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TEACHERS

Our piano teachers are carefully chosen for their ability to encourage exploration and expose students to a variety of styles. They’re reliable and personable people, passionate about their calling, who form real relationships with their students through their love of teaching. They will nurture your curiosity and help you laugh at your mistakes, earn your rewards, and feel proud of achieving your goals.

 

Care is taken to match our teachers and students, so our starting point will always be

to understand your needs and wants, finding the best fit for you.

Eastern Suburbs Teachers

Sara
Natasha
Paolo
Nicole
Josh
Mina
Anna
Simon Kezia
Heidi
Christina
Keith
Adeline
Christian

APRA Professional Development Awards Finalist in Classical Category

Australian Institute of Music

Major in Audio Technology

Creative

JOSH COHN

Josh is an accomplished and widely respected piano teacher recognized for his warm, personal and innovative teaching style. He's also an avid composer of original music, embracing a diverse range of styles including orchestral, progressive rock and experimental soundtracks.

Josh regularly participates in a variety of musical projects and has released several solo albums. Josh is passionate about art, philosophy and healthy living.

Improvisation

Composition

Performance

Audio Technology

Rhythm

 

Positive

Reliable

Passionate

Patient

Patient

Warm

Creative

Encouraging

Thorough

Conservatorium of Music

Classical Voice

SARA JASMINE

Sara is a classical pianist, soprano opera singer, saxophonist and hobby film composer. Growing up she made performance debuts at the Festival Theatre, performed with James Morrison and with a number of Australian Choirs. She is an experienced piano teacher, and also spent some time studying singing under tutors at the Conservatorium of Music. In her spare time she can be found out on the greens hitting a round of golf and showing the boys how it’s done, hiding all chewable items from her cheeky cocker spaniel Romeo, and enjoying Sydney’s local hotspots.

Performance

Singing

Composition

Theory

Musicology

Australian Music Examinations Board

Grade 7 Classical Piano

Conservatory of Music, Ancona

1st Class Degree in Accordion

Calm

Paolo Campanari

Paolo is an Italian-born artist and musician, who studied piano and accordion at the Conservatory of Music in Ancona and was head of the music program at the Italian Bilingual School in Meadowbank. As a solo musician, he has performed various styles of music: classical, pop, folk, Balkan, klezmer, jazz, soul and funk. Paolo's passion for acting and singing has seen him perform in plays, musicals and comedies, as well as voice overs. Paolo likes to imitate sounds and noises, and make jokes to his friends!

Singing

Performance

Rhythm

Improvisation

Composition

 

Funny

Versatile

Encouraging

Experienced

Toscanini Music School

Master in Rusticucci Method

Creative

Intuitive

Patient

Imaginitive

Enthusiastic

Australian Institute of Music

Diploma of Musical Theatre

NICOLE FABAL

Nicole holds her Grade 8 piano certificate, and although classically trained, has also explored and studied other genres including tango, flamenco, contemporary and musical theatre. Alongside her piano and singing training, Nicole is a flamenco dancer and has performed in various shows and venues. She encourages creativity and expression in all her students so that they not only learn how to play the piano or sing a song, but also learn how to express themselves as musicians and performers.

Music History

Aural

Singing

Performance

Finger Technique

University of Sydney

Bachelor of Arts (Music)

University of NSW

Bachelor of Music

Australian Music Examinations Board

CMus

Encouraging

Patient

Calm

Dedicated

NATASHA BANH

Natasha trained in piano from a young age, and it was not long after she learnt her very first piece that she discovered her strong passion for music. She graduated from high school at the top of her music cohort and was the recipient for the Cedric Ashton Award for Music Excellence, deciding to further pursue her music studies at UNSW.  When Natasha is not jamming on the piano, she is usually travelling around Sydney to try unique and scrumptious food.

