Teacher Bio's

Nick Dabbs: Guitar, Keyboard & Percussion

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Nick Dabbs has been teaching, directing and performing in numerous ensembles and schools for over 25 years. He is a former member of Melbourne 90’s and 00’s band Dallas Crane and has performed in many venues and festivals over the journey. He completed his Bachelor of Music from the ACU in Melbourne in 1998 and his Graduate Diploma of Education from ECU in Perth in 2002. He has been a music teacher at Newman College in Churchlands as well as Director of Music at Catholic Ladies College in Melbourne and Mercy College in Koondoola. He was also a touring conductor with the Australian Youth Choir tour of Great Britain in 2002. Since 2009 he, along with his wife Therese, has been a Director of Keyed Up Music and still teaches classroom and instrumental music at St. Emilies CPS Canning Vale and St. Paul’s CPS Mt. Lawley.

Frank Frisina: Drums

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Frank started playing drums at the early age of 3 and has been professionally performing and teaching for over 35 years.

After completing his studies at the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney, Frank travelled the world performing on various cruise ships as a session drummer.

Frank currently teaches at St Dominic’s, Mother Theresa and Salvado Catholic College plus regularly performs with a number of various bands around Perth.

Elizabeth O'Callaghan: Keyboard

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Elizabeth graduated from the University of Western Australia in 2020, receiving a Bachelor of Music, majoring in Music Studies and Music Specialist Studies, and specialises in keyboard instruments. Currently, Elizabeth is doing Honours in music at UWA, and hopes to pursue further studies. She began learning the piano at the age of 8, and after completing the AMEB Practical and Theory exams, was accepted into the UWA Conservatorium of Music in 2016. She has been teaching with Keyedup Music for over a year, and has experience in both group and one-on-one lessons. Elizabeth encourages her students to develop good technical skill and musicality, and to strive to be the best musicians they can be.)

Natalia Sabirova: Keyboard

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Natalia Sabirova is a graduate of the Kyrgyz National Conservatory in piano class and am a Chamber Orchestra Performer, Accompanist, Teacher (piano) specialising in Instrumental Performance.

Teaching experience of more than 20 years. Prior to Australia, I had experience working in schools and children's educational music groups as a music teacher and concertmaster. I also have experience working with students of the vocal-choral and conducting Faculty of the Kyrgyz National Institute of Arts. In Australia, I currently work at the Morley School of Music as a piano teacher. The musical and pedagogical goal is an individual approach to the student's personality, the development of musical and pianistic qualities, the education of creative initiative and a conscious attitude to work.

Ben Lazzaro: Guitar

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Ben Lazzaro is a versatile contemporary guitarist and music tutor based in Perth. With 13 years of performance experience, Ben has cultivated skills across a wide array of Musical Genres, including Blues, Rock, Funk, Fusion, Soul, Folk, and Modern R&B. He has enjoyed 5 years in Perth’s professional music scene, having shared the stage with many local musicians and artists. In 2021 Ben completed a bachelor’s degree in contemporary guitar through the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. He has been the recipient of multiple awards including the Royal Over-Seas League Contemporary Music prize. Ben is currently teaching guitar at Saint Dennis School in Joondanna.

Hannah Prowse: Keyboard & voice

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Hannah started immersing herself in the joys of music at 6 years old. From violin lessons to singing Annie to performing throughout her schooling years as a pianist and vocalist, Hannah thrives off her passion for music. She has completed Grade 6 of the AMEB Piano for Leisure and continues to learn piano at university. There, she is studying a Bachelor of Education (Secondary), majoring in Music at Edith Cowan University and WAAPA. Hannah has experience in contemporary and classical music and has been teaching piano for 6 years. She has performed in ensembles, small bands and as a soloist. Her goal, when teaching, is to inspire the youth of today with music, so that they can create a better tomorrow.

Shenhav Nave

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Shenhav Nave teaches keyboard at Whitfords Catholic Primary School. She is very passionate about music and piano, despite studying Psychology at the University of Western Australia. Playing and teaching piano throughout the years has given her a creative outlet to explore her musical side, build confidence and skills, and have a goal to work towards outside of her schooling life. Shenhav’s purpose is to pass on that passion and love of music to young kids, so they can build and foster creativity and confidence too. She has been playing piano for 12 years, teaching for nearly 10 years, has a Grade 6 AMEB Certificate in Classical Piano, and Grade 3 AMEB Certificate in Theory.

