Music Theory Tutoring


Music Theory is an important part of being a well rounded musician. Our expert Theory Tutors are here to help you, whether it be for sitting Theory exams, for songwriting, or just so you can better understand how and why your instrument works. We can teach you music theory during your instrumental lesson slot, or give you a dedicated weekly theory lesson, depending on student needs.  

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Anne Shirley-Peel

Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano, Theory, VCE, and Composition Teacher

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 & Wednesday.

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Eujin Wong

Piano Teacher and Theory Tutor

Eujin was trained at the Elder Conservatorium of Music in Adelaide where he studied piano under Lucinda Collins the Head of Keyboard at the Elder Conservatorium, Stefan Ammer, a Piano Professor at Musikhochschule Freiburg, Diana Weekes and David Lockett. During that period Eujin also undertook compositional studies from Stephen Whittington and voice from Robert Dawe OAM. Upon the completion of his Bachelor of Music, Eujin moved to Victoria in order to study with Dr. Donna Coleman the Head of Keyboard at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) for his Honours and Masters degree.

Eujin's piano playing and teaching is firmly founded on technical approach of Abbey Whiteside, Johannes Brahms and Heinrich Neuhaus. For vocal training, he is strongly grounded on Van Christy's singing technique. As a teacher, he is actively involved with the research of new methods to improve piano and singing technique, and as a result his students have had tremendous success in their music examination.

Eujin teaches on Friday and Sunday.
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Julian Portnoy

Piano Teacher (Classical, Contemporary and Jazz) and Theory Tutor

Julian trained at the USSR’s famed College of the Arts, where he studied Piano and Trumpet. In addition to his musical training, he also earned a Diploma of Education, and taught at the College of the Arts for 7 years following. Julian has over 30 years of teaching experience within Australia, successfully preparing students of all ages for exams and performances from beginner right through to advanced levels.

Julian has toured Victoria and Queensland as a pianist for the Concertino Trio, including memorable performances at Monsalvat, Dallas Brooks Hall, Melbourne Concert Hall and Gold Coast Arts Centre. He has shared a Melbourne concert performance with Stefan Grapelli, and also toured internationally in Singapore and South Korea. He is an experienced recording artist, concert pianist, and accompanist. 

With his warm and humorous demeanor, Julian is a beloved teacher with a special ability to motivate and teach students. Julian firmly believes that not only should playing music ignite inspiration within, but can also strengthen the bridge between the left and right brain hemispheres furthering brain development and capacity which can also improve students’ performances in other areas of their lives including academic subjects.

Julian teaches on Mondays. Click here to secure your spot with Julian

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Natasha Rakhlin

Piano Teacher and Theory Tutor

Natasha holds a Bachelor of Music and a Masters of Education and has performed as a solo pianist and singer. She is an experienced teacher, having taught for 15 years, both in Russia and Australia. She has experience in teaching students of varying ages, in both Primary School and private setting, group lessons with children aged between 5-12 years old, to conducting private lessons with adults with various levels of musical experience.

Her belief is that every student has an individual learning style and it is her goal to discover this style and then incorporate it in the lessons. Her teaching methods vary depending on what the student is striving to achieve, whether it be in preparation for AMEB examinations or learning contemporary music.

Natasha teaches on Friday and Saturday.
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Penny Temple-Watts

Piano Teacher, Theory Tutor and VCE Music Tutor

Penny joined our staff in 2008 and is an experienced music educator. She gained her Bachelor of Education in Music at Burwood State College in 1980. Penny worked in secondary schools for over 30 years, where she was Director of Music, Head of Performing Arts and taught Classroom Music to students from Years 7-12, in particular VET Music and VCE Music Performance. At these schools, Penny conducted many concert bands and choral groups. She also was Musical Director for many school musical productions. Penny has previously worked as an assessor for VCE Music Performance exams and managed orchestras and bands for Eastern Metropolitan Regional Concerts. Penny taught Piano at Toorak College (Mt. Eliza) from 2015 - 2018. Penny has enjoyed teaching many piano students through the years. She is an enthusiastic teacher who enjoys working with young people and fostering a friendly learning environment. She is passionate about discovering how each student learns and tailors programs to suit each individual.

Penny teaches on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
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Stephen Lebsanft

Piano Teacher (Classical, jazz and Improvisation), Composition & Theory Tutor

Stephen is a musical educator, performer and composer. He completed a Bachelor of Music majoring in classical trombone at the Queensland Conservatorium and a Graduate Diploma in composition at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Under the direction of Ben Marks, Jason Redman, Malcolm Gaydon and Scott McKenzie, Stephen has played trombone in numerous recitals and with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. His compositions have been performed in Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Toowoomba and most notably, at the Asian Composers' League Festival and Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam. In addition to these areas of focus, Stephen is also an accomplished piano player in the disciplines of both classical and jazz. He began his piano and theory studies at the age of seven under the tutelage of Mavis Jackson in Toowoomba, QLD. 

Stephen strives to balance fun and hardwork in his music lessons. His belief is that the student cannot reach their full potential without utmost enjoyment from their practice and although achieving great technical proficiency is a given, an ingrained passion and respect for the art is equally important. Stephen understands each student is different and tailors a program to suit both their individual needs to progress and also to reach their goals. 

Stephen teaches on Friday & Sunday.
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