About Our Teachers
Featured Teacher of the Month
Singing and Piano
Maddy Casey holds a Bachelor of Music in Classical Voice Performance and has been teaching voice and performing arts for many years. She works with the Australian School of Performing Arts and the Australian Girls Choir providing performing arts educational workshops to both girls in Melbourne, and underprivileged students in Regional Victoria and New South Wales. She has completed up to grade 6 in AMEB Piano and also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), and is soon undertaking her Masters of Teaching. Maddy has had various performance opportunities in Australia including singing as a Qantas Choir member at national sporting events and on the televised Carols By Candlelight. Additionally, Qantas has taken her to Los Angeles to sing as part of the ‘G’day LA’ celebrations. She has also studied and performed music in Italy as part of her studies.
Piano and Singing
Roxanne Viggiano is the specialist piano teacher teaching with Hands on Music for 6 years . Roxanne has a Degree in Music Education from Melbourne University, and A.mus levels in piano. She also has extensive piano accompaniment experience both in Shows, Bands and Musicals (played in original Cats musical). Roxanne recently was employed in the 'Choir of Hard Knocks' as piano accompaniest.
about singing-"I have conducted the Australian Youth Choir Rosanna and Cheltenham branches, have instructed singing students for AMEB singing and piano exams. I also taught singing for YABC Young Australian Broadway Chorus at CPCA for 2 years, and singing at VCA Drama School for 2 years. I currently teach singing at Viva School of Performing Arts and will be running Sing Out Surrey Hills community singing group. I have also sung backing vocals and played in several bands, and sung in community musicals. I regularly attend singing technique workshops to keep up with current trends in the Estill singing method.
Elissa Robustelli is our flute specialist. She holds a Bachelor of Music Performance from the University of Melbourne, and has been awarded Licentiate Of Music of Australia (L.MusA). Elissa is an active member of the Melbourne Youth Orchestra, Victorian Youth Orchestra, and Tri Musae performing at Melbourne Recital Centre, Hamer Hall, Melbourne Town Hall and Iwaki Auditiorium. Elissa has also taken her music overseas and has played at The Villars Bretonneux dawn service on ANZAC Day in France. Elissa achieved the highest mark for music performance in flute for VCE, and played in the VCE Top Class showcase.
Elissa has also set up a flute ensemble to perform and compete in competitions.
Violin and Cello
Trevor Holton is a very fine violinist, and composer. He has been first violinist, ie leader of the Orchestra, of the Frankston Symphony Orchestra for 8 years now. Trevor also has composed for the Orchestra, and has had his work performed in Concerts. He has taught in Universities and Tafes, and now since 1998 has enjoyed teaching strings in secondary collleges as Stings Co-ordinator, as well as teaching primary school students. He enjoys runnng ensembles and quickly moves students through many tunes to keep students inspired to learn.
Sam Plummer is a pop/rock Specialist Guitar teacher who has been teaching at 3 schools for Hands On Music for 5 years. Sam has a Bachelor Degree in Music Performance. He is also presently professionally involved in band performances (both locally and interstate) and music production. His guitar skills are inspiring, and his skills are in much demand by bands.
Daniel Waddingham is a pop/rock/jazz Specialist Guitar teacher at St Jude’s primary. He is also professionally involved in band performances and music production. He has a Diploma in Music, and is currently studying a Bachelor Degree in Music Performance at Monash University.
Linda Roeland has had significant experience in a famed School of Singing whereby she taught group and individual lessons, including teaching many now well known Melbourne Singers , ( including Harisson Craig who was the Winner of the 2013 'The Voice' whom learnt from the age of 8 years old). Linda has sung professionally, and also acted in Neighbours, Carsons Law, Blue Heelers etc, and worked in famous Musicals such as 'Funny Girl', Mane and Sweet Charity. Her experience also includes contempary singing in 'Original trio Band'.
Linda is gifted at building her singing student's confidence to perform.
Nathan Scott is a specialist guitar teacher. He has has a Bachelor Degree in Music (performance major). He is very enthusiastic and passionate about guitar teaching. He continues his studies in guitar at Monash University.
Rebecca McKeown is a multi-talented piano teacher. Rebecca holds the AMEB 8th grade piano certificate, and has a Bachelor of Applied Music (majoring in performance) and is very keen to share her extensive knowledge with students beginning piano.
Grace is a young piano teacher with a Bachelor Degree in Music Performance. She has been teaching piano in primary schools for 'Hands On Music' for one year now, and is delighted to assist and inspire her piano students. Grace is also teaching music for two months at a Summer Camp in Canada, in which she will excell.
Jordan has extensive experience in accompaniment drumming. He holds V.C.E drums and also studies his final year of the Bachelor of Education at Monash University. He tours with bands, and has been a top act at the Melbourne Recital Centre, and part if The Melbourne Music week at St Pauls. He is very enthusiastic and excited to be teaching drums.
Having learnt piano since the age of 5, Jake progressed to AMEB Classical Piano grade 8, and has now been studying Jazz for 8 years. Jake is in 2nd year Bachelor of Music ( Major jazz Performance) at Monash University. He is an incredible pianist, and is involved in 28 ensembles, and plays in gigs 5 times per week in Jazz clubs and venues about town. Jake loves Composition, and is presently writing a musical for the Melbourne Fringe Festival for this September at Chapel on Chapel. He has been teaching piano for 5 years and has joined schools for th past 12 months teaching primary age students. He will be an inspiration to his students.