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VIVA TEACHERS

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Andreana hails from a prestigious lineage of Jazz musicians, with both her father and mother being esteemed performers and educators in Europe. Displaying prodigious talent, she embarked on her musical journey at the tender age of 3, mastering the piano. She went on to achieve a Bachelor of Music in Classical Piano, and then immersing herself in the world of Jazz and Contemporary genres, where she excelled and earned a coveted diploma in Jazz Studies. With an impressive teaching career spanning over 15 years, Andreana's expertise extends far beyond being a skilled performer; she is a versatile pianist, a captivating singer, and a visionary composer. Her musical prowess is showcased through her captivating performances as an integral member of a highly acclaimed trio in Melbourne. Notably, Andreana's exceptional guidance has propelled her students to achieve remarkable results in various music examinations. Furthermore, she has demonstrated her exceptional leadership abilities by conducting big bands and school ensembles. Recognised for her warm and amiable demeanour, Andreana's genuine care and unwavering dedication to each student's growth have garnered her immense popularity as an esteemed teacher at Viva.

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Felicity is a highly accomplished musician who has been passionate about music since childhood. She completed her Associate Diploma of Music at the young age of 16 and went on to complete a Bachelor of Music (Classical Performance) at Monash University, where she honed her skills and developed a deep appreciation for musicality, tone, and expression.

As a music teacher, Felicity shares her love of music with her students. She believes that music is not only a beautiful art form but also a means of self-expression and connecting with others. Felicity is committed to helping her students develop their musical skills, whether they are learning for leisure or pursuing formal exams like AMEB.

In addition to teaching, Felicity is also an accomplished composer. She enjoys adapting various genres of music for piano and tailoring her compositions to suit the interests and abilities of her students. By doing so, she inspires her students and helps them develop a highly polished sound for exams or pleasure.

Felicity is a dedicated and passionate musician who is committed to sharing her love of music with others. Whether teaching or composing, she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to everything she does, and we are honoured to have her as part of the Viva teaching team.

ANDREANA

piano/composition/singing

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FELICITY  

piano/accompaniment

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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.

Giovanni studied musical pedagogy and classical guitar, obtaining a Master of Music from the Conservatory of Music and Theatre in Rostock, Germany. He later pursued further studies at the Liceu Conservatory of Barcelona in Spain, which included the study of flamenco guitar.

In 2009, he recorded his first album with the Duo Encuentro, and the following year began touring throughout Peru, Lima, and Germany. His second album, entitled Duo Matizes, received great acclaim throughout Europe and continued his passion for South American rhythms and Spanish flamenco music as pop music.

Giovanni is a highly experienced music teacher, specialising in guitar, ukulele, electric guitar, bass, and beginner piano. He has taught in many prestigious schools around the globe, including the Johannes-Brahms Music Conservatory and the Bergstedt Music Academy in Hamburg, Germany.

Since moving to Melbourne in 2018, Giovanni has been teaching in various private schools, preparing students for AMEB exams, concerts, and competitions. He continues to regularly perform throughout Melbourne with various instrumentalists and his guitar duo, Son Candela.

Giovanni's love of music is infectious and he is a welcome addition to the Viva teaching team.

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Brianna Ekberg is a versatile singer and teacher, proficient in classical, jazz, and musical theatre genres. Her musical journey began at a young age, and she obtained a Bachelor of Music with honours from the University of Melbourne's Conservatory of Music.

During her time at the university, she had the privilege of participating in an esteemed internship with the renowned Melbourne Recital Centre's Learning and Access department. This invaluable experience allowed her to further refine her skills and develop a profound understanding of the transformative power of music in education and accessibility.

Brianna actively volunteers with the Geelong Youth Choir, nurturing and inspiring young talents to reach their full potential. Additionally, she generously lends her enchanting voice to Geelong Rotary fundraising events, using her musical prowess to make a positive impact and contribute to meaningful causes.

Brianna has guided students through the classical and musical theatre AMEB exam process and excels at preparing them for concerts and competitions.

Her ultimate aspiration is to share the boundless joys of music with as many people as possible. We are excited to have Brianna's enthusiastic, friendly, and warm teaching style as part of the Viva teaching team.

GIOVANNI  

guitar/ukulele/piano/VCE

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BRIANNA  

singing/piano

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Dr. Nessyah Buder Gallagher holds degrees in music performance and music education from Northwestern University, ethnomusicology from the University of Miami, and saxophone performance from Shenandoah Conservatory. She has studied with renowned saxophonists Fred Hemke, Dale Underwood, and Timothy Roberts. In 2016, she co-founded Re-Joyce!, an all-women's music collective that performed as part of the Rosh Chodesh Society's Art and Soul course in August 2018. Dr. Gallagher has been involved in various jazz, classical, and contemporary music ensembles, including the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra, Fairfax Wind Symphony, Doahnamics Saxophone Quartet, Melbourne Saxophone Ensemble, 100SAX, and the Equilibrium Saxophone Quartet. She has also participated in music competitions, festivals, clinics, and masterclasses, such as the International Saxophone Symposium in Washington, D.C., and the North American Saxophone Alliance quartet competition. Dr. Gallagher has conducted the Phi Mu Alpha Community Jazz Band, served as a marching band clinician, adjudicated sectionals and all-district band, directed saxophone ensembles, and taught various classes and private students in saxophone, music theory, music history, composition, clarinet, recorder, piano, voice, flute, trumpet, and guitar. During her time at Northwestern, she served as the Artistic Director of the Northwestern University Saxophone Ensemble. Currently, Dr. Gallagher is pursuing a PhD in musicology at the University of Melbourne, focusing on the history of the concert saxophone in Australia.

