Our Music Composition Teachers
Mitchell teaches beginner to advanced piano in both jazz and contemporary styles, while he studies for his BMus in Music Performance at Monash University.
His piano teaching is greatly influenced by the modern Russian technique which combines an in-depth focus on technique, in conjunction to focused listening and connectedness to the space.
Mitchel likes to work on learning the fundamentals of reading and playing music but also letting his students be creative through improvisation and composition to reinforce musical concepts. Mitchell has been teaching for over 5 years and has been playing music in a variety of different settings.
Mitchell teaches for leisure as well as for AMEB grading including Classical Piano and Rockschool and the other popular syllabuses such as ABRSM.
Zachary is currently studying jazz, majoring in vocal performance at Monash University.
He previously studied piano performance at The University of Melbourne at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (2012). He also has a TAFE diploma in popular music performance (2008).
Zachary is the pianist & singer at Christ Church St Kilda. He previously performed regularly as pianist & singer on the Bourke Street Mall, where only the most experienced and professional buskers may perform.
Zachary teaches many styles of piano,
here are some videos of Zachary performing at the piano:
- Beethoven (1): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1movgEt4Pg8
- Beethoven (2): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pLZZis8KWA
- Chopin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2G27dikoHs
- Debussy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yONnGUPI_0o
- J.S. Bach: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-MMS2BqOA8
Zachary's specialization and biggest passion is popular music, jazz, R&B, and gospel music.
Here he plays & sings a jazz standard: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0t3Hf5pVxV4 Here he plays and sings a gospel song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_jZS4PYX-g Zachary is passionate about researching the best methods of music education. His innovative keyboard teaching method emphasizes the importance of learning by ear and improvisation. He follows a whole-parts-whole approach where the student chooses their personal favorite songs then they follow this process:
- Whole: Zac teaches the whole song, by rote and by ear.
- Parts: They analyze the song, identify all the parts - the rhythm patterns, tonal patterns, and chord progressions.
- Whole: They master the parts by improvising with them and creating new songs & compositions. This is the new whole.
There are many benefits to this - students tend to enjoy the lessons much more. Scales, chords, and music theory becomes interesting & makes more sense, because it is directly related to the songs. The student develops a feeling of ownership and pride in the music they create. Through learning by ear, improvising and composing, students learn in a similar way to Mozart, Beethoven, J.S. Bach, Du
Ellington, Stevie Wonder and Elton John. All these great musicians were composers or songwriters who played piano. Zachary is also a highly experienced vocal coach and can teach singing & piano together.
So, if you'd love to focus on pop music, R&B, or jazz & be able to listen and learn your favorite songs by ear & easily improvise and compose new music, Zachary is the perfect teacher for you.
With Zachary you will begin a music journey lesson full of fun and creativity no matter if you are learning for leisure or for AMEB exams.
Significantly improved sense of rhythm
We provide preparation for AMEB, ABRSM, VCE and other examinations.
We organize student's performances several times a year.
We can book music lessons for all of your children at the same day and time. All lessons take place at our studio.
We can sell and hire music instruments and books for you from our studio.
Discounts are available for families with multiple children enrolled, as well as for multiple lessons booked in a week.