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.
Riccardo Barone is a multi-instrumental teacher and a conductor, have obtained his qualification from Conservatorio San Pietro a Majella in Naples, Italy.
He has Bachelor of Music in Piano, Master of Music in Composition, Master Degree in Conducting. Riccardo teaches Piano, Vocal, Guitar, Drums, and Composition at an advanced level.
Riccardo in opinion that teaching children and adults music requires love and passion for providing students’ knowledge and culture in order to create good citizens and to inspire future generations. During his passionate studies at the Conservatorio San Pietro a Majella in Naples, Italy with Masters of Music teachers he developed his own musical language.
Ricardo more and more fulfilled by his student’s achievements.
During his teaching experience Riccardo witnessed different scenarios.
During his Piano Teaching job at the Civic School of Music Raimondo Sorrentino in Acerra he worked with disadvantaged teenagers offering them the gift of free piano lessons due to their poverty. Ricardo received personal phone calls from the Reverend of the Cathedral of Acerra with the most grateful feedback. In the Adelaide, where Riccardo lives and works now he has the joy of contributing to many private students studies. One of his students Ahilan Anandasivam who is now successfully studying in Germany at the Berlin Conservatory use to learn Composition, Harmony and Counterpoint with with Riccardo.
Riccardo’s composition "Evasione IV per sax contralto ed organo" has been awarded by the "Antonio Manoni International Composition Competition" with Ist prize and a publication by Berben Editions.
Riccardo can teach many subjects: piano, music theory, composition, choral music. He also have a good basic knowledge of drums and guitar.
He is currently active as a concert pianist and a composer.
Riccardo wrote a music method which will allow his students to learn together as a band 4 different instruments, progressing time after time in social skills as well as in music knowledge.
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
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.
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.
- Helps to understand the underlying musical theory behind songs
- Develop mastery of song structures and forms
- Assists in developing abstract thought abilities
- Gain the skill to fully creatively express yourself through song creation
- Have the satisfaction that comes with the creation of beautiful music
- Improve your instrumental playing through specialised knowledge
- Gain a deeper appreciation for music in general