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Our Teachers

Michelle O

Michelle O.
BA (Mus) W.Aust., LTCL, ALCM
Academy Principal 
Piano, Violin & Piano Accompanist

A sincere and diligent teacher, whose conscientiousness and genuine interest in music is a constant source of inspiration for her peers and students.

Michelle has attended piano lessons since the age of three and violin lessons since she was eight. She was awarded a Distinction in the Associate Music Performance Diploma when she was 12, and has achieved a Distinction in the Licentiate Diploma examinations, LTCL at age 15. In the same year, she auditioned and secured a place to study at Wells Cathedral School, a specialist music school in the United Kingdom.

During her brief stay in Somerset, England, Michelle discovered her passion for Baroque and Classical music, the two main periods in music history which formed a large part of her repertoire under the guidance of her piano mentor, Assistant Professor Graeme Gilling. This shaped Michelle’s viewpoint of imparting genuine playing techniques, musical knowledge and interpretation skills to her students while developing their musicality as true Classical musicians.

Michelle has also completed her double-major music degree at the Conservatorium of Music, University of Western Australia. She enjoys an active musical life as a soloist, chamber musician, instrumental music tutor, conductor of the Crescendo Academy of Music Orchestra and ensembles, and holds a position (Retail & Education Sales and Support) at Crescendo Music in Western Australia.

Rachel H.
BA (Hons) W.Aust. 
Flute

Rachel is a caring and forward thinking teacher, always aiming to help her students achieve their best results through enjoyment of music and a dedication to practice.

With 10 years of teaching at some of Perth’s most prestigious schools as well as privately, Rachel has great experience in teaching all ages and all genres of music. She is dedicated to finding the most suitable method of learning for each student and modifying lessons based on individual needs. Rachel also has experience in teaching students who have various physical and intellectual disabilities.

As a performer, after graduating from the UWA Conservatorium of music with Honours, she has had the privilege of playing for renowned flutists in masterclasses and private lessons around the world. Her recent studies in England with flutist and pedagogue Trevor Wye have aided her in being comfortable performing in a wide range of genres. Rachel is currently active in performing with local ensembles and orchestras around WA.

Underpinning all of her teaching and performing is the belief that music is a foundation for a full life and changes lives for the better. Rachel aims to help her students find the joy that music can bring to their lives.

Mathew D.
B.Mus Melb.
Violin, Viola, Cello & Piano

Having studied music performance at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, and the University of Melbourne, Mathew has learned to play music to a very high level, and is passionate about passing that knowledge and experience on to students via teaching.

Mathew is a very enthusiastic teacher, and likes to pair the enjoyment of playing music with a structured approach to ensure students learn in a fun and engaging way, but also “cover all bases” with the goal of making sure all students are technically sound, have correct technique, and a good base of music they can play and enjoy. 

Very flexible with many different musical goals and ambitions, Mathew has experience teaching students of all ages, passionate that all students from a range of ages and backgrounds are able to learn music in some capacity with good instruction.
Saskia W.

Saskia W.
BA (Mus) W.Aust.
Flute & Fife

Saskia is a friendly and detail orientated Flute teacher with a wide variety of musical interests.

In mid 2020 she completed her UWA Music Specialist Degree in Flute Performance, and has been playing the Flute for over 10 years. She has experience teaching students from 5 to over 70, and also in starting young beginners on the Fife. Saskia strongly believes that learning music should be fun, and that this is possible without compromising technique.

Saskia has played in various ensembles around Perth, including with the Perth Orchestra Project, and as a soloist with the St George’s College Chamber Orchestra (Directed by Paul Wright). In 2019, she also performed in a Masterclass with Anna Besson of Nevermind Ensemble (France), and completed the Australian Flute Festival’s Professional Learning Day in Sydney.

Saskia plays a Levit Kingma System Flute – a new model featuring additional keys which allows the instrument to play every quarter tone. In her spare time, she is the Musical Director of the Mockingbirds, an all female a cappella group. 

Estelle O.

Estelle O.
Piano, Violin & Piano Accompanist

Estelle started pursuing piano and violin studies at the age of four and has developed a passion for music ever since. She has completed all practical piano and music theory examinations with the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music (ABRSM) and violin with Trinity College London. She has achieved Distinction in her Grade 8 practical examinations for both piano and violin studies.

Estelle has participated in several orchestras. She enjoys expanding her musical knowledge and repertoire of different composers, genres and eras. Besides music teaching, Estelle has completed a Bachelor of Science in Oral Health Therapy at Curtin University and currently works as a dental therapist.

Estelle's motto for classroom teaching is to make music lessons fun while incorporating musical knowledge, playing techniques and methods, and theory of music. She teaches students from as young as the age of four to adults, and customises her teaching styles to suit each student. Young beginners enjoy learning with Estelle as she utilises flash cards and fun activities to develop their musical and aural skills.

