Drums, Congas, Djembe, Guitar, Bass.
Felipe Cornejo has been one of the most in demand percussionist in Australia for the past 15 years.
Born in Chile in 1979 and then moved to Australia at the age of 5.
Felipe musical education began with Javier Fredes (Percussion Legend in Australia),Gerry Pantazis (one of Australia’s most sought after drummer) and Jose Hernandez (Member of Wemilere-Sacred Drum and Teacher of School of Felix Varela, Cuba), also studied a Diploma of music at NMIT.
Felipe has performed/recorded and toured with some of Australia’s top musicians and bands, Los Cabrones(Australia) a member for 15 years of one of most admired bands in Australia with arguably the top jazz musicians in Australia, Felix Baloy(Buena Vista Social Club, toured around Australia’s east coast), Odequis Reve(Orquesta Reve, performed for the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Rumberos(Australia), Sam Keveers(Jazz group called the Nonnetts), Julian Wilson, Carlitos Way, Saskwatch, Daniel Gassin Sextet, Kenny Lopez, Del Barrio, Clavemania,
Felipe has also performed at a number of festivals, Melbourne International Jazz Fest(2007,2016), Wangaratta Jazz Festival(2016), Woodford Festival, Port Fairy Festival, St Kilda Festival, 4 Days on the Island, and he has also traveled international with performances in Shanghai(China) and New Zealandand and many more.
guitar, bass guitar, ukulele, banjo, piano, saxophone
Brendan McSwain is a full time instrumental teacher with well over a decade of experience. He started learning to play guitar at as a child, and began playing in rock and metal bands as a teenager, he later moved on to study jazz and develop a really strong understanding of theory, improvisation and composition. He has spent the last few years recording original music and performing extensively in multiple bands throughout Victoria and Interstate. Brendan has had many students achieve great exam results and go on to study at a university level and gain employment in the music industry.
Drums and Percussion
Beginning at the age of seventeen and Having Two and a half decades of playing experience in various bands, recording and session projects, as well as musical academic excellence in the ANZCA system, Adem is a versatile musician who has been teaching the drums for nearly twenty years. He emphasises a strong musical foundation, teaching music reading, basic musical history and leans heavily on the motto: “crawl before you walk, walk before you run”. Adem currently plays with local cover band “Funkshun” and Ballarat based combo “The Darbys “.
Steven Prince aka 'The Master'
Steven Prince is a musician with wide experience. He has been a guitarist for over 44 years and a teacher for over 26 years. Steven's experience includes many years playing guitar and singing in bands, being a songwriter both for himself and other singers as well as recording, releasing and producing albums. He has been the band leader of a number of bands and the Music Director of two contemporary style churches, coordinating various musicians, singers and choirs.
Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, mandolin, banjo
Mark is a lively enthusiastic and engaging full time instrumental teacher. An excellent motivator tailoring his teaching to the individual requirements of his students. Using his natural empathy for people, Mark is able to create a strong bond with his students to enable them to be the best they can be. With over 28 years experience as a Teacher and musician Mark has collaborated with a variety of musicians gaining all the knowledge required to bring his teaching to new levels that are based on real life playing experiences.
Mark employs a technique known as “active listening” - a technique that is used in counselling and training. Active listening enhances both the listener and speaker’s ability to fully concentrate, understand, absorb and pass on the information given during the exchange with greater clarity and empathy.
Mark specialises in a number of different styles, “metal” being a personal favourite and can assist you with sight reading, AMEB, ANZCA, VCE, song writing, music theory, effective practice techniques, style analysis, and on the spot transcribing and playing your favourite songs. Mark uses a score writer program called Sibelius 7.5 for creating, editing and printing music scores for each session
Piano, Viola, Cello and Violin
Julia has been playing Viola since she was a child and has been teaching for a number of years. Her "forte" is viola, but also she teaches Cello, Piano and Violin. Teaching is a very important part of her life as she truly enjoys bringing the gift of music to people of all ages. Whether you wish to accomplish exams through ANZC or simply learn to play an instrument for your own enjoyment, Julia will accommodate all levels of ability.