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JOHN RAINERI

Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Music Studies UNSW

 

Guitar | Bass | Piano | Vocals

John has a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Music Studies from UNSW and is currently completing a Bachelor of Music - Improvised Music at University of Sydney Conservatorium of Music. 

 

With a vast depth of understanding of music theory and performance technique, John can identify his students' areas of strength and weakness and address them accordingly. Each lesson is tailored around the individual, whether they want to play Wolfmother or Beethoven, for school or personal interest.

John listens to the student's needs and lets them develop at their own pace. His main focus is on nurturing creativity and passion for music over short term results.

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 with a group of like-minded people. The exposure of playing on stage with her band gave Grace the drive to carry out her final years of high school at the Australian Institute of Music and later go 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. 

 

As a coach, Grace believes that no students learn the exact same; progression of a student's learning will come from them enjoying the experience as well as stimulating their brain with technique and focus to learn and grow in their abilities.

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 into a drum set. While keeping up his drumming, he took piano lessons for 8 years and made it his business to learn the guitar, too, quickly discovering that music is his passion in life.

He currently drums for three bands, all of which have played shows around Australia and garnered supports with international acts. With the band Tensions Arise, in which he has drummed for 8 years, Kyle recorded in LA with renowned producer/ex-Machine Head guitarist Logan Mader, and played internationally in America, Japan and New Zealand.

Kyle has also spent a lot of time in the recording studio, recording two full-length albums, two EPs and several singles.

Most of all, Kyle loves connecting with other musicians and strongly 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 in their passion for music.

MAX JACOBS

Bachelor of Music AIM

 

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, and the music hasn't stopped since.

 

Big Music had a huge role in Max's development as a musician and performer, solidifying his love of playing in bands. He completed his final years of high school topping his class at the Australian Institute of Music where he is now half way through studying for his Bachelor of Music. Max currently plays in 2 originals bands, Plastic Jack and The Hideaways, as well as session playing for a few local acts. 

As a coach, 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. He endeavours to create a comfortable space to ignite a love for the instrument whilst also pushing his students to be the best they can be. 

PETE COVINGTON

Guitar | Bass | Bands

 

Pete is a professional guitarist, bassist, record producer and engineer. 

The guitar became Pete’s obsession at the age of 12. He went from playing along to his favourite records in his bedroom (Hendrix, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Beatles, John Mayer) to playing live in his first band and finally writing and recording in the studio. 

He has toured the world with local band Middle Kids and engineered and played on records by Jim Moginie and Rob Hirst (Midnight Oil). He is a passionate coach and helps students become well-rounded players by giving equal focus to playing style and technique.

BEN SIVA

Guitar | Bass | Vocals | Keys

 

Ben first started playing music at the age of 12, learning the piano and singing along with songs that he was interested in at the time. As his musical taste and knowledge grew, he picked up the guitar and continued to learn how to use his voice in both band and solo environments. 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.

 

Ben believes in the power of creativity and knows that every student is very different in the way they like to learn. Whether they are just starting out, or are already writing their own songs, Ben will bring the best out of them and nurture their potential. He works with his students to set goals on their instrument/s and strives to help them achieve these goals. With so much experience in live performance, Ben brings the energy out of his students and is incredibly passionate about their musical growth.

ANGUS MACAUSLAN

Bass | Guitar | Piano | Rock Shows

First Aid Certified

Angus is a multi-instrumentalist based in Sydney (since 2008), and originally from country NSW. He comes from a musical family (his father is an accomplished bagpiper) and has been surrounded by music from a young age. 


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 where the student is able to pick the material. Angus believes in fostering a love for music from the very beginning and his coaching style reflects this - his students are able to play the songs they love from day one.

LUCAS STRAZZ

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.

 

Lucas offers a relaxed, friendly and professional learning experience covering various aspects of electric and acoustic guitar such as technique, rhythm and lead, improvisation, chord & scale knowledge, transcription, songs, composition, preparation for HSC & Uni entry level exams, building a repertoire and more! Beginner to advanced students of all ages are welcome so may you wish to strum songs around the campfire, brush up on your already existing skills or guide your talent toward a professional career, Lucas will make every effort to inspire and get results fast!

KELLY LEGG

Bachelor of Teaching and Arts Deakin University

Bachelor of Music (Contemporary Performance)

 

Guitar | Piano | Ukulele | Vocals

Kinder Beat Coach

First Aid Certified

 

Kelly is a singer, pianist, guitarist and violinist. Originally from Victoria's south-west, she has lived in Sydney since 2014.

