB Grade 8 piano exam and has developed a deep love for music. In particular, she strongly believes in its importance to the lives of young people and children. Armed with a fun, exciting array of teaching tools, Lynne aims to instil in students a love and appreciation for all kinds of music. Above all, Lynne recognises the variation of learning styles in different students and is dedicated to tailoring lessons to help each individual thrive.

Simone Shen

Piano

Simone is a second year bachelor of Actuarial studies/Music performance student at ANU. She started learning classical piano at the age of 5 in her home country and a few years ago she did HSC music at her high school in Sydney. She enjoys playing music, improvising and composing music, therefore she came to Canberra to pursue a double degree with music at the ANU. Music has a significant meaning to her and gives her company when she’s traveling alone.
On campus, she has been involved in both classical and contemporary concerts, played in contemporary choirs as well as directing bands. In 2018 Simone won the Christel Larko Scholarship for piano during her first year of studies at ANU.

“Playing music is a personal but natural way to express ourselves. I’m looking forward to encouraging more young students to explore themselves through music.”

Caitlin Manning

Piano

Caitlin Manning is currently undertaking a music degree at the ANU School of Music majoring in piano performance and composition. As well as studying music through school, Caitlin was also a part of an intensive music program run by the ANU called the ‘H-Course’, which allowed her to further explore her musical talent with other gifted musicians. She plans on finishing her undergraduate music degree at the end of 2020 and from there plans to further her musical studies in both performance and composition.

Caitlin started learning the piano when she was 7 years old and the flute at 9. Caitlin currently possesses an AMEB Grade 8 qualification in piano and is currently working towards her Associate Diploma. She also holds an AMEB Grade 7 in flute. Caitlin aims to bring her enthusiasm for music into her lessons and promote joyful learning to unlock her students’ full potential.

Michael Dooley

Piano

Michael Creswell Dooley is an Australian born pianist composer, song writer and producer.

He studied classical and jazz piano, and composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of music.

Styles he has composed and produced in include Classical, Jazz, Pop, Celtic, Soft Rock, Latin, Reggae, gospel, R&B, Country, Children’s songs and World music, his knowledge of which has been enhanced by living and performing in the orient, India and the middle east for a number of years. He currently resides with his family in Canberra ACT, Australia.

George Zhao

George Zhao

Piano, Piano Accordion & Composition

George is an accordionist, pianist and sonic artist, who is a graduate from Shenyang Conservatory of Music with a major in Electroacoustic composition. George is also currently completing his Masters in Music at the Australian National University.

George started to play the accordion and piano since his childhood. As a musician and sonic artist, he has performed and exhibited his works many times overseas including Beijing International Electroacoustic Music Festival, Shanghai International Electroacoustic Music Week, a concert for academic exchange in De Montfort University, UK, and an Electroacoustic concert in the University of Oregon, USA; as well as performances across Canberra including the Canberra International Music Festival and National Science Week.

He believes that learning music helps students to establish a positive character and a healthy self-image which will accompany them in their lifetime. He strives to be a good music teacher and to bring happiness through music to his students.

Emma Chen

Emma Chen

Piano

Emma started playing piano at the age of 6 in Perth, Western Australia. Since her musical journey started, she developed an immense love for piano, and music of all genres in general.

Before moving to Canberra for university, Emma completed AMEB Pianoforte Grade 8 and played with her school’s jazz bands, and classical and contemporary choirs.

Emma hopes to instill her passion for music in the youths of Canberra. Her musical education embedded in her a love of Chopin’s Waltzes and Nocturnes, and other Romantic period composers’ works. At the same time, Emma has an affinity for musical works from the world of cinema, most notably, from classic and contemporary Disney films.

Emma is passionate about teaching, and enjoys tutoring and mentoring students of all ages. Her teaching approach centres around fostering both an understanding of musical technicalities, as well as a genuine love for music.

Ayrton Kiraly

Ayrton Kiraly

Piano

Ayrton is currently undertaking his 3rd year at the Australian National University, studying a combined double degree in Music (Musicology) and International Security (Japanese Linguistics + Strategic Studies). Having been self-taught at the piano throughout his high-school years, Ayrton began learning Classical Piano at the age of 16. After 6 months of playing the instrument, Ayrton had successfully auditioned for the ‘Type 1 Classical Music’ program, an extensive (and external) college program offered by the Australian National University from 2014-2015. Ayrton possesses an AMEB Grade 8 Practical Piano qualification, and is currently preparing for his Associate Diploma in Piano. On top of music teaching, Ayrton has also been a swimming coach and instructor for school-aged children and his experience in education helped facilitate a unique, yet well-known teaching philosophy: working with the strengths of the student in order to promote their individuality, and to create a positive environment that fosters enjoyable learning.

