VIVA TEACHERS

A singing, piano, recorder teacher and performer, teaching from beginner to intermediate, from ages 4 and up!

Originally from Adelaide, Sabrina moved to Melbourne to pursue her opera, performance studies and career.  She holds a Bachelor of Music Performance Honors from the Victorian College of the Arts and a Masters of Music Performance Studies from Melbourne University.   Sabrina has written a thesis called 'Eastern and Western Methodologies: Application to the Vocalist' and undertaken a study of the Estill Vocal Science International training.

Sabrina's teaching style is warm, nurturing, effective, fun and inspiring, all with a solid technical basis behind it. 

Having worked with various opera companies throughout Melbourne and Adelaide and she has also won numerous competitions and eisteddfods. 

It is never a good idea to have a teacher who has never performed on a professional or semi-professional level as they cannot understand the demands of public performance and preparation, that is why Sabrina continues to perform regularly, whilst perfecting her teaching skill. In 2015 and 2016 Sabrina performed the following roles, Valerie, in The Merry Window, Patience in Patience, Mabel in Pirates of Penzance and debuted with Lyric Opera of Melbourne as L'Amour in Pygmalion and also toured china in the Magic Flute with The International Opera Company. In 2018 she performed at Chapel off Chapel with Lyric Opera of Melbourne in their production of Le Mamelles de Tirésias and sang for the 3MBS open day live on air. 

SABRINA 

singing/piano/theory/recorder/VCE

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Tom has a Bachelor of Music Performance (Degree with Honours) from the University of Melbourne/VCA. He has been teaching students for many years from beginner to VCE level. He has taught students at the highly acclaimed Mac. Robertson Girls High School, taking students in classical guitar and also in several after school programs teaching both contemporary, jazz and improvisation on both electric and acoustic guitar. Tom’s lessons are tailored to the individual student, with each having a consistent plan including instrumental technique and repertoire and a dose of fun. He enjoys helping students express their creativity by giving them exercises to help refine their technique and encouraging them to explore repertoire that inspires them.

Tom is also a working musician and songwriter. He is involved in a jazz trio that has recently released an EP of original works and he plays weekly at Brunswick Green on Sydney Road. Tom’s main focus as a teacher is to help students develop a relationship with their instrument, where they are inspired to practice and be creative.

TOM  

guitar/jazz improvisation

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Belinda is an actor/singer, composer and piano performing arts teacher. She is a graduate of NIDA (DMT) and of America’s Musical Theatre Conservatory CAP21, NYC where she completed their Professional Musical Theatre Program.

 

Belinda has been teaching piano, singing, musical theatre, acting for stage and screen and songwriting to all ages throughout Melbourne and Sydney for over ten years.

 

Belinda’s composition and writing credits include several cabarets; Practically Perfect, Kid, and the comedy trio Stacey and Co. Musical collaborations with William Hannagan include the song cycle Until Tomorrow and musical HouseWarming. HouseWarming was presented at The New York Musical Theatre Festival at Theatre Row 42​ Street with the support of Creative Victoria.

 

Some of her performing credits include Jade, for Nine Network’s new television comedy, Eleanor, Summer Heights High (ABC), Magnormos’ Anyone Can Whistle, HouseWarming, Until Tomorrow, Prick the Musical at the Athenaeum Theatre, Motor-Mouth Loves Suck Face, Gilligan’s Island the Musical, Chronic at LaMama, Goose in Top Gun the Musical, and most recently the role of Phoebe in the Australian Tour of Friends the Musical Parody.

Belinda is super passionate about the performing arts
and helping students gain confidence in expressing themselves through their creativity while improving their skills. She is a warm, friendly and professional teacher, who cares deeply about each student's musical progress. 

BELINDA  

piano/singing/musical theatre/songwriting

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Michael has extensive experience of over 20 years teaching both Classroom and Instrumental Music (Percussion/drums). 

He has a Bachelor of Music from the Victorian College of Arts and a Diploma of Education from Monash University.

Michael has been performing in numerous bands for many years including Jazz, Funk, Rock and Corporate bands and brings this experience to his teaching.

He has a strong passion for African/Latin American drumming and has taught this as an ensemble for students participating in Percussion/drum kit lessons. 

He takes beginner guitar and piano students and also rhythm/aural classes at Viva. 

Michael teaches students of all ages and can prepare them for AMEB, Rockschool and Scholarship Exams. He is a highly-skilled, warm, caring teacher, who makes every lesson fun while getting the best out of his students.