Performance

Aural

Musicology

Finger Technique

Music History

Optimistic

Fun

Rhythm

Compositon/Songwriting

Finger Technique

Performance

Singing

HEIDI LENFFER

Originally a Blue Mountains gal, Heidi is a well-seasoned performing artist in Australian band Cloud Control where she sings, plays keyboard and tambourine — mostly all at once. Heidi cut her teeth on classical piano and has an enduring love for Debussy and Rachmaninov conciertos, which she believes are best enjoyed when its raining. She has been writing songs and lyrics with the band for 11 years and loves to help people find the stories they want to tell through music.

Inspiring

Creative

Dependable

Fun

Ambitious

Australian Recording

Industry Association

Nominated for 2 x ARIA awards

Australian Music

Examinations Board

AMusA

Trinity College, London

Grade 8 Piano

Funny

MINA TAMRUKSA

Mina has played since the age of 3, and began teaching when she was 16 after her own piano teacher offered her a job. In 2001 she played in the AMEB Piano Competition and was awarded 3rd place - an unforgettable experience. Mina often records herself playing ukelele & piano and boasts a YouTube channel full of music, especially songs from her mother country, Thailand. She also loves doing dance classes and has a pet rabbit named “Noi-Nha” (“Custard-Apple" in Thai).

Music History

Aural

Rhythm

Performance

Finger Technique

Passionate

Friendly

Hardworking

Enthusiastic

Conservatory Of Music

Classical Piano

Quirky

Creative

Gentle

Considerate

Open-minded

Conservatorium of Music

Bachelor of Music Hons. (Composition)

KEZIA YAP

Kezia is a Sydney-based composer, pianist and producer studying Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She is passionate about supporting young and emerging artists and is involved in producing collaborative events and projects as part of a collective. She is currently a composer in residence with Ensemble Offspring and produces a weekly show on FBi Radio. In her spare time, Kezia enjoys googling baby animals with hats.

 

 

Aural

Finger Technique

Audio Technology

Composition

Performance

Australian Music Examinations Board

Grade 8 Piano

Australian Institute of Music

Master of Piano

Australian Institute of Music

Bachelor of Classical Piano

Happy

ANNA LE

Anna enjoys getting to know people and the uniqueness of their character. She has been teaching since she was a teenager, and through her studies has become passionate about body awareness as a tool to get the most beautiful sound out of the piano. In 2011, her compositions were selected for presentation in Encore. In her free time, she likes to explore Sydney, watch TED talks, have conversations concerning life and ideas, and share a big belly–laugh with her loved ones.

Finger Technique

Musicology

Aural

Performance

Rhythm

 

Ambitious

Humorous

Enthusiastic

Experienced

Easygoing

Calm

Funny

Open-minded

Imaginative

Sorbonne University, Paris

Master in Musicology

SIMON RIPAUD

Simon is classically trained and has been teaching since he was 17. After finishing his studies in piano and musicology in Paris, he came to Australia to explore the country, learn English and share his passion for music. Four years later he is still here, living in Australia permanently. He dedicates most of his free time to composing and exploring worlds that only music can allow you to!

Performance

Music History

Composition

Rhythm

Musicology

Paris Conservatorium of Music

Licentiate Diploma in Piano

Macquarie University

BA in Contemporary Music

Australian Guild of Music

Grade 7 Honours in Piano, Saxophone and Modern Vocals

Energetic

Creative

Fun

Confident

CHRISTIAN D'AMICO

Christian is an energetic and engaging teacher who can sing, play piano and saxophone. He is passionate about helping students to discover their own musical identity, in whatever style makes them tick. Christian is currently performing professionally with a variety of groups as well as his own “Piano Punk” solo show. When he’s not playing or writing music, Christian is likely playing video games or skateboarding.

Performance

Composition

Musicology

Singing

Improvisation

Encouraging

Quirky

Lively

Gentle

Dedicated

Imaginative

University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Music

CHRISTINA HIGHAM

Christina hails from Melbourne, bringing her flair for teaching and many years of experience with her. She thinks teaching is the best job in the world, and loves laughing and having fun with her students. She's interested in everything creative - music festivals, jamming with friends, sketching, reading and writing. She studied both music and creative writing at university and hopes one day to write a novel in the style of Marquez. Give the girl a dance floor and she'll be the first one on it and the last one to leave!