Kate Cameron

Piano

Kate Cameron is a highly experienced music educator. Clocking up over two decades with CMT, Kate has outstanding success with students of all ages and levels, and has an exemplary record of student AMEB results.

Kate is extremely community-minded and is heavily involved with the Yass Music Society.

Sheila Rasanen

Piano

Sheila is a warm and nurturing piano teacher with a large following of students. Having taught with CMT for over a decade, Sheila is considered a cornerstone of our teaching crew.

Sheila has a love for things retro and if you don’t find her in front of a piano, you’ll probably find her near a vintage car or two.

Bronwyn McIlvar

Piano & Voice

Bronwyn is a passionate teacher who wishes to encourage music in all aspects of student’s everyday lives. She has a Double Degree in Education and Arts, specialising in music, from the Australian National University, Canberra University and the Australia Catholic University. She is currently a primary and high school music teacher.

Bronwyn also enjoys performing on stage as a singer of musical theatre and as a trumpet/cornet player with Victoria Street Brass.

Bronwyn has taught a variety of students ranging in all ages and levels from young beginners, to examination focused through to adults.

Helena Victoria

Violin & Piano

I began piano studies at the age of 4 in England. I come from a long line of violinists and pianists, and later started learning the violin at about aged 8, because somebody needed to become the next custodian of the family violin! We moved to Australia when I was a kid, and here I joined student orchestras including the West Australian Youth Orchestra and eventually the National Music Camp. At age 17 I began studying music at the University of Western Australia, majoring in piano, and continuing to play the violin in the university orchestra. Here I became interested in historically informed performance practices and began studying the harpsichord. Later I moved to Canberra to study for a BA with Honors in Music Philosophy at the ANU, and saved up for my own harpsichord, and later for my own grand piano.

Since then I have continued to be blessed with a life full of music, including lovely students, a lovely daughter who is training to become the next custodian of our violin, and the best band-mates a person could ask for! I love the variety of teaching music: I might start my day helping a tiny person to find middle C for the 1st time ever, then half an hour later I might be helping a bigger student to make the phrasing in their Beethoven sonata sound super convincing. Teaching music students is rather like having a lovely garden.. new seedlings go in and eventually blossom, and great trees need tending where I planted long ago!

Sam Row

Piano

Growing up in rural North Queensland, Sam learned piano, saxophone and singing, performing solos and accompanying singers, instrumentalists and ballet exams. He also gained experience in choirs and bands and enjoyed playing keyboard for many Burdekin Singers music theatre productions in Ayr. Sam studied classical piano at Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, graduating with B.Music before moving to Queanbeyan last year. As well as teaching piano students, Sam is now accompanying local choirs and he has been welcomed into the Canberra music theatre community, playing for Chicago, Strictly Ballroom and 42nd Street. Sam hopes to pass on his love of music performance and interest in music theory to his students.

Tanya Jackson-Oleinikova

Piano

Tanya is a highly regarded piano teacher who holds a Master Degree of Art, post graduated from Urals State Conservatory in Russia. Tanya prides herself on assisting students achieve their highest potential in music, with over 30 years’ experience as a teacher.

Music is my Love ,Passion ,Mystery and Endless enjoyment.
Happy to share all of it and some of the secrets to playing one of the most beautiful musical instruments.

Tanya teaches in our Fyshwick and Weston Creek studios.

Sam Andrews

Guitar & Woodwind

Sam Andrews is a multi-talented instrumentalist whose specialty lies in contemporary, jazz and electronic music. He has been teaching instrumental lessons for almost 10 years.

After commencing studies at the ANU School of Music on saxophone, Sam’s diverse talents opened doors in music production and performance in the field of guitar, saxophone, clarinet and piano.

Sam is a master of musical theory, arranging, and composing, and when he’s not behind a musical instrument you’ll most likely find him enjoying a game of chess.

