Our Ukulele Teachers
Stewart has been playing guitar for 15 years and has a range of experience playing different styles in different bands. He is currently studying a Bachelor's degree in music performance at Boxhill Tafe. Stewart's primary goal as a teacher, is to get his students motivated to play, and he encourages them to take an active role in directing their learning. He likes to get new students to play some simple songs before diving into the more technical aspects of the instrument. He enjoys teaching people at any level on their journey with their instrument.
Zachary Lazarevski ( teaches online only )
Zachary is a multi-instrumentalist who teaches ukulele, guitar, singing, piano and percussion. He teaches all styles, including popular music, folk songs, children's songs, jazz and classical.
Zachary performs music at Christ Church St Kilda. He previously performed regularly on the Bourke Street Mall, where only the most experienced and professional buskers may perform.
Zachary is currently studying jazz performance at Monash University. He previously studied classical music at The University of Melbourne at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (2012). He also has a TAFE diploma in popular music performance (2008). Here is a video of Zac playing a baritone ukulele & singing a duet: https://youtu.be/iDKUEaXoG4
Zachary can help students achieve excellent results in the new AMEB Rock School Ukulele popular music exams that are recognised internationally! Zachary is a music education author who wrote the highly rated book "How To Sing Any Song - 14 Secret Vocal Hacks". Click this link to read the book:https://www.amazon.com.au/How-Sing-Any-Song-Practical-ebook/dp/B07NSYPMFT
Zachary is passionate about researching the learning methods of the greatest musicians of all time such as J.S. Bach, Mozart, Miles Davis & Stevie Wonder. He has discovered that all these great musicians learned music like a language - they listened and imitated, learned music by ear, improvised, and composed. Zachary helps you learn music like a language - A typical lesson plan is as follows:
- Student chooses one of their favorite song
- Zac teaches the whole song, by rote and by ear
- Zac teaches how to identify & perform the parts of the song - the rhythm patterns, tonal patterns, and chord patterns.
- Zac teaches how to master the rhythm, tonal and chord patterns in a fun way by improvising and creating simple songs or compositions with them!
- Through these little music composition exercises, students gain a deep understanding of music theory & reading & writing music notation.
- Zac is also a highly experienced vocal coach & can teach singing & ukulele together! So, if you'd love to be able to play many musical styles, & be excellent at singing & playing ukulele, learning songs by ear, improvising & songwriting, Zachary is the perfect teacher for you!
Andy Cotter is a professional guitarist with over thirty years of teaching experience. He completed high school with a grade 8 in classical guitar and then went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Music from Latrobe University in 1991. Andy has experience teaching a wide variety of guitar and bass styles, including Classical, Jazz, Rock and Pop. He has performed and collaborated with some of Australia's best know musicians, including Scott Carne from Kids in the Kitchen and Adam Thompson from Chocolate Starfish. Andy continues to perform regularly in private school musicals throughout the city.
Andy employs the following teaching strategies.
- Beginner students are encouraged to explore various genres of music to establish a favourite player or style.
- Some technical facility is established before students learn to read music.
- Young beginners are taught with a classical, fingerstyle method.
- An emphasis on developing rhythmic skills, particularly when playing contemporary music.
- Andy encourages students to take AMEB and Rockschool exams.
Andy enjoys a great rapport with his students and is passionate about passing on his lifelong love of a wide array of musical styles, to them.
Liam Bradford is a fun and friendly guitarist with nearly ten years experience, and a Bachelor of Applied Music (Performance) through Box Hill Institute. Starting his musical journey at 14, Liam immediately found himself swayed with passion for the instrument, having not put his guitar down since. That passion has led him to developing a taste for a multitude of genres, varying from rock and metal, through to the blues, jazz and, even pop!
He boasts a wide stretch of musical endeavours. Liam made his start in supporting local-bands, before studying at Box Hill Institute, where he was a part of the afrobeat and soul lab ensembles there. Nowadays, Liam works with the Adrenaline Music Group, where he composes entrance music for local professional wrestlers.
Everything he does comes with passion, and he brings that vibrancy with him to his teaching.
Liam's classes include teaching both the method and the theory, assuring that his students can leave the class with a good grasp on how to read sheet music too. He's a very dedicated educator, assuring that each lesson is curated specifically for his students' needs. As each class is curated around fun, Liam takes a more personal approach, taking onboard their interests to deliver a class that is both a lesson and an experience. He strives to make sure his students leave class feeling rewarded.
To him, music is joy - and he wants to teach that and encourage it in his students.
- Develop finger precision, coordination and dexterity
- Trains focus and musical knowledge
- Provides an opportunity to relax through a creative outlet
- The portability of the instrument means instant fun!
- Develops a keen sense of rhythm and beat
- Improves cognitive processing speed and clarity
- Every practice session is like a trip to a tropical beach!