CAN YOU LEARN?
DO I TEACH?
Level: beginner to AMEB pianoforte grade 8 or equivalent
Style: all including classical, contemporary and jazz
Level: beginner to intermediate
Style: contemporary and jazz
THEORY / MUSICIANSHIP
Level: beginner to AMEB musicianship grade 4 or equivalent
Level: all including HSC Music 1 and Music 2
Children from children 3+ years old
Adults to 70+ years old!
My name is Sendy and I facilitate learning music through enjoyment and creativity, directed by the goals and interests of students.
Exploration and learning is facilitated through a holistic combination of technique, theory, ear-training, rhythm and general musicality directly relevant to student goals. I aim to support through an approach that is kind, respectful, positive, engaging, stimulating and flexible. Over many years, I have observed that each student is unique, with different experiences, learning styles, tendencies, habits and personalities. Consequently, rather than teaching by one fixed method, I draw from various methods including, but not limited to, Montessori, Yamaha, Suzuki and educational kinesiology. I believe it is important to balance methodic structure with organic flexibility and practical application that is directly and immediately relevant to students.
For as long as I remember, I have been making music. My musical experience is outlined below:
Began playing piano at age 3.
Trained under various private teachers and educational systems including Montessori, Yamaha and Australian Institute of Music.
Offered places at the Sydney Conservatorium High School and Newtown School of Performing Arts.
Sang in various choirs including the Australian Youth Choir and the NSW Public Schools Singers with whom I toured the US at the age of 15, performing at venues including the Kennedy Centre (Washington, D.C.), St Patrick's Church (New York City) and Disneyland (Anaheim).
Completed all 8 grades in AMEB Pianoforte and 4 grades in AMEB Musicianship.
At the HSC level, I gained a place on the Distinguished Achievers List for music (top HSC band in NSW).
Commenced jazz voice training in 2006 privately and at the Australian Institute of Music. Teachers include Lily Dior and Tamara Waitodas.
Completed various courses at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Open Academy including SIMA's 2012 Young Womens' Jazz Workshop (voice) and Jazz Improvisation (piano) with David Pudney in 2013.
Currently studying at the Australian Institute of Music - Graduate Certificate of Music (Contemporary Performance) majoring in voice.
Other instrumental experience includes the melodica, acoustic guitar, violin, Tibetan singing bowl, etc.
My teaching experience spans over 15 years internationally with students of all ages ranging from age 3 to adult, in individual and group environments both privately and institutionally. I speak English, Mandarin and intermediate Italian.