MICHAEL  

drums/guitar

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Andreana comes from a very musical family. Her father and mother are both well-known jazz musicians in Macedonia. Andreana however decided to branch into classical music and completed a Bachelor of Music Performance in Classical Piano, before deciding to jump on the family bandwagon and complete a Diploma in Jazz Studies on also on Piano.

Andreana has taught for over 9yrs and is also an accomplished classical and jazz performer.

She is a pianist, a vocalist and also a composer. Andreana performs regularly throughout Melbourne as part of a duo and trio, performing at local jazz festivals and clubs.

She has taken students throughout the AMEB process of ‘for leisure’, ‘classical’ and ‘rock school’ and has also conducted big bands and school ensembles.  

Andreana is very warm and friendly and has quite a big personality, her care and concern for getting the best out of each student have made her a very popular teacher at Viva. 

ANDREANA  

piano/singing/jazz improvisation/composition

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Elize is a piano, classroom music and voice teacher who moved to Australia in 2001. She holds a Bachelor of Education, a Bachelor of Honours in Music and a Masters of Musicology from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Elize studied piano with a student of the great Claudio Arrau and has also had extensive training in teaching young children according to the methods of Orff and Kodaly. She has more than 20 years of experience in teaching Junior Classroom Music and Choirs, both in South Africa and Australia. One of the joys of her teaching career has been to see and hear the change in her advanced piano students when they begin to master the technique of producing a beautiful tone by achieving freedom in the arms and body. Elize feels lucky to have been both Classroom Music Specialist and Piano Teacher in Junior schools, allowing her to develop an integrated program of musicianship and instrumental skills in her students. She has also spent half her career teaching both Classroom Music and Private Piano at VCE level in respected senior schools throughout Victoria, only having retired from Mater Christi College, Belgrave and Tintern and Mater Christi College at the end of 2019. Many of her students have gone on to study music at the university level or have become piano teachers themselves, displaying Elize’s enthusiasm for music to be very infectious. Elize is also a trained mezzo-soprano. She has performed solo and regularly performs with choirs throughout Melbourne, including Hamer Singers and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus. Elize’s exceptional musical knowledge and teaching experience are guaranteed to fit perfectly with the warmth and enthusiasm Viva Music students have come to expect from their talented teachers and we feel very privileged to have such an exceptionally knowledgeable teacher join the Viva community.

ELIZE  

piano/singing/VCE/theory (online only)

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Ryley is an experienced, and professional musician with a passion for educating eager students in the art of piano, theory, and composition.  

 

He graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music majoring in Jazz Piano and was the ecipient of the 2020 Monash University Jazz and Improvisation Prize for a piece he composed, titled "A Dystopian Tale

Ryley has been taught by some of the world's finest musicians including Barney McAll, Emmet Cohen, Alan Broadbent, Steve Sedergreen while also studying short-term at New York University.

Ryley believes that music education aids in the development of students in more ways than one.  He believes it contributes to helping students establish a healthy work ethic, a determination to succeed while also nurturing their inherent creative side.

When working with students, Ryley focuses on developing correct technique and musicality, while also aiming to inspire confidence and a love for music in general. He is particularly passionate about songwriting and composition and allowing his students to creatively express themselves.

Ryley's enthusiasm for all things piano is infectious. If you are after a teacher who is inspiring and warm, with lots of energy then Ryley is the educator for you. 

RYLEY  

piano/jazz improvisation/composition/VCE

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Eudora is a pianist, violinist, conductor, and music researcher.

She studied both Music and Psychology at the University of Melbourne and graduated with honours in Music. Eudora also has a Master of Music Conducting and a Master of Music Research. A recipient of the piano F.W. Homewood Memorial Scholarship in 2009, Eudora’s Master’s research examined “Motivational Forces that Influence the Career Aspirations of Undergraduate Music Majors”. Consequently intrigued by how passion develops, Eudora pursued a PhD in 2014 with funding from the Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship. Her PhD evaluated the roles of “Passion, Identity, and the Model of Goal-Directed Behaviour in a Classical Music Context”.

Eudora has taught violin and piano to a variety of students in Australia, Asia and Europe. She enjoys accompanying musicians and teaching a variety of musical styles to all students. If you are looking for a solid musical technic, coupled with sound musicianship skills, then Eudora is the perfect teacher for you. 

EUDORA  

piano/violin/theory

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