Hi I’m Quinn, I’ve been teaching piano since 2004. I specialize in teaching jazz and blues piano, including theory and how to improvise. I teach all levels, from absolute beginners to advanced jazz, blues and improvisation techniques. I also help students prepare for AMEB exams.
I currently teach in two locations across Melbourne. In the north, I travel throughout the area loosely bound by Brunswick East, Carlton North, Fitzroy North and Northcote. In the south, I service the area bound by Armadale, Caulfield, Carnegie, Elsternwick, Elwood, Malvern, Prahran, St Kilda and Toorak. In addition, online lessons using the zoom video conferencing app (free to download and use) are available Australia-wide. This may be especially handy for students who live in remote areas out of reach of a piano teacher. See my fees page for information on lesson prices.
My teaching style is based on the needs of the student. Some of my students excel within the Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB) structure, working through the grades and doing regular exams. Others do better just learning for pleasure at their own pace, whether it’s blues, jazz, pop-songs or the classics. I try to work with the student’s strengths to build confidence, then tackle at their own pace what they find difficult. I also try to instill an inquisitiveness about the theory of music rather than just learning by copying and repetition, so the student really understands what they are playing, and the knowledge is for life.
Also, rest assured that I have a working with children check (WWCC) Vic and NSW. You can ask to see my Vic WWCC card or look me up on the Vic WWCC website to verify my status. My Vic WWCC number is 2377604A.