Testimonials

Mr Zeljko Bedic OAM, is the most passionate, inspirational, professional and talented music teacher for piano, accordion and music theory that I have ever had the pleasure of learning with. I have learned so much from him over the years and have advanced in leaps and bounds in my playing and performance which has been thoroughly enjoyable and lots of fun along the way. He is a person of the highest integrity and his teaching approach and professionalism are outstanding. Zeljko has the ability to bring out the best in every student that he teaches. I would highly recommend him to everyone from young children to adults and seniors.

- Judith Hague

Last year I decided to reignite my love of music by picking up piano lessons again after around 15 years of not playing. I was nervous about finding a teacher with whom I could connect, as I find this to be very important when learning an instrument. My anxieties fell away on learning with Zeljko. He has a talent at setting you at ease and working with you at your level. He took the time to get a feel for what I wanted out of lessons and my musical tastes. He has a wealth of experience with a focus on technical excellence so as to cultivate expressivity and feeling when playing. I am so happy I took the leap back into lessons.

- Cammilla Carmichael

Zeljko Bedic OAM is a wonderful and talented accordion teacher who has been instrumental in fulfilling my childhood dream to play the accordion.

I started learning accordion with Zeljko at the age of 35. It was something I always wanted to do, however with study, work and family never got around to doing it.

After a search of the internet, I picked up the phone and met Zeljko for a few introductory lessons, and then signed-up. I made more progress during a couple of weeks with Zeljko than during the lifetime before trying to learn on my own. Zeljko’s professional teaching has provided me with encouragement, support and insight that I required. Five years later, I still look forward to my music lesson every week.

Having an excellent teacher like Zeljko makes a huge difference!

Zhenya/Eugene - Sydney Lawyer, part time dad and full time accordion student.

- Eugene Khristenko

Mr Zeljko Bedic OAM is an extraordinary and outstanding music teacher and AMEB Examiner, who has dedicated his life to music, music teaching and education at the highest level for piano, accordion and music theory. In his private one-on-one classes, I have benefited immensely from Mr Bedic’s excellent approach to teaching and his superior insight into interpretation of music and performance, that is comprehensive and professional. This was even apparent with some very advanced and difficult pieces which I was preparing for my HSC Encore concert and state, national and international competitions. I have gained the highest level of music knowledge from my one-on-one classes with Zeljko. His excellent and encouraging communication in lessons makes it very easy for students to follow instructions. He is precise and to the point in identifying any issues and challenges that need to be addressed, and provides clear guidance on how to resolve those with great patience, knowledge and understanding. Zeljko is very active to answer students' questions and concerns as they arise. He is the best music teacher whom I have ever had and has helped me to achieve the pinnacle in my music career, including my numerous achievements in successfully winning the NSW State, National, Australasian and International championships. Terry Bin Lu - Architect

- Terry Bin Lu

Mr Zeljko Bedic OAM, is an outstanding, caring and dedicated professional diploma music teacher / AMEB Examiner of the highest calibre, for Piano, Accordion and Music Theory (including aural and sight reading skills). His focus is on important musical details and to always ensure that my daughter Bianca fully understands one concept thoroughly before moving onto the next topic. By setting a very high bar and standard, Zeljko has not only helped Bianca achieve outstanding AMEB exam results (High Distinctions, 100% and 98%) but has also strengthened Bianca's work ethic and self-discipline. He is truly a great and highly experienced teacher, whom we are extremely happy with and would highly recommend him and Paddington Music Studio to anyone!

- Yun Li / Bianca Zhu

Zeljko Bedic OAM is an inspirational piano teacher at the highest level who achieves outstanding AMEB exam and competition results for his students at Paddington Music Studio. Making the decision to sit for my AMEB AMusA Piano performance exam was extremely daunting and intimidating as it appeared to be a significant step up from my AMEB Grade 8 Piano exam. Prior to Zeljko, I had only been taught by one other piano teacher and was definitely concerned about making the switch, despite Zeljko’s extensive experience, qualifications and credentials. However, being an AMEB Examiner (Diploma Level) and his 25 Year AMEB Examiner Service Award, I decided to sign up for an introductory lesson and didn’t hesitate to continue with lessons immediately after that. I just knew that I was in the best possible hands to prepare for my exam. Zeljko has taught me invaluable lessons with performance and interpretation, and completely reignited my passion for playing the piano and music overall. It all came to fruition and paid off in the end, when I was awarded my AMusA Piano Diploma on my first attempt due to Zeljko’s professional direction and guidance and all of the hard work that I had put in. This all occurred just prior to commencing my HSC / Year 12, the following week. It was an amazing feeling and I couldn’t have been happier! I would recommend Zeljko to anyone who is looking for an exceptional piano teacher.
Yolanda Tan - Medical Student at Melbourne University

