VIVA TEACHERS

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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 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. In 2019 he taught at Mac.Robertson Girls High School, taking students in classical guitar and also in several after school program 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. 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.

TOM  

guitar/ukulele/piano

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Brigid is an experienced piano, singing, ukulele, theory and guitar instructor who has a Bachelor of Arts/Music through the Australian College of the Arts. Her dedication to educating the next generation of musicians is evident through her current pursuit to complete her Masters of Education at Deakin University.

As a multi-instrumentalist, Brigid is not only a proficient educator but also a skilled songwriter and composer who completed an internship with the Nashville's Songwriters Association throughout 2017/18.  Through this internship, she had the opportunity to collaborate with many highly reputable musicians, all while learning how to transfer the creative skill of songwriting to her students. As an avid musician and performer, Brigid is releasing an album of folk/soul tunes later this year and regularly performs throughout the Melbourne music scene. Brigid aims to inspire her students by building their confidence through music education and we are excited to have her bring her caring, fun and nurturing attitude to Viva School of Music

BRIGID 

piano/singing/guitar/ukulele

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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/piano

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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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Rebekah starting learning piano and violin from a very early age, taking lessons from her grandmother before completing formal classical training and achieving high level AMEB grading. It wasn’t long before she also took a shining to singing and guitar and found a joy in performing her original songs, playing in church bands and performing at weddings and other events. 

Although Rebekah has a foundation in classical music, she found she could express herself in all genres and also enjoys performing/teaching contemporary, jazz and improvisation. 

Aside from being a multi instrumentalist, Rebekah is an avid artist, designer and short film maker, and is currently pursuing a career in acting & performance. She is also working on her first contemporary music EP that is to be released to the public later this year. 

Rebekah believes that learning an instrument should be fun, engaging and explorative, and aims to cultivate the ability of creative thinking, construction, and consistency to all her students. She believes music brings people together and her teaching is fun, inspired and warm.

We are excited to have such a multi talented musician join the Viva teaching team.

REBEKAH  

violin/piano/singing/guitar

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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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Jodie Lockyer is a graduate of The Victorian College of the Arts where she studied piano with Michael Kieran Harvey.  She was also a student of The Royal Northern College of Music, London majoring in accompaniment with John Wilson and Carole Pressland. Through extensive work with singers Jodie decided to gain a better understanding of the voice and completed grade 6 AMEB classical vocal performance, giving her the ability to teach beginner and intermediate vocal students. As an accompanist Jodie has worked extensively for Opera Australia Schools Company, at The Victorian College of the Arts, The Melbourne Conservatorium, The Sir Zelman Cowan School of Music, Monash University, Oz Opera, Melbourne University Choral Society, The Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Society, The Defence Force School of Music and various other institutions. Jodie has been teaching students for close to 20 years having taught at the following institutes and prestigious schools: VCASS, Genazzano, St Michael’s Grammar, Luther College, Carey Baptist Grammar and Westbourne Grammar. She is patience and kind teaching beginner students and enjoys challenging the more intermediate and experienced student. Her teaching style is warm, friendly and supportive, all with a firm and sold technical background.We are excited to have Jodie teach at Viva and know she will be a welcomed asset to the Viva teaching team. 

JODIE  

piano/singing/theory

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