About Our Teachers
Featured Teacher of the Year
Dr Mikhail Dumnov ( Misha Doumnov) is a Composer, performer and teacher. He was initially trained in Music Performance and Composition. He hs worked on composing for film, theatre and contempory art Music in 2001. Dr Dumnov teaches violin in a variety of styles and contexts, from classical to varioous Eastwrn flok music as well as pop and dance genres. He toured the UK ith his band BOBOK as the front man vocalist / violinist.
Dr Dumnov completed hi PHD in Composition at the University of Edinburugh. His cmpositions have been played by Orchestras and he is the author of a new Pediaggy method and continues practice based research int his field. In 2020, his works have included film soundtracks and new composition commissions from Southern Cross Orchestra and Orquestra Marga Marga ( chile), as well as a Commision form the city of melbourne for LaMama Theatre. Dr Dumnov appeared on-line as a guest lecturer at te University of Kansas in February 2021.
He brings a world wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm for teaching , and is presently stationed at one of the primary schools. He is a rare specialist and recognises the importance and benefits of beginning years of learning an instrument for primary school age children.
Violin, Cello, Flute, PIano, and Singing
Cassandra David is an enormusly multi-talented specialist music teacher
teaching on line music lessons for Hands On Music.
Cassandra presently only teaches music lessons on-line.
Cassandra has a Degree in Music Performance, and is grade 8 in piano, flute and violin, as well as classically trained voice major for her studies. She is able to take the student through AMEB exams
Cassandra is wonderful at inspiring/motivating her students to want to learn about their instrument.
Leon Ross holds a Bachelor of Music ( Majoring in Performance) and a Masters
in Screen Composition. Leon has been teaching in performing arts for many years.
He has a hugely creative apporach to everything he does. He has been composing
classical music for 15 years and studied with the Edith Cowen University.
He has also achieved a Diploma of Sound Engineering Majoring in sound physics )
and holds an Electronic Music Certificate (III) Leon has completed work for Disney, and has amazing prospects as he moves forward in his profession . He can also lead and take workshops /classes for primary lschool evel to instruct on songwritng, to development of a musical ear. Leon is a truly inspirational piano teacher, unlike any other.
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.
Guitar, Bass Guitar, and Piano
Ben Bradhurst is a most highly qualified Specialist teacher who has a Bachelor Degree of Music Performance ( jazz major) from Monash University. He also is a music producer for commercial jingles and theme pieces.
Guitar, Bass Guitar, Eukele and piano
Andrew Consolino has been teaching guitar for Hands On Music for the past 6 months, he has Bachelor In Applied Music ( Composition major) and as well as treaching guitar , he can also teach workshops in songwriting and piano. He has wriiten scores fro short films and is also a Music Producer.
Daniel Waddingham is a pop/rock/jazz Specialist Guitar teacher. He is also professionally involved in band performances and music production. He has a Diploma in Music, and 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.
Singing, Guitar and Piano
Matthew Heard is a specialist singing, guitar, eukele, and piano teacher. He has has a Bachelor Degree of Applied Music (performance major).Matthew is a tenor and has been an active member of a Nationa acapello group that has won competiitions, both here and internationally. He is very enthusiastic and passionate about teaching.
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. Rebecca is also continuing to study with her passion for music production, the Bachelor of Audio engineering.
Amogh Ananth is a young violin teacher with a Bachelor Degree in Music Performance from Monash. He has been teaching violin in primary schools for 'Hands On Music' for one year now, and is delighted to assist and inspire his violin students to take AMEB exams. Amogh has also studied violin in New York, played at Hamer Hall as well solo perfromacnes at the St Paul's Cathedral in Melbourne.
Byrce Zelno has extensive experience in accompaniment drumming. He holds V.C.E drums and also has a Bachelor of Music ( Performance Major) from Monash University. He is involved with music production and he is very enthusiastic and excited to be teaching drums.
Harrison Lam began learning from an early child, and has progressed to AMEB Classical Piano
grade 8, and beyond in his Bachelor Degree Music studies. He is an incredible pianist, who enjoys playing in recitals, and can inspire a budding pianist to learn well .
He has been teaching piano for 5 years, and joined Hands on Music 12 months ago, now teaching primary age students. He will be an inspiration to his students.