Sabrina's teaching style is warm, nurturing, effective, fun and inspiring, all with a solid technical basis behind it. She has been teaching students for over ten years, helping them establish their music careers and preparing them for exams, performances, competitions, auditions and VCE preparation. She has also taught many business people the important of projection and good vocal health for giving speeches and presentations.
Having worked with various opera companies throughout Melbourne and Adelaide and she has also won numerous competitions and eisteddfods. She has been the recipient of many scholarships and young artists programs including the Doctor Ruby Davey Scholarship and one of the 3MBS Armstead Singing Award Finalists. In 2014 Sabrina travelled to Europe to attend the Trentino Music Mezzano Romantica Italy under the baton of Maestro David Jackson and undertook master classes with Renata Scotto, furthering her music education and skill.
Sabrina continues to perform regularly, whilst perfecting her teaching skill because she believes it it important to be a teacher who has performed on a professional level in order to express to her students the necessary demands of public performance and preparation. 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 again 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.
Viva School of Music Director - singing/piano/songwriting/theory/VCE
Andreana is a Macedonian pianist, singer, composer, band leader and ensemble conductor whom we are lucky to have now living permanently in Melbourne.
After completing her Bachelor of Music in Classical Piano Andreana decided to explore her love of Jazz and further completed another Bachelor of Music, but this time in Jazz Studies.
Her music style is a mix of classical and jazz influences and she is in a unique position to teach students up to a very high level in both genres.
Andreana is also a very active performer and regularly performs with her Jazz duo and trio around Victoria. Some notable festivals she has performed at over the years have been, the Castlemaine Jazz Festival, Devonport Jazz Festival, Port Fairy Music Festival, Ballarat Jazz Series, and her band is a regular fixture at the Wine and Cheese Festival Melbourne.
Andreana has undertaken master classes with some prolific musician, including John Scofield, Gregory Porter, Diane Reeves, Bill Frisel and Dave Frank. Through these classes she was able to enhance her musical knowledge and she uses this knowledge to further enrich her teaching methodology.
Andreana teaching style is very energetic and warm. She has a big personality and is highly motivated to help her students achieve the best they can by seeking modern methodologies to enhance her teaching strategies. Her commitment and care for students is unquestionable and she believes that ambition and passion hold the key to helping her nurture creative musicians.
jazz & classical piano/jazz singing/improvisation
ANDREANA J. MINOVA
Tom has a Bachelor of Music Performance (Degree with Honours) from the University of Melbourne/VCA. He has taught in a wide variety of schools, including Mac.Robertson Girls High School and private music institutions from beginner to VCE level, taking students in classical guitar, contemporary, jazz and improvisation on both electric and acoustic guitar. Tom’s love of music and open mind philosophy is something he seeks to instil in all of his students. His lessons are tailored to the individual student with each having a consistent plan including instrumental technique and repertoire. 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 song writer, he is involved in a jazz trio which 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. Creating a positive learning environment and creating keen, excited students is key to seeing continued growth and development. Tom's energy and enthusiasm for music is infectious, get too close and you will catch his vibe for the love of all things guitar and music.
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 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 university level or have become piano teachers themselves, displaying Elize’s enthusiasm of 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 is 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.
classical and contemporary piano/vce music/theory/classical Voice
Rada Tochalna was born in Sevastopol where she began her musical career as a pianist. Rada graduated with Honours from the Music Academy in Lviv (Ukraine). Then she undertook her Master degree of Arts in Music Performance at the Zurich University of the Arts, where she received honours. Recently Rada finalised her third Masters at the Melbourne University specialising in Performance Teaching.
She has been teaching music and performance for 10 years throughout Ukraine, Switzerland and Australia and has studied numerous methods of vocal and performance pedagogy.
For over 6 years she has been teaching voice, piano and junior choirs in Melbourne.
Through this time Rada has successfully led school choirs, which were actively participating in local festivals and competitions. She has also taught at a number of primary and secondary schools across Melbourne is currently the Contemporary Voice Teacher and Junior Choir Music Director at the Balcombe Grammar School as well as being a fabulous addition to the VIVA MUSIC teaching staff.
Rads’s career as a performer has been extensive and she has won many accolades as both an operatic and contemporary singer as well as skilled pianist. She recently participated as a one of the 100 Judges for the new reality show “All Together Now” which aired on Channel 7. Rada’s teaching style is calm and supportive and besides being an amazing vocalist and pianist, she is a generous accompanist often playing for her students during examinations, concerts and competitions. Rada is a well rounded performer and teacher and her ability to calmly motivate and encourage students is infectious.
