Bachelor of Music Performance with Honours Conservatorium of Music Melbourne University, Licentiate of Music Australia (LMusA), Licentiate of Trinity College London (LTCL), Master of International Development, Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy Major)
I am an enthusiastic musician who has performed regularly over the last fifteen years as a saxphonist with classical orchestras (Melbourne Symphony, Orchestra Victoria, Malaysian Philharmonic), jazz ensembles, and rock bands, and also perform as a singer/songwriter (guitar, piano, saxophone) in an original epic folk-rock band.
I have extensive teaching experience, from primary through to tertiary level. (current/past employers include: University of Melbourne, VCA, St. Kevins College, Melbourne Grammar, PEGS, Mt Clear Secondary College)
I love having the opportunity to share my enthusiasm, skills & passion with students of all ages.
My approach to teaching is based around getting to know each student, what types of music students like & what sorts of things they would like to learn.
I think for beginners/young students it’s especially important that they have lots of fun when playing -> if this happens, they/you will want to practice more, and not think of it as a chore, but something that they/you love doing, and want to do.I like to incorporate technical exercises that relate to the pieces that are being learnt, so that there is always relevance to what is being done. I also like to work on versions of music that students select/have input into themselves (eg their favourite songs etc), as this seems to give them more ownership over the process.
I have a range of exciting material that I incorporate into lessons, and have recommended listening for inspiration :)
I also like to make use of FREE compositional & recording software which can help to enhance students’ creativity.
I have flexible teaching times.
I also love volunteer work, hiking, sport, yoga, reading and cooking.
These details were last updated on February 24, 2016