Brian – Piano, Theory

Brian is a classically trained pianist and has been playing piano for 14 years, currently pursuing AMusA (Diploma in Piano Performance). He possesses excellent performance and pianistic skills evident through his musical achievements. He received 92/100 in Music 2 HSC, with 100/100 for piano performance. His HSC piano performance was also nominated for HSC ENCORE, a program showcasing the most outstanding performances and compositions across the state. Brian also achieved his Grade 8 AMEB qualification and Grade 4 Theory. 

Brian has experience teaching from beginner to advanced students and can incorporate different teaching methods for all students. This will gaurantee that the learning process is suitable for all ages and levels and a success for future progress. It also ensures that the student is able to build confidence with their performance skills and achieve their true potential. 

As a teacher, Brian’s vision is to ensure that his students not only enjoy piano playing, but develop a real passion and appreciation for music that is all around us.

Bridgette – Piano, Theory

Bridgette is a well established music educator sharing her 14 years of piano experience with students from young children to adults. She is passionate about providing fun, engaging lessons that encourage students to develop their skills and love for piano, attentively tailoring each lesson to students’ individual needs. Bridgette has completed her AMEB Piano Grade 8 exam with Honours. She has also completed HSC Music 2 in the highest Band 6.
 
Bridgette combines her knowledge of piano techniques and theory with her life long appreciation for music, cultivated through both her solo and band ensemble performances, to help build students’ confidence in Piano. She teaches a variety of piano styles as well as provide tuition for AMEB exams or to just learn how to play for leisure. 

Anna – Piano, Theory

Anna has 15 years experience playing and teaching the piano. She has achieved AMEB Grade 8 and HSC Music 2. Anna has 12 years of training in classical piano and music theory. She now focuses her personal practice mainly on the romantic era style.

Anna uses her experience in music education to help students reach their goals. She stands by encouraging and developing each student’s unique talents and interests, by approaching lessons with empathy, understanding and patience.

 

Grace – Piano, Flute,Theory

Grace is a motivated and dynamic pianist who has been playing the piano for over 18 years with more than many years of teaching experience.
With her great passion in performance, she successfully completed Piano AMEB Cmus and AMEB Grade 8 Flute with honours. She also went on to achieve a perfect score in HSC Music III and Band 6 in Music II.
Grace was accepted with a full music scholarship to the Sydney Conservatorium and is currently studying a Bachelor of Music (Education) under the tutelage of Dr Bernadette Harvey.
With her wide range of musical interests, she expanded her horizons to delve into Contemporary, Jazz and Gospel music and theory, preparing herself to be a well rounded teacher who caters to the needs of her students.
Grace provides customized and well structured teaching to students through her rich musical knowledge and experience. Just as music has made her confident she also encourages her students with the true meaning of music which goes beyond skills.

Nino – Guitar, Classical Guitar, Bass Guitar

Nino is a very experienced and professional guitar teacher with many years of teaching experience. His guitar skills and knowledge of theory have enabled him to develop his teaching skills with his students achieving great results. From beginners to advanced students including all levels of guitar playing and technique.

Nino is also an accomplished classical guitarist. His styles include pop, rock, blues, progressive metal, classical and contemporary guitar.

AMEB classical guitar exams to grade 4 and Rock School.

Ivana – Drums, Percussion

Ivana is an experienced musician who’s main area of expertise is percussion and drums. She has consistently developed her technique, method and approach to dynamic playing through regimented practice and passion.

Her initial instrument was the Tabla and by the age of 12 she had commenced playing the drums. Ivana’s lessons are fun, engaging and practical, which are diversified and differentiated to cater for your child’s varying individual needs and skill levels. She is heavily experienced in the field of teaching and tutoring students, including mentoring school bands, musicals, Drum Squads and drumming workshops.

Ivana also displays an extensive knowledge in regards to fundamental theory, including various drumming rhythms, styles and genres. She has achieved a Band 6 ( score 97/100 ) in Music 1 for her HSC in 2021 and she possesses a patient, friendly and an enthusiastic demeanour, which allows her students to build confidence and further develop their drumming skills. 

Lessons with Ivana will support and encourage skill and progress for both general tuition and advanced exam progress.

Nerine – Piano, Theory

Nerine started piano from a young age and quickly picked up the passion to embrace the piano and what it has to offer. In her younger years, she entered many piano competitions and eisteddfods, achieving great results that has built her standard as it is today.

Nerine has completed AMEB Piano Grade 8 with Honours and AMEB Piano Theory Grade 5 with Honours. She also went on to pass the AMEB AMusA Piano Exam. Her level of knowledge, technique and skill surpasses all expectations.

As a teacher, Nerine is eager to share the skills she has learnt over a decade to students and foster an enthusiasm towards music. She focuses on helping students both develop technical skills and personal interest in music and piano. A true professional in music.

 

Jacob – Drums, Percussion

Jacob is an experienced drummer with many years of playing and performing. He started playing drums at the age of 10 and also has a wide range knowledge of percussion instruments originally starting with the djembe. Jacob has an extensive knowledge of drum theory and is able to teach drum notation thoroughly which is a plus students in school bands. Jacob is able to teach all kind or drum styles such as jazz, swing, shuffle and rock styles with a wide variety of rhythms. He can allocate which grade is suited to the student and will ensure that the students are trained to the best of their ability.

