Piano teachers

Kaykay Lai

Kaykay Lai

Piano

Kaykay is a third year student studying both Piano Performance and Composition at the ANU School of Music. He is a current recipient of the Dennis Griffin Piano Undergraduate Scholarship.

Kaykay has won awards at numerous regional and national level piano competitions, and has performed in many public concerts. He was a finalist in the 2015 “Music Ambassador” National Piano Competition. He won the First Prize in the 2014 Chopin International Youth Piano Competition. Recently, he gave performance at Canberra Theatre Centre in 2020, and later in that year, he was invited to be a guest performer in Miss Australia Chinese Pageant Show.

Kaykay was highly involved with various kinds of music events in uni. He was recently selected as the Music Director and Conductor in Fenner Hall present’s musical, Mamma Mia!, in 2021. He was the pianist both in Fenner Hall present’s musical, The Addams Family, and in Interhall Choir in 2019.

As a music teacher, Kaykay employs engaging and positive teaching approach to promote effective learning. He also hopes to bring his passion for music to every student!

Adrienne Cullity

Adrienne Cullity

Piano

I’m a Primary Music Specialist who has held permanent positions in private schools in Adelaide for over 15 years.  I’m also an accompanist, choir and ensemble director, I’ve also given webinars and workshops for music teachers for Kodály SA and taught at Flinders University.   I’ve been in Canberra since January and am ready to join the music scene.  I really enjoy singing, playing instruments, teaching, sharing and learning music.

I have a BMusEd from UWA (Secondary Classroom and Piano Pedagogy), a Bmus (Hons – Performance) from Adelaide University,  an AmusA + LMusA in piano performance as well as the Australian Kodály Certificate for primary classroom teaching.  I’m currently taking voice (soprano),  pipe organ and violin lessons which pose varied technical and expressive challenges. It’s fun continuing the the musical journey I began at the age of 6 with my first piano lessons.  I’m forever grateful to my parents for not letting me quit because I wanted to hang out with my friends after school.

We are born with musical ability.  Parents and teachers have an important role to play in nurturing a really important cognitive, natural and beautiful part of ourselves. There is so much excellent music to make friends with and not enough time in the day!  My pedagogy is about helping students to become musically literate, aurally aware and technically expressive, to interpret and make meaning out of all those musical symbols. How wonderful it is to tell stories, express emotions and evoke images through our fingertips.

Adrienne is teaching at our Belconnen studios in 2021.

Chenxiao Chen

Chenxiao Chen

Piano

Chenxiao Chen is an honours year Piano Performance student under the tutelage of Scott Davie at the Australian National University. He is a recipient of the Dennis Griffin Piano Undergraduate Scholarship. Chenxiao attained his LTCL Piano Diploma with Distinction in 2013.

Chenxiao has won several awards at numerous competitions. Recently, he won the First Prize and the People’s Choice Prize at the 2019 ANU Whitworth Roach Classical Music Performance Competition. Chenxiao was also a semi-finalist in the 2019 New Zealand Wallace National Piano Competition. In 2017, he won the Ronisch Auckland Secondary Schools Piano Competition and the Auckland Grammar Minister’s Plate Music Competition. In 2016, he won the IRMT Margaret Doone Memorial Piano Sonata Scholarship and the Lang Lang New Zealand Youth Piano Competition. Chenxiao was also a finalist in the 2014 New Zealand Wallace National Junior Piano Competition.

Chenxiao was extensively involved in music at high school, playing the piano as well as the flute for the Symphony Orchestra and Premier Concert Band. His performances as piano soloist won Best Performance of a Classical Piece by an Orchestra in 2017 and Best Performance of a New Zealand Piece by a Concert Band in 2015.

In 2019, Chenxiao was awarded the Imad Nassir Prize and the Winifred Burston Memorial Prize, both for classical piano at the ANU. He has given a few public performances in Canberra, including one at the Embassy of Austria.

As a music teacher, Chenxiao aims for an engaging and positive teaching approach that promotes fun and effective learning.

