Piano Lessons

Our friendly and experienced piano teachers are happy to teach beginner students through to advanced pianists of all ages and musical backgrounds. Our private piano lessons can cater to a range of styles including classical, contemporary pop, jazz, and folk. We can prepare you for AMEB, ABRSM, ANZCA, and Trinity examinations. Whether for leisure, to improve your technical ability, or to achieve specific goals, our piano teachers are here to help! 

Piano Lessons - Frequently Asked Questions

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Amaris Lee

Piano and Violin Teacher

Amaris has always seen herself as an educator for music rather than a performer. She believes that the value of education for the future generation impacts their health, and their opportunities in life.

Beginning at the age of seven, Amaris first started learning classical piano. She also took up violin at the age of twelve, and quickly excelled past grade eight (AMEB) by the age of fifteen. Playing frequently at her church, she began to experiment with both improvisation and classical four-part vocal styles in piano, violin, and various other instruments such as guitar, strings, woodwind, percussion and vocals.

Starting her career in Education by the age of fifteen, she quickly found a passion in teaching. Amaris then continued her studies in a degree of Bachelors of Music and Education at Monash University. Majoring in classical piano, she particularly excelled in sight reading, accompanying and aural studies.

Amaris caters to students by teaching the fundamentals of technique, music theory, and history, whilst incorporating the students’ own personal styles. Now teaching piano, violin, guitar and theory both privately and at Whitehorse Music, Amaris has established her unique method through listening, mindful practising, and passion.

Amaris teaches on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Click here to secure your spot with Amaris

 

Anne Shirley-Peel

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.

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Biana Goldenberg

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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Eujin Wong

Piano Teacher (Classical, Jazz and Improvisation), Voice (classical) and Music theory tutor

Currently based in Melbourne, 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 and 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 passion for music sees him performing regularly around Melbourne and throughout Australia. Firstly as a member of the Accompanist Guild of South Australia (AGSA) Eujin is actively involved in the art of accompanying and specialises in the art of Lieder, Chanson and English Art Songs. This also translates extremely well for him in the sphere of chamber music upon which his trio, the Brandenburger Trio won the coveted first prize at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music Chamber Music Competition in 2012. He was recently awarded the Madeline Orr Scholarship in 2018 for excellence in his piano studies.

In addition to piano playing, Eujin devotes a lot of his time to singing where he was awarded a choir scholarship in Kent Town Church for 5 years and was Runner-up at the Adelaide Eisteddfods 2011. He also having 25 years experience teaching, providing piano lessons and singing lessons to students of all ages. 

Eujin is currently pursuing his Higher Research Degree with Professor Ronald Ferren- Price and Dr. Melanie Plesch. His lead research interest includes the discovery of Brahms's piano technique and technical devices used in 19th Century piano exercises that influence Brahms's writing style. 

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. Besides his music achievements he holds an honours in Engineering and an MBA degree. 

Eujin teaches on Sunday.
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Julian Portnoy

Piano (Classical, Contemporary, Jazz) and Music 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 

 

Kotchaponn Kosinanondh

Piano Teacher

Kotchaponn started her first piano lesson from Siam Yamaha Nuchada, Bangkok, Thailand at the age of 8. She has successfully attained her Grade 6 Trinity in Piano Performance with Distinction before attaining her Bachelor of Music  Degree in Piano Performance from Silpakorn University in Thailand, May 2016. She received 1st Class Honours under the teaching of Mr. Jamorn Supapol, a renowned Concert Pianist of Thailand.

She has completed a further Master of Music, majoring in Piano Performance Teaching at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne. 

Kotchaponn has studied Piano with Professor Dr. Noppanund Chanorathaikul and pursued several master classes from world famous pianists - Associate Prof. Daniela Mineva, at Humboldt State University, California; 
Professor Peter Amstutz, at West Virginia University, and Assistant Professor Graeme Gilling, at UWA in Perth. 

Both her Music Degrees from Thailand and the University of Melbourne are at AMusA and ATCL equivalence to AMEB/Trinity for both Piano and Music Theory in which she scored high marks and gained in-depth knowledge during her degree study.

Having received further fine musical training from Australia’s Finest Concert Pianists and Lecturers Janine Sowden and Concert Master Glenn Riddle, she is fully equipped in teaching students both for examination purposes as well as for leisure. She can help students sit AMEB and Trinity Exams from Preliminary through to Grade 8 Piano with further qualifications in teaching Yamaha Methods, Alfred’s Publishing Syllabus, TRINITY and AMEB Syllabuses. 

She has 5 years of piano teaching experience including more than 1 year in Australia.  She is a beloved music teacher amongst her students as she is gentle and understanding , yet delivers a clear teaching approach. She believes that music is for everyone and loves encouraging her students to learn, practice , and enjoy music at the same time!

Kotchaponn teaches on Wednesday and Thursday.
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Mila Li

Piano Teacher and Violin Teacher

Mila is a violinist, pianist and teacher with 21 years of teaching experience.

She has worked in the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, the Kiev Chamber Orchestra, and since moving to Australia has continued to perform with the La Fraternita di Solisti.

Mila is highly experienced in preparing students for music exams and concerts performances. She has worked with various ages (from 5 years old to adults) in all levels and from different cultures and linguistic backgrounds. Her teaching is derived from the ideas and traditions of the famous Russian School of Music, known for its high professional level of performance.

She attained her Masters of Music in Performance at the National Academy of Music in Kiev, Ukraine in 2002. Her principal teachers include Alexei Gorokhov, Nina Sivachenko (Associate Professor, Violin).

Mila teaches on Wednesdays.
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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 (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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