Meet the Team
Working in the education sector for over 12 years, Daryl is a music educator with a breadth of experience. He has worked with children with a disability/special needs, in correctional facilities, immigration detention, and as part of other community-based organisations.
Graduating from WAAPA in 2008, Daryl has continued his studies in education and community services.
With a unique background in music performance and education, coupled with further studies and experience in mental health and addiction, Daryl harnesses a specialised approach to teaching music in a therapeutic, social, and cognitive context.
Justin has been teaching piano, trumpet and voice for over 15 years; tutoring students of all ages in various styles and at various levels. Having a Licentiate in Piano teaching and studied voice and trumpet at university Justin has a particular interest in AMEB and ABRSM syllabuses. However, Justin also likes to teach students what they want to play or sing, from hip hop to rock and pop and gaming music. Justin love’s the challenge of figuring out the best way to help students learn to play quickly, easily and have fun during the process. Music is about enjoyment of the music you are learning, and music lessons are just that – fun and informative
Since learning the piano at the age of 7, Daniel has built a passionate career towards music and music education.
Now with over 15 years of experience as a classically trained and qualified (AMEB) pianist, Daniel has graduated from the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) with a wealth of knowledge in music theory, education and performance in both classical and contemporary piano and singing. Daniel prides himself in getting the best out of his students through understanding their musical ambitions to then cater to each individual.
Outside of music education, Daniel remains passionate towards music performing in local original bands and is a radio presenter amongst other roles in WA’s music industry.
Yoann is a musician, teacher, performer and composer. He has a wide range of interests and tastes across the musical spectrum and prides himself on drawing from lots of different methods. In doing so, Yoann teaches in a fun, focused and engaging way to help each student achieve to a high standard.
Yoann loves teaching kids and adults of all ages, tailoring his lessons to each individual’s learning style so they get the most enjoyment and learning from their time with him.
Krystal began singing lessons at age 3! By the age of 15, she performed her first corporate gig and has now been performing professionally for 14 years. Krystal has completed a Diploma of Contemporary Music Performance as a vocalist and piano player and has now been teaching for 8 years.
She has sung/played in, written, performed, toured and recorded in over 15 bands (both covers and original music) with styles ranging from pop/rock, acoustic, metal and acapella groups.
Music has been her passion for as long as she can remember. It brings joy to yourself and others around you and teaches you important life skills such as determination and patience. Music is something that activates both sides of the brain, combining logic and numbers with creativity and emotion which is why she believes every child should learn music.
Mary-Anne Leotta is a piano and vocal tutor with seven years of music teaching experience. She has a Bachelor of Contemporary Music in Piano Performance graduating from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2017. She has been teaching piano to students from beginner through to advanced level, since 2013. She accompanied the WAAPA Contemporary Choir between 2014-2016, regularly performs gigs around Perth and currently fronts a hip-hop band. Mary-Anne has been involved in music for a very long time and is an extremely passionate teacher who seeks to bring out the absolute best in each individual student!
Cecilia has had a passion for music and music education for as long as she can remember. Commencing Piano lessons at the age of 8 and Voice at the age of 11. With over a decade’s worth of experience with both instrument she has a wealth of knowledge to share. She is currently in her first year at WAAPA studying a Bachelor of Contemporary Music, specialising in vocal studies.
She offers tutorage in both Piano and Voice for all levels and genres but predominately specialises in contemporary music. Some of biggest influences include artists such as Elton John, Billy Joel, Adele, Whitney Houston, Freddie Mercury, Aretha Franklin, Taylor Swift, Regina Spektor and more!
Cecilia is qualified to teach both AMEB and RockSchool. Piano (Levels 1 – 4) and Voice (Levels 1 – 8).
Daniel has been passionate about music and the guitar for the majority of his life. With over 7 years of continual teaching experience and many more performing, composing, recording and touring in bands, he offers a wealth of knowledge and inspiration to students of all ages. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Certificate of Educational Studies, and is currently undertaking a Masters of Teaching.