Chenxiao is teaching at our Belconnen studios in 2021.

Alexander Kokic-Schmidt

Alexander Kokic-Schmidt

Piano

Alexander Kokic Schmidt has just returned from living and working in Germany where he collaborated in several artistic projects during his time there. He is a graduate of the Australian National University School of Music (2014). Completing a Bachelor of Music under the tutelage of Israeli pianist Arnan Wiesel and Australian Pianist Marie Cull.

Alexander has experience working as a composer,  solo pianist, accompanist and Concert/Event organizer. He was in the founding committee of the ACT Keyboard Association, has played in ensembles such as the Australian Duntroon Military Band and founded and directed the ANU Soundproof Student Orchestra 2013. Alexander has presented Chilean and Argentinean folk as a soloist and in dance groups. In 2011 he won the Imad Nassir Prize for Encouragement in Piano Performance.

Alexander has been teaching music since 2011. Though having a primary focus on Classical music he encourages his students to engage in all genres of music. Developing physical and musical skills to help them progress with their goals in music.

Alexander is teaching at our Belconnen, Weston Creek & Fyshwick Studios in 2021.

Mingrang Li

Mingrang Li

Piano

Ming is currently studying a double degree in the ANU in Music (Classical Piano performance major) and Actuarial studies. He not only specializes in classical music but also loves arranges and improvise cover of popular songs on piano. This can be seen on his YouTube channel, Animepianoangel, with 2,000 subscribers and 300,000+ total views. He has been invited as a guest performer for Australia’s biggest anime convention, SMASH, in Sydney, with more than 10,000+ attendees.  He uses his improvisation skills with his students during regular lessons to make the lesson fun and enjoyable.

He has taught students of all ages and ability with the core philosophy of individualized flexible learning approach as he understands each student is different.  He was also selected to perform for Animenz and ishter’s masterclass (largest anime pianist on YouTube, each with more than 1 million subscribers) in 2018 through audition in front of around 100+ people.

He also has experience in playing with his school’s Jazz band and won 1st place in the national competition, Generations in Jazz, in division 2 in 2016. He also has many experience in playing in public spaces, including his school’s weekly assembly with more than 1,000 people as audience. He also arranged his school’s song and plays it for everyone to sing along.

Ming is teaching at our Belconnen & Fyshwick Studios in 2021.

Anne Tey

Anne Tey

Piano

Anne has developed a passion for music since a young age, especially classical pieces. Anne hopes her students will enjoy music playing throughout their learning process.

Anne has been playing music for over 19 years & has been a music tutor here in Australia & her home country for a number of years.

Anne is currently working to obtain an Associate from  the London College of Music (ALCM). Anne has also completed Grade 8 Piano & Theory through ABRSM. Anne also has Diploma of the London College of Music (DipLCM)

Anne is teaching at our Belconnen & Weston Creek in 2021.

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.

Emily is teaching at our Weston Creek studios in 2021.

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.

Abigail is teaching at our Belconnen & Fyshwick studios in 2021.

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.

Lynne is teaching at our Weston Creek & Fyshwick studios in 2021.

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.”

Simone is teaching at our Belconnen & Fyshwick studios in 2021.

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.

Caitlin is teaching at our Belconnen & Fyshwick studios in 2021.

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.

Michael is teaching at our Weston Creek studios in 2021.

George Zhao

George Zhao

Piano, Piano Accordion & Composition

George is a piano and accordion player. He has been playing the piano and the accordion since childhood. Upon graduating from the conservatory of music, he went on to study for a master’s degree in music composition at the Australian National University, and he is currently working on his doctoral research in electroacoustic music at Rhodes University.

As a musician, George has performed his works many times in music events overseas including Beijing International ElectroAcoustic Music Festival, Shanghai International ElectroAcoustic Music Week, an ElectroAcoustic concert in De Montfort University, UK, and a computer music concert in the University of Oregon, USA; as well as performances across Canberra including the Canberra International Music Festival, National Multicultural Festival and National Science Week.