Michael Dooley

Piano and Composition
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Michael Dooley hails  from Canberra, where early  interests  included playing jazz and classical piano.  He studied classical composition at Sydney Conservatorium, before spending several decades overseas doing humanitarian and musical activities in a number of countries,  including Thailand, Jordan and  Lebanon.  In Jordan he was musical director of  a singing and dance troupe that specialized in Arabic folk and contemporary music and was very active performing at local festivals and recorded an entire album of original Middle Eastern style songs.  He also worked as a music therapist for recovering drug  addicts in Lebanon. Mike has composed a number of children’s songs for a successful US network TV shows, several albums of ambient piano music and is currently active composing film scores for a US based company. Recently he was commissioned to compose an album of incidental piano music by a two time Emmy award composer. Since returning to Canberra in 2010 he has been active as a jazz and blues pianist in several bands that have performed at numerous local venues and festivals. He is  currently completing an advanced diploma of music performance at Canberra Institute of Technology.

Rory Quirk

Piano & Drums

Rory Quirk is a multi-talented piano teacher whose musical career spans a wide variety of styles. Completing a Bachelor of Music Composition (AIM 2010) and a Bachelor of Secondary Education (UC 2015), Rory is passionate about music education and has been teaching for over 5 years. Rory’s general teaching philosophy aims to tailor lessons to suit individual needs and goals, while providing a solid grounding in the fundamentals of music. Students are exposed to a variety of repertoire to ensure diversity in their learning.[/amoteam_text]

Lindsay Nesci

Piano
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Piano

Lindsay Nesci  is a music educator, instrumental tutor, solo pianist, accompanist and freelance keyboard player.

She says: I love to help budding pianists young and old, beginning and advancing, to prepare mind, body and soul for whatever illustrious moment they dream of. I draw from my own rigorous 20-year classical training and the colourful music career that followed.

I enjoyed warming the atmosphere of rarified venues with light classics and pop-jazz-schmaltz. Volunteering is a step up in the world – accompanying several seniors’ singing groups around Canberra was culturally enlightening for me. Challenges, fulfilment and a true sense of belonging came mainly from playing keyboards in bands – the night life, dance beat and heavy lifting; the pub-rock, reggae, funk, metal, Afro, Euro, disco and schmoozy dinner music (when required).

Now I devote my time to piano-teaching with soft style and firm resolve, ever mindful of the advice of great masters – Beethoven was an excellent teacher – and modern pedagogues. Patient remediation for each tricky bar, technique or trouble increases one’s ability to express something through music. Whatever profound thing that is, it’s essential to all of us.

Azadeh Atri

Piano

Azadeh Atri

BMus Hons, PhD
For the past ten years I have been teaching piano at primary schools and Canberra Music
Tuition and have also enjoyed teaching students at my home studio since 2004. My teaching style is one of encouragement and support and I am passionate about passing on my knowledge and furthering my teaching experience. I love helping students on their musical journey whether they are preparing for the AMEB exams or simply developing a love for playing.

I completed my Bachelor of Music degree at the Australian National University where I took piano lessons from Arnan Wiesel. Throughout my studies, I have participated in lessons and master-classes with Geoffrey Tozer, Geoffrey Lancaster, Geoffrey Saba, John Luxton and many others.

My passion for teaching led me to compose piano pieces of pedagogic intent for my Honours thesis. I completed my Honours degree with Professor Larry Sitsky in 2009 and received First Class Honours. These compositions can be found in the ANU and NLA websites: https://openresearch-repository.anu.edu.au/handle/1885/8989, http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/164774435?q&versionId=179617992. These pieces set out to work on some of the principles of the piano technique. Apart from piano pedagogy, my other research interests include the music of the avant-garde composers, music analysis and art/music teachers’ professional development
(education.unimelb.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/…/upitis-atri-paper.pdf).

I have recently completed my doctoral studies at the ANU School of Music under the
supervision of Professor Sitsky. In my PhD thesis I examined the piano compositions of
the Russian avant-garde composer, Nikolai Obukhov.

Guitar Teachers

Olivia Uebergang

Olivia Uebergang

Guitar

Olivia Uebergang is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Music majoring in Jazz performance at the ANU School of Music, where she received the Friends of the School of Music Scholarship for 2020. She has also gained experience from studying music intensely throughout college, participating in her schools’ jazz and musical band as well the ANU Developing Musicians Program. Having played classical piano for many years she holds a firm grasp on the theoretical side of music and guitar.

Olivia is passionate about making a comfortable space where students feel able to both create and question in. Above all she is passionate about tailoring her teaching style to suit individual students, but also in the process creating well rounded guitarists.

Patrick Haesler

Trumpet & Bass

Playing Trumpet, EWI, Bass and Keyboard I make jazz and fusion music. I am an avid composer, producer and performer based in Canberra, Australia.