Performance

Aural

Rhythm

Finger Technique

Music History

Australian Music Examinations Board

Grade 8 Piano

Australian Music Examinations Board

AMusA

Conservatorium of Music

Bachelor of Music

Kind

Passionate

Quirky

Positive

ADELINE NG

Adeline began piano at age 6 and started teaching at 15. Growing up in a family of classically trained musicians, her fondest memories were of her father singing excerpts from Puccini’s operas and attending concerts conducted by her uncle. Today, she hopes to transmit those same feelings of joy and elation to her students, creating a platform for them to freely express who they are as individuals. In her spare time, you can probably find her being bitten by mosquitoes whilst stargazing.

Aural

Performance

Finger Technique

Composition

Rhythm

Adaptable

Understanding

Lively

Curious

Open-minded

Thoughtful

Trinity College, London

Licentiate in Music

KEITH CHEUNG

Born and raised in the streets of Sydney, Keith has been learning classical piano from the very day he could coordinate his fingers. Despite pursuing an animal-related degree (Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience), he was in too deep to let go of music and still plays every day. When not on the piano, Keith is driving around discovering new chill spots to the tune of David Bowie and Mick Jagger's 'Dancing In The Street', or working on farms all over the place, wrestling sheep and keeping cattle in line.

Technique

Finger Work

Rhythm

Aural

Performance

Australian Music Examinations Board

Grade 6 Musicianship

Roger Frampton (Mentor)

Jazz Studies

Australian Music Examinations Board

AMusA Classical Piano

Warm

JASON GUBBAY

Jason was born to a professional violinist and a saxophone player, and has music in his life ever since. After completing his AMEB Associate at Sydney Grammar, he continued to study jazz with the head of Conservatorium of Music in Sydney. He has toured as a session player for Sony Music and produced music for New York Fashion Week and the Sydney Olympics amongst others. He is passionate about imparting his years of experience in sincere and effective ways for musicians of the new generation.

Finger Technique

Musicology

Aural

Performance

Rhythm

 

Intuitive

Engaged

Sensitive

Considerate

Friendly

Reliable

Fun

Encouraging

Optimistic

University of NSW

Bachelor of Commerce/Science

cheryl nie

Rhythm

Performance

Finger Technique

Music History

Aural

Australian Music Examinations Board

Grade 8 Piano

Enthusiastic

Creative

Warm

Passionate

Positive

Australian Institute of Music

Bachelor of Contemporary Music

BEN CAUDURO

Ben is an energetic teacher who plays piano, trumpet and guitar. He is aspiring to be like his songwriting heroes as he creates ambitious recordings and live performances. He has recently completed a Bachelor of Music (Contemporary) at the Australian Institute of Music. He is passionate about unleashing his students’ interests in music and letting that fuel their creative ambitions. Ben loves sport and history, collects more CD’s than anyone else and enjoys finding vintage instruments.

Music History

Composition

Musicology

Rhythm

Finger Technique

Australian Music Examinations Board

Grade 5 Musicianship

 Imaginative

Dedicated

Warm

Intuitive

Motivated

Central QLD University

Bachelor of Music (Jazz and Popular)

VICTORIA COTTA

Victoria is a bright and caring teacher who has been playing since the age of 5. Her passion for piano encompasses classical, jazz, music theory and composition. Her original work has been featured in advertisements internationally. Victoria has also studied and taught flute, ukulele, voice and percussion and has her 3rd Dan black belt in karate! Being a child of the world, she has found her home in all things music and loves nothing more than sharing this gift with others.

Finger Technique

Musicology

Aural

Singing

Composition

Royal School of Music (ABRSM)

Grade 6 Piano

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DATES for 2018

Term 1:    29th January – 15th April

Term 2:    30th April – 8th July

Term 3:    23rd July – 30th September

Term 4:    15th October – 16th December

 

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