We are exceptionally proud of our talented group of teachers. They are all passionate about music and thoroughly enjoy teaching and fostering musical development. Click through the teachers below to learn about their background and contact us to find out more.
Early Childhood Music Teachers
MEdHons(Melb), BEdHons(Melb), TTDC, TPTC
Lauris has many years teaching experience in Australia and overseas. She has taught in primary school and at pre-school level, in special education and in parent guidance clinics.
She has addressed national conferences and delivered lectures in the fields of early childhood, special education and music education. She has trained many teachers through in-service and professional development seminars and courses for all the major organizations including: the Lady Gowrie Child Centre-Melbourne, the Suzuki Talent Education Association of Australia, the Orff-Schulwerk Association of Australia and the Kodaly Education Institute of Australia, the Australian Music Examinations Board, Melbourne Youth Music as well as the School of Early Childhood Studies in the University of Melbourne.
Lauris’ Masters Thesis was awarded first class honours and focussed on the development of music curriculum. This, combined with her wide range teaching experience has ensured the quality and success of the Moving Into Music program and earned its recognition and acclaim in the professional music education community.
Over the past 20 years, Lauris has built Moving Into Music into a premier music program, which offers musical parenting courses, children’s group classes (pre-school to primary school years) and instrumental tuition in piano and keyboard, acoustic, electric and bass guitar, theory and musicianship. Moving Into Music employs highly qualified and experienced staff and operates in the inner and eastern suburbs of Melbourne where it enjoys a fine reputation.
Lauris and her staff also teach the Moving Into Music program in kindergartens and private schools.
After establishing and successfully operating music studios for instrumental tuition in Kew in 2003, Lauris was approached in 2008 to lead the formation of the Allans Music School. Moving Into Music provided music lessons in partnership with AllansBillyHyde at the stores in Bourke St and at Kew. As a result of the closure of ABH in 2012, Lauris has now moved the Instrumental tuition to a new and convenient CBD location at St Johns in Southgate, right next to the Concert Hall and in Kew – to Walpole St just up from the junction.
Luke hails from Mount Gambier in South Australia where he learned drums from age 10 years. His introduction came through his church and he quickly involved himself in many bands and ensembles around the region. As a teenager his talent for drums was well evident as he won awards and attention for his work. Public recognition included Mount Gambia Young Citizen of the Year in 2012 – for services to the live music scene and music education.
Studying at Generations in Jazz Academy Luke graduated with a Diploma in Jazz Performance.
During these years he taught part-time as a drum kit and music tutor at Mount Gamier North Primary School – teaching theory, individual and group drum lessons and concert band.
In 2013, Luke moved to Melbourne to undertake studies Monash University, graduating with a Bachelor of Music (Jazz Performance) in 2015. He continued by undertaking an Honours year which he completed in 2016. At university he rose to prominence as a young star on the rise.
Luke also became a steady contributor to Melbourne’s esteemed live music scene, building a performance career playing alongside many famous musicians both locally and abroad. He has performed alongside Kate Ceberano, James Morrison, Joe Lovano, Enrico Rava, Gerald Clayton, Maria Schneider, Dave Douglas, Kenny Werner, Tomasz Stanko, Paul Grabowsky Barney McAll and Mark Fitzgibbon.
Luke has already gained a wealth of touring experience including USA and Barbados in 2014, Japan for the Tokyo International Jazz Festival with Paul Grabowsky in 2016 and an extensive tour of regional China and Shanghai in 2016/17. To be selected to tour internationally with such an esteemed veteran musician is a very high honour and a testament to the regard in which Luke is held within the music industry.
These tour experiences have led to recording opportunities overseas with Jazz musicians in New York City such as Ben Allison and Dave Pietro, and Big Band recordings at the Multiple-Grammy nominated Systems Two studios in Brooklyn, New York. As a result of this Luke knows and understands the role of a professional drummer in many contexts (small ensembles to large, jazz, pop, etc) and can draw on this performance experience as a teacher, preparing students for any performance situation they may encounter.
Luke teaches students of all ages and all stages of development. He has much to offer the beginner, those of intermediate and advanced stages though to those seeking to become a professional musician.
Luke has taught in Primary and Secondary and Music Schools and Privately. He is committed to always keeping lessons fun and engaging while catering for all skill levels.
See more of Luke:
YouTube: GenerationsinJazzJam, May25, 2013
PhDMusic (Melb), BMusHons(Syd), MSoloPiano(Salzburg)
Nicholas Young completed his Bachelor of Music (Performance) with Daniel Herscovitch at Sydney Conservatorium in 2013 with First Class Honours and University Medal, and graduated from Master Solo Piano with Distinction at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg in 2015, studying with Claudius Tanski. Alongside formal training, Nicholas has taken masterclasses with Dmitri Bashkirov, Christian Zacharias, Robert Levin, Dominique Merlet, Jacques Rouvier, Lars Vogt and Lang Lang, among others.