Ethan McAlister

Guitar & Composition

Ethan Connor McAlister is an experimental composer and songwriter currently working as a electric/acoustic guitar tutor in both contemporary and classical styles, as well as providing theory and composition lessons.

Ethan studied performance and composition at the University of Melbourne before returning to Canberra to complete his Honours under the direction of Kim Cunio.

Ethan teaches at CMT Belconnen on Wednesdays and CMT Weston on Fridays.

Michael Rushby

Guitar

Michael Rushby joins us from the Young Regional School of Music where he taught guitar for many years.

After completing a Diploma of Music Performance at CIT in Canberra, Michael commenced studying at the ANU School of Music, for his Bachelor of Music in Jazz guitar performance, studying under Greg Stott.

Michael has taught at CMT for just over 2 years and is enthusiastic about all styles of guitar playing, guiding students to engage in their preferred musical styles for optimal enjoyment and development.

Mark Norton

Classical Guitar

Mark has established himself as one of Australia’s leading guitarists. He won first prize in the Australian National Guitar Competition in 1992, and spent 10 years performing and recording with Australia’s Premier guitar quartet Guitar Trek.

Concert engagements have included national broadcasts for the ABC, solo recitals in most major Australian cities and many regional areas; performances at the Adelaide International Arts Festival, the Darwin International Guitar Festival and appearances as a concerto soloist with orchestra.

Mark is an experienced and dedicated teacher. Following eight years on the faculty of the Canberra School of Music, ANU, he has continually pursued his interest in teaching through several schools throughout Canberra, panelling tertiary guitar recitals at the ANU every year, and composing music for the guitar.

Nathan Haar

Guitar & Composition

Nathan Haar is an Australian born and Canberra operating composer, conductor, and music educator. He completed his Bachelor of Music in composition in 2016 at the Elder Conservatorium of Music in South Australia. In this time he also completed to an equivalent of the AMEB Associate Diploma in classical guitar under the instruction of Andras Tuske. Nathan was also heavily involved with the South Australian Youth Guitar Ensemble (SAYGE) as a associated composer, teacher, and conductor.

Nathan is currently completing his Master of Teaching at the University of Canberra.

Sam Andrews

Guitar & Woodwind

Sam Andrews is a multi-talented instrumentalist whose specialty lies in contemporary, jazz and electronic music. He has been teaching instrumental lessons for almost 10 years.

After commencing studies at the ANU School of Music on saxophone, Sam’s diverse talents opened doors in music production and performance in the field of guitar, saxophone, clarinet and piano.

Sam is a master of musical theory, arranging, and composing, and when he’s not behind a musical instrument you’ll most likely find him enjoying a game of chess.

Beth Monzo

Guitar

Beth is a prolific performer and recording artist. We suggest checking out her band bio via JJJ Unearthed at https://www.triplejunearthed.com/artist/beth-n-ben

Beth maintains a significant number of students at Canberra Music Tuition, both in schools and in our external studios. Her teaching style provides direction for students to achieve their dreams, and she is also one of the mentors for the CMT Rock Band program.

Matt Lustri

Guitar

Matt has been part of the CMT teaching staff since 2007, having also previously received lessons through the institution in his younger years. He holds a Bachelor of Music with Honors from the ANU School of Music, where he studied jazz guitar and composition.

He has played in numerous local bands including Los Chavos, Andi and George Band, Spartak, Dub Dub Goose, Cracked Actor, Nyash, Fats Homicide, and the Reuben Lewis Quintet.

He loves to teach and play all styles of music and is committed to working with each students own interests whilst offering quality guidance along the way.

Johnny Reynolds

Guitar

Johnny arrived in Canberra over 4 years ago, from Ireland and has over 33 years’ experience as a guitar teacher. He is a blues specialist guitarist whose teaching style is relaxed with a focus on leisure and enjoyment. “A relaxed and easy going approach incorporating song writing, theory and ear training will help each student achieve their best”.

Johnny is a talented performer and singer who can often be seen at local blues events, such as the blues society jams, and also performing as part of other ensembles in many parts of Canberra.

Johnny’s CD “Johnny Reynolds Band” was released in April 2017 and he is about to announce another exciting recording release.