- Yolanda Ying Yu Tan

Since I started having piano lessons with Zeljko, he has provided me with professional direction to advance my piano playing to the highest level it's ever been. I started taking lessons with Zeljko after taking a break for over a decade and wanted to lift my playing back to where it once was. Within the first couple of weeks, he had already guided me to improve my technique and overcome the hurdles I was facing in my pieces. From there on, I continued to progress and I'm now playing better than ever before in preparation for my AMusA Piano Performance Diploma exam. Zeljko is always patient, calm and professional and puts me at ease. His lessons always add value to my week and I would without a doubt, highly recommend him to you as your piano and music theory teacher!

- Marita Ferreira

Zeljko’s impressive qualifications and credentials, experience, knowledge and patience make for an inspirational accordion teacher who is taking me to new levels of performance and enjoyment of playing. Time after time I discover new ideas, technique and skills thanks to Zeljko. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for an excellent accordion and piano teacher.
Dr Emmanuel Karantanis - Obstetrician

- Dr Emmanuel Karantanis

Zeljko Bedic OAM is a phenomenal piano and music theory teacher as well as being a highly experienced AMEB examiner and adjudicator. As an adult beginner student, I was very nervous to begin learning an instrument from scratch, however Zeljko has been extremely professional, supportive and patient, and has made my learning very enjoyable and a lot of fun. He is teaching me a lot more than piano along the way, including determination, focus, relaxation, excellent technique, attention to musical detail and the art of expression and phrasing. I highly recommend Zeljko at Paddington Music Studio to young children, teenagers and adults alike. You will absolutely love your music lessons with Zeljko!

- Danielle Khalil

I have been a piano and music theory student of Zeljko’s at Paddington Music Studio for more than two years and have achieved outstanding results in my AMEB Grade 5 and 6 piano exams, well beyond what I could have reasonably expected. My results were a Honours (A) and High Distinction (A+) respectively. To say these results were a surprise to me is an understatement and they are a testament of Zeljko's ability to prepare me and all of his students for piano exams exceptionally well. In addition, I achieved High Distinctions (100%) in both my AMEB Theory of Music exams thanks to Zeljko’s passionate teaching style and attention to detail.

I am an adult student who returned to piano after a break of more than 30 years. My motivation and enjoyment of the piano is the result of his methods, experience, and knowledge. Zeljko is able to impart a strong understanding of the musical requirements, but also to generate understanding of the subtleties, stylistic characteristics and interpretation of a piece of music or technical work which raises the student to a superior musical level. I thank Zeljko for passing on his exceptional knowledge of music and performance and instilling a high level of confidence in my playing ability. I am more than happy to recommend Zeljko to any student who wishes to achieve outstanding AMEB results or just learn for fun and enjoyment.

- Andrew Stewart

I would highly recommend Zeljko Bedic OAM at Paddington Music Studio if you are keen to learn to play the Accordion, Piano or Music Theory. Zeljko is an outstanding, highly qualified professional music teacher and AMEB Examiner, well above the rest. His passion for music and ability to impart his vast knowledge and experience to his students in a fun and enjoyable way, shines through each and every lesson. He is a truly awesome teacher who is extremely patient with his students, which is very hard to find these days. He possesses a vast knowledge and understanding of all genres of music and has the ability to bring out the very best in each and every student. I recommend Zeljko without any hesitation for your future music lessons!

- Liz Forrester / Renae Ivanovic

Zeljko taught me Piano and Accordion at the highest level. He is a highly committed and passionate music teacher who always strives to bring out the very best in all of his students. He personalises his teaching to meet each students’ needs and aspirations. Zeljko's extensive qualifications, credentials and background as an AMEB examiner were extremely helpful with my preparation for AMEB exams. Under his outstanding direction and guidance I was successful in winning the Music Teachers' Association of NSW, Margaret Chalmers Memorial Scholarship on the Accordion, where I competed at the highest level against a variety of instrumentalists such as pianists, violinists, flautists etc., achieved 1st place in the AATA Australian Championships and was also successful in being awarded my AMEB AMusA performance diploma on the Piano, on my first attempt. I was also cordially invited as a special guest to perform as a soloist at the MTA’s Centenary Luncheon at Parliament House in Macquarie St, Sydney. I would highly recommend Zeljko Bedic OAM at Paddington Music Studio as a music teacher to students at all levels and ages.