Georgia C.
BA (Mus) W.Aust.
Cello

Georgia started learning the Cello at the age of nine and has always loved the way music can bring joy to everyone. She has completed both theory and practical exams with both the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) and the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music (ABRSM).

Georgia has also been a member of the Western Australian Youth Orchestra from 2011-2018 working up from Sinfonietta to the WA Youth Orchestra. She has also taken part in orchestras, quartets, musicals and operas whilst studying at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).

Georgia is currently completing her Bachelor of Education: Music degree at Edith Cowan University specialising in instrumental music. She specialises in teaching classical music and her main goal is to help every student develop their love of music and have the opportunity to share this with others.

Eudora C.

Eudora C.
BA W.Aust.
Piano & Music Theory

Eudora started learning the piano at the age of 12 and has never looked back since.

Upon completing her Grade 8 in piano, she got the opportunity to teach music to children and adults at a music school in Singapore. When she had the opportunity to further her studies, she chose to be in the field of Arts and Music to further develop a deeper understanding of music.

After graduating from Murdoch University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sound and Screen Production for Music, she went on to work on projects as a sound recordist and sound designer.

Her passion for teaching brought her back to the classroom where she aspires to share her knowledge with her students.

Helena O.

Helena O.
Violin

Helena is currently in her third year of a Bachelor of Philosophy (Hons) at UWA, majoring in Music Specialist. During her time at university, she has been mentored by many skilled musicians, and been exposed to a diverse range of teaching methods. Helena was particularly influenced by a masterclass with world-renowned violinist Emily Sun. Helena has also attended several national music programs, including the Australian Youth Orchestra’s National Music Camp, which have further enriched her experiences of music education. Helena has first-hand experience of both Suzuki and AMEB teaching methods.

Helena’s early violin education (beginning at age 4) was through Suzuki lessons and group classes. However, in her later years of schooling, she switched to AMEB and successfully obtained an ‘A’ in both grade 7 and 8 exams. Helena has also completed up to grade 4 AMEB theory, with consecutive High Distinctions.

This year, Helena is the concertmaster of the West Australian Youth Orchestra. She is also an active member of UWA Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra Collective, Banksia Ensemble, St. George’s College Orchestra, and the recently debuted Apeirogon Ensemble. Helena is particularly passionate about chamber music, and greatly enjoys playing in her UWA string quartet.

Helena is eager to instil her passion for music into younger students.

Isabella B.

Isabella B. 
BMus (Hons) MMus W.Aust.
Clarinet & Saxophone

Since starting the clarinet at age eight, Isabella has been immensely inspired by both the classical and jazz canon. Isabella has recently graduated from the Bachelor of Music Performance (Honours) degree at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). Throughout her music study, she has received tuition from incredible teachers such as Neil Boon, Dr Philip Everall, and Jodie Upton. Isabella’s instrument of practice and research specialisation is the small/mighty Eb clarinet. In doing so, she has been fortunate to undertake lessons with Australian Eb maestro, Jodie Upton, and American Eb exponent, John Bruce Yeh (Chicago Symphony Orchestra). In 2022, Isabella will be undertaking a Masters of Music Performance (MMus) at the University of Western Australia (UWA) studying under Dr Ashely Smith and Allan Meyer (Western Australian Symphony Orchestra).

Isabella is a current member of WA Youth Orchestra, Kalamunda Youth Swing Band, and Pieria Saxophone Quartet. She has also had many wonderful playing opportunities in various ensembles; WAAPA Symphonic Wind Ensemble, WAAPA Indian Ocean Ensemble, WAAPA Symphony Orchestra, Perth Orchestra Project, ABODA Wind Ensemble, Classic Sounds Orchestra, and Armadale City Concert Band.

Another aspect of her playing belongs as a doubling musician (Eb clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Bb Clarinet, and Bass Clarinet) in productions such as Oliver, The Addams Family, Little Shop of Horrors, and WAAPA’s season of Crazy For You.

Between studying and performing, Isabella loves teaching clarinet and saxophone. She holds AMEB certificates up to Grade 5 Theory, Grade 6 Practice of Music (Saxophone), and Grade 8 Practice of Music (Clarinet). Isabella’s teaching methods revolve around the AMEB syllabus, ear training, technical work, sight reading, improvisation, and core repertoire. She hopes that her students will feel inspired each lesson by the wonders of music.
Lisa

Lisa S.
AMus.A

Lisa started learning violin at the age of 4. She graduated Churchlands
Senior High School and won the top instrumentalist prize in year 12, granting her the opportunity to perform in the Perth Convention Centre. Lisa is currently in her third year at the UWA Conservatorium of Music, majoring
in Music Specialist and was awarded the Ann Brett Scholarship.

She has successfully completed her AMusA, as well as winning many first prizes in Eisteddfod competitions. Lisa has been a member of many ensembles and is currently a member of the
JULIMA Trio as well as UWA Symphony Orchestra, St. George’s College Orchestra, the Orchestra Collective and Banksia Ensemble. She was also concertmaster for
the Churchlands Symphony Orchestra, which toured across Europe in 2018.