Greg has been teaching and playing for over 20 years. After graduating from the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, UK he made his way to Australia to continue his teaching career down under. Greg has a flexible teaching approach, basing his lessons off the AMEB Rockschool syllabus, with an emphasis on intuitive performing and repertoire building. This includes a functional theory component to compliment students’ playing ability. You can read more about our curriculum on our website.
Patrick started learning his instrument when I was 8 years old and is now undertaking a Bachelor of Classical Instrumental Performance – Violin and Viola at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).
When it comes to starting an instrument, Patrick believes it’s not a matter of age, but rather of effort. The youngest student he’s had was four years old, with his oldest student being in her sixties!
Every student learns differently so in his lessons, the teaching methods, technique and repertoire are tailored to the individual.
People are at their most productive when they are excited and engaged, so Patrick makes sure each student has a say in picking their pieces.
Outside of teaching, Patrick is an avid performer; some experiences including playing in Perth Symphony Orchestra concerts, multiple ensembles at WAAPA, events at RAC Arena and the Art Gallery of Western Australia, and in musicals such as Les Misérables and Oliver Twist.
Felix started playing drums and percussion in primary school and is currently in third year of the Bachelor of Music (Jazz) at WAAPA. Felix is currently the drummer for Wayjo’s (WA Youth Jazz Orchestra) Tuesday Night Orchestra and is also pre-recording sessions for the WAAPA musical A Chorus Line.
Felix likes to get an understanding for a student’s musical interests. He finds students are more engaged when we can put theory and technical work into playing their favourite songs.
Felix uses 2 drum kits in his lessons so he can play alongside the student, allowing them to get a sense for how an exercise should sound. This also helps the student keep good time!
Importantly, Felix’s lessons are always FUN which helps keep students engaged and enjoying themselves (which is what playing music all about!).
Liam Hickey is a musician, actor and song writer based in Perth, Western Australia. After his time at WAAPA studying a Bachelor of Music (honours) in Jazz Performance, Liam has established himself as one of the most in demand young drummers in Perth.
Performing regularly with local musicians from Perth and visiting artists from Melbourne and Adelaide, Liam has experienced performing with many different artists in various shows and performances. As a drummer, Liam has travelled to Prague, Italy, Hong Kong, Japan, England, Seattle, San Francisco and the Eastern States performing in small ensembles, Jazz big bands, pop groups, and as a guest artist.
Peter is a multi-instrumentalist and WAAPA graduate having studied a Bachelor of Contemporary Music. As a Drum and Guitar Teacher for the past 6 years, Peter has taught at a number of schools across Perth and gigged all over. Peter combines syllabus material with the opportunity for students to explore their own creativity, learning songs in a range of styles. Peter’s approach to teaching is keeping the student inspired and engaged; going through the fundamentals of technique, learning and listening to tunes, and playing interactive games to develop the student’s theory knowledge.
Peter tailor’s his teaching style based on the level of each student, whilst challenging them to achieve their musical goals.
Byron started his music career at the age of 18 when he picked up the guitar. By the age of 21 he was playing in bands, and by 23 was playing in theatre productions and various cover bands. Byron’s career started taking off as a producer in South Africa and he started producing albums for all the major record labels including EMI, Sony and Universal, producing gold and platinum albums for top artists.
Byron moved to Perth in 2016, working freelance as a music producer and teacher. He has since worked with a number of local Perth artists and recently produced Jordan Anthony’s (The Voice Finalist) EP! Byron loves passing on his passion and knowledge to children and adults of all ages.
Jazz Iustini is a vocalist currently in her fourth and final year of a Bachelor of Jazz Music at WAAPA. Jazz has travelled to Paris to complete improvisational courses through NYU. Jazz has performed as part of the Perth International Jazz Festival, the Perth Fringe Festival, at the Perth Convention Centre and on many occasions, at the Ellington Jazz Club. Jazz has years of teaching experience in music schools as well as both primary and secondary schools. Jazz is passionate about passing on her experience and knowledge to her students.