Christopher Oldman: Percussion

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After graduating from WAAPA, Christopher spent several years on contract in the middle east, playing extensively in Dubai, Oman, Qatar and several years on the American 5th fleet Naval base in Bahrain. He has lived and played extensively throughout Asia, most recently holding post as head percussion tutor at the New International School of Thailand in Bangkok, a United Nations school He has also recorded and toured extensively, most recently with the Gabriel Lynch band and festival dates with award winning Thai producer Bruno Brugano. Chris is a proud endorsee of Echoslap Percussion Asia.

James Sewell: Saxaphone, Clarinet & Flute

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James has been playing the saxophone since childhood and moved to Perth from the eastern states to pursue his passion for music. Since then, he’s been performing his own original compositions, as well as being a regular sideman with a wide range of groups. Experienced in everything from jazz to funk and hip hop, James fronts the horn-heavy outfit Brass Party. He is in demand as a session musician and has featured with bands such as Your Girl Pho and Demon Days.

He has been teaching Clarinet, Saxophone and Flute in Perth since 2015, and has experience running ensembles from Saxophone quartets to Rock Bands and full Concert Orchestras.

Luke Geha: Keyboard

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Luke began studying music at age 6 when he started learning the cello, quickly realising his knack and passion for music Luke excelled, attaining a music scholarship at Hale School where he continued his studies and found the piano. Falling in love with the instrument, Luke saw music to be the main area of concern in his studies and achieved the most promising young talent in Jazz award at the WAAPA jazz camp in 2016 as well as being appointed Music Captain of Hale School in the academic year of 2019.

Whilst being an member of the West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra since 2018.

Luke is currently perusing music, completing a Bachelor of Music majoring in Jazz with hopes to complete a further study through a masters of teaching at the conclusion of his music degree.

Xavier Douglas-Smith: Keyboard

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Xavier has been performing in and around Perth and Fremantle for over 5 years as a jazz pianist as well as singing and playing bass in his original metal band. He is currently in his final year at WAAPA studying a Bachelor of Music majoring in jazz piano.

Caitlin Oversby: Keyboard

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Caitlin started playing the piano when she was seven years old. She has completed Grade 8 of the AMEB Piano for Leisure exams and is currently playing at a university level. She is studying a Bachelor of Secondary Music Education at ECU Mount Lawley and WAAPA. She is classically trained and has experience in teaching both classical and contemporary style music. Caitlin also has experience in performing in ensembles and as a soloist.

Benjamin Caulfield: Keyboard & Violin

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Benjamin is a 3rd-year music student at UWA studying a BPhil (Hons) in violin performance and musicology. He has played both the violin and piano for a number of years, achieving an AMusA on both instruments whilst still in high school. With a background in classical performance, Benjamin loves to explore chamber music, improvisation, and orchestral playing as well as helping facilitate performances of new contemporary classical music on both the piano and violin. During his time at UWA he has twice received the Flora Bunning Chamber Music Prize. He is also passionate about cultural diplomacy and arts management by creating opportunities for emerging artists in WA through his role as Deputy Executive Director of the Perth Orchestra Project and his student advocacy roles at UWA. He currently teaches keyboard at North Cottesloe PS and has taught keyboard in the past at St Kieran’s, Infant Jesus, and St Emilie's.

Thomas Freeman: Guitar

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Thomas has 17 years of guitar playing under his belt and 12 years of performing. He has honed his technique and knowledge of the instrument graduating with a bachelor with honours degree in jazz. Thomas has been teaching for 7 years with a focus of helping students connect with the instrument. He currently performs jazz and contemporary music in multiple groups around Perth.

Li-Jene Gan: Percussion & keyboard

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Li-Jene Gan is a currently studying in University of Western Australia (UWA), majoring in piano performance. She’s played piano since she was 6, and have achieved AMEB Grade 8. She enjoys playing by ear and making covers of music she hears. She is a multi-instrumentalist, taking up the drum kit at the age of 14, followed by being a percussionist in Symphony Orchestra and Wind Band throughout Highschool. She is currently in a percussion ensemble in UWA.