Nicholas’s first major prize as winner of the 8th Yamaha Australian Youth Piano Competition in 2007 was followed by further accolades including Winner of the 2011 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards (Keyboard Category), Runner-Up Prize of the 2012 Australian Youth Classical Music Competition, and Second Prize of the 2012 Australian National Piano Award.
In 2015, Nicholas extended his successes to the international level, receiving First Prize and Best Beethoven Performance of the ‘Grand Prize Virtuoso’ International Music Competition (London), Third Prize of the 15th Rome International Piano Competition (Soloists ‘B’), and Honourable Mentions at the 7th International Rosario Marciano Piano Competition (Vienna) and 1st International Cochran Piano Competition. In 2016, Nicholas appeared as guest performer in the Australian Showcase of the Sydney International Piano Competition, and in 2017 he was semifinalist of the 3rd Australian International Chopin Piano Competition.
Nicholas has regularly given recitals throughout Australia and Europe. He has appeared as soloist in concertos with the West Australian, Queensland, Adelaide and Willoughby Symphony Orchestras and Vienna International Orchestra, and his performances have been broadcast by Fine Music FM and ABC Classic FM. In 2014, Nicholas was invited to perform with the Vienna International Orchestra as part of the Centre for Musical Excellence’s Vienna ConcertoFest.
A strong advocate for pianistic training without stylistic barriers, Nicholas combines pedagogical principles from classical and jazz traditions to mould learning paths uniquely fitted to the interests and tastes of each student, whether pursuing exam success or independent musical discovery, and believes in the power of music to facilitate physical, emotional and intellectual development at any stage of life.
See more of Nicholas: www.nicholasyoungpiano.com
BMusHons (Univ. Witswatersrand – South Africa)
From as young as she can remember, there were almost always classical music playing in the background at home for Amy. Either from TV, the radio or the CD player, her parents just absolutely loved music. Amy’s mother was a pianist and her inspiration to get in touch with music herself.
Amy was born in Taiwan but raised in Durban, South Africa. At the age of 6, she was privileged to study piano under Mr Malcolm Nay and Prof. Pauline Nossel, a former student of the late maestro Claudio Arrau. She also learned violin with Prof. Vincenzo Lo Castro, a former student of the late maestro Henryk Szeryng. From early age, Amy’s teachers encouraged her to experiment with ‘expressing music freely, without fear’. Hence she performed in many public concerts and played solo in chamber string and orchestra.
Amy went on to pursue a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance, graduated from the University of Witswatersrand with Honours and became a member of the Golden Key International Honours Society.
Amy has been teaching for over ten years. She has taught students of different age groups, varying from beginners to advanced level. She is passionate about music, her students and their well-being. As a teacher she feels she must find the best way suited to a student’s understanding. Since every student is unique, Amy provides consultation to her students in relation to their own goals and personal aspirations, and this enables her to customise her lessons to fit their individual needs. With her younger students Amy feels her success comes from seeing children having fun, developing love for music, growing in musicality, and exhibiting individuality through their playing.
In the past years, Amy attended several workshops and seminars that focused on helping struggling learners, especially those with learning disabilities and special needs. This has influenced her greatly and made her rethink the word ‘patience’, and what it really entails.
Because of her love for music and mentoring, Amy is dedicated to helping students of all ages and levels experience the unbridled joy of music making by way of finding their own voice, fundamentals, and of course, fun!
See more of Amy: https://youtu.be/CRoCbdNGAP0
B.Mus. Performance (Melb) B.Mus.Hons (Melb.completing) – Piano, Theory, Voice Teacher
Zac began learning piano at the age of five in Newcastle, New South Wales – he developed his musical and pianistic abilities with Kay Lane in primary school. He continued studying with Jane Parkes and Andrew Chubb in secondary school. During his time at Newcastle, Zac became a frequent performer on the piano, where he played with various school ensembles, worked as an accompanist for several choirs, competed at eisteddfods, played at local pubs, and performed at the Hunter Region’s first ‘Reprise’ concert. In 2015, Zac moved to Melbourne to further his studies in piano performance at Melbourne University studying under Max Cooke OAM, to further develop his technical abilities and overall musicality.
Although predominantly a pianist, Zac’s music interests are vast. While in High School, he learned to play guitar, bass, drums, and saxophone. He performed in various music ensembles (concert and jazz bands), and completed exams on saxophone. He also joined the Hunter Singers, an auditioned choir, featuring students from around the Hunter Region. With this choir, he toured around Australia, singing at choral festivals, the Opera House, and competing in various regional eisteddfods. Zac has also travelled overseas with the choir, winning a gold medal at the World Choir Games in the United States in 2012. Competing at an International Youth Eisteddfod in Hong Kong in 2014, and competing and performing in the Llangollen Eisteddfod in Wales in 2016 has given Zac a wide experience in choral music on the world stage.