Jacob is able to perfect the drum technique from beginners to advanced students. This will allow students to perform in live bands as well as school bands teaching the band repertoire.

 

Micaela – Piano, Theory

Micaela has played piano for over 15 years and has advanced musicianship and performance skills. She has performed a range of high level pieces and is experienced with teaching AMEB practical and theory exams. Micaela takes a thorough approach to her teaching and emphasises the importance of developing excellent technical, performance, sight reading and aural skills, which allow her students to achieve their desired goals. Micaela’s AMEB students on average result with A (honours) grades.

Micaela has a passion for and can teach composition on request. She is well experienced working with children of all ages and abilities. Her training in ABA therapy has helped broaden her piano teaching skills as she can quickly and strategically identify specific areas of difficulty in the lesson, break down difficult tasks into small easy steps, whilst providing students with fun, motivating rewards for effort and concentration.

Micaela has the qualifications and experience of piano teaching that will gain the best results of every student.

Rachel – Flute, Piano

Rachel has been playing classical piano for over 17 years and classical flute since she was 10. In that time, she has achieved an AMEB Associate of Music Diploma (AMusA) for Piano Performance and completed up to Grade 8 in Flute with Honours. She has also won several awards in Eisteddfods and NSW State Competitions. She has been in the first flute section of the Castle Hill RSL Youth Wind Orchestra and has experience with teaching orchestral and school band students. 

Rachel’s style of teaching focuses on the virtuosic, aural and sight-reading skills to excel in the AMEB graded examinations whilst also encouraging her students to explore their passions in different genres of music. She creates an enjoyable learning environment to teach various musical styles ranging from classical to contemporary, with each lesson tailored to the specific needs of the individual.

Michelle – Piano, Theory

Michelle has been playing classical piano for more than 12 years. She has completed AMEB piano comprehensive exams up to grade 8 in which she achieved an A (Honours). She has also completed her musicianship (music theory) exam for grade 4 theory exam as well as working to complete a Certificate of Performance.

Michelle studied Music 2 in year 11 and 12 and achieved a high band 5 in her Higher School Certificate. Michelle is a great communicator and inspiration to all her students learning the piano.

Pamela – Piano, Theory

Pamela is an experienced piano teacher with over 20 years teaching experience. She customizes her lessons and pedagogies according to each individual’s specific strengths and needs with the aim to develop the student’s conceptual and analytical faculties as well as creativity.

Pamela conducts her lessons in a fun and interactive way to encourage active learning and participation. At the same time she ensures that she teaches the correct technical skills, discipline, posture and etiquette in the art of piano playing.

Through music, Pamela builds confidence, patience and a sense of empowerment and self esteem in her students and motivates and encourages them to encourage themselves to achieve their true potential and personal best.

David – Drums

David has been playing drums for 22 years and has been involved in a variety of bands across a range of music genres. He has a Masters of Audio Engineering which gives him a good background knowledge of the creation of music projects and the music industry as a whole. He structures his lessons to the skill levels of his students while achieving an encouraging learning environment for beginners and advanced students. David is able to teach jazz, funk, rock, swing and shuffle styles. Due to his amount of practical and performance experience David values the importance of critical thinking and improvisation throughout his lesson planning. Students will gain the skills required to perform in live bands and school band repertoires.

Jacinta – Vocals, Performance

Starting on stage as a singer and dancer at the young age of only 2, Jacinta had begun her early career as a singer and performer. She started at the Hunter School of the Performing Arts and took opportunities such as star struck, the school spectacular and the recording of her own original music. Jacinta then went on to perform at Universal Studios and Disney Land in both Orlando and Florida.

Jacinta then attended the Australian Institute of Music (AIM) and went on to join local bands as a lead vocalist. She won the Sydney singing competition ‘Take the Mic’ and made it to the live auditions for X-Factor. She was a dancer for the Michael Jackson tribute show and also has been a dancer for many other artist’s music videos. She has performed at many events and has been on Home and Away. Jacinta has performed at the Royal Easter Show in Sydney as a solo act.

Jacinta is a motivated vocalist currently recording her new songs. With all of this experience Jacinta has been a vocal teacher for the previous 5-7 years. Her knowledge and understanding not just about music and singing but the insights into the music industry and the importance of performance make her an asset to our music school. Her main genre is pop and R&B and is also classically trained to teach the correct techniques of singing to all students who are keen to learn the art of singing.

Jasmine – Violin, Theory

Jasmine is an experienced violinist with over 8 years of playing and performing. She started violin at an early age and began her journey to study music. Jasmine has performed in many schools and attended eisteddfods all over Sydney, taking home 1st, 2nd, and highly commended awards and trophies. In her 5th year of playing the violin, Jasmine took upon the Grade 8 AMEB exam, receiving a High Distinction. Jasmine studied HSC Music 2 and Music Extension, receiving 89% (Band 5) and E4 respectively. She has also received an ENCORE nomination and is currently a violinist in the UNSW Orchestra. Jasmine is dedicated to teaching at Hills Shire Music and is also working towards her AMUS violin exam.

Jasmine’s style of teaching focuses on strengthening theory and sight-reading skills alongside the basic technical skills to help students tackle AMEB examinations and performances. Jasmine hopes to create an enjoyable environment for her students to build and strengthen their passion for music.