Our Clarinet Teachers
Woodwind Teacher (saxophone, clarinet, flute, recorder, trumpet and music theory).
Samuel has an extensive experience in teaching music both in Australia and overseas. He worked at St Michael’s Grammar School in Melbourne as a Music Teacher (clarinet and saxophone) for 10 years. In addition to teaching, he was responsible for conducting the Junior School Wind Ensemble and the Senior School Wind Band, as well as several other wind groups.
His credentials extend to a Bachelor’s degree in music (education, conducting, solo performance) and he is a VIT Registered teacher. Samuel has knowledge in teaching AMEB and has competency to teach VCE music.
Throughout his teaching career he has directed a number of ensembles, such as concert bands, saxophone ensemble, clarinet ensemble, flute ensemble and mixed ensembles.
Denis is an experienced musician and teacher. He has completed Maimononide's classical academy (Moscow), Music production and music management courses, "Kulcha Fremantle"(Fremantle, Western Australia). Having performed internationally (Germany, Japan, Norway) and nationally ("Kulcha on Swan" festival Midland, Western Australia) and having had students from different countries and backgrounds (International school 2012 - 2015) he has settled in Melbourne with focus on teaching and composing.
His way of teaching combines elements of classical, jazz and modern music – he believes that being based on these three will most fully reveal the picture and sense of music for a student. His method is based on personal approach to every student – he believes that every student is unique therefore there's no general method to be applied for all students. Only with careful consideration he finds the way to teach in every case.
The instruments he's teaching are guitar, saxophone, piano, clarinet, recorder and music theory/aural training. He's also specially focusing on band practising that he believes is one of the most important things in music. Group/band practisimg allows a student to progress not only in music but in social aspect.
In terms of band practising he also leads vocal and drums parts of the band. Drums styles for the band are bossanova, swing, funk, rock and pop music
Having prepared students for ABRSM he will also prepare those who aim for AMEB exams - full support is provided.
Casey’s Teaching Approach
Having taught music to hundreds of people of all ages over 35 years Casey has developed an approach that is inspiring and productive for all of his students. Casey adapts to a student’s ability, experience and interest.
The Fundamentals – All Levels
- Develop a love and passion for your preferred music
- The importance of listening.
- Producing a good tone.
- Developing fluent technique.
- Developing a strong sense of pulse.
- Achieving performance standard on all pieces, this goes for all levels including beginners
- Understanding the language of music.
- Setting goals – exams, assessments and performances.
- Learning how to practice efficiently.
- Setting up your instrument
- How to hold you instrument
- Producing a tone – correct embouchure
- Start with lesson 1 in you book
- Learn your first five notes
- Pieces & Repertoire
- Sight Reading
- Scales & Arpeggios – major & minor
- Articulation and technique
- Exam Preparation
- Aural practice
- Tunes & Repertoire – memorizing
- Scales – Major, Minor, Pentatonic, Modes, Diminished
- Transcribing – by ear
- Patterns & Licks
Intermediate & AdvancedClassical
Jazz and Contemporary
Casey studied at The Sydney Conservatorium of Music under the great Don Burrows AO MBE. He graduated in Jazz Studies in 1985. From 1985 to 2004 Casey worked full time in Sydney’s Musical Theatre, on shows such as Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Les Miserables, Chicago and many others. Having emigrated to the UK in 2004 Casey has been constantly busy, performing as a Jazz soloist in and around Shropshire, Wales, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, London and pretty much the length & breadth of the UK. Casey also runs a variety of bands, from Straight Ahead Jazz, Latin, Be Bop.. to Funk.
"Our daughter Eleanor has been studying the flute with Casey for about three years now and the improvement in her playing has been wonderful. Casey’s patience and attention (which he has in abundance) have paid dividends – even down to the amount of the practice she does. She used to consider practicing a chore but not since Casey began tutoring her she now practices willingly and happily – no more threats required from me! Not only does Casey teach the child to play the instrument of their choice he also teaches them to love the music itself and the fact that they are enjoying what they are doing in itself improves their playing."
Alan Thomas - UK
"I badly needed a flute lesson and who better than Casey. I tracked him down, set up a Zoom connection and hey presto. He's great - detailed, an accomplished musician, never lets you off the hook and is full of ideas to keep you refreshed and inspired to keep playing, even on those days when your brain and fingers aren't working at the same speed!”
Helen Hemberg, Flute - Stockholm
“I recently took my grade 8 exam, and received the result yesterday (135/150, so a distinction!). I just wanted to write to tell you, and to say thank you for giving me so much help with my pieces and scales. Thank you once again for being such a fantastic teacher for the last 5 years.”
Amy Fry 14 years old, Flute. UK
"…I wish I had discovered Casey years ago. I’ve been struggling on my own for ages, but in the first lesson, he gave some purpose & direction to my practising…"
Danny Jones- Trombone . UK
"Having always wanted to play Saxophone I thought I’d left it too late in life to learn but having found Casey with his great teaching skills and patience, he is helping me achieve my ambition."
Roger Banks – Alto Saxophone .UK
"Casey is a versatile musician with a breadth of knowledge and experience. As a teacher he imparts his knowledge with appropriate pace and sensitivity to his students needs and ability level. Casey’s relaxed manner, obvious love of his subject and no-nonsense approach, allows his students to make progress quickly towards their goals."
Stuart Thomas – Electric Guitar, UK
- Loreto Convent –Sydney, Australia – 1985 to 1991
- Ravenswood Girls High School –Sydney, Australia – 1997 to 1999
- St Ignatious College – Sydney, Australia – 1999 to 2002
- Our Lady Of The Sacred Heart – Sydney, Australia – 2002 to 2004
- Penrith Conservatorium of Music – Sydney , Australia -2002 to 2004
- Shrewsbury School – United Kingdom – 2004 to 2006
- Shrewsbury High School - United Kingdom – 2004 to 2011
- Prestfelde School - United Kingdom – 2004 to 2007
- Bedstone College - United Kingdom – 2007 to 2011
- Llanfair Caereinion High School – Wales – 2007 to 2011
- Nottingham Trent University – 2014 to 2017
- Private one on one lessons – 2004 to 2020
- Improved control of breathing and general airway function
- Improved posture
- Strengthened core muscles
- Improvements in hand-eye coordination
- Develop confidence and calmness under pressure
- Cognitive and critical-thinking ability improvements
- Stress relief
- You look really cool!