Nessyah is highly regarded by her students, and we are privileged to have such a skilled musician and teacher as part of the Viva teaching team.

NESSYAH 

piano/singing/guitar/ukulele/clarinet/saxophone/flute/trumpet

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Sala is a highly skilled musician with over 25 years of experience playing the drums and guitar. He holds a holds a master's degree in Philosophy of Art and Music from Tehran University and has received a Certificate III in Education Support from Bendigo TAFE in 2022. 

Sala has taught drums, percussion, guitar, and music history for over 11 years, including 7 years at music schools across Tehran and 4 years teaching in high schools and primary schools throughout Victoria. 

As a performer, Sala has played in various bands of different styles such as jazz, pop, rock, reggae, Latin, and metal, and has played at many prestigious venues and festivals throughout Australia over the past decade, including the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Port Fairy Jazz Festival, Australian State Festival, and Fringe Music Festival.

Sala is a highly qualified and skilled musician and educator who can inspire and teach students of all ages and backgrounds. In addition to drum teaching, Sala also teaches guitar, making him a versatile and valuable addition to any music education program. Viva School of Music is excited to have him as part of the Viva teaching team.

SALA 

drums/guitar/composition

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Oska is a talented musician who has dedicated his life to the art of music. From a young age, he immersed himself in the world of rhythm, starting with the guitar and quickly progressing to the drum kit. Currently in his final year of Jazz Performance at Monash University, specialising in percussion, Oska's passion for music is boundless. With over a decade of playing and performing experience, Oska has honed his skills in various bands and musical styles. His versatility and ability to thrive in challenging musical environments set him apart. While his heart lies in Jazz, Funk, and Fusion, Oska is a dedicated teacher who encourages his students to explore diverse genres and expand their musical horizons. Inspired by drumming legends such as Benny Greb, Bill Stewart, Ari Hoenig, and Nate Smith, Oska brings a wealth of knowledge and inspiration to his teaching. He has prepared students for exams and concerts, instilling in them a deep appreciation for music. Known for his warmth, friendliness, and creativity, Oska is well loved by his students at Viva and is a highly respected member of our esteemed team.

We are privileged to have Oska as part of the Viva teaching team, where his exceptional talent and unwavering enthusiasm continue to inspire and nurture the next generation of musicians.

OSKA  

drums/guitar

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Finn Cooney is a versatile and accomplished musician with an extensive background in classical music. His experience spans multiple performances with prestigious institutions such as the Chamber Philharmonie of Cologne, the Australian International Opera Orchestra, the Lyric Opera Company, and the Asko Schoenberg Ensemble. He has also taken part in hundreds of chamber recitals, both domestically and internationally. Finn holds an honours degree (distinction grade) from the University of Tasmania and a Masters Degree in Music from the Conservatorium Van Amsterdam. With over 10 years of teaching experience, he has educated students of all ages in violin, viola, piano, and guitar. He has successfully taken students through the AMEB system, preparing them for concerts, auditions, scholarships, and VCE. As a passionate educator and performer, Finn is thrilled to join the Viva School of Music. He is dedicated to helping students and parents achieve their goals, whether it be mastering an instrument, excelling in exams, or pursuing a career in music. With his extensive knowledge and expertise, Finn is a welcomed addition to the Viva School of Music Teaching Team.

FINN 

violin/viola/piano/guitar/music production

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Valeriya is a highly skilled pianist from Baku, Azerbaijan, with a degree in piano performance from the Baku Musical Academy, studying under the guidance of M. Rostropovich. 

With her expert knowledge of diverse repertoire including Classical, Pop, Modern Jazz, and Arabic music, she is a versatile teacher and performer. 

Valeriya has been teaching piano for the past five years in Dubai to both children and adults, using a variety of curriculums in her teaching, including the Alfred/Faber series for the preparatory phase and ABRSM or AMEB for the higher grades.

Originally based in the UAE, Valeriya recently moved to Melbourne in 2023, and her respected position in the music community continues to inspire new generations of musicians with her talents and expertise.

We are thrilled to have Valeriya as part of the Viva teaching team, knowing that her passion for music and dedication to her craft will make her a valuable asset to our community.