- Dr Li Li

Learning to play the accordion with Zeljko has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. Nearly two years ago, I decided to purchase an accordion. I had never played one before, but I was fascinated by it as an instrument and was intent on learning to play. At this stage, I had not played an instrument in over ten years since I left high school and I had no keyboard experience. I quickly realised I would benefit greatly from professional music lessons and luckily I found Zeljko Bedic OAM (highly experienced, qualified and an AMEB Examiner) at his highly regarded Paddington Music Studio. I have attended weekly private one-on-one lessons with Zeljko for over one and a half years now. Through his professional tutelage, guidance and direction, I have gone from a complete novice to playing ever increasingly challenging, beautiful and complex pieces of music which I thoroughly enjoy. Zeljko has provided a professional, safe and welcoming learning environment at his studio. His passion for music is undeniable and I look forward to continuing lessons with him for years to come. Needless to say, I hold Zeljko in the highest esteem and would highly recommend him to students of all ages looking for accordion, piano and music theory lessons.

- Callum Clarke

Zeljko is a passionate, kind and patient piano teacher, experienced with adult and young students alike. He is a highly experienced AMEB Examiner, professionally qualified and credentialed diploma teacher who has a strong understanding of the AMEB examination system. He helps students prepare for AMEB grade exams all the way up to AMusA / LMusA Piano Performance Diploma level, in a structured and thoughtful manner. Zeljko is insightful and has an excellent ear, with a strong focus on listening to musical detail and interpretation of student’s pieces. He has prepared me to successfully complete my AMEB 8th Grade Piano exam and we are now embarking on to my new challenge of preparing for my AMusA Piano Performance Diploma. I would highly recommend Zeljko at Paddington Music Studio to anyone who is looking for an exceptional piano and music theory teacher.

- Liana Downey

I have never learned to play a musical instrument as a child, however as I grew into a young adult I felt a strong inclination towards learning the piano. Coming across a pamphlet at a local cafe in Paddington, it was a series of serendipities that saw me enrolling as one of Zeljko’s students and I am very glad I did. With no experience or ability to read music, Zeljko has taken the time to lead me through the basic principles, helping to build my skills and knowledge of reading music. Zeljko’s precision has enabled me to learn technicalities correctly from the start which have served as an incredible foundation as I progress. Although learning to read music and play the piano were intimidating undertakings initially, Zeljko’s patience and calm temperament have allowed the process to be both fun and rewarding. Zeljko’s wealth of knowledge and experience shine through in both his conversation and approach to teaching. I highly recommend Zeljko at his Paddington Music Studio to anyone looking to learn to play the piano regardless of age and experience.

- Hannah McDougall

Zeljko is an outstanding highly qualified professional music teacher and AMEB Examiner who specialises in piano, accordion and music theory tuition. I contacted him with regards to completing the AMEB Theory of Music / Musicianship grades and within a single term he was able to help me achieve High Distinctions / Distinctions for Grades 1 to 3, and now moving on to Grades 4 to 6, the latter being a requirement for my AMEB LMusA Piano Performance Diploma exam. He takes great care in customising and structuring my lessons based on my current skill level and knowledge, and helps ensure that I clearly understand each aspect of the various grades before moving on to the next one. Zeljko exhibits excellent patience, care and understanding towards me as a student and clearly demonstrates his professionalism in the field of AMEB Theory of Music and Musicianship. If you are looking for a teacher who is highly competent and very committed to his students, and is able to explain information and impart knowledge in an easy to understand manner, then I would highly recommend Zeljko Bedic OAM at the Paddington Music Studio.

- Nico Buchner

My daughter, aged 6 has piano lessons with Zeljko which she really loves and enjoys. Zeljko is an excellent teacher, who finds the right balance between making the lesson fun and interesting whilst maintaining a high professional standard. Zeljko always finds the best way to explain things that are easy for my daughter to understand. I am particularly impressed with Zeljko’s commitment to teaching her the more technical aspects of piano playing, such as the correct placement of fingers and hands. I would highly recommend Zeljko at Paddington Music Studio to anyone wishing to learn and enjoy learning to play the piano.

- Melody Booth

Learning with Zeljko was a very memorable experience. When I came to him in the last few weeks of my AMEB AMusA Performance Diploma exam preparation, he provided me with excellent professional knowledge and insightful skills on how to handle my exam and improve my pieces technically, musically and with the necessary detailed stylistic characteristics and interpretation. In this short period, Zeljko was a tremendous help to me, mostly in shaping my pieces and elevating my performances to the high standard that is expected at the advanced diploma level. He is also a very dedicated and resourceful teacher, who delivered his online lessons in a very thoughtful way and assisted me with my musicianship issues with lots of patience and understanding. I really appreciated his guidance in our time together and would definitely recommend Zeljko at Paddington Music Studio to any music students out there who may be looking for an advanced level of piano and music theory tuition.