Isaac M.

Isaac M. 
Classical Guitar (principal instrument), Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Ukulele

Isaac began playing guitar at the age of 8. His love of music quickly grew and by the time he was 12 he had begun playing drums and singing. Isaac pursued classical guitar throughout high school, his greatest achievement was becoming a finalist in the Adelaide International Guitar Competition. Another big achievement for Isaac was receiving an AMEB Associate Diploma in 2016.

Isaac began studies at WAAPA doing classical guitar and went on to study contemporary guitar there as well. These days Isaac plays guitar, bass and keys in local bands Clay Western, the Gawfs and Warm Laundry.

Isaac has a passion for teaching all styles of guitar such as classical, folk, electric and bass. Isaac believes that building a solid technique and sense of time/rhythm early on is key to enjoying playing guitar and being creative down the track.

Miranda D.

Miranda D. 
AMus.A
Violin

Miranda is currently in her second year at WAAPA (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts) studying a Bachelor of Music majoring in classical music performance on violin. Miranda started playing the violin when she was four after she had seen a performance on TV of the Vienna Philharmonic’s New Year’s Concert. She told her parents that she wanted to learn the violin and the rest is history. She also started learning the piano when she was five.

Miranda studied violin with Semra Lee-Smith (associate concertmaster of WASO) and Paul Wright (former Head of Strings at WAAPA). She is currently studying with Riley Skevington (concertmaster of WASO and current Head of Strings at WAAPA).

Miranda received her AMus (Award for Excellence) on violin in 2018, Certificate of Performance (Honours) on piano in 2021, Grade 5 (Honours) theory in 2018 and Grade 6 (Honours) musicianship in 2019. Miranda loves to share her joy of music with others and is passionate about teaching.

Jackson S.
Cert IV (Mus) WAAPA
Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele

Jackson is a proficient and formally trained guitarist with over 12 years of guitar playing and performing experience. He developed a deep passion for music after beginning his guitar journey at the age of eight years old.

During high school, Jackson was chosen by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority to represent an A Grade in year 12 music performance. After completing high school, Jackson attended the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), graduating with a Certificate IV in Contemporary Music.

During this time, Jackson developed strong improvisational, music theory, and performance knowledge, which he continues to foster and utilise to enrich aspiring music students.

Jackson is also an experienced music teacher, having previously taught students ranging between the ages 4 to 71. Jackson’s main musical influences are blues and rock artists.

Jeannie

Jeannie L.
LRSM, LTCL Adv. Cert. (ABRSM), ATCL, AMusTCL
Piano & Music Theory

Ms. Jeannie is an enthusiastic teacher with great passion for music and piano playing, and has more than 25 years of teaching experience. She has successfully completed her ATCL (Teacher’s Diploma), Advanced Certificate (ABRSM), AMusTCL (Associate in Compositional Technique of The Trinity College of Music), LTCL (Teacher’s Diploma), LTCL (Performance), and LRSM (Licentiates of the Royal Schools of Music).

She has also studied with Ms. Bavani Rajah (Principle of Malaysian Academy of Music), Mr. David Gatehouse, (Chief Examiner of Theory, ABRSM), Mr. Loo Bang Hean (Concert Pianist and ABRSM examiner), Kathryn Lye, Dennis Lee (Concert Pianist), Graham Hall and Roy Wilkinson.

Ms. Jeannie teaches students ranging from elementary to Advanced Diploma. Her students have achieved numerous awards, including the coveted Hedy King Robinson Award for Theory of Music examinations (Grades 6 to 8), full marks for Grade 5 Music Theory, and awards for highest score in Practical exams for Grades 5 to 8. Her students were also invited to perform at the annual state high achiever award organised by ABRSM.

She is also a proud mother of three and plays regularly for church and dance studios.

Ulani H

Ulani H.
BMus W.Aust.

Cello

Ulani holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Studies at Specialist Music obtained from the
Conservatorium of Music, University of Western Australia. During her time there, she has received tutelage from a range of highly skilled and knowledgeable professional musicians
who has largely inspired her to inspire others on their music journey. Always actively seeking ways to innovate herself, Ulani has undergone the Australian Kodály Certificate Course (Secondary, Level 1) which has influenced the way she approaches instrumental music, incorporating engaging and methodological ways when teaching a concept.

Within the sphere of music, Ulani enjoys playing in a symphony orchestra, as well as in
chamber groups. Most importantly, she loves the community surrounding music and the people who motivate her to become better at music, as well as to become a better person. She is a passionate advocate for the Suzuki philosophy which puts forth the notion that
‘everything depends on the growth of the heart… To foster an active, fine heart is… the crux of [music] education.’

At the forefront of her teaching style is an emphasis on maintaining a healthy wellbeing. This involves teaching healthy habits at the instrument, as well as away from the instrument. Ulani believes that in taking a holistic approach, to develop the whole student, is where real progress occurs.