VALERIYA 

piano

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Jeremy Wu is a passionate and emotive pianist with a long history of playing classical and contemporary music. He began playing piano at a very early age and continued through all the AMEB examinations achieving the highest grading in classical piano and theory until he began his studies at Monash as a Biomedical Science student.

Jeremy has taught students from primary age through to adults through his private studio and has also taught at numerous primary schools throughout Victoria including St Patricks Primary School and Carnegie Primary School. He has taken students through the AMEB exam process and helped them study for competitions and auditions.

Besides being an avid player and teacher, Jeremy has also written several compositions for both violin and piano, taking great pleasure in collaborating with other musicians and diverse instruments.
His teaching style is inspired, warm and relaxed, ensuring each student is forging their own music journey. Jeremy believes every student is unique and has their own distinctive interests and strengths, and he enjoys creating personable relationships so he and his students can set personalised musical goals together. His ultimate objective is to inspire a lifelong love of music within his students, while giving them a grounding knowledge in technique, musicianship and theory.

We are excited to welcome Jeremy to the Viva School of Music team and know he will be a fun and invaluable asset.

JEREMY 

piano

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Timo is a renowned professional musician and vocal coach from Berlin, Germany. He started his musical journey by learning the guitar, then progressed to the piano, and eventually focused on developing his singing skills. After graduating from the Jazz Institute Berlin, Timo dedicated four years to immersing himself in the world of music, refining his abilities and expertise as a musician.

Although Timo has a deep passion for performing and singing, he discovered a profound sense of fulfilment in sharing his knowledge and passion with others, particularly in teaching individuals how to unlock their full potential as musicians.

Prior to his arrival in Australia in 2023, Timo taught at various institutions in Germany. He has successfully prepared students for AMEB exams, competitions, and scholarships, and is highly regarded as a teacher at Viva. With his relaxed energy, warmth, and enthusiasm, Timo is a valuable addition to the Viva teaching team.

TIMO

piano/singing/guitar/ukulele/composition

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Camila is an exceptional Colombian violinist with a a Bachelor's Degree in Music Teaching from the Industrial University of Santander in Colombia. She holds an impressive educational background, having completed a Master of Teaching (Secondary) at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne and a Diploma in  Methodology for Teaching Violin and Viola from the Autonomous University of Bucaramanga, Colombia.

Camilla performs as a member of Mariachi Los Romanticos, a renowned ensemble based in Melbourne. Prior to her time in Australia, Camila showcased her skills as a violin tutti with the prestigious UNAB Symphonic Orchestra in Colombia, playing both classical and Andean folk music.

Her teaching style is warm and friendly, creating a nurturing environment for her students to learn and grow. She has successfully guided her students through the AMEB examinations and has prepared them for concerts, competitions, and scholarships.

Camila's dedication to teaching and her exceptional musical abilities make her an invaluable asset to the Viva teaching team.

CAMILLA 

violin/piano/guitar

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Georgina hails from Sydney with a Bachelor of Music (Performance) from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. 

She has always had a deep love for music, starting from a young age when she would joyfully sing around the house. Her musical journey began at the age of 5 with piano lessons, and she later picked up the flute at the age of 8. Music quickly became a central part of her life, serving as both a passion and a means of connection and socialisation.

Even at a young age, Georgina displayed remarkable talent, earning recognition and accolades. At just 14 years old, she won the prestigious Open Age 'Aulos' Society woodwind prize, impressing audiences with her skills. She was also awarded the Margaret Chalmers Memorial Scholarship and had the honour of being featured on the Young Performer 2MBS-FM broadcast and performing as a soloist at the Opera House for the Arts Unit Festival.

Georgina continued to nurture her musical abilities by attending the Conservatorium high school. There, she achieved a distinction in her AMusA at the age of 15 and received her LMusA on flute at 16. During her time at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, she had the opportunity to tour Spain with the orchestra, which was a memorable experience.

With over 10 years of teaching experience, Georgina is passionate about sharing her love for music with her students. She finds joy in every lesson, striving to engage and inspire her students to discover their own musical talents.

GEORGIE

flue/piano/singing

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Tynan is an accomplished percussion musician with a wealth of teaching experience. He possesses a remarkable ability to connect with his students and inspire them to excel in their drumming journey. Tynan's warm and friendly demeanour creates a supportive and encouraging learning environment, fostering growth and development for students of all levels.

Throughout his career, Tynan has guided numerous students to success in various endeavours, including competitions, scholarships, auditions, and AMEB exams. His expertise and dedication have proven invaluable in helping students achieve their musical goals. Tynan's teaching style emphasises a strong foundation, technical proficiency, and musical expression.

Currently pursuing a Bachelor in Education at Monash University, Tynan continues to expand his knowledge and refine his teaching skills. His commitment to ongoing professional development ensures that his students receive the highest quality instruction.

Whether you are a beginner seeking a solid musical foundation or an advanced player looking to refine your skills, Tynan is a teacher who can guide you on your musical journey with expertise, passion, and enthusiasm.

We are excited to have him part of the Viva teaching team

TYNAN 

drums

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