Music Teachers

Nino – Guitar, Classical Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele

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.

Micaela – Piano, Group 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.

Jessie – Flute, Piano, Theory

Jessie has been playing piano since she was 4 years old and took on flute at the age of 12. She is now currently studying at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music – Bachelor of Music (Education)

She has done AMEB in both flute and piano reaching AMUS level on the piano learning under Dr. Paul Rickard-ford at the Conservatorium of Music. She attended OLMC where she participated in many ensembles such as The College Orchestra, Concert band, percussion ensemble and the senior flute ensemble which she ran and formed.

She has achieved many awards for her contribution to Music such as the Martha and Wilf Roger Memorial Award for Piano Theory and Excellence and the Robert Beazley Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.

Jessie’s passion for music, allowing her to teach the younger generation in both technique and musical expressions allowing students to have a better understanding of their musical instrument.

Rachel – Flute, Piano, Theory

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.

Valentin – Piano, Theory

Valentin has played piano for over 12 years and enjoys teaching and playing a variety of musical styles including Romantic, Jazz and Contemporary. He has completed the AMEB 8th Grade Practice of Music and 4th Grade Music Theory with Honours. Valentin is passionate about bringing out students’ potential to produce a high level music skill set. He teaches both beginners and AMEB students by incorporating a teaching style that focuses on developing correct technical skills and an enjoyment of piano.

Jasmine – Piano, Theory

Jasmine has been playing classical piano for over 12 years and has completed her AMEB exams since the age of seven. She is currently in the process of completing the 8th grade (AMEB) Classical Piano exam. Jasmine is also a skilled Jazz pianist.

Throughout Jasmine’s musical journey, she has been selected as a soloist performer at several Captivate Showcases, Piano recital evenings and at Sydney’s Local Health District’s Annual Public Meetings and Quality Awards Services.

Jasmine has worked extensively with children and is currently studying a Bachelor of Primary Education. By combining her passion for music and teaching her students that are inspired to grow further as musicians. Her encouraging and positive pedagogical method allows her students to feel supported as they realise their musical potential.

Bachelor of Primary Education at the University of Sydney

David – Drums, Percussion

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.

Harnit – Vocals, Guitar, Ukulele, Performance

Harnit’s style of vocal teaching is Contemporary, RnB, Jazz, Soul and Pop. She also teaches Guitar such as Jazz, fingerpicking, melody and rhythm as well as the Ukulele.
 
Her education has seen her achieve HSC Music 97% with a band 6 rating. She also received an HSC ENCORE Nomination. Harnit was selected as one of the solo acts to perform at the Captivate “Best Of Showcase”. She has performed at multiple primary and high school showcases and at University showcases both as a soloist and in ensembles. She also has experience in audio engineering and producing original music for herself and other artists.

 
Harnit has worked with HSC students after graduating and provided insight into performance techniques and stylistic interpretation of musical works. The most important aspect of teaching vocals for Harnit is to make sure the students sound like themselves. She strives to help students find their original sound and encourages the exploration of numerous genres to break out of their comfort zone and broaden their influences. Before working on her student’s vocal skills, Harnit wants them to understand the nature of their “instrument” and how the voice physically works in order for them to use their voices safely and stylistically.
 
Bachelor of Music Studies (Contemporary Music) – Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Chris – Violin, Theory

Tuition in Violin – teaches all levels up to grade 7
AmusA Diploma of Violin
Bachelor of Music (Composition) Australian Institute of Music
Member of Sydney Youth Orchestra (over 9 years)
ENCORE nominated for HSC composition
 
Chris is a highly qualified and experienced violin teacher.

Daphne – Piano, Theory

Daphne has been playing classical piano for over 15 years and enjoys playing and teaching a wide variety of musical styles ranging from Baroque, Romantic, and Classical to Jazz, Contemporary and Pop. She has achieved a Diploma in Piano Performance (AmusA) and has a great knowledge of music theory, having completed Grade 5. Throughout her musical career, Daphne has performed at various events including the Australian Musician Academy’s Young Performers Sunday Concert and competed in Killara, Galston, Ryde and Sydney Eisteddfods where she received numerous first, second and highly commended awards. She was a music scholarship recipient of The Hills Grammar School throughout high school, participating in Senior Orchestra and Senior Choir and was an adjudicator for the Castle Hill Performing Arts Festival. Daphne’s mission is been to harness her student’s passion for music, emphasizing an appreciation for musical expression and proper technique while creating an enjoyable learning environment tailored to each students.

Khloe – Piano, Violin, Theory

Khloe has played piano for over 11 years and has enjoyed developing a rich and fulfilling musical background. Having received numerous awards such as the Martha & Wilf Roger Memorial Prize for Piano Theory and Practice, she came first in music at OLMC from years 10-12 and was awarded first place in the Pianoforte Penrith Eisteddfod. She has also completed 7th grade in AMEB piano as well as 4th Grade in AMEB theory with Honours.

Khloe is highly experienced in violin, having numerous concerts with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Penrith Youth Orchestra, Penrith Symphony Orchestra, her College Orchestra, Senior String Ensemble and Chamber Ensemble.

Khloe’s friendly, patient nature allows her to easily connect with students while developing their musical skills. From classical training, she has developed resilience and a passion for music which she is excited to share with her students.

