Our Music Composition Teachers
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.
- Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. The NSW Tafe
- Bachelor in Contemporary Music. The Southern Cross University
- Graduate Diploma in Education (Instrumental/Classroom Music. The University of Melbourne
- Diploma in Jazz/Popular Performance. The Gordon Tafe
Grant Smith has been actively teaching music professionally for over 15 years both as a qualified Instrumental and Classroom Teacher including Primary/Secondary year levels. Throughout his teaching career Grant has taught a vast range of contemporary musical instruments including Guitar, Bass, Keyboard, Drums, Ukulele and world instruments such as the Traditional Gamelan Ensemble. In 2014 Grant moved overseas to teach music at The Australian International School Malaysia (AISM) and was also part of the founding team to establish a new international campus at The Peninsula International School Australia (PISA) where he taught all music subjects from Foundation to VCE levels.
Before moving overseas in 2014 Grant was an active instrumental teacher/classroom music teacher based in Victoria and a seasoned professional musician performing regularly in Rock, Jazz and Blues bands releasing professional studio recordings and film clips. His main area of expertise is in contemporary music such as Rock, Jazz, Soul and Blues. Grant's own musical influences include Jeff Beck ( Guitar ), Marcus Miller ( Bass ), Miles Davis ( Jazz ), Steve Gadd ( Drums ), Bill Evans ( Jazz ), Eric Clapton plus film composer's Jerry Goldsmith ( Gremlins ), James Horner ( Titanic ) and John Williams ( Star Wars ). He also loves Jazz Big Band and Electronic Music.
Grant believes that 'Learning an instrument should be fun, challenging and rewarding' As a beginner/intermediate musician it is vital to learn the music you love and that inspires you to develop your skills and knowledge. Having a genuine and authentic grounding in the initial learning stages can assist in developing your own voice, tone and expression on your chosen instrument.
Music lessons with Grant is 100% student focused and includes:
- Learning your favourite songs/music in a very relaxed and professional setting.
- Techniques and Technical work such as Fingerstyle and Scale/Chord work relating to your instrument.
- Improvisation techniques such as exploring the sounds of an instrument, creating music based on a key and/or over a set chord progression, imitating what you hear, playing along with backing tracks, learning musical vocabulary via licks, basslines and phrases while developing your own expression and musical ideas.
- Genuine and authentic feedback to increase musicianship levels.
- A personally focused and supportive routine designed to work within a student's own requirements.
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.