Roxanne is an exceptionally experienced and proficient, specialist pianist and piano teacher. She has a Degree in Music Education from Melbourne University, and an AMUS in classical piano. Her approach to teaching is friendly, positive and inspiring and she works with the individual style and personality of the student in order to help them achieve the best they can from their music lessons.
Not only is Roxanne a talented pianist she is also an accomplished accompanist and choir conductor and has worked with the Australian Youth Choir, Sing Out Surrey Hills Community Singing Group and the Choir of Hard Knocks. She has also worked professionally in musical theatre and operetta as the lead pianist. Roxanne has helped many students achieve high results through examinations in AMEB, ABRSM, ANZCA & Trinity College as well as concerts, auditions and competitors. Another one of her many talents is yoga nidree and meditation , and Roxanne is our Music Mediation guru. If you are after a teacher who pushes you to achieve your best, all while keeping you motived and encouraged, then Roxanne is the teacher for you.
Michael has extensive experience, of over 20 years in teaching both Classroom and Instrumental Music (Percussion/drums). He has a Bachelor of Music (Victorian College of Arts) and Diploma of Education (Monash University). Micheal is a professional, highly skilled & competent teacher of both Classroom and Percussion/drum kit at all levels and ages.
Over the past 20 years Michael has been performing in numerous bands including Jazz, funk, Rock and Corporate bands and he brings this experience to his teaching.
Michael has a strong passion for African/Latin American drumming and has taught this as an ensemble for students participating in Percussion/drum kit lessons.
Michaels teaching style is warm, friendly and lots of infectious fun, so if you are a rhythm junkie and want to become highly experienced beat maker, then Michael has the expertise and knowledge to transform you into a rock god or jazz guru.
Diana’s experience within the performing arts industry is extensive as both performer and educator. She has a Bachelor of Arts Drama Honours and a Graduate Diploma of Opera from the VCA as well as Grade 6 Piano grading from Trinity College and a Diploma of Education from Latrobe University. She has run her own sideline business "Very Funny Parties" for 15 years and particularly enjoys teaching primary aged children. Diana has taught music privately for over 20 years in a variety of settings, including HeartWell Primary School, at Cary Grammar and Camberwell Grammar school. Her teaching style is warm and nurturing, encouraging maximum potential in all students and enhancing their self-esteem and confidence. Her lessons are all designed to tailor to individual students needs. Her other experience includes working within the theatre and film industry, where she has worked with director Baz Luhrmann, Michael Kantor, and within Opera Australia, therefore if you are interested in acting lessons then Diana is also your women for all things dramatic and performing.
Kimberley Chen is a multi-talented pianist and teacher. She studied at the University of Sydney – gaining two degrees: a Master of Music from Sydney Conservatorium, a Bachelor of Science majoring in Medicinal Chemistry.
During her studies, Kimberley performed with the Sydney Conservatorium Orchestra, was a finalist in Sydney Eisteddfod Kawaii Piano Competition in 2014 and a finalist in the St. George Instrumental Eisteddfod in 2015. She performed in numerous concerts both solo and with ensembles. Kimberley was also on staff at the Conservatorium teaching private lessons to children and young adults pursuing AMEB examinations under the Play at the Con program.
After graduation, Kimberley was relocated to Shanghai and Taiwan where she conducted solo concerts, taught in educational institutions and studios as an instrumental teacher in piano performance and accompanist.
Kimberley started learning the piano at the age of five. At age 11 after completion of her recital debut, She won 1St place in the Baroque National Music Competition and the Prague National Piano Competition. In the following year, she won 1st place in Seidof & Sons International Piano Competition, 1st Place in Asian Pacific Cup International Piano Competition and 1st Place in Bohemia City Cup International Piano Competition 2005.
Kimberley is currently completing her second Master’s degree in Performance Teaching at the University of Melbourne. Having a passion for music and a solid background in music technique and performance, Kimberley is deeply interested in using musical techniques to foster intellectual development in children and adults. Kimberley believes music has the power to develop problem solving ability and foster mental and emotional awareness, as well as physical facility. We feel excited to have a teacher at Viva with warm personable mastery of the piano, who can in turn impart her sound musical knowledge with warmth and strategy to an array of students at differing levels.