Teachers


IMG_0924Deborah Carr-Perkins
has been teaching Piano for the past 30 years. Graduating  with  an  Associate Diploma in Music (Education) at Deakin University,  The Suzuki Teacher’s Certificate, Primary Level, The Kodaly Primary Level 1 Certificate, Bachelor of Music and Diploma of Education (Music) at Monash University.

Deborah focuses on incorporating many aspects of the Suzuki, Kodaly, Yamaha  and  Traditional  ways  of   teaching  during  her lessons.  She specialises  in  sight  reading  and  improvisation  skills.  Many  of   her students have achieved excellent results in their A.M.E.B and A.N.Z.C.A. examinations.

Whether you are 4 years old, or 104, Deborah would love to teach you!

 

 

 

Dylan Edge  is  a  versatile  multi-instrumentalist,  composer  and  conductor  whom  holds a Bachelor of Music with Honors and a Masters of music performance from the University of Melbourne. He is currently completing   a  masters  of  teaching.  Dylan’s   teaching   techniques  draw  on  a  wide  range  of  excellent methodologies, including Kodaly and Suzuki.IMG_0462

Dylan has performed regularly with many of Melbourne’s best student and  community  orchestras  as  a  double-bassist,  and  has   prepared students for  AMEB  exams on violin, cello and double bass. As well as teaching orchestral strings, Dylan is also an experienced chorister who has  performed  with  the  choir of Newman College, one of Melbourne University’s  top  choirs,  he  can  teach  to  advanced  levels of singing, classical and contemporary. Dylan has also been studying the classical guitar  for  over  ten  years  and  has  prepared students for AMEB and ABRSM   exams  in  classical  guitar.  Dylan  has  a  long  history  as  a performing  rock/contemporary   musician  too,  he   has  played  and recorded  with semi-professional touring bands for over ten years. He has  prepared  students  for  CPM  exams  on  electric  guitar, bass and drums. Dylan also teaches beginner to intermediate piano, with a history of great success getting young beginners   to  pass  their  first  AMEB  exam  successfully  with  strong  results.  He  has  been  teaching instrumental music for over ten years and has taught at many schools, independent and public, secondary and primary, as well as professional private centres.

 

 

 

Jessica Heffernan is a VIT registered teacher who has taught throughout Victoria in state, Catholic and Independent secondary schools. She has extensive experience teaching instrumental music, running school choirs,  bands  and  various  performing arts ensembles; in addition to school productions. Further, she has been  heavily  involved  in  community  music  making  singing  in  musicals,  starting  a  rural  youth  music initiative  ‘Ripple  Effect”  in  conjunction  with  Victoria  Police’s  Blue  Light  foundation  and  chairing the Hamilton Art Gallery Concert Committee.
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Jessica is a flute specialist having performed with various outfits including the Hamilton and Ballarat Symphony Orchestras, Ballarat Light Opera Company Orchestra, and touring with the Ballarat Wind Orchestra on their tour of Austria in 2011.

As a jazz singer and saxophonist Jessica has performed at the various music festivals including the Promenade of Sacred Music, Grampians and Port Fairy Jazz Festival alongside ‘Trax’ Big Band.

Jessica has a Masters of Education from Melbourne University and teaches Music Theory, Voice, Flute, Recorder, Ukulele and intermediate level piano at the centre.

 

 

Lawrence Tsui teaches violin, viola, cello, piano and music theory. He can prepare students for AMEB exams on violin, viola and cello. He has completed a Bachelor of Music and Commerce degree at Monash University. IMG_0983

Lawrence began learning the violin at the age of 3 from his grandfather. By the age of 13, he completed his Licentiate in Music (violin).
Lawrence’s goal for teaching is to provide a motivating environment in which students can grow in enjoying playing classical, romantic and baroque music. He is able to teach in English, Japanese and Mandarin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daniel Obasi  is  a drum  and  piano  teacher  holding  a  Bachelor  Of  Fine  ArtsIMG_1061-2 (Contemporary Music) from  the  Victorian  College Of The Arts. He has been playing music for  the  majority  of  his  life  and  is  well  versed  in a wide-range of different  genres  and  musical  styles.  He  has  tutored   numerous students through their ANZCA and AMEB exams with great results.

