Kyle Barr

Drums | Guitar | Piano 

 Band​s | Rock Shows

Kyle started out as a drummer by going into the kitchen at the age of 2 and overturning anything he could find to make it into a drums set. While keeping up his drumming, he then took piano lessons and made it his business to learn the guitar too.

Kyle is also sought out as a drummer for hire, filling in for acts such as Caligula and playing regularly with the band Tensions Arise.

Most of all Kyle loves connecting with other musicians because he believes there is so much to learn from each other. Kyle is excited about the opportunity to share his knowledge and experience and to encourage others with their passion for music.

Tom Christie

Vocals | Piano | Guitar


Since picking up the guitar in his early teens, Tom has been passionately involved in the world of music. At age 18 he began his career as a solo performing artist, and he has since opened for acts including Husky and Sarah McLeod. He is also an accomplished songwriter, and dedicates much of his free time to writing and recording his own material.

As a coach, Tom is primarily focused on guitar and voice, however he also plays keyboards and bass. He can also help you in areas such as songwriting, harmony, arranging, and recording. 

Trent Crawford

Electronic Music Production

Trent started piano lessons at the age of eight and then moved on to the guitar. Throughout his late teens and early twenties he played guitar in a number of heavy metal and progressive rock groups, this led to an interest in studio production.

Trent went on to work in a recording studio as an intern. While continually writing and composing Trent found a passion for electronic music production. Having graduated from a master's degree in 2016, he is currently working towards a PhD at the Conservatorium.

Trent's coaching philosophy is based on practical approaches, learning through hands on methodologies.

Bachelor of Sound Engineering - SAE

Masters of Music Composition - Conservatorium of Music

Joel Debien

Guitar | Bass 

After becoming involved in music in high school and spending countless hours developing his own musicianship and guitar skills, Joel took his studies to the 'Australian Institute of Music', where he graduated with a 'Bachelor of Performance (Contemporary Guitar)'.

Joel has built up an extensive amount of industry experience, whether it be  appearing on live TV with the 'X-Factor' band, gigging with various cover bands ,or writing his own material.

Joel likes to instil a feeling of confidence when he coaches, and takes a very positive and energetic , yet also foccused and structured approach; taking pride in helping students express their own unique voice on their instrument

Bachelor of Performance (Contemporary Guitar) - AIM

Sasha Flikier

Guitar | Piano | Vocals 

Sasha has been involved with music since the ripe young age of 4 and while at school, performed, competed and toured nationally and internationally in one of Australia's best choirs. 

Sasha has toured nationally and internationally with his original bands Venus Fly Trap and Wormholes Exist. He also performs regularly in cover bands ranging across many musical styles and genres.

Sasha gets outstanding results from his students, including his former student "Ruel" who recently won an Aria for best breakthrough artist.

Bachelor Teaching

(High School Music) - USYD

Bachelor of Music (Performance in Voice & Composition) - AIM

Rachel Florence

Drums | Guitar | Piano 

 Band​s | Rock Shows

Rachel started learning classical piano and drums/percussion in primary school. Her love for music continued through high school, where she learned bass, guitar and cello and studied Music 2 and Music Extension.


Rachel completed a B. Music at AIM where she played in the Big Band, Salsa Band and Jazz Ensemble as well as working in rock, folk and cover bands. Since then she has played in her electro pop band, playing various venues, festivals and warehouses across Sydney.

Rachel aims to create an environment where students can have fun and develop a passion for their instrument while ensuring they push their boundaries to get the most out of their learning experience.

Bachelor of Music  - AIM

Nellie Zydenbos

Kinder Beat

Nellie started her musical journey as a vocal student at Big Music. While at Big Music, Nellie blossomed as a vocalist and performer, and in 2016 she was selected for Big Music’s representative band, the Bandits. Nellie has performed with the Bandits at the Enmore theatre and several festivals including Bribie Island, Hope Rocks and the annual Elvis Festival at Parkes. Nellie’s passion for music has lead her to continue her musical education at the Australian Institute of Music where she is currently studying a Bachelor of Music.


Nellie believes music plays an important role in child development and, having spent the last few years as Big Music’s popular birthday party host, she has a great rapport with young children.

Aaron Gullotto

Guitar | Bass | Bands Rockshows

Getting his first guitar at the tender age of 6, Aaron quickly found a passion for music and by the time he hit high school he had already begun to form bands with his mates.