Voice/Singing Teachers

Rachel Warren

Voice
Rachel Warren is originally from rural Narrandera NSW, and grew up performing in many local charity concerts, events such as ANZAC and Australia Day ceremonies, competitions and eisteddfods.
Since 2017 Rachel began studying music at the Australian National University in Canberra, majoring in Jazz and Contemporary Vocal Performance, under Rachael Thoms and Sally Marett. Rachel is in her last year of studying voice and is now keen to share her singing knowledge with students of her own.
Rachel’s other music related experience and qualifications are, an ANU Diploma of Music, AMEB in Practice of Music – Singing – Grade 4, AMEB in Theory of Music – Grades 2, 3, and 4.
Rachel is passionate about being an organised, friendly, helpful teacher, sharing music knowledge, encouraging students and teaching a balance of what will develop student’s skills and what they enjoy.

Brendan Drake

Voice

Brendan Drake is a prolific Canberra performer. After studying at the Canberra School of Music (jazz school), Brendan went on to develop his solo career as a jazz vocalist.

Brendan has taught at CMT for over 15 years and teaches all contemporary vocal styles, and students of all ages and levels.

Brendan’s approach to music is one of soul and passion, and this is reflected in his teaching. Look out for performances by the Brendan Drake Trio, and also for his new musical adventures with Canberra guitarist and CMT teacher Matt Lustri.

Bronwyn McIlvar

Piano & Voice

Bronwyn is a passionate teacher who wishes to encourage music in all aspects of student’s everyday lives. She has a Double Degree in Education and Arts, specialising in music, from the Australian National University, Canberra University and the Australia Catholic University. She is currently a primary and high school music teacher.

Bronwyn also enjoys performing on stage as a singer of musical theatre and as a trumpet/cornet player with Victoria Street Brass.

Bronwyn has taught a variety of students ranging in all ages and levels from young beginners, to examination focused through to adults.

String Teachers

Charlotte Strong

Charlotte Strong

Violin

Charlotte is a Violinist who is passionate about creativity, communicating stories and igniting sentiment in others through music performance. She has been absorbed in music from a very young age, and graduated from The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree (Honours) in violin performance. Charlotte enjoys playing music from a wide variety of genres including classical repertoire, art music from the 19th and 20th century’s, Baroque music, and Celtic or folk music. She has had extensive experience performing as a member of orchestras and ensembles as well as playing solo and with singer-songwriters. 

Charlotte has had many years experience teaching students of all levels. She hopes to inspire her students with this same passion for music and the violin, whilst providing them with the support and tuition for improvement on musicality and technique. 

Janice Lai

Violin

Born in Hong Kong, Janice started learning violin at the age of 11. Janice completed the Associate Diploma in Violin Performance of Trinity College London while she was studying in the United Kingdom before coming to Australia. Janice is currently in the second year of her Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Philosophy and International Relations at the Australian National University. Janice believes music brings people together, and the skills people gain from learning music is a lifelong gift.

Janice is a mature performer. She engages herself in different musical activities such as orchestra, ensemble, symphonic band and choir. Janice has participated in many music tours, festivals and competitions in both Australia and overseas. In 2015, Janice performed in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and Amsterdam as a member of the Hong Kong Youth Symphony Orchestra, which later won the Gold Award in the International Music Festival of Netherlands. Janice has also won multiple music competitions in Hong Kong, including 1st place in HK Bauhinia Cup Strings competition and 3rd place in HK School Music Festival Ensemble.

Megan Chen

Megan Chen

Cello & Clarinet

Megan is an avid musician who moved from Brisbane earlier this year to complete her undergraduate studies at the Australian National University in science and engineering. She is in her first year at university and has been playing cello for 11 years and clarinet for 7 years.

Music has always been a big part of Megan’s life. During school, she was heavily involved in school music as well as community orchestras. She was principal of the cello section as well as principal clarinet player and has been a featured soloist on multiple occasions. She was also involved in the Queensland Youth Orchestras for 4 years, serving as concertmaster in 2017. Megan continues her orchestral endeavors as a part of Canberra Youth Orchestra and the Canberra City Band.

Megan is passionate about music and loves the joy it brings. She intends to bring this joy to her students and help them understand how fulfilling and rewarding playing an instrument is.

Lisa Luo

Violin

Lisa has been playing classical violin for fifteen years. She received the Violin Grade 10 certificate accredited by the Chinese Musicians’ Association in 2009 and has been on the college orchestra band for three years. She also takes interests in playing other musical instruments such as flute, guitar and some traditional Chinese musical instruments called Gu Zheng and Xun.

Lisa is currently a master student at the ANU School of Engineering, studying digital systems and telecommunications engineering. As an engineering student, she hopes that she can stick to music and help more people to enjoy it.