Daniel has experience teaching young children, mature age students and  everything  in  between.  As  a musician  Daniel has played with many  bands  and  ensembles  in  small  and  large-scale settings, his other  musical  hobbies include an avid interest in digital production and studio recording.

 

 

 

 

Andrew Pope has been in bands as a songwriter/performer and band leader for around 15 years working with such bands and artists from and including; Kiss chasy, Closure in Moscow, Whitely, Jakubi and more.  Andrew has completed a bachelor in applied music performance majoring in voice (minor piano), alongside an associate degree in sound production working with music making software such as Ableton, pro tools and logic pro and a diploma in composition (film score/song writing).
Some of Andrews skills include:

  • ANDY bioVoice Training, anatomy and textural based techniques
  • Music recording software (Pro tools, Ableton, Logic Pro)
  • Recording Hardware (Api desk, SSL interfacing)
  • Guitar performance (intermediate)
  • Ukulele (beginner)
  • Drums (intermediate)
  • Violin (beginner)
  • Piano
  • Theory
  • Aural training
  • Band/ensemble directing
  • Performance consulting

 

 

Jarrad Pobjoy teaches guitar, bass, ukelele, drums, piano and mandolin. Jarrad has had alsmost 20 years experience performing live and recording in studios. Jarrad is a composer that IMG_1044can write many styles ranging from rock, reggae, blues, metal, prog, folk, hip hop, trance, electronica, classical and any combination of these. He has composed both for bands and for film/visual media. He is interested and influenced by all musical styles, particularly those that involve improvisation.

Jarrad’s aim is not only to teach the essential practical and theoretical aspects of an instrument but also to engage students in a manner that enables them to have fun with every aspect of learning music. Jarrad also aims to nurture expression and creativity in his students as he believes this is vital in a students true understanding of the art form.

 

 

 

Michael Kleiman has been playing guitar, drums and ukulele for over 10 years. He studied VCE music in high school and has recently completed the Diploma of Music Performance at Box Hill Institute of TAFE. Michael’s influences mainly stem from 60’s & 70’s Rock N Roll, Blues, Punk Rock and Reggae.

Michael’s goal is to teach students the importance of having the correct technique in order to play their instruments properly. Also, ensuring that students are kept interested and enjoy playing the style of music they like while at the same time applying the essential basic knowledge necessary. Overall, generally, making sure that each student stays inspired and excited about playing music!IMG_6502

THE THINGS that are to be covered in class would be:

– Applying knowledge for great rhythmic playing to accompany drums and bass in a group/band situation
– Correct ways of tuning guitar (by ear and using tuner)
– The correct way to strum for vocal accompaniment
– Finger picking exercises for beginners and intermediate/advanced players
– Improvising skills (soloing over a Blues progression etc.)
– Theory studies
– Scales practice
– And riffs

Michael is teaching the Guitar, Ukulele and Drums.

 

 

Samuel Kogan teaches all woodwinds and brass instruments (saxophone, clarinet, flute, trumpet, oboe, recorder, horn, tuba, trombone, euphonium, French horn). He has extensive experience in teaching music both here in Australia and overseas. He is also experienced in group teaching (saxophone, clarinet and flute ensembles).  IMG_1008

Samuel has Bachelor’s degree in Music (education, conducting, solo performance). He is a VIT Registered teacher.

Samuel inspires students to love and enjoy music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stephanie Vapp is a singing and piano teacher who holds a Cert IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Bachelor in Music Performance.file

Stephnie has competed a number of Estill vocal courses, specializing in Vocal Mechanics. She has been playing piano for 19 years, learning a range of styles and accompaniments and plays in venues around Melbourne.