I began learning the piano at age 16, initially teaching myself the blues and rock piano before starting traditional lessons with a teacher. After finishing high school I developed an interest in classical music and for the next 4 years dedicated myself to studying piano and music theory – sitting exams and practicing mercilessly. In 2003, just five years after I took up the piano, I received my Associate diploma in Pianoforte from the AMEB and was accepted into a Bachelor of Music Studies and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. While at the Sydney Conservatorium I studied both classical and jazz piano, advanced music theory and harmony, improvisation, and piano pedagogy, among other areas of music study. I graduated in 2008.
Since graduating I have continued to teach piano and music theory as well as continuing my own studies, in particular music theory and composition. I am a keen amateur composer and have composed many pieces, primarily piano music intended for students.
My lessons focus on helping students to develope a practical understanding of how to make music at the piano, as well as developing effective learning strategies. Emphasis in the lessons is placed on creativity and allowing the student to develop naturally as a musician. Where music is concerned, I believe that we never stop learning, so my goal as a piano teacher is to help my students understand music and the process of creating music, so they may become effective independent learners.