Callum Woodward: Guitar

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Callum Woodward has been playing guitar for over 13 years but has been in love with music since long before. Having studied music at ATAR, TAFE and University level since 2011, he recently graduated from Edith Cowan University with a Bachelor of Arts (Education Studies). With a background in contemporary music, Callum has continued to explore a myriad of different styles and techniques on the guitar from classical to hard rock, using his time studying at West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) to help broaden his horizons. He is currently teaching guitar at Mother Teresa Catholic College, St. Vincent's School, Salvado Catholic College, Saint Emilie’s Catholic Primary School and Infant Jesus Primary School.

Outside of teaching and music, Callum finds joy in video games, tabletop games, movies and reading.

Nick Kyriakacis: Guitar

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Nick Kyriakacis is an emerging composer and musician currently studying a Bachelor of Music at the University of Western Australia, specialising in Composition. From a young age, he has played guitar learning all styles before transferring his skills to the Greek Bouzouki, where he was able to perform at an array of cultural events around Perth, such as the Perth Glendi, Mt. Hawthorn Festival, and other community events. He currently spends his time teaching guitar, writing and arranging music, performing with his ethnic folk band “Travelled Folk”, and taking the obligatory Greek language lesson.

Samuel Palmer: Guitar

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Samuel is a contemporary musician who has studied music at WAAPA majoring in electric guitar.  Through Leederville TAFE he also completed a diploma in music performance and has live playing experience individually and in groups at different venues throughout Perth. 

His musical experience has allowed him to pass his guitar and piano knowledge on to students of all ages.  He is currently teaching guitar at Attadale Primary School, numerous instruments at Penny Lanes Music Workshop and privately from his home studio.

Anna Dabbs: Voice & Guitar

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My name is Anna! I'm 18 and have been singing and playing guitar ever since I can remember!, I started of as a classical guitarist in primary school and worked my way through the ameb exams then decided to focus on voice for ATAR to lead me into WAPPA where I now study contemporary voice. I love to share my love of music with others through gigs and teaching, i have a real passion for young kids and have been teaching for the past 4 years. I love to write and record music. You can find me on spotify by searching for Anna Dabbs.

Raya Kia: Keyboard

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Raya is a university student studying both psychology and music at the University of Western Australia. She has been playing piano since she was six years old, currently working towards achieving her grade 6 AMEB, and percussion since beginning of high school. Raya is currently teaching keyboard at Edgewater Primary School and hopes to share her passion and love for music with others.

Julia Shaw: Keyboard

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I owe my musical ability to the Sisters of St Joseph who taught me both theory and practical to year 6 AMEB and 4 theory. They also took us to many Guildford Grammar festivals where we participated and received Certificates. I have a Bachelor of Psychology degree and three teenagers who play flute, piano and guitar and I enjoy teaching students and seeing their confidence and abilities grow. Learning to play the piano takes patience, persistence and of course practice!

Peter Leveson-Gower: Guitar

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Pete has been playing and performing music since 2005. He has travelled both nationally and internationally, performing live music for over 13 years and counting. He began teaching whilst studying Music and Performance at university in 2008.

Pete can cater to all musical tastes and teaches the techniques and the theory necessary to start playing the way you envision.

“I can guarantee a vast improvement in your playing as well as a strong direction in your music. Whether you are an absolute beginner or looking for the next step in your playing”

He continues to study privately to this day.

“Music is my passion, and I have dedicated my life to the playing and teaching of it “

Peter Robinson: Guitar

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Peter is an experienced music teacher and session musician who has been living in Perth for 10 years to pursue his passion for music. Formerly from the South-West, he graduated at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2016 with a Bachelor in Contemporary Music. Peter continues to perform around Perth in original and corporate acts, recording in studios, and touring around Western Australia for various festivals in and around the Perth music scene.

Ritchell Lim: Vocals

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Ritchell Lim is a well-experienced singer/songwriter with seventeen years in the international music industry. She has a powerful and versatile voice that can easily shift from the energetic and warm tones of RnB to the soft yearnings of sentimental ballads. Blind virtually since birth, Ritchell's heightened awareness of sound has helped her to create vibrant, exuberant and joyous music.

