Teachers

Belinda Foster

Bachelor of Applied Music Performance- Box Hill Tafe 

Levels 1&2 and CMT preparation training - Estill Voice International 

Belinda Foster’s technical mastery and passion for vocal wellbeing is the basis of her teaching ethos. Through dedicated and continuing study, she has developed an holistic approach to vocal mechanics.

Belinda has taught at a number of industry focused schools and has experience preparing and taking VCE students through there final exams with successful results. Alongside private and institutional teaching, Belinda maintains her strong skills as a songwriter and performer. With a Bachelor of Applied Music from Box Hill Tafe and continued study of voice mechanics, Belinda has extensive experience with all styles of contemporary vocal performance.

Jake Donohue

Bachelor of Music (with Honours) - University of Melbourne

Diploma in Contemporary Music- Northern Rivers Conservatorium

 

Jake is primarily a guitarist and composer. He began learning music at 13 and due to requests from his peers began giving lessons by the age of 15. Jake has completed studies in guitar and contemporary classical composition at the University of Melbourne. Jake has years of experience performing in bands in many different genres as a guitarist, bassist and drummer. Jake is both patient and passionate as an educator, and aims to nurture a students own interests while developing practical skills as well as a theoretical understanding of music.  

 

Jake has a diverse taste in music but particularly enjoys African, electronic and experimental music.

Katie Thomas

Bachelor of Music- University of WA

Masters of Education- University of Melbourne 

 

 

Katie Thomas is a Melbourne-based classical percussionist and tutor. After finishing her Bachelor of Music from the University of Western Australia in 2015, she has gone on to tour and perform internationally and nationally with many WA and Victorian orchestras. In 2016 Katie toured as Principal Percussionist of the West Australian Youth Orchestra to Singapore and Japan. Also in 2016 she toured with the Australian Youth Orchestra around Netherlands, Germany and China, finishing the Australian leg of the tour in the Sydney Opera House. Katie has recently completed her postgraduate studies in Education from the University of Melbourne.

Frank Zhang

Growing up in New Zealand, Frank started learning the piano when he was eight years old. He received formal classical piano training as well as music theory from his former teacher Jennifer Scarlet. He achieved grade eight piano performance with distinction and started teaching piano while in high school. He has a wealth of experience working with children as well as adult students, giving fun and engaging lessons.

 

Frank has performed in numerous musicals as the leading pianist, he is engaged in various stage productions at Melbourne University. He also performs in solo recitals with a particular specialty for the music of F. Chopin. He is comfortable at applying his virtuosic skill to all types of music genres.

 

Frank is currently studying a Masters of Physics degree at the University of Melbourne and he wishes to spread his passion for music to his students.

Nathan

Camilleri

Bachelor of Music- University of Melbourne

 

 

As a professional classical vocalist Nathan has worked with Opera Australia, Victorian Opera and Gondwana Choirs. Nathan has completed a Bachelor of Music at the University of Melbourne and received above 90 for all three recital examinations.

 

Nathan also performs in numerous jazz, funk and Italian folk groups around Melbourne and interstate. Informed by one of Australia's leading singing and teaching pedagogues, Nathan incorporates body awareness practices to facilitate an anatomical and physiological understanding of the human voice.

 

Nathan’s warm, approachable nature helps him to connect with students and to deliver information in a way that is easily accessible both for beginners as well as more advanced singers.

Evan Sillence

Ad Dip of Music Performance - NMIT

Masters of Music Therapy - University of Melbourne 

 

Evan has been playing guitar since 2003 and teaching since 2011.
He completed an Advanced Diploma of Music Performance (Jazz and Contemporary) at NMIT in 2010, a Bachelor of Music at Victoria University in 2017 and is currently undergoing a Masters in Music Therapy at The University of Melbourne.

Over this time, he has performed and taught a variety of styles including Jazz, Rock, Country, Folk, Pop, Classical, Punk, Heavy Metal, Funk and Blues.
Evan has had a variety of teaching experience on guitar, bass, ukulele, mandolin, drums and songwriting to an age range of 4-74 and everything in between.

His philosophy is to encourage a student's motivation to practice by developing each lesson plan based on the student's individual musical passion.

 

Professional Music Lessons in Melbourne's Inner West

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