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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
Stephen
Simon Kezia
Mirko
Christina
Keith
Jennifer
Christian
Wilbur
Paolo Campanari Sydney Piano Teacher Eastern Suburbs

Toscanini Music School

Master in Rusticucci Method

Conservatory of Music, Ancona

1st Class Degree in Accordion

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

Experienced

Funny

Encouraging

 

Calm

Versatile

David Allen Sydney Piano Teacher Eastern Suburbs
Keith Cheung Sydney Piano Teacher Eastern Suburbs
Josh Cohn Sydney Piano Teacher Eastern Suburbs

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

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

Mina Tamruksa Sydney Piano Teacher Eastern Suburbs

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

Simon Ripaud Sydney Piano Teacher Eastern Suburbs
Christina Higham Sydney Piano Teacher Eastern Suburbs

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

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

Australian Music

Examinations Board

AMusA

Lively

STEPHEN CAI

Stephen is a music and video-game loving fanatic who spends most of his time out with friends or sleeping at his university campus. He's a high-achiever who was heavily involved in music at his school, and was both the choir and percussion captain for the Scots College. He performed at the top of his graduating class of 2015 for Music, and has won many prestigious awards. When he’s not sight reading random pieces off the internet and singing in the shower, he’s busily pursuing his Commerce and Engineering degree.

Improvisation

Rhythm

Musicology

Aural

Performance

 

Direct

Adaptable

Charismatic

Determined

Scots College

99 External Music 2 HSC Mark

Australian Music Examinations Board

AMusA

Australian Music Examinations Board

Theory of Music Grade 6

Ambitious

Open-minded

Curious

Understanding

JENNIFER ZHAO

Jennifer is a classically trained pianist who loves to jam to feel good pop music in her spare time. Music has given her the chance to tour Europe with her high school Instrumental Program, gain her AmusA diploma, and both benefited her HSC (where she was the 2015 Fort Street Raymond Sly Memorial Prize for Music) whilst also worked as an effective stress reliever. When she's not studying Law at UNSW, she loves going on spontaneous road trips with friends and spends way too much time making Spotify playlists!

Aural

Performance

Finger Technique

Composition

Music History

Easygoing

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

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

Christian D'Amico Sydney Piano Teacher Eastern Suburbs

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

BBM Youth Support

Youth Support Award for Music

Conservatorium of Music

Bachelor of Music (hons)

Creative

Resourceful

Patient

Encouraging

WILBUR WHITTA

Improvisation

Aural

Performance

Rhythm

Composition

Considerate

Sara Jasmine Sydney Piano Teacher Eastern Suburbs

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 is currently studying singing 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 and enjoying Sydney’s local hotspots.

Performance

Singing

Composition

Theory

Musicology

Australian Music Examinations Board

Grade 7 Classical Piano

Fun

Adaptable

Warm

Creative

Experienced

Passionate

Conservatorium of Music

Bachelor of Music and Education

Australian Music

Examinations Board

Grade 7

heidi curran

Heidi is a passionate and outgoing musician with a curiosity for adventure who loves snowboarding and has a 1st Dan in karate! Even though her training is in classical music, Heidi has a keen interest in a wide range of styles including electronic music and is currently learning to play the drums. When she is not teaching, Heidi loves to spend time with her daughter sharing the love for creativity.

Rhythym

Musicology

Performance

Finger Technique

Music History

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)

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

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

Australian Institute of Music

Master of Music

Australian Institute of Music

Bachelor of Contemporary Music

Aural

Improvisation

Rhythm

Performance

Finger Technique

MIRKO GOLUB

Mirko is a professional musician and educator, specialising in contemporary music, jazz and latin styles. He has vast performance experience and continues to perform live with his two bands and as a session musician. Mirko uses music as a way to artistically express or reinterpret the world around him every day. He finds passing on his knowledge to students to be an invaluable teaching-learning process that never stops.

Resourceful

Honest

Inventive

Creative

Kind

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DATES for 2017

Term 1:    30th January – 9th April

Term 2:    24th April – 2nd July

Term 3:    17th July – 24th September

Term 4:    9th October – 17th December

 

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