Nathaniel Wood: Violin

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Nate Wood is an experienced violin teacher, composer, and graduate of the UWA School of Music. He has years of experience performing in a variety of musical contexts, including many years in the WA Youth Orchestra and UWA Orchestra, as well as a variety of contemporary and experimental ensembles. Nate’s approach to violin pedagogy is centred around building aural skills using elements of the Kodaly method, developing musical literacy with fun and engaging repertoire, and an approach to music theory that centres its practical applications.

Joel Raja: Keyboard

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Meet Joel! Joel is a music student at Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, a local up and coming musician and a Piano teacher. Joel works at St Emilie’s Primary School amongst a few others and has been working for Keyed Up Music since 2018. Studying music at the WAAPA, he applies his knowledge learnt at university to his work and his musical career, having performed in bands, rapping as an MC, producing music, singing and song writing, frequently collaborating with local artists as well organising events and local gigs. Joel takes pleasure in teaching children and takes pride in learning classroom.

Rhys Clark: Drums & Guitar

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Rhys is multi-instrumentalist that has been teaching with us since late 2017. He has taught both guitar and drums at a variety of schools and has completed a Diploma in Music through North Metropolitan Tafe in Leederville. Since moving to the west coast, from NSW, he has been in multiple gigging bands around Perth performing on stage either behind the drum kit, with his bass slung over his shoulder or out the front with a microphone.

Rhys is currently studying a Bachelor of Contemporary Music at WAAPA, majoring in voice, and teaches guitar at Glengarry Primary School and drums at Lansdale Christian School and Woodlands Primary School.

Mark Turton: Keyboard

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Mark is classically trained in AMEB piano (8th grade prac. 5th grade theory)   and has worked as an accompanist for dance  at WAAPA;  He is an experienced performer in classical, swing, jazz and blues, ragtime, Latin American and has performed in numerous bands and as a soloist for restaurants, clubs and theatre performances. Mark currently teaches keyboard at Poynter Primary School and St Paul's School.

Mark SanDiego: Keyboard
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Mark is an experienced pianist, loving music his whole life. He has both qualified in AMEB Grade 8 Piano and AMEB Grade 4 Theory, specialising in classical music at high school. He has experience also both in trumpet and trombone, playing in both Jazz and Concert Bands during high school.

He also specialises in worship in piano, guitar and vocals, and is one of his favourite things to do. He has been part of the worship team at Saving Grace Church. He loves to teach children and teaches at Emmanuel Christian Community School and at Woodlands Primary School!

Angelo Vaccari: Guitar

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Angelo's musical career developed from an early age with a keen interest in guitar, and with this passion for playing guitar has led to teaching. With over 30 years experience Angelo's styles range from Classical, Jazz, Blues and Rock.

He is an excellent guitarist who loves writing his own music and Angelo can also play keyboards, bass and harmonica. Angelo has performed as a soloist as well as in quartets to six piece bands. His experience as a guitarist has seen him play intimate venues to concert sized crowds.

Angelo has been teaching at Lake Gwelup Primary School with KeyedUp Music for 6 years. In his spare time enjoys woodworking and listening to his favourite musicians.

Sheila Randall: Keyboard

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Sheila Randall has been teaching piano/keyboard, voice, choirs, bands and other ensembles, theory and composition for over 30 years. She completed a BAEd in Music in 1991 and has taught at three secondary schools and several primary schools, as well as teaching from her home studio. She has also worked for the Dept of Education as a Moderation Officer and member of curriculum planning committees. In addition, she currently serves as an ECU Supervisor for Pre-service teachers. Besides teaching and performing music, Sheila enjoys sewing, embroidery and playing games and puzzles with her 16 grandchildren. Sheila is currently teaching at Glengarry, Madeley and Poynter Primary Schools for Keyed Up Music.

Joseph Lunardi: Violin

Joseph Lunardi Violin Teacher

My name is Joseph Lunardi,I graduated from UWA in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Studies and Specialist Music Studies and in 2018, a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Violin performance. I have been playing the violin for 14 years and teach violin privately at home and with Keyed Up Music at Woodlands PS, St Dominic's PS and Our Lady's Assumption School. Outside of teaching I enjoy any form of exercise, particularly running.

Skye Horton: Guitar & Bass

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Skye is a professional acoustic and electric guitar and bass player. He has been teaching both instruments for over 10 years. His qualifications include a Diploma in both Contemporary Music and Audio Engineering.

