Picking up the guitar and starting his first rock band at sixteen, Kera went on to study music, philosophy, and education at the University of Melbourne and Victoria University. Kera has played in rock and jazz bands, created electronic and hip hop music, collaborated with DJs and string quartets, and now leads an electric guitar ensemble. Choosing a favourite guitarist is impossible for Kera, but some of his favourite composers and bands include Igor Stravinsky, Miles Davis, Kraftwerk, Nirvana and Hans Zimmer. Beyond music and philosophy Kera enjoys contemporary art and good coffee.
Roxanne has worked as a pianist in professional musicals such as CATS and Jerry's Girls as well as been part of a number of bands. These days Roxane enjoys teaching music and keeps herself busy playing and directing for community musical theatre. Outside of music, Roxane practices yoga. Currently, Roxane is the accompanist for the Choir of Hard Knocks . Her musical inspirations are Sigur Ros, Avo Part, Diana Krall, Keith Jarrett, Brian Eno, Chopin, Rachmaninov and Beethoven.
James Wilson has been teaching at Learn Music for over 25 years. After completing a Bachelor of Arts at Melbourne University he furthered his passion and completed 3 years of Jazz Studies at the Victorian College of the Arts. He has taught at the VCA and Monash University as well as many ongoing private students. His musical tastes and influences are many and varied and he has been a member of many groups.
Nick Delaney has been playing the electric bass and guitar for 26 years and has been teaching for the last 11. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Music in 1998 from Southern Cross University. He has performed in a vast array of different bands from Blues to Rock to Jazz to Funk. Nick has a deep passion for education and prides himself on his ability to balance fun and discipline during his lessons. Nick has an intuitive understanding of different learning styles and knows how to motivate students in a safe and comfortable environment.
Karen has finished both ABRSM and Trinity piano Grade 8. She is classically trained and a graduate of Middlesex University London with a Master in Music and Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Music. She has also completed her JSAC Yamaha Music Courses. Karen is a dedicated and caring teacher with 15 years experience. She takes each student's individual strength and area of challenges into account to bring out the absolute best in each one of them.
Hiroki is a professional musician active in Melbourne, specialising in the Jazz, pop and contemporary scene on double and electric bass. He is classically trained on piano, attaining an Associate Diploma from AMEB in 2008, and graduated with a Bachelor of Music Performance with High Distinction from Monash University in 2015. Currently undertaking study in Honours in Music Performance at Monash. Career highlights include concerts with Lea Salonga (Philippines/USA, vocalist from Disney's 'Aladdin' and 'Mulan'), Paul Grabowsky (Australia, pianist and composer). Maria Schneider (USA, composer and band leader), Terence Blanchard (USA, trumpeter) and Enrico Rava (Italy, trumpeter). He is able able to teach all styles on piano, double and electric bass.
Marco has been playing drums for 17 years and has done session work with many artists including Harry James (Cat Empire), Daniel Merriweather, and jan Scubiswenski (Jackson Jackson). Marco has toured internationally with artists such as True Live and Raah Project. More recently, Marco works regularly in the corporate music scene for agencies including The White Tree, full Circle, and Baker Boys Band. Marco is inspired by many musicians and his main influences include Chris "Daddy" Dave, Elvin Jones, Tony Williams and George "Spanky" Mcurdy to name a few. Marcos hobbies outside of music include playing and watching soccer, and reading.
Matt is a musician, guitarist/vocalist, teacher, (specialising in jazz) and a music producer. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (contemporary music)Honours Degree, University of Melbourne. Diploma of Music (MWT Institute)
Matt has performed in many bands such as Vince Jones, been the opening act for Oscar Peterson, Joe Pass, Neils-Henning Orsted Pederson and Stevie Wonder. He has ben on National TV as a regular member of Wilber Wildes Blowout. He has played with Paul Grabowsky, David Jones, Marcia Hines and his own Matt Kirsch Trio. He has recorded with Ross Wilson and man other well known names.
He is currently a sessional guitar tutor, assessor for Honours Students final exams and guitar master classes.
Anna did her Bachelors of Music in London at the Royal College of music, studying the piano with John Blakely and Ruth Gerald. She went on to study accompaniment at the Royal Academy of Music, as the recipient of a Winifred Disney Scholarship. She taught the piano at Emanuel School and Eltham College while continuing to perform. A specialist in ABRSM exams, Anna moved to Melbourne in 2008 and commenced teaching at Learn Music in the same year. She has recently returned to Melbourne after period in Princeton in the US, and is delighted to resume her teaching here. As well as continuing her work as an accompanist, Anna is currently pursuing a Masters in musicology at Melbourne University focusing on French music in early twentieth Century England.
Magdalen is a classical pianist with a Bachelor of Music and Diploma of Education from the conservatorium at the University of Melbourne. She specialises in teaching Classical Piano, but encourages branching out to as many styles as possible and covering all aspects of musicality such as theory and aural training. Her musical influences range widely from Beethoven to David Bowie. Aside from teaching, Magdalen has also worked as an accompanist with many solo musicians and chamber ensembles in both Melbourne and Israel, where she lived for a few years.
Eunike (Nikki) underwent her examinations through AMEB and did her Bachelor of Music at University of Melbourne where she graduated in 2014. An active accompanists and multi-faceted performer, Nikki has performed and worked with other musicians at numerous venues for a variety of occasions such as school productions and concerts, weddings and examinations. She is currently pursuing a Master in Teaching (Primary) and hopes to integrate music in all her future classes.
David started his piano lessons in early primary school days and in 2001, he obtained his Advance Diploma from Yamaha Academy of Music Malaysia, followed by BA (Hon) Music Degree from Middlesex University in London. His passion in research methodology and piano performance brought him back to his his alma mater in 2009, where he successfully completed his Master Degree 2 years later. As a piano tutor for 15 years, he believes music nurtures and moulds good personality, apart from acquiring skills in musicianship that last a lifetime.