Danielle – Clarinet, Theory

Danielle has been playing clarinet for 10 years. Throughout her musical journey, she has performed in school bands, musicals and solo performances and has experienced a wide variety of musical styles. Danielle mainly focuses on teaching beginner and intermediate students and has a passion to see her students grow and develop their playing as they start their own musical journey. She is able to easily adapt and adjust her teaching style to suit the students’ needs in order to teach them to their full potential. Danielle also teaches school band repertoire and AMEB grades preliminary to grade 4.
 

Vivian – Piano, Violin, Theory

Vivian has been classically trained in piano and violin for over 15 years and under AMEB lecturer and eisteddfod adjudicator Dr. James Muir for the past 5 years. Awarded a High Distinction for her piano LMUSA Diploma, she has followed both the AMEB and IMEB syllabus (preliminary to LMUSA) and qualified in teaching musical theory up to Grade 6. She has also completed AMEB Grade 6 Violin with a Distinction. Vivian was awarded the Sydney Eisteddfod Alf & Pearl, Pollard Memorial Award for Performance Excellence in piano, as well as receiving numerous highly commended awards at Castle Hill, Penrith, St. George and Ryde Eisteddfod over the years. Vivian was also nominated for the HSC Encore performance twice for piano. She has extensive classical piano and violin experience, but enjoys teaching across all genres, focusing on technical strength and performance skills, with an aim of endorsing a passion for music.

Morgana – Piano, Group Piano, Vocals, Guitar, Junior Music Program

Morgana began singing from the age of 5 and has since been in various musicals, school and church choirs as well as solo performances in many community events. Morgana began classical and jazz vocal training which equipped her to achieve both regional and state awards in solo and group performances and has also fronted for an 80′s rock cover bands.

Morgana studied classical piano under alumni from the conservatory of music in New York where she gained four years of advanced piano tuition. Captivated by pop, jazz and rock, Morgana also studied music theory and was taught performance skills from touring musicians where she was equipped to play with live bands, record and be free to play a variety of music styles. Morgana has also been playing guitar since she was 6. Today she teaches theory, pop, rock and jazz guitar. Along with the guitar, she also teaches ukulele and the bass guitar.

Morgana is also very experienced with music theory from growing up in the performing arts, receiving high marks on her AP Music Theory Exam, taking various ear training courses, participation in many jazz masterclasses and learning improvisation and complex theories. She has also volunteered as a children’s choir director where here students would showcase their group and individual talents and currently helps lead her church kids creative team where she gives training and encourages both adult and junior vocalists as they advance in their musicianship.

Morgana is very passionate about her students and helping them find their passion in their music. She has introduced a range of great concepts to our Junior Music Program which is a great success for students to progress to group and private piano lessons. She also teaches the AMEB syllabus for our piano and guitar exam students.

Georgia – Piano, Theory

Georgia has been playing classical piano for over 14 years in which she has completed all eight grades. Throughout her musical career, Georgia has played for school bands, been an accompanist for choirs as well as been selected to participate in a music tour during high school. Occasionally, she has also been asked to hold mini recitals during her volunteering placements.

Georgia’s passion for teaching combined with her love of music, is able to teach students of all levels. She is able to listen and adjust her teaching style depending on the needs of each student. Being able to teach across a wide range of genres, she is able to provide and support students with repertoire they enjoy.  Georgia is an asset to our music school with students achieving great results.

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 2 and is taking her 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 students learning the piano.

Julia – Piano, Theory

Julia’s teaching philosophy is encouraging all students to enjoy performing their music and to play a wide variety of musical styles in working towards developing a high musical potential. She believes in creating an environment where her students are able to unleash their musical talent and creativity in all aspects of their musical journey, whilst building a strong foundation in correct technical skills.

Julia has been playing the piano for more than 13 years. She has completed AMEB grades of up to CMusA (with honours) and continuing her grades up to LMusA. Julia completed her HSC with subjects including Music 2 and Music Extension (Band E4) where her selection of pieces included were chosen from the AMEB AMusA and LMusA syllabi. Along with performance exams, she has also completed her Grade 4 and 5 in theory (with high distinction and honours respectively). Julia has also attended numerous different piano competitions, achieving high results and was also frequently invited to perform at different local community events and volunteered at aged care centres where her performance skills have been greatly appreciated.

Jasmine – Violin, Theory

Jasmine is an experienced violinist with years of playing and performing. She started the violin at an early age and began her journey to study music. Jasmine has also performed in many schools and eisteddfods, taking home highly commended and second place awards. In her 5th year of playing the violin, she took upon the Grade 8 AMEB exam, receiving a pass with High Distinction. Jasmine also took music 2 and music extension for her HSC subjects and received a high band 5 and E4 respectively. Right now, Jasmine is dedicated to teaching at Hills Shire Music and is also working towards her Amus violin exam.

Alex – Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele

Alex has been playing guitar for more than 10 years and through that time he has branched into a variety of different genres, as well as learning skills on the bass guitar. In 2017 Alex completed his Bachelor of Music, majoring in Contemporary Guitar Performance. In those years of study and practice, he has developed his musical maturity and while he gravitates towards soul, pop & rock in his compositions, Alex loves to challenge himself and take on new projects no matter the stylistic venture. As an educator, Alex loves to get his students motivated and develop a love for music, no matter the style they choose. He has a great appreciation for understanding music and works to pass on that knowledge so that his students not only know what to play, but why they’re playing it & how it works, so to set them up for future success while enjoying the appreciation of music.
 
Bachelor of Music – Performance in Contemporary Guitar
 

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.