Shirahni Mudaliar

Shirahni Mudaliar

Violin

Shirahni is a skilled violinist who was one of the finalists in the 2017 Canberra Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition.

Helena Victoria

Violin & Piano

I began piano studies at the age of 4 in England. I come from a long line of violinists and pianists, and later started learning the violin at about aged 8, because somebody needed to become the next custodian of the family violin! We moved to Australia when I was a kid, and here I joined student orchestras including the West Australian Youth Orchestra and eventually the National Music Camp. At age 17 I began studying music at the University of Western Australia, majoring in piano, and continuing to play the violin in the university orchestra. Here I became interested in historically informed performance practices and began studying the harpsichord. Later I moved to Canberra to study for a BA with Honors in Music Philosophy at the ANU, and saved up for my own harpsichord, and later for my own grand piano.

Since then I have continued to be blessed with a life full of music, including lovely students, a lovely daughter who is training to become the next custodian of our violin, and the best band-mates a person could ask for! I love the variety of teaching music: I might start my day helping a tiny person to find middle C for the 1st time ever, then half an hour later I might be helping a bigger student to make the phrasing in their Beethoven sonata sound super convincing. Teaching music students is rather like having a lovely garden.. new seedlings go in and eventually blossom, and great trees need tending where I planted long ago!

Hannah de Feyter

Violin & Viola

Hannah de Feyter is a musician, filmmaker and co-founder of the experimental arts collective COUP. She is Canberra born and bred and has played and taught violin for many years. After completing an arts degree with honours at ANU, Hannah’s creative interests have diversified into stage, film production and live performance art, as well as music performance.

She was a producer and sound designer for a production of Caryl Churchill’s play Vinegar Tom as a part of Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres’ Ralph Indie season. Vinegar Tom tells the story of a community under the threat of a witch, and will included live performances from seven local musical acts playing pieces commissioned for the play.

Hannah’s teaching style is one of positivity and inclusion: all students engage at their own pace and level, with a view to developing the love and enjoyment of music.

Hannah’s experience covers both group and individual tuition, and she recently became the music director of the Hughes Primary School String Ensemble.

Brass Teachers

John Gosling

Brass

John Gosling is a brass musician who has been performing in and around the Canberra region for many years. Adept at a wide variety of musical styles, John has played in a range of ensembles, from orchestras (Brisbane Philharmonic, Canberra Youth Orchestra), wind ensembles (Canberra Wind Symphony, Canberra City Band), brass bands (Canberra Brass), jazz bigbands (Spectrum bigband), small jazz ensembles (Kooky Fandango, the Zacherbilts, Molly’s House Band), Latin dance bands (Mi Tierra), folk-jazz (Moochers Inc, The Magnificence), New Orleans style jazz/funk (Brass Knuckle Brass Band), and pop (Scatterpuss). Having previously trained as a psychologist and worked in mental health research for a number of years before making music his full-time endeavour, John has a passion for helping students overcome obstacles to playing and performing, and generally improve their musicality no matter the genre. John has taught brass students from age 6 to age 60+ on trombone, trumpet, euphonium and tuba.

Patrick Haesler

Trumpet & Bass

Playing Trumpet, EWI, Bass and Keyboard I make jazz and fusion music. I am an avid composer, producer and performer based in Canberra, Australia.

Woodwind Teachers

Neve Foxcroft

Neve Foxcroft

Saxophone

Neve was first introduced to music through the primary school band program (IMP) where she learnt the clarinet for 2 years. Deciding she preferred the rich tones of the saxophone she spent the next two years transferring her skills to the saxophone and played as part of her high school concert and jazz bands.

Neve began taking official lessons in year 8, completing her first AMEB exam in year 9. Since then Neve has developed her love of music by engaging in many school and community based music programs and groups. Here she gained a range of performing experience from parades and community events to eisteddfod and solo performance. During college Neve played in the college jazz band and performed at the Merimbula Jazz Festival for 3 years.

Neve is currently working towards her AMEB certificate of performance alongside a bachelor degree at the ANU.

Neve believes that everyone learns differently and is dedicated to find techniques to support every student’s individuality, to inspire self-driven and engaged learners.

Helena Maher

Clarinet & Saxophone

Helena began studying the clarinet at the age of 10. She has completed a Bachelor’s Degree with first class Honours in Classical Music Performance at the Elder Conservatorium of Music in Adelaide, South Australia. While doing so, she studied under the tutelage of Dean Newcomb, principal clarinet of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. She has moved to Canberra to undertake a Master Degree of Secondary Teaching.