At 15, Aaron successfully auditioned for the Australian Institute of Music for his senior years of high school. After the HSC, he continued on at AIM completing his Bachelor degree. Aaron is continuously gigging around Sydney, both as a session player and with his originals band Sly Robin. 

Aaron is a passionate coach who aims to keep learning fun and interesting.

Bachelor of Music  - AIM

Jack Hermann


After receiving his first drum kit at the age of 4, Jack has continued with his passion for drumming to this day. He is a versatile drummer capable of playing and coaching a variety of different styles including jazz, funk, rock and metal. 


Jack has participated in two US tours with Big Music, as well as two Australian tours as a support act in a pop punk band. Jack has had a relationship with Big Music for a number of years, initially as a band member and student. Recently, he spent 12 months working in a primary school caring for and coaching drums.


Jack promises to maintain a fun, supportive learning environment and aims to transfer his passion for drumming and inspire those he coaches.

Ben Siva

Guitar | Bass | Vocals


Ben finished his HSC at the Australian Institute of Music (AIM) Secondary College, where he excelled with a Band 6 in Music. His high school experience, as well as the brilliant musicians he met along the way sculpted his playing and performance abilities into what they are today. He is now in the middle of his Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Music at Macquarie University. Currently, Ben is the frontman of an original band, Plastic Jack, and is emersing himself in the thriving culture of the Sydney music scene, co-creating Local Live, a live recording company and YouTube channel for original bands around the city.

Bachelor of Arts - Music and Journalism

Max Jacobs

Guitar | Bass

Max has been passionate about music since he was just a kid blasting B.B. King out of an old CD player. From the moment he picked up a guitar at the age of 13 everything fell into place for him. He did his final years of high school at the Australian Institute of Music (AIM) where he topped his class and is now half way through his Bachelor of Music at AIM. A former student at Big Music, Max currently plays in 2 originals bands, Plastic Jack and The Hideaways, as well as session playing for a few local acts.


Max believes there is no such thing as a set way to teach students and that the experience needs to be tailored to each player and each style whether it be Jazz, Blues, Funk, Classical or Rock. 

Bachelor of Music - AIM

Grace Labrum

Bass | Guitar

First picking up a bass guitar in the school band to then playing at Big Music when she was younger, Grace always loved being on stage creating live music. Grace finished high school at the Australian Institute of Music and later went on to study a Bachelor of Music there.


Having played beside Fletcher Pilon, 2016 winner of Australia’s Got Talent, Grace was granted the awesome opportunity to track bass in the studio with him for his new EP. Grace is also a session bass player for a few local acts around Sydney. 


Grace believes that no two students learn the exact same way and that students will progress the most when they enjoy the learning process.

Bachelor of Music - AIM

Kelly Legg

Guitar | Piano | Ukulele 

 Vocals | Kinder Beat 

Kelly took up violin lessons at the age of 7, and guitar in high school. Kelly has performed in many orchestras, choirs, rock bands and as a soloist throughout the years.

Kelly helps students to achieve their goals and, most importantly, have fun! 

B Teaching & Arts (Deakin)

B Music (Contemp. Performance)

First Aid Certified

Angus MacAuslan

Bass | Guitar | Piano 

Rock Shows

Angus is a multi-instrumentalist based originally from country NSW.


Angus started his musical journey at the age of 8 on the piano and studied piano formally until he was 15. After this Angus began to study bass guitar and began gigging professionally at the age of 16. Angus still plays regularly in the Sydney area as a bass player, guitarist and keys player.


Angus has a real passion for coaching music and uses a song-based learning approach.

First Aid Certified

Aine Bennet

Guitar | Vocals | Piano | Ukulele

Since picking up the ukulele at the age of three, Aine's love of music has continued to grow. From the ukulele she later moved on to lessons on the keyboard, guitar and vocals at Big Music. 


Aine's passion and dedication to her music has meant that she has been able to perform at some of the world's most prestigious music venues 

including Cadogan Hall in London and the Sydney Opera House.


Aine strives to foster creativity and passion, helping students reach their full potential. Her lessons are fun whilst educational and she responds to the needs of each individual student.

First Aid Certified

Kerrin Oakes

Vocals | Piano

Kerrin is one of the longest serving and most in-demand coaches here at Big Music.

Many of her students have gone on to represent Australia on US tours, and have also performed extensively across Sydney as a part of The Bandits.