George has a lengthy teaching experience as a music tutor. 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 an inspiring music teacher and to bring happiness through music to his students.

George is teaching at our Belconnen, Fyshwick & Weston Creek studios in 2021.

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.

Kate is teaching at our Weston Creek studios in 2021.

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.

Sheila is teaching at our Weston Creek studios in 2021.

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!

Helena is teaching at our  Weston Creek studios in 2021.

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.

Sam is is teaching at our Belconnen & Weston Creek studios in 2021.

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.

Sam is is teaching at our Belconnen, Fyshwick & Weston Creek studios in 2021.

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.

Michael is teaching at our Weston Creek studios in 2021.

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]

Rory is teaching at our Fyshwick & Weston Creek studios in 2021.

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.

Azadeh is teaching at our Belconnen & Weston Creek studios in 2021.

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.

Olivia is teaching at our Weston Creek & Fyshwick studios in 2021.

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.

Patrick is teaching at our Fyshwick & Weston Creek studios in 2021.

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.

Michael is teaching at our Belconnen, Fyshwick & Weston Creek studios in 2021.

 

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.

Mark is teaching at our Belconnen studios in 2021.

Zoey Haar

Guitar & Composition

Zoey Haar is a Canberra based composer, educator, and multi-instrumentalist focused primarily in guitar and other fretted instruments. As a composer she has worked primarily with children’s music and ethnomusicological influenced music. She has worked with and composed for groups such as Gondwana Choirs in Sydney and Kompactus Youth Choir in Canberra. As a guitarist she has worked primarily in the classical field, playing works up to the 8th grade standard under the AMEB syllabus. She has also worked with electric guitar and ukulele, focusing on multiple genres for use playing for musicals.

She currently holds multiple degrees related to music. These being a Bachelor of Music in composition from the Elder Conservatorium of music, a n Honours in composition from the Australian National University, and a Masters in secondary arts education from the University of Canberra.

Teaching areas: Guitar, Composition, and Music Theory

Zoey is teaching at our Fyshwick studios in 2021.

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.

Sam is is teaching at our Belconnen, Fyshwick & Weston Creek studios in 2021.

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.

Beth is teaching at our Belconnen studios in 2021.

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.

Matt is teaching at our Weston Creek studios in 2021.

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.

Johnny is teaching at our Belconnen, Fyshwick & Weston Creek studios in 2021.

Voice/Singing Teachers

Caroline Wallace

Caroline Wallace

Voice

Caroline is a long term vocalist, performer and the co-director, manager and administrator of special female focused non-profit charity organisation Signal Creative. Signal Creative supports women to grow their creative capacity with contemporary music, digital storytelling, live performance and craft culture at the forefront. Signal value accessibility to creative programming, taking it to remote and regional locations. With 17 years of voice coaching, singing group and music instruction across her career, Caroline has now taught in countless scenarios and settings, creatively engaging a wide variety of people.

Since 2012, Caroline has worked in remote Indigenous communities, providing support for musical tuition, vocal and performance opportunities as well as guidance with song writing, composition and arrangement- especially for young people. To complement and extend her work in communities Caroline holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with majors in Community Development, Indigenous Studies and International Relations. Caroline previously studied at the ANU School of Music where she completed Jazz Studies and Vocal Performance.

Caroline currently performs in originals band ‘Maxine’ and Guitar Duo ‘The Caramellos’.  She has collaborated to create ‘Dance Off’, pop up band The Pretty Things -performing at Let’s Dance Carinda as well as regular DJing at 88MPH with key collaborator Emma Hoy. Performing since her teens, a long term member of Cell Block 69 (with Canberra cult following) with recent shows at the Factory Theatre Marrickville and Floriade Night Fest, Caroline has continuously sustained her career in the Creative Arts.

