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Friday:           10am – 6pm
Saturday:       10am – 5pm
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KERRIN OAKES

Bachelor of Music Performance AIM

 

Vocals

First Aid Certified

After completing her Bachelor of Music at AIM, Kerrin turned her attention to motivating and inspiring others through music, and has been coaching students of all different ages for 9 years. 

Kerrin has successfully coached 7 seasons of the Rock Show program here at Big Music, and many of her students have gone on to represent Australia in past 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 Xfactor & The Morning Show. Kerrin draws upon her own experiences to help her students set high personal goals, and always encourages professionalism & high quality performance. 

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

JASMINE

Advanced Diploma in Music Performance

Vocals

First Aid Certified

 

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

 

After studying an Advanced Diploma in Music Performance in Melbourne (2007), Jasmine has been recording and releasing music, touring nationally and teaching singing and has recently made Sydney her home.

 

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.

CLEO VENNER

Bachelor of Music Education 

Sydney Conservatorium

 

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.

 

Cleo is an efficient communicator and very patient. She works on the fundamental principal that every student deserves respect not only in the way she interacts with them, but in the effort she puts into their lessons. She believes in the diverse creative abilities of all people and that music should be fun and intriguing. 

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.

SAHSA 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."

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!

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!

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. 

ANDREW GILLESPIE

Vocals | Bands

 

Andrew has been involved in writing, recording and touring since the early ’90s. Andrew has been teaching students of all ages at Big Music since 2011. From people who are just starting out to those who want to reach for something more with their singing, Andrew determines where your talent lies and where you can make improvements.

 

He is a big believer in discovering your own natural sound and developing your understanding of the body as an instrument, placing particular emphasis on breath control, the "Engine Room" of singing. 

 

He can help you on a variety of topics such as song writing, arranging, recording, performing, lyric writing and practical methods of producing songs. 

YASMIN STELLING

Bachelor of Music (Honours)/Bachelor of Science 

 

Vocals | Piano

 

Yasmin is a recent graduate of UNSW’s Bachelor of Music (Honours)/Bachelor of Science program, majoring in classical vocal performance and psychology. She has been singing for as long as she can remember, and started taking individual lessons as well as writing her own pop-influenced songs during high school. Yasmin then transitioned to singing classical and musical theatre styles at university, however her passion for all styles of music remains. 

Both throughout university and after Yasmin was actively involved in chamber choirs and various musical theatre productions as both a singer and coach. These include The Producers, Guys and Dolls, Into the Wood, and most recently Wicked with Manly Musical Society. In 2016, she music directed her first show, which kickstarted her love of teaching. 

In her coach, Yasmin firmly believes in creating a partnership with the student – both coach and student need to be on the same team, and her collaborative coaching style works to enhance this. She also aims to help each student find their own sound, at the same time as building a solid foundation of vocal technique and vocal health. Most importantly, Yasmin aims to transmit her passion and enthusiasm for singing to her students – and of course, to have fun at the same time!

ANGUS HOOK

B Arts (Music) / B Commerce

Vocals | Piano

First Aid Certified

 

Angus started to learn classical piano at the age of 5 and trumpet during primary school. Through his experience at school and in the band program at Big Music, he also started learning to sing in bands and classically. Angus has played in a variety of groups, ensembles, orchestras and choirs while studying IB Music HL in high school.

 

While studying a B Arts (Music)/B Commerce at MQ, Angus continues to play gigs as a solo artist and in various bands around Sydney. He toured the USA with Big Music in 2015/16, playing at some of the biggest festivals and most prestigious venues in the country. Aside from the opportunities that Big Music gave him, Angus also performed regularly in a capella groups, big bands, orchestras, choirs and rock bands while at school.

 

Angus likes to create a comfortable and creative environment that caters for all levels of ability and interests. By focusing first on technique, Angus can help you build the ability to play any song and achieve your goals while having fun.

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