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Michael Story

General Details

Bachelor of Music Performance (Hons)

I’m an Electric Bass and Double Bassist originally from Christchurch but having been living, gigging and teaching in Melbourne for the last 4 years. I also teach one on one electric bass and double bass at Wesely College (Glen Waverly), Eltham College and Wantirna College. Below is information on teaching and performing

- Teaching

I have been teaching since 2002 during my tertiary study at the Christchurch Jazz School. I moved to Melbourne in 2005 and have since completed my Honours year at the Victorian College of the Arts and have been teaching in Australia for 3 years.

I have taken 5 students through the VCE electric bass programme with fantastic results, and am well educated in the subtle differences between the New Zealand and Australian years 11 and 12 highschool music exams.

I am an extremely passionate musician, with a desire to not only to perfect my craft on both instruments, but to pass on this knowledge through teaching. Throughout my own musical development I have had many inspiring teachers, ones who were not only fantastic players but were passionate about the learning process.

This has without a doubt rubbed off on me as I have begun teaching. I love to explore the way students learn technique and improvisation, and since leaving University I have begun to build my own teaching resources, using improvisation, hands on learning and notated theory to help my students experience music at many different levels. This was the way I was taught, and it fostered in me an inquisitive approach into how I

- Performing

I also perform regularly during the week in many different situations. From jazz and other experimental improvised music to hip hop, funk pop/rock and classical music.

Since arriving in Australia I have formed my own piano trio, which released it’s second album in April ’09 of all original music.

I am also involved with soul/hip hop group Flow and Plenty which released it’s debut EP in February ’09. I also perform as sideman for Carl Riseley (2007 Aus-Idol) and as session musician in many ensembles in Melbourne.

I feel this side of my musical life is without a doubt crucial in inspiring my students, as a musician I am always learning and growing, an important concept I instill in my students.

- Awards and Scholarships

(2003) Jerry Wise Young Performers Scholarship
(2005) Dame Malvina Major Foundation Scholarship for upcoming artists
(2008) Foundation for Young Australians Buzz Grant

These details were last updated on August 16, 2010

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