Chermaine is a classically trained pianist who has had the great privilege of studying with some of Australia's most sought after concert pianists and pedagogues, as well as musicologists and music theorists of international renown. Since winning her first eisteddfod at the age of 10, she has been a prize winner at other such eisteddfods as Sydney Eisteddfod, Northern Beaches Eisteddfod, and Ryde Eisteddfod, and the recipient of various academic as well as musical scholarships from the University of Sydney, Australian Government, and Rotary Club of Australia. Her performances have been broadcasted on 2MBS-FM and ABC National Radio. Prior to pursuing tertiary studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, she graduated from Roseville College as a full music scholar, achieving an ATAR of 99.65 in the Higher School Certificate. As a student at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music she was awarded high distinction in the subject of piano pedagogy and first class honours for her interdisciplinary research project concerning the prevention of musculoskeletal injuries in pianists. Her musical studies have afforded her broad exposure to the teachings of renowned concert artists and pedagogues from Europe, UK, and the US in particular. As well as teaching privately, she has held teaching positions at music schools and independent/private schools across Sydneys North Shore and Eastern Suburbs.
It is a passion of Chermaine’s to help nurture a love of music in her students and to help them to achieve their unique musical potential and goals. With patience, encouragement, and a sensitivity to the individual needs of each student, she strives to provide students with a wholistic musical education by means of cultivating an understanding of the musical language, developing aural skills, performing etiquette, efficient practice techniques, and an awareness of mechanically efficient playing habits. It is her ultimate goal as an educator to provide students with the knowledge and tools that encourage independent thinking and learning, as well as the development of an individual artistic voice. She is experienced in preparing students of all ages for written and practical AMEB, ABRSM, Trinity, and HSC examinations.