Teachers

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.”

Theodore - Piano teacher

Theo began learning violin at the age of 5 and completed AMEB grade 8 at the age of 13 in 2013. Theodore Ong is studying a Bachelor of Arts majoring in International Relations at the ANU. With violin starting as a childhood hobby and evolving into a passion, Theodore was able to ascertain a music scholarship in violin at Geelong Grammar School (2013 – 2018). Using this platform, he was given opportunities to be a part of ensembles both within and outside the school environment. Such experiences include performing with the Geelong Symphony Orchestra (2016), Melbourne Youth Chamber Strings (2013), leading at Geelong Grammar’s first overseas music tour to France and Belgium (2017) and holding the post of concert master of The Geelong Grammar Symphony Orchestra (2016-2018). Theo has extensive violin experience and would love to share his passion with other musicians no matter their skill level.

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.

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.

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