Bridget Arundell

Bridget Arundell

Voice

Bridget Arundell is a Canberra-based singer, songwriter, and vocal teacher. Praised for her versatility, Bridget has been active in the Canberra music scene for many years, from leading performances at the Multicultural Festival and Floriade, to performing with the ANU Contemporary Choir at the national flag-raising ceremony, which was broadcast live by the ABC. She also has community engagement experience through the Red Cross, performing at Townsville hospital.

Bridget has completed a Bachelor of Music at the Australian National University under the tutelage of Rachael Thoms, with a focus on Jazz and Contemporary Voice, and has recently begun to explore classical voice under the tutelage of Livia Brash. This year she will graduate with a double degree (Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Science).

Bridget can help develop your vocal technique, style, and ability while also providing guidance in other key components of being a musician, including performing and writing music. Bridget believes that singing lessons should focus on helping students develop their confidence and creativity as well as their musicianship.

Bridget is teaching at our Weston Creek & Fyshwick studios in 2021.

Daisy Sibtain

Daisy Sibtain

Voice

Daisy has been singing from a very young age. Specialising in Contemporary, Jazz, Music Theatre, Rock, R&B and Pop. She is on track to graduate with a Bachelor of Music at the end of 2020.

She loves to teach students of all ages. Daisy can also help with playing guitar and piano along with the students singing.

Daisy is teaching at our Belconnen studios in 2021.

Rachel Warren

Voice
Rachel Warren has a Bachelor of Music majoring in Composition and Jazz/Contemporary Vocal Performance at the Australian National University. She studied voice under associate Professor Rachael Thoms and Vocal Coach Sally Marett. Rachel has been performing since a very young age in Eisteddfods, competitions and professional gigs such as the National Australia Day Choir and the Friends of the School of Music fundraiser concert at the Italian Embassy Residence.
Other qualifications include:
Diploma of Music – majoring in Jazz/Contemporary Vocal Performance
AMEB Grade 4 Classical Voice
AMEB Grade 2, 3 and 4 in Classical Theory
Rachel teaches jazz, pop, musical theatre, worship and beginner classical vocal techniques as well as vocal support, breath control, improvisation, song writing, and music theory. Rachel also teaches singing that incorporates the improvement of English skills for those where English is their second language: Gain confidence listening, speaking and reading in English. Improve your memory of English and your pronunciation of English.
Rachel is passionate about being a friendly and helpful teacher, sharing music knowledge, encouraging students and teaching a balance of what will develop student’s skills and what they will enjoy. Enrol in singing lessons with Rachel today and reach your singing goals!
Rachel is teaching at our Belconnen & Weston Creek studios in 2021.

String Teachers

Jack Wu

Jack Wu

Violin

Jack is a passionate musician from Adelaide currently studying Computer Science and Actuarial Studies as a second-year undergraduate at ANU. Jack started playing violin and trumpet in school and has had plenty of experience playing in all varieties of orchestras and bands over the years.

Violin:  Jack has played in the Piano Trio, String Quartet and Chamber Strings in school, as well as the Adelaide Youth Orchestras from 2011 to 2017. In the 2019 Eisteddfod, Jack played in the Piano Trio and Chamber Strings that placed 3rd and 2nd respectively in the small and large ensemble category. Jack was awarded a B+ for AMEB Grade 8 in 2017 and was also awarded with a merit in Year 12 IB music for violin performance. Currently Jack is working on repertoire for AMusA and hopes to do the exam in the near future.

Trumpet:  Jack has experience in both Jazz and Classical fields playing in the Senior Concert Band, Street Jazz Band and Big Band 1 in high school. Jack has been nationally recognised for his Jazz Trumpet playing in the following: 4-time Superband member as a soloist and lead trumpet in Generations in Jazz (awarded to the best players in each of 3 divisions), leader of Prince Alfred College’s Big Band 1 which was the overall winner of Division 1 in GIJ 2019 (placing our band as the best high-school band in the Southern Hemisphere), winner of the Golden Mouthpiece award in GIJ 2019 placing me as the best high-school lead trumpet player in the nation in 2019. Jack has also had plenty of experience playing public gigs in Adelaide with local bands such as ‘The Airbenders’ and am currently playing in ‘Traxion Big Band’, a local Canberra big band. Jack’s improvising ability is also well acknowledged as he was one of the two primary soloists for hi school’s Big Band and am also soloing in the Traxion Big Band.