Helena is also an experienced saxophone player, having performed on the instrument in a number of settings. She has performed on both clarinet and saxophone in musicals, community wind and symphony orchestras, and chamber ensembles. Helena believes strongly in providing a positive and fun learning experience while encouraging students to improve technically. She enjoys getting to know her students in order to provide the best learning environment for each person. She is excited to help her students achieve their goals with their music.

Christine Volk

Flute, Clarinet, & Saxophone

Christine developed her love of music during secondary school in Sydney, learning flute and playing in school orchestras and the North Shore Symphony Orchestra.  She later moved to regional NSW, gaining the ATMusA (Flute) in 2000 and then completing BA (Music) and Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary Music) at UNE. Christine also holds Level 3 certification in Orffschulwerk.

Christine has experience teaching music in primary and secondary schools as well as directing wind ensembles and primary school music programs. Christine also taught at the Regional Conservatoriums of Music in Tamworth and Macquarie for fifteen years.  Since moving to Canberra in 2015, Christine has continued her involvement in music, teaching at Canberra Music Tuition and playing with Canberra City Band.

Christine aims to make learning a fun experience where students can develop a lifelong love of music. She believes that the development of technical skills and musical understanding paves the way for confidence and enjoyment as students progress on their musical journey.

 

Danny Junor

Clarinet, Saxophone & Flute

I completed my Bachelor of Music Specialising in Jazz at ANU in 2001. Soon after, I moved to Sydney and began working as a freelance musician and regular band member in a number of different ensembles. My grounding in jazz sees me working in big bands, latin jazz bands of varied origin, horn sections in funk and rock bands and as a member (and occasional leader) in a few interesting and eclectic original projects. Good fun!

As well as working as a performer I have always taught. Some recent teaching engagements have seen me working both in primary and secondary schools, working one on one, preparing HSC students, running saxophone sectional rehearsals or work-shopping small ensembles.

I like to make sure my students have a firm grounding in the technical skills needed to play music and more importantly, a natural and subconscious feel for rhythm and harmony. To help achieve the latter, I always accompany my students with some sort of counter melody or bass line during parts of our lessons. The result is that we end up making music regularly!

Tom Connell

Flute

Tom Connell is currently completing his Bachelor of Music in flute performance at the ANU School of Music, and is a member of Canberra Youth Orchestra.

Tom started his musical journey in primary school, joining the band. His playing eventually lead him onto a degree at the ANU School of Music. Graduating in performance, Tom is returning this year to complete Honours in Composition. Tom is a firm believer in the benefits of technical work as a way of improving musicality, and the many benefits of playing in school bands.

Sam Andrews

Guitar & Woodwind

Sam Andrews is a multi-talented instrumentalist whose specialty lies in contemporary, jazz and electronic music. He has been teaching instrumental lessons for almost 10 years.

After commencing studies at the ANU School of Music on saxophone, Sam’s diverse talents opened doors in music production and performance in the field of guitar, saxophone, clarinet and piano.

Sam is a master of musical theory, arranging, and composing, and when he’s not behind a musical instrument you’ll most likely find him enjoying a game of chess.

Drum Teachers

Jonny King

Drums

I’ve always thought that learning an instrument should be, first and foremost, fun. If you can learn how to enjoy making music then you’ll gain a hobby and potentially a passion for years to come! I know that I’m very grateful for the passion that music has given me.

I love teaching and will guide you through the intricacies of the drum kit, but the direction we take in terms of song and genre choice will be entirely open to the student. You want to learn Metallica or Katy Perry? Sounds good to me!

As for myself, I’ve been a drum teacher at Canberra Music Tuition for two years and have played drums for eleven years. I have played in many venues around Canberra for multiple bands, and completed Certificates 3 and 4 in music performance at the Canberra Institute of Technology.

Thanks for taking a look, and I hope to see you soon on the drums!

Chris Guerin

Drums

Hi, my name’s Chris and I’m a Drum teacher at Canberra Music Tuition. I started playing the Drums when I was 11 years old and quickly fell in love with the instrument. I joined my school band when I was 12 and have been a part of different musical groups and bands ever since. Currently I am completing my second year of a music degree at the Australian National University’s School of Music, majoring in performance on the drum kit. In my time as a drummer I have played lots of different types of music including contemporary, funk, latin american and jazz. I have always found that learning an instrument has helped me to access my creative side and has provided a good balance with my other academic and sporting endeavors! Playing the drums has also provided me with so many amazing opportunities like meeting lots of like minded people and travelling to national band competitions. If you’re thinking about signing yourself or your son/daughter up for lessons, I would highly recommend it!

