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.
Writing music since the age of eight has earned Lydia McIntyre seasoned experience in songwriting and on a range of instruments including vocals, piano and ukulele.
She graduates from the Bachelor of Music in Contemporary Vocals early 2022.
Lydia has been described as “passionate in everything she does and has an energy that always draws others in.”
She teaches vocal students of all ages, genres and levels and beginner to intermediate piano. Lydia aims to have every student engaged, enthusiastic, joyful and has an aptitude in refocusing/refreshing young minds through play. She adores inspiring and motivating all ages into the magic and comfort music has to offer.
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!).
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.
Aurelia Sudjana has played the piano since she was 4 years old, and has obtained her Certificate of Practice and Theory of Music (AMEB). She frequently plays for church and other events such as weddings, birthdays and other celebrations.
Aurelia has been teaching piano for more than 10 years with varying age groups, with some students as young as 4 years old.
Aurelia loves to instill a passion for music with all her students, and ensures her lessons are engaging and fun. Aside from teaching, she is a mum of 4 active boys and loves to go on adventures with them.
I began learning drums at the age of twelve, inspired by a relative’s drum kit they had hidden in the garage. After convincing mum, I began formal private tuition which continued for 5 years. I played in my first band at the age of 16 and my reputation as an accomplished performer continued to grow.
Being a very pro-active and prominent musician in the Perth music scene, I have been very fortunate to play in some of Perth’s best cover bands and venues. In 2014 I moved to the USA, where I completed my music degree at the prestigious Berklee College of Music.
After graduating I moved to Nashville and landed an artist gig performing with Tyler Resch before returning to Perth due to covid. Currently touring with multi Wami award winning artist Benny Mayhem!
Growing up in Perth, Sophea absolutely loves her home town and believes that Western Australia inhibits some of the world’s best scenery. She has varied experience and has worked within tertiary education, hospitality venues, psychology, radio, retail and small businesses.
“I find joy in simple things, whether it’s my first cup of coffee in the morning, delving into a good read or creating a new recipe in the kitchen. Each day is a wonderful gift.”
Although there is no one particular instrument she plays, she has always carried an interest in vocals. Someone who will never shy away from a karaoke session and has an appreciation for live music.
Always curious, Sophea keeps up to date on current affairs and has an interest in the research on psychological human behaviour. She has joy in cooking for others and engages in writing in her personal time.
Carla Geneve has been a Perth based professional musician and music teacher since leaving high school. She has toured nationally and internationally with acts such as Julia Jacklin, San Cisco and Cat Power. Carla loves sharing her excitement for music and creative expression with people of all ages, teaching predominantly guitar and vocals.
“I have a relaxed but structured approach to teaching that focuses on what the student wants to learn. The main goal I work towards is the student finishing a piece they can perform and be proud of. I enjoy rock, country and… pretty much most genres.”
Music to me is a lesson in listening, empathy, confidence and expressing your creativity for others to enjoy.
Hi, I’m Andrew.
I’m a drummer and musician from Perth and have been playing the drums since I was 8 years old. I have studied my Bachelor of Arts: Music Performance (Contemporary)at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and from this I have been teaching drums for the past 2 years. I have performed with many different kinds of bands and ensembles around the Perth region, including Nannup Music Festival, Karridale Circus Festival, Fringe Arts Festival, Radioactive Albany (WAAPA) and more.
As a drum teacher, I am deeply passionate about helping students reach their full potential and sharing music together. I teach to all ages and gender, any skill range from no experience to intermediate, and all content of the lessons are provided to the student every lesson. I am so excited to be teaching at Focus Music and look forward to seeing you for your first Drum lesson.