Jack has had plenty of experience working with students of all ages as he  would often volunteer to help out different school bands and ensembles in either a rehearsal or a sectional setting. Jack is looking forward to working with the students in CMT and is hoping to nurture his students to enjoy and thrive in their respective instruments.

Jack is teaching at our Weston Creek & Fyshwick studios in 2021!

 

Samantha Wong

Samantha Wong

Cello

Samantha has been playing the cello for over a decade, and the piano for thirteen.

She enjoys taking her cello, Sebastian (named after Johann Sebastian Bach), on long walks on the beach and to classical music concerts.

Samantha has achieved up to a grade 8 AMEB level, played cello for VCE music and performed in many orchestras during high school. Since late high school she has loved being able to teach music to children in primary school and high school and see them grow to love listening and playing music. She also has a keen interest in other music genres ranging from musical theatre to jazz, and sings songs she’s written at various gigs around Canberra.

When she’s not playing music she is studying a Bachelor of International Security Studies at the ANU.

Samantha is teaching at our Weston Creek studios in 2021.

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. 

Charlotte is teaching at our Belconnen & Weston Creek studios in 2021.

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.

Lisa is teaching at our Belconnen studios in 2021.

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!

Helena is teaching at our  Weston Creek studios in 2021.

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.

Hannah is teaching at our Fyshwick & Weston Creek studios in 2021.

Brass Teachers

Jackson Boyd

Jackson Boyd

Trumpet

Jackson Boyd is a trumpet player and bugler who has performed solo and, in many bands, orchestras and ensembles throughout Canberra. Jackson began learning the trumpet at the age of 11 through the Instrumental Music Program (IMP) primary school system, and as a student of Canberra Music Tuition. Jackson progressed through all the IMP system bands including the Primary Concert Band (1 year), Junior Concert Band (2 years), Senior Concert Band (4 years) and Senior Jazz Band (4 years). As well as the IMP, Jackson has played in many other ensembles including the ANU Open School of Music MDP Jazz Ensemble (2 years) and Classical Chamber Ensemble (1 year) and the Music for Canberra Senior Brass Ensemble (1 year). Jackson has also played in Orchestra’s, including the Music for Canberra James McCusker Orchestra (1 year) and Canberra Youth Orchestra (2 years) and the ANU Orchestra (1 year). Performing in these many different environments has allowed Jackson to obtain valuable experience playing in classical, jazz, and concert band settings which he will be able to pass onto his students.

Jackson Boyd is a bugler, performing at the Australian War Memorial (AWM) Last Post Ceremonies on a regular basis. Jackson started playing at AWM Last Post Ceremonies in 2018 at the age of 15, the youngest bugler to have ever performed at the AWM. Performing at the Last Post Ceremonies has given Jackson invaluable experience when it comes to performing ‘solo’ in high pressure environments. On 23 January 2021, Jackson played the Last Post, Rouse and Taps at a memorial service in Peak View commemorating the lives of three American airmen who perished in the crash of C-130 Hercules water ‘Bomber 134’ while fighting the Good Good Fire on January 23, 2020.

Currently, Jackson is at the ANU studying Engineering and Science. He continues to play in the Canberra Youth Orchestra, ANU Orchestra, ANU Open School Chamber Ensembles and at AWM Last Post Ceremonies.

In addition to trumpet, Jackson is an accomplished guitarist and plays piano and trombone for pleasure.

Jackson is teaching at our Belconnen studios in 2021!

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.

John is teaching at our Belconnen, Fyshwick & Weston Creek studios in 2021.

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.

Patrick is teaching at our Fyshwick & Weston Creek studios in 2021.