With over 25 years of guitar playing experience, plus 10+ years of bass, he has also found the time to dabble in drums and piano. His areas of expertise include music theory, song writing and improvised jamming. He has been playing in original Perth bands for over 17 years and is currently playing bass and guitar in Perth rock trio Aurora.

Skye currently teaches at Our Lady’s Assumption Primary, South Padbury Primary and privately in his home studio. He feels that teaching music is the best and most rewarding job in the world.

Outside of playing instruments Skye has a keen interest in collecting vinyl, skateboarding and restoring his vintage motorcycle & car.

John Fernandez: Guitar & keyboard 

John Fernandez Guitar and Piano Teacher

ADPA (Jazz) at WAAPA, BA(Education), MA(Science) at ECU.

 Having been a classroom music teacher, I moved into research and teaching at UWA, but now concentrate on individual tuition because it enables me to have a greater affect on a student's development, both musically and personally. 

I currently teach guitar at Sacred Heart College and Liwara Catholic PS, and teach keyboard for Keyed Up Music at Saint John's School. I play guitar and keyboard and sing in local bands. My other musical interests include sacred music, writing solo guitar arrangements and exploring tuning systems. I live at home with my beautiful wife and five children.

Susi Ioppolo: Piano 

Susi Grondein Piano Teacher

Susi is a contemporary pianist and piano teacher who studied at WAAPA from 2013-2016 and completed a Bachelor of Music, majoring in Contemporary music.

She currently teaches at St Paul’s Primary, Poseidon Primary and Our Lady’s Assumption and has had experience in running ensemble groups at other private schools. Aside from playing and teaching she is involved in a high capacity in her church music and enjoys baking and reading.

Oliver Vonlanthen: Guitar

Oliver Voltogeran

Oliver Vonlanthen is a gigging musician in Perth, with over 10 years of guitar experience behind him. He has immersed himself in a variety of styles including classical, contemporary, flamenco, rock, and jazz. 

He is currently in the final year of his Bachelor of Music, majoring in jazz performance, at WAAPA.

He currently teaches guitar at Deanmore, Saint Anthony’s School, Saint Augustine School, Saint Dominic School and Woodlands Primary School. 

Perry Yang: Piano

Perry Yang

Hello, my name is Perry Yang. I am a chemical engineering and accounting student at Curtin University. I have completed AMEB Grade 8 Piano and Grade 3 theory during my high school years and performed in the school’s music eisteddfod, concert band and piano duets. I currently teach at Hocking Primary School and Saint John Bosco College.

My hobbies includes researching the science and process of the world’s greatest beverages, making my own homebrew, playing various types of sports and going to karaoke with friends. 

Bailey Hester: Guitar

Bailey Hester

Bailey Hester is a contemporary multi-instrumentalist and music teacher. While studying at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, he achieved his Diploma of Music Industry, as well as studying a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Education. For almost a decade, he has amassed an extensive range of experience in performance, recording, teaching and composition. He currently teaches guitar with Keyed Up Music at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish Hall and Poynter Primary School. Bailey also enjoys reading, admiring visual and performing arts, as well as composing original music in his spare time.

Norberto Flamenco: Piano

Norberto Flamenco

Norberto Flamenco started out a music student at Newman college which helped him nurture his growing interest in music. He was already playing piano at church leading choirs and starting bands to play with after school which led him to study 4 years of jazz piano at WAAPA. He now teaches piano full time and leads his own band called vib3 which has plays all around Perth and various festivals when the opportunities arise. 

Although Norberto never sat exams (Such as AMEB) he has a wealth of knowledge in performance and practice methods and takes great pride in building up his students confidence so that they take great pride in their playing just as his teachers instilled it upon him. 

I currently teach at Lake Gwelup Primary School, Landsdale Christian School,  Our Lady's Assumption School, Saint Augustine's School and South Padbury Primary School.

Fifi Winata: Guitar & Piano

Fifi Winata is currently teaching at Ardross Primary, St Denis, St John's, Attadale PS and Whitford Catholic PS. She has completed B.Mus at UWA and Grad.Dip Ed. at ECU. Fifi plays both classical guitar and piano. She likes composing, listening to music and travelling.