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.
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.
Felicia is a vocalist and pianist that began vocal lessons at the age of 8 and piano at 12, and has since immersed herself within the culture of the arts.
Felicia delivers lessons with a diverse repertoire of genres ranging from Soul, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Punk Rock, Pop and Melodic Hip hop.
Felicia has completed a Certificate 3 & 4 in Music Performance along with a Certificate 4 in Youth Work. Combining music and youth work, Felicia is drawn to teaching the understanding of emotional expression in which music allows.
Felicia has a deep passion for teaching children, with an empathic and adaptable approach, that is very effective when tutoring students of all ages.
I work as a Professional Musician, and have established myself as an accomplished Guitarist. I have been playing for 15 years in and around Perth Western Australia, working in a band for corporate events, weddings, parties, session work etc.
I also spent 2 years in WAYJO (Western Australian Youth Jazz Orcestra) as part of a Jazz Big Band Rhythm Section.
I have performed and toured Regional Australia with my own project ‘Eerie Anne’ and also worked as a guitarist for ‘The Merindas’. My new project is playing tribute shows and working with my duo Bix.
I moved to New York City in 2017 to pursue my music. I was accepted into NYU where I am currently pursuing my Masters in Music – Jazz Performance.
I have had some great opportunities so far and have worked with great musicians such as Paul Bollenback, Wayne Krantz, John Scofield, Adam Rogers, Chris Potter and Andy Milne.