Our cello teachers are experienced teaching beginner, intermediate and advanced players of all ages and musical backgrounds. In your cello lessons you will get support in all important areas of learning, from correct pitch, to correct bowing technique, and accurate rhythm and timing. We can also prepare and enrol you for Cello Exams, whether with AMEB, ABRSM, ANZCA, or Trinity. Whether you want to excel, or just want to play for enjoyment, our Cello Lessons are tailored to your individual needs by our expert teachers.
Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano and Theory
Anne Shirley-Peel, Sydney-born professional musician, string teacher, composer and conductor studied at the prestigious Sydney Conservatorium of Music High School, graduating with the A.MUS. A and the Higher School Certificate.
She continued on to the Sydney Conservatorium of Music studying violin with renowned teacher Robert Pikler and graduating with the Diploma (DSCM).
While studying at the Sydney Conservatory she won scholarships and prizes in violin and composition. Post-graduate studies followed on violin with renowned teacher Jan Sedivka in Hobart.
She is a graduate of the University of Melbourne (B.MUS.) majoring in composition and studied composition in the UK with Peter Maxwell Davies.
Anne played with the Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Tasmanian Symphony and West Australian Symphony Orchestras and Opera Victoria and has given solo and chamber music concerts of her own music as well as classical and contemporary classical music. She toured with orchestras within Australia and to Europe and Asia.
Anne loves music and is passionate about sharing that love of music with her students. She brings to her teaching a wealth of experience, having taught in private and state schools in primary and secondary departments in Sydney, Melbourne, South Gippsland and Mornington, and at tertiary level at the Victorian College of the Arts, and in her own studio for forty plus years.
She was recently awarded a certificate in recognition of this from the VMTA.
She is patient, kind and provides a positive nurturing and stimulating environment in which many young people have grown their talent and achieved their highest musical potential including gaining entry into ANAM young academy.
Anne’s teaching is eclectic, drawing on the pedagogies of Suzuki, Kodaly, Colour strings and Rolland to suit the needs of individual students from beginners to advanced students, children to adults. She focuses on good tone production, intonation, body posture and placement on instrument, aural skills and ensemble skills, efficient technique, musical style, interpretive character, breadth of repertoire, reading and elements of musical theory.
Anne teaches violin, viola, cello, piano, composition, theory and VCE music.
Anne Shirley-Peel teaches on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday.
Violin Teacher, Viola Teacher, Cello Teacher and Piano Teacher
Continuing her family tree of 4 generations of string players, Biana’s life was filled with music from young age.
Her education began in the stringent and demanding Soviet Union where she studied in the special music school for gifted children; it was the only one of its kind in her state. From then on she continued her studies of performing arts for further 5 years in the University for the Performing Arts under the guidance of the infamous Prof. Alexander Kaushanski, the student of the renowned violinist David Oistrakh. She completed her education with honours.
Her talent and abilities did not go unnoticed. She commenced her performance career in the country renowned for its musical abilities working with The State Opera and Ballet Theatre alongside teaching children of all age groups in the demanding education system of Russia. She continued her career as an educator in some of Melbourne’s most demanding schools and high schools such as Bialik College as well as at a TAFE level in her role at Box Hill TAFE.
Her genres were not only limited to classical music as she enjoyed teaching and performing in different genres. She participated in international Jazz festivals, klezmer, operettas (working with the best Hungarian troupes), opera and theatre. Her overseas appearances and tours included travels to some of the most prestigious European theatres in Germany, France, Romania, Spain and Hungary. In Australia, she toured with Maestro Andrea Bocelli on his tour with Delta Goodrem. She also played the Opera in the Market and Opera in the Alps, the Aria award ceremony and guest performances with Melbourne and City Opera, The Melbourne Musicians and Australia Philharmonic Orchestra.
We are very fortunate that Biana is bringing and sharing this experience with our Whitehorse Music community. Able to teach all age groups, tailoring her teaching to their individual style and passion as well as ensuring they meet their own goals, she is a great asset. Whether your goal is performing along the best, the AMEB/ARSM/Trinity exams, preparation for a scholarship or simply for enjoyment having your child play a father’s day song, Biana has the experience, teaching style and the knowledge to help you or your child.
Biana teaches on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday
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Introduced from an early age to Schubert chamber music and Chopin nocturnes, Jonathan developed a natural affinity and love for music. He took up the cello after being smitten with its sound whilst watching Chinese film “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon”.
Jonathan began his undergraduate studies under the tutelage of Anthea Scott-Mitchell at Newcastle University. He transferred to the University of Melbourne in his 3rd year and graduated with a Bachelor of Music in 2010. He has since performed with Melbourne Opera, Australian Art Orchestra, Forest Collective, Victoria Opera, A is for Atlas, and many others.
Jonathan has been exposed to many different teaching methodologies including Suzuki, Kodaly, and Colour Strings. His approach to teaching centers around developing a very firm technical foundation focusing on efficient bodily posture and movement, appropriate shifting of tension, and aural skills development.
Jonathan is currently teaching at Xavier College as well as in East Bentleigh Primary School’s Steiner stream. He spends much of his free time listening to a wide variety of music including jazz, power metal, post-war French chanson and pop, Americana and American Indie, and hiking through natural settings.
Jonathan Teaches on Monday, Saturday, and Sunday
I started learning the cello at the age of 5, taught via the Suzuki method, later moving to studying
under the AMEB system. I come from a musical family being the third sibling to study the cello. I was
brought up hearing beautiful cello, piano, flute, violin, guitar, french horn and singing, and often
would be a member of the audience in my sister’s or brother’s concerts.
Due to this, I gained a critical ear to tone, intonation and musicality, which was only furthered by my
cello teachers Rohan de Korte and current cello teacher, Svetlana Bogosavljevic.
I also studied the saxophone and bassoon which I played for many years in the senior school
orchestra, giving me a wider appreciation for the differing tone colours and techniques necessary for
a multitude of instruments. I studied classical singing with Dermot Tutty which further developed my
ear for musicality whilst also helping as a teaching aid.
I am currently studying a Bachelor of Music Performance in cello at Monash University. I have played
with the Monash Academy Orchestra, Australasian Orchestra, octets, quintets, quartets, trios and
duets. I also received my AMus with Distinction in year 10 at school.
I teach Suzuki style, AMEB or whatever is most appropriate for each individual student. My teaching
philosophy is to create a learning environment that is both interesting and fun, but particularly
focused on developing the student’s musicality, intonation and tone quality.
Sebastien Teaches on Tuesday.