 

Already singing and playing piano from a very young age, Kelly took up violin lessons at the age of 7, and guitar in high school. Kelly has performed in many orchestras, choirs, small ensembles and as a soloist over the years, as well as fronting rock bands.

 

Kelly’s years of training in classical music gave her a strong foundation to pursue contemporary genres as a singer and multi-instrumentalist. She loves to perform as a soloist or as a part of a band or duo.

 

Kelly has a Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Arts from Deakin University (Melbourne) and a Bachelor of Music (Contemporary Performance) from JMC Academy (Sydney) specialising in vocals.

 

She has worked in public and private schools as a classroom Music teacher, keyboard tutor and as an Integration Aide.

 

Kelly loves to help students reach their full potential and find their sound. She is proud to be a Big Music Coach, helping students to achieve their goals and, most importantly, have fun!

ANDY CAMPBELL

BMUS(hons) ANU

 

Guitar | Bass

 

Andy is a passionate coach with a keen interest in any musical style. Students can be confident that they are receiving the best guidance from Andy, which is based on over 15 years of performance and 10 years of coaching experience.

Lessons with Andy are relaxed and fun, with clear goals tailored to the interests of each student. Andy completed a BMUS(hons) at the Australian National University in 2009 and plays regularly around Sydney.

JOEL DEBIEN

Bachelor of Performance (Contemporary Guitar) AIM

 

Guitar | Bass | Rock Shows

 

A regular performing musician around the Sydney scene, Joel has built up an extensive amount of industry experience, whether it be arranging/recording/performing with his regular Jam Band 'SSJ', appearing on live TV with the 'X-Factor' band, gigging with various cover bands, or writing his own material.

 

After becoming heavily 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)' under some of the most seasoned veterans of the Aussie music scene.

 

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

SASHA FLIKIER

Bachelor in Teaching (High School Music) USYD

Bachelor of Music (Performance in Voice and Composition) AIM

Guitar | Piano | Vocals | Bands

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 holds a Bachelor in Teaching (High School Music) from Sydney University and also studied at the Australian Institute of Music, learning from some of Australia's best musicians completing a Bachelor of Music (Performance in Voice and Composition).

 

Sasha has toured nationally and internationally with his original bands Venus Fly Trap and Wormholes Exist, and has been part of the Sydney band circuit for many years. He also performs regularly in cover bands ranging across many musical styles and genres.

 

Although focussed on vocal tuition and using the voice as an instrument, Sasha also plays guitar, keyboard, bass and drums with an interest in composing, recording and performing. 

 

"Sharing my passion for all forms of music is what makes coaching music so much fun. There is nothing better than to see someone getting better at their instrument and being able to express themselves through music. I'm committed to helping you find the musician in you and how to develop it."

ASH ROTHSCHILD

Drums | Guitar | Vocals | Bands | Rock Shows

First Aid Certified

 

Cutting his teeth playing drums in punk bands as a teenager, Ash now has over two decades of music and gigging experience. From drums, he quickly progressed to a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. Ash’s past experience includes singer and front man for the prominent early nineties techno grunge band Caligula which experienced chart success and did a bucket load of tours with international bands including Depeche Mode, Pop Will Eat Itself, Ween, Siouxise and The Banshees, Neds Atomic Dustbin and Ride.

 

Songwriting and vocal technique are the strong points of his coaching style, which he combines with his wealth of industry knowledge gained as a result of signing a major label record and publishing deal at the age of 17. 

RACHEL FLORENCE

Bachelor of Music AIM

 

Drums | Guitar | Piano | Bands | Rock Shows

 

Local to Sydney, Rachel started learning classical piano and drums/percussion in primary school. Her love for music continued through high school, where she learnt bass, guitar & cello and studied Music 2 & Music Extension in high school (piano and composition) whilst gigging as a drummer from age 16 in a number of hip hop and metal bands.

 

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 (headlining Oxford Art Factory, playing various venues, festivals and warehouses across Sydney) as well as working with the independent collective Surveillance Party. Other work she has been engaged in includes cover gigs, recording sessions, production and social media management.

 

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

AARON GULLOTTO

Guitar | Bass

 

Aaron grew up listening to the bands that his parents liked, including INXS, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Rolling Stones, Lenny Kravitz, and David Bowie. Getting his first guitar at the tender age of 6 he quickly found a passion for music and by the time he hit high school Aaron 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. Throughout this time Aaron enjoyed studying a broad range of musical styles from Rock n Roll to Brazilian and West African music. 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. He encourages students to push themselves to develop the appropriate style and technique required to unlock their potential. 

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