Currently, Zac is a choral scholar in the Trinity College Chapel Choir at the University of Melbourne, singing in weekly services and Trinity College events, as well as performing at weddings and funerals, recording and touring through-out Australia and internationally.
As a teacher, Zac enjoys preparing students for performance and examination as well as teaching students who seek to learn for leisure. He has experience in teaching across all levels from very young beginners to mature-age students.
Zac’s focus lies in finding an even balance between improving students playing abilities and enjoying their music studies – he believes that the two are interlinked.
Genaaron began learning guitar at a very early age and developed playing skills under the guidance of guitar teacher Tony Calabro, during his primary and secondary school years.
In 2005, for tertiary studies, Genaaron gained entry into Melbourne University at the Victorian College of the Arts and was accepted into the improvisation stream, focusing on guitar styles, techniques, history and theory. During his time at the VCA Genaaron studied with some of the finest guitarists in Australia including Geoff Hughes – Head of Electric Guitar.
He studied jazz with some of this country’s finest guitarists such as Stephen Magnusson and Peter Petrucci and with the renowned Jazz/Brazilian guitarist Doug De Vries. Genaaron’s studies in classical guitar were undertaken with the well known performer and teacher Anthony Field.
Whilst at the VCA Genaaron developed as a musician and honed his skills on acoustic and electric guitar and of this time he values most the experience of playing with many talented musicians in many different settings.
Genaaron began teaching at the age of 18 years when he taught secondary students individually and in group classes in High Schools. Since then he has taught hundreds of students. He has worked with young student beginners in primary schools, has continued teaching students of all levels in secondary schools and has also taught in guitar schools within music stores. Genaaron’s students have ranged in ages from 5 to 60 year olds. He teaches students who want to learn to play for recreation as well as those who undertake music as a study in upper levels of education. He has a wide range of experience teaching many different styles and has guided students through exams and VCE performances.
Genaaron currently performs extensively throughout Melbourne. He plays in jazz bands, rock bands, duos, trios and performs as a solo guitarist. He is also a dedicated composer and producer and is currently involved in several recording projects involving original bands and solo works.
Genaaron’s other connections:
BMusPerf (MelbVCA), BTeaching (Melb), MTeaching(Melb)
Julian is a teacher, composer, arranger and performer. In recent years Julian has worked with a number of successful music projects, including Faro Negro, Alma Mater, Paul Carey & Julian Scheffer, Sexteto Zona Sul, Projeto Inesperado and Kunataki. Before this Julian has worked with a number of well-known original music projects including the hugely popular Latin hip-hop nine-piece LABJACD.
Julian is an experienced educator, with a teaching Degree from Melbourne University and has worked in Europe and Australia as a teacher. In 2017, Julian headed a department for classroom music and ensembles at a government school in the west of Melbourne. Julian has also worked in Holland at Virtuosi Music where he taught privately and ran band workshops concentrating on performance with students of all ages and various language backgrounds. Julian has worked at Yamaha Music, Australia, where he designed a 3-day guitar program and taught the Guitar Encounters course; a rock and pop-based course designed in the UK for guitarists from the age of 8 upwards. Julian has worked in regional Victoria, with Musica Viva in Schools program, a music education program delivering a variety of live interactive concerts in schools throughout Australia. Julian teaches popular styles, including rock, blues and jazz but can also cater for students wanting to learn classical guitar or music from South America.
As a performer, Julian has regularly toured Australian capitals, regional centres and festivals, including WOMAdelaide and the Woodford Folk Festival, Hamer Hall and Melbourne Recital Centre. Julian has visited Brazil and lived for some years in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands where he worked as a musician.
As a composer Julian writes music for solo guitar, guitar ensemble and various small group formations. Writing for acoustic instruments is his passion and his desire is to expand his horizons through new compositions, arrangements, and commissions. This ambition can be heard in Julian’s compositions where he draws from genres such as Latin, jazz, classical and contemporary music to find his own voice and his own sound.
See more of Julian:
Carlo Canevali – drum teacher: www.carlocanevali.com
Delaney Stewart – guitar teacher: www.straylovemusic.com
Cindy Yang – piano teacher
Bei Mi Chen – piano teacher
Caleb Yu – Piano Teacher
Melissa Dodds – Early Childhood Teacher
Jennifer Stevens-Ballenger – Early Childhood Teacher
Simon Watt – guitar teacher: www.libertymusicdesign.com.au
Bridget A’Beckett – early childhood teacher: www.musicalsprouts.com
Caesar Rodrigues – guitar teacher: www.blanktape.com.au