- Melody Li

My daughter Lizzy is 5 and has never taken any piano or music lessons before. She loves learning with Zeljko and I would highly recommend him to any young beginners looking for fun and enjoyable piano lessons. He is kind, very patient and teaches with a supportive technique and method that is very encouraging.
My daughter loves learning piano so much that her sister is about to start lessons with Zeljko as well :)

- Alicia Boyd

I was thrilled to find Zeljko Bedic OAM to teach my son music theory. Whilst an accomplished performer, my son needed to catch up on music theory to study Music 2 for the HSC and to progress with his performance AMEB grades. Mr Bedic was able to revise concepts quickly so that both he and my son were confident all the basics were bedded down and that there were no gaps in his learning. Following my son’s outstanding results of 100% High Distinction for AMEB 1st and 2nd Grade Theory of Music, Mr Bedic is working closely with him to understand more complex concepts of music theory, including 4 part vocal harmony and melody writing, both for HSC Music 2 and AMEB 3rd to 6th Grade Theory of Music / Musicianship. My son enjoys his weekly lessons with Mr Bedic immensely and is making significant and fast progress. I could not recommend Mr Bedic more highly.

Joan, Parent of a senior high school student

- Joan Perkins

Learning with Zeljko was a very memorable experience. When I came to him in the last few weeks of my AMEB AMusA Performance Diploma exam preparation, he provided me with excellent professional knowledge and insightful skills on how to handle my exam and improve my pieces technically, musically and with the necessary detailed stylistic characteristics and interpretation. In this short period, Zeljko was a tremendous help to me, mostly in shaping my pieces and elevating my performances to the high standard that is expected at the advanced diploma level. He is also a very dedicated and resourceful teacher, who delivered his online lessons in a very thoughtful way and assisted me with my musicianship issues with lots of patience and understanding. I really appreciated his guidance in our time together and would definitely recommend Zeljko at Paddington Music Studio to any music students out there who may be looking for an advanced level of piano and music theory tuition.

- Mingyu (Melody) Li

I have been enjoying my accordion lessons with Zeljko at the Paddington Music Studio which commenced this year (2021). Zeljko is a passionate and engaging music teacher. His attention to detail and enthusiasm are what I welcome the most. I would highly recommend Zeljko to anyone looking for an excellent accordion teacher.

- David van Reyk - Lecturer UTS

After wanting to learn the piano for many years I started taking lessons with Zeljko nearly a year ago. I cannot believe how far I have been able to progress in such a short time under Zeljko's guidance. I was a complete beginner and in 6 months I have completed my AMEB Grade 1 Theory of Music with a High Distinction (100%) award and am able to play a broad variety of classical and contemporary pieces confidently and musically. Zeljko is a very patient, thoughtful and knowledgeable teacher. I am especially impressed that our lessons include not only learning to play the piano but also music theory and technique, which has enriched my knowledge and my piano playing. I highly recommend Zeljko as a piano and music theory teacher!

- Charlotte Booth

After a long break from playing I was searching online for a highly qualified and experienced teacher and decided to start lessons with Zeljko earlier this year. I am an advanced diploma level pianist and violinist, and since starting again, I have been learning and playing a variety of enjoyable and challenging pieces across different time periods and genres in combination with some excellent technical work. I am extremely happy with the quick progress that I am making and Zeljko’s guidance and teaching style. Zeljko is a passionate and very knowledgeable piano teacher with great attention to musical detail. He has been flexible with lesson times and keeping an open mind with regard to my learning, as I am just playing for fun and enjoyment and to expand my piano repertoire. I would highly recommend Zeljko to anyone looking for an excellent piano teacher.

- Kristine Khong

As an adult beginner student, I have been thoroughly enjoying my accordion lessons with Zeljko Bedic OAM at his Paddington Music Studio. Before I started the lessons with him, I was anxious about how to fit accordion practise and lessons into my busy work-study-family life, but Zeljko has been very understanding, supportive and patient and has made my learning experience full of fun and enjoyment. I have been enjoying to learn to play the accordion very much and I am so happy to see that I have progressed so incredibly quickly under Zeljko’s professional guidance. I never thought that this would be possible. Zeljko is an outstanding, talented and passionate music teacher, whom I would highly recommend to anyone who wants to learn to play the accordion.

- Beatrice Zhou