Mark Levers

Drums

Mark Levers has had a broad and varied career as a drummer so far in the music industry. With command over a broad array of genres, experience as a studio and live performer, and having toured internationally, the core of his practice and teaching methodology is to master the simple as the foundation for playing.

Able to cater to all skills, ages and advantages/disadvantages, Mark will ensure that you leave the room each time feeling you have progressed further.

Angus Ogborne

Drums

Angus has been drumming in Canberra for over 15 years after starting his drumming endeavours at the age of 5, with great hopes of becoming a Rock star one day. At high school, Angus became somewhat addicted to playing gigs and also began session drumming for bands, playing in acts such as Midnight Cinderella (2014-15), Rubyice (2015-16) and East Row Rabble (2016-17). Although he no longer session drums, he is gigging with local Canberra band ‘House of Strangers’ and has also turned his attention to a career in teaching.

 

‘I have always been passionate about drum teaching, having fond memories of my learning experience and the gateway it built for me to pursue a professional drumming career. I believe that teaching a love for drumming is equally important to learning how to groove and read rhythm. I teach a well-rounded criterion that focuses on developing drumming techniques, playing to various charts with accompaniment (playing in time), ability to drum with diversification (different genres and grooves) and building a respectful relationship with my students. I also aim to boost each student’s drumming confidence as this leads to a higher level of performance and passion. I give 110% effort towards creating pathways for my students and possibilities for them to take their drumming further.

Matt Tennant

Drums

Matt Tennant has been an instrumental tutor for Drum Kit at CMT for the past 10 years. Matt graduated with a Diploma of Music Performance and Composition in 2007, and has since been tutoring full time with a roster of over 50 students a week. Matt is currently working in local rock bands TONK and Escape Syndrome, as well as a number of private function and wedding groups/duos. Matt is also a mentor for the CMT Rock Band program, and a sought after session drummer in ACT, NSW and surrounding regions.

Rory Quirk

Piano & Drums

Rory Quirk is a multi-talented piano teacher whose musical career spans a wide variety of styles. Completing a Bachelor of Music Composition (AIM 2010) and a Bachelor of Secondary Education (UC 2015), Rory is passionate about music education and has been teaching for over 5 years. Rory’s general teaching philosophy aims to tailor lessons to suit individual needs and goals, while providing a solid grounding in the fundamentals of music. Students are exposed to a variety of repertoire to ensure diversity in their learning.[/amoteam_text]

Theory & Composition Teachers

George Zhao

George Zhao

Piano, Piano Accordion & Composition

George is an accordionist, pianist and sonic artist, who is a graduate from Shenyang Conservatory of Music with a major in Electroacoustic composition. George is also currently completing his Masters in Music at the Australian National University.

George started to play the accordion and piano since his childhood. As a musician and sonic artist, he has performed and exhibited his works many times overseas including Beijing International Electroacoustic Music Festival, Shanghai International Electroacoustic Music Week, a concert for academic exchange in De Montfort University, UK, and an Electroacoustic concert in the University of Oregon, USA; as well as performances across Canberra including the Canberra International Music Festival and National Science Week.

He believes that learning music helps students to establish a positive character and a healthy self-image which will accompany them in their lifetime. He strives to be a good music teacher and to bring happiness through music to his students.

Ethan McAlister

Guitar & Composition

Ethan Connor McAlister is an experimental composer and songwriter currently working as a electric/acoustic guitar tutor in both contemporary and classical styles, as well as providing theory and composition lessons.

Ethan studied performance and composition at the University of Melbourne before returning to Canberra to complete his Honours under the direction of Kim Cunio.

Ethan teaches at CMT Belconnen on Wednesdays and CMT Weston on Fridays.

Nathan Haar

Guitar & Composition

Nathan Haar is an Australian born and Canberra operating composer, conductor, and music educator. He completed his Bachelor of Music in composition in 2016 at the Elder Conservatorium of Music in South Australia. In this time he also completed to an equivalent of the AMEB Associate Diploma in classical guitar under the instruction of Andras Tuske. Nathan was also heavily involved with the South Australian Youth Guitar Ensemble (SAYGE) as a associated composer, teacher, and conductor.

Nathan is currently completing his Master of Teaching at the University of Canberra.