Woodwind Teachers

Luka Ruwette

Luka Ruwette

Flute

Originally from the Netherlands, Luka has been immersed in the world of music from the age of five. Beginning with the recorder and piano, Luka has since progressed to the flute and is currently studying a combined double degree of Music Performance (flute) and Medical Science at the Australian National University.

Luka has had a vast range of performance opportunities, including having played first flute in James McCusker’s Orchestra and Canberra Youth Orchestra (CSO), as well as playing with the Domstad Jeugdorkest, The Utrecht Jeugdorkest and with ANU orchestra. He has also performed for the Hungarian Ambassador at his residence and has opened for a CSO concert at Government House.

Luka successfully completed his Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) Associate of Music Australia (AMusA) in 2019 and his grade five AMEB Theory of Music Exam.
In 2020, he received two scholarships for his musical excellence, including the ACT Flute Society Scholarship, and the Leonard & Margaret Doman Scholarship.

Luka has been teaching for many years. He started as a tennis coach and has been a music teacher since 2016.
Luka strives to make his lessons as enjoyable as they are constructive, and tailors every lesson to each individual student to best suit them and their strengths. He believes that music is a passion that can be found in every student and that, when guided with the proper enthusiasm and skill, this passion will lead to a love for music that will forever be present.

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.

Neve is teaching at our Weston Creek studios in 2021.

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.

Helena is teaching at our Belconnen, Fyshwick & Weston Creek studios in 2021.

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.

Christine is teaching at our Weston Creek studios in 2021.

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!

Danny is teaching at our Belconnen studios in 2021.

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.

Tom is teaching at our Weston Creek studios in 2021.

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.

Sam is is teaching at our Belconnen, Fyshwick & Weston Creek studios in 2021.

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!

Jonny is teaching at our Belconnen studios in 2021.

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 endeavours! 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!

Chris is teaching at our Belconnen, Fyshwick & Weston Creek studios in 2021.

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.

Mark is teaching at our Fyshwick & Weston Creek studios in 2021.

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.

Matt is teaching at our Belconnen & Weston Creek studios in 2021.

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]

Rory is teaching at our Fyshwick & Weston Creek studios in 2021.

Theory & Composition Teachers

George Zhao

George Zhao

Piano, Piano Accordion & Composition

George is a piano and accordion player. He has been playing the piano and the accordion since childhood. Upon graduating from the conservatory of music, he went on to study for a master’s degree in music composition at the Australian National University, and he is currently working on his doctoral research in electroacoustic music at Rhodes University.

As a musician, George has performed his works many times in music events overseas including Beijing International ElectroAcoustic Music Festival, Shanghai International ElectroAcoustic Music Week, an ElectroAcoustic concert in De Montfort University, UK, and a computer music concert in the University of Oregon, USA; as well as performances across Canberra including the Canberra International Music Festival, National Multicultural Festival and National Science Week.

George has a lengthy teaching experience as a music tutor. 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 an inspiring music teacher and to bring happiness through music to his students.

George is teaching at our Belconnen, Fyshwick & Weston Creek studios in 2021.

Zoey Haar

Guitar & Composition

Zoey Haar is a Canberra based composer, educator, and multi-instrumentalist focused primarily in guitar and other fretted instruments. As a composer she has worked primarily with children’s music and ethnomusicological influenced music. She has worked with and composed for groups such as Gondwana Choirs in Sydney and Kompactus Youth Choir in Canberra. As a guitarist she has worked primarily in the classical field, playing works up to the 8th grade standard under the AMEB syllabus. She has also worked with electric guitar and ukulele, focusing on multiple genres for use playing for musicals.

She currently holds multiple degrees related to music. These being a Bachelor of Music in composition from the Elder Conservatorium of music, a n Honours in composition from the Australian National University, and a Masters in secondary arts education from the University of Canberra.

Teaching areas: Guitar, Composition, and Music Theory

Zoey is teaching at our Fyshwick studios in 2021.