Diane London - Director

I have played piano since childhood and instantly developed a love for music, it is this enjoyment and appreciation that I have been passing on to others as a piano teacher for over 20 years in Canberra. My training has included university study (BMUS) at the Canberra School of Music (Australian National University) as well as a Bachelor of Actuarial Studies from the Australian National University.

As part of my studies at the Canberra School of Music, I have been taught by some of Australia’s most talented musicians, including Professor Larry Sitsky who is a prolific Australian composer, pianist, researcher and who is one of the founding members of the Canberra School of Music (ANU) and John Luxton (former head director of the Canberra School of Music (ANU)). I have also been taught by Wendy Lorenz, making me a 6th generation descendant student of Ludwig Van Beethoven, the lineage is - Diane London - Wendy Lorenz - Maria Curcio - Artur Schnabel - Theodor Leschetizky - Carl Czerny - Ludwig van Beethoven.

As a pianist I have performed many times at the Canberra School of Music as well as performances across Canberra including the Australian Parliament House and Wesley Music Centre. I have also adjudicated piano competitions such as the Miles Franklin Music Festival Piano Competition.

One of the key approaches to my teaching is recognising and responding to unique student needs. Instead of following just one inflexible teaching style, I prioritise developing goals with the student and then creating a plan for the student to achieve their goals. Student goals can vary widely and can include just wanting learn to play the piano for fun; preparing for AMEB piano practical exams; learning piano to ‘keep the brain active’; or even learning to compose music. I have helped hundreds of students successfully achieve their musical goals. I teach from ages 6 years and upwards and also teach many beginner to advanced level adult students.

Wayne - Piano & singing teacher

Wayne has over twenty-five years of experience as a piano and singing teacher and sixteen years of experience as a qualified classroom music teacher.

Originally from Melbourne he has performed as a keyboardist with various rock/pop/progressive music bands at Melbourne arts festivals, regional music festivals and numerous music venues in Melbourne. He has composed and arranged music for choirs, string quartets, electronic ensembles and films, producing several CDs of original music.

He has directed community and semi professional choirs including Canberra’s Strange Weather Gospel Choir and has also been a member of various choirs including Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir singing both tenor and bass.

Wayne was nominated for sound award by the Australian Film Institute in 1993 and won 2nd prize at the Camberwell Eisteddfod in Open Choral Section in 1994 with his music group “The Von Trapp Family Crisis.”

Lynn - Piano & singing teacher

Lynn started playing the piano at 6 years of age and was trained in classical music (ABRSM - London) in Singapore under the renowned Victor Doggett. She has been teaching since 1987! She grew up playing in many concerts and competitions.

Lynn has a passion for teaching. She loves to enlighten students that anything is possible and that they can be creative. She prides herself by watching her students develop their own self-esteem and for them to be proud of their achievements. She believes that students need to have fun playing the piano. She is a dedicated teacher. She believes there are many ways to achieve one’s goals and there is no one set way of interpreting music. 

Lynn has also taught in a local private school for more than 6 years. She has had many students who have successfully completed AMEB, ANZCA and ABRSM exams. Lynn attends regular workshops and pedagogy conferences and is often accompanying church choirs and is an active member of a community choir.

Jarrod - Guitar Teacher

Jarrod is a current student at the ANU school of music. Jarrod moved to Canberra from Hobart at the beginning of 2019 to begin studying a double degree in music and science.

He performs jazz and contemporary music regularly across Canberra and has been teaching a number of students of all ages over the past year. With extensive theory knowledge and performance experience Jarrod knows how to cater to individual students based on their goals and musical interests.

Ben - Violin and Piano Teacher

Ben Aquilina is a classically trained violinist and pianist, currently studying a Bachelor of Psychology at ANU.

Ben began playing violin at the age of eight and achieved Grade 8 in the AMEB syllabus in 2014. Since then, he has continued to work up to an LMusA level while playing in a range of musical ensembles, including: orchestras and string ensembles (assistant concertmaster of the Sydney Grammar School Orchestra); quartets; trios; and quintets. He has performed at a range of events and venues, including the Sydney Opera House as well as countless weddings, charity events and fundraisers.

Ben has a strong background in musical performance and theory and would love to share his passion for violin with students of any age or ability and with beginner to intermediate piano students.

Elizabeth – Violin teacher

Elizabeth started learning violin with the Australian Institute for Music at 3 years of age. She qualified an AMEB Grade 8 at 15 years of age, and her experience includes 8 years performance at Charles Sturt University for the Riverina Summer School for Strings, two years with the Sydney Youth Orchestra, an orchestral tour in Europe and a state ranking in NSW for Musicology in 2015. She is currently in her fourth year studying a Bachelor of International Relations/ Pacific Studies at the ANU.

Elizabeth is passionate about tailoring teaching to student’s individual learning styles. Her experience of learning an instrument has provided an important creative outlet, helped foster positive learning habits, been a pathway for meeting lifelong friends, and cultivated a more general appreciation and understanding for a wide range of music. Music education isn’t just for the naturally talented – it can benefit everyone! 

Katherine - Piano Teacher

I am studying advanced science (biochemistry) at the ANU with minors in mathematics and statistics. I began playing piano since the age of 6 and have continued playing through high school and university. Music has always been an important part of my life, something that keeps me focused and gives me pleasure, and I hope to impart this love of music to my students.