Kerrin spends most of her weekends performing at weddings & corporate functions as a part of a duo or band. She has also had the pleasure to work and perform with Mark McEntee of the Divinyls, and has also showcased her talents on TV shows such as the X factor & The Morning Show.


Kerrin draws upon her own experiences to help her students set high personal goals, and always encourages professionalism & high quality performance.

Bachelor of Music Performance AIM


First Aid Certified

Jasmine Rae


Jasmine is a professional singer, songwriter and entertainer with a passion for coaching and learning.


After studying an Advanced Diploma in Music Performance in Melbourne (2007), Jasmine has been recording and releasing music, touring nationally and coaching singing.


By focussing on technique, vocal health and performance confidence Jasmine will help you to develop your own personal style while also expanding your musical knowledge and repertoire.

Advanced Diploma

(Music Performance)

First Aid Certified

Gene Maynard

Drums | Rock Shows


Gene started playing drums with pots and pans at a very young age. He now has over 30 years of musical experience behind him, including time spent playing with members of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, The Cruel Sea, and the Go Betweens to name a few.


Gene's philosophy is to coach the important fundamentals of drumming including posture, dynamics, technique and listening to band members and learning songs. Over the years he has taught a diverse range of students and has witnessed first hand how music can change a persons life in a positive way.

First Aid Certified

Woodie Wooodward


Woodie has been behind the kit for 20 years earning a reputation as a talented and reliable musician who can comfortably play a wide range of styles.

Maintaining an active playing schedule with Sydney based Rock ‘n’ Roll band FANGZ, Woodie also works regularly as a drummer-for-hire when required.

Woodies' relaxed coaching style and individually tailored approach to drum lessons makes him a very colourful and in demand drum coach at Big Music.

Bachelor of Entertainment (Performance) JMC

Lucas Straz

Guitar | Bass | Piano | Vocals | Electronic Music Production

Born into a musical family, Lucas developed a strong passion, knowledge and natural instinct for sound & composition across a broad range of styles. Having played the guitar since the age of six, Lucas has gained a thorough understanding of the instrument which he has displayed through live performance at a local and international level including workshops, private & group tuition, song writing sessions and studio work.

Nick Twiney


Nick’s love for the piano flourished when he started teaching himself jazz piano at the age of 10. After gigging at various pubs and venues throughout Sydney with his band, Toy Temple, Nick then moved to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music. 


While studying for his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Composition, Nick formed a jazz trio that played across Boston, including on the Boston cable access show African Ascent. Since returning to Sydney he has become a familiar face on the gigging circuit playing for funk band Funk Engine and rock band Shamanic.

Bachelor of Music

Berklee College

Cleo Venner

Drums | Piano | Vocals 

While Cleo has a particular passion for classic rock, she grew up studying classical music and has a thorough approach to technique and skill acquisition. She has played with artists such as Idea of North, Synergy, Taikoz and Ice Cube as well as a number of orchestras and stage bands. Cleo is currently studying for a Bachelor of Music Education at the Sydney Conservatorium.

Bachelor of Music Education

Nick Kalef

Guitar | Bass

After finding his mothers guitar in storage at age 13, Nicholas began devoting most of his time and energy into learning to play. Through years of lessons and an enthusiasm to learn every song he liked the sound of, Nick has become a competent well-rounded Guitarist.


After finishing school, Nick completed a Bachelor of Sound and Music design, teaching him the skills to branch out into composing music for both films and games. Nick’s other ventures include performing covers in a duo at both weddings, markets and corporate events and recording his own music.


Nick strives to spread his love of guitar playing with an emphasis on fun. His coaching methods help you learn the fundamentals whilst playing the songs you know and enjoy. 

Bachelor of Sound & Music Design

Te Shelford

Guitar, Vocals, Piano, Bass

Te grew up around music, which led him to develop a passion for guitar and piano during his High School years.


Upon leaving school, Te followed this passion onwards with a Bachelor of Contemporary Performance at the Australian Institute of Music majoring in vocals. He has also been playing guitar and piano since high-school.

Throughout his music career Te has been involved in musical productions, backing vocals on The Voice and various music projects such as cover and original bands. He is always gigging around Sydney with acoustic and band sets.

Te wants his students to enjoy their time developing skills for the instrument and help build their confidence to achieve their goals

Bachelor of Contemporary Performance (AIM)

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