Who We Are

Established in 2006, Whittlesea Music has provided quality musical education with a team of young, professional teachers for over 14 years. We pride ourselves in ensuring our students gain a passion and enthusiasm for music, and an appreciation and understanding of musical theory and techniques in a range of styles.

“Music literally shaped my life. From learning as a young person to performing all over the country and overseas, music is always what I wanted to do, and being a musician is who I always wanted to be. It has taught me countless skills, and introduced me to people I now consider family. Music has always played a massive role in celebrating, grieving, earning and expressing myself during my life, and I have spent the last 20 years teaching and coaching others, encouraging them to find their personal connection with music. Music is everything to me, and it’s my pleasure to pass it onto you.”
Damian Marshall – Director

The Team

Damian Marshall

Director

Erin Marshall

Assistant Director

Elise Clark-Pearman

Manager/Communications

“Music for me is the essence of everything that I am, it is what has supported me through many aspects of my life thus is far. From my experience as a teacher over the years I have seen profound changes in children as well as adults. It has the power to expand us emotionally, mentally as well as intellectually allowing us to become the very best version of ourselves. Teaching to me is more than just the music itself, its giving the students the key to creativity and self-expression through the understanding of music from a theory point of view as well as practical.

I believe Whittlesea Music holds the key values that are essential for our students to improve, and be inspired. It is a privilege to manage a school that I believe in”

Aaron Clark-Pearman

DRUMKIT

“Teaching for me is passing on knowledge, and watching the students grow as a musician. I get great satisfaction in helping the students develop, whilst ensuring they have fun throughout the learning process.”

Adam Buller

GUITAR / PIANO / UKULELE / DRUMS / BASS GUITAR

‘Music is inspiring, a great creative outlet, and rewarding. Above all else, music should be fun! My goal as an instrumental music teacher is to have as much fun as we can, whilst always working to improve techniques and abilities.

Alex Sidrov

DRUMS

Bill Ilkovski

Drums, Guitar, Piano, Flute, Persian Tar, Afghan rabab, Persian santoor, Chinese dizi flute, Macedonian kaval flute, Japanese shakuhachi flute, Indian bansuri flute, Turkish new flute, Congas/Bongos

“The holistic nature of music education can transform a student’s entire being. It lays a broad and deep foundation within the student’s mind, body and spirit that enriches their capacity to appreciate information and beauty in all areas of their life, allowing them to fullfil their potential and contribute positively. According to Plato “music training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul”
Dean Kalaitzidis

Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone

Jack Dobson

Bass Guitar, Guitar

“I’ve always found that music is one of the best ways to express myself, and I love guiding students to be able to do the same. Whether they are beginners or more advanced, I always try to adapt the lesson to the individual and help them discover what they love about music.”

Joshua Verco

CELLO, DOUBLE BASS, ELECTRIC BASS

“Teaching instrumental music is a way to pass down and share the experience, passion and creativity that I have cultivated over years of study and performance. I always hope to empower my students with the skills and enthusiasm to become independent learners and role models, as they will become the next generation of teachers and performers.”

Natalie Moran

PIANO

“Listening to and playing music is a highly rewarding activity. As a music teacher, my goal is to pass on the joy that music brings to people’s day to day lives. I have experienced this joy countless times myself and it is why I love to teach. I seek to inspire the children so that they become enthusiastic about all that music entails. It is a privilege for me to see them learn and grow and progress, so they can share this joy with those around them. Whether a student plays piano, or sings, or plays the violin, it always brings delight to those who listen; it is a gift to others.”

Nicholas Heyward

GUITAR, DRUMKIT, TRUMPET, PIANO

“I became a music teacher due to my love and passion for the industry and to have the ability to teach everything I have learnt to my students in the best way possible. Music is my passion and to pass on my knowledge feels incredible. I love helping the students gain an appreciation for the music industry, and music as a whole. I love watching their creativity flourish.”

Penelope Somerville

VIOLIN, VIOLA, UKULELE, GUITAR, VOCALS

“I enjoy being a music teacher because I have a great love for a wide variety of music and enjoy encouraging students’ musical appreciation while seeing their progress develop.”

Riccardo Estate

Vocal, Piano & Guitar

“Music is a powerful outlet for self expression and I love sharing that through my teaching. I encourage my students to create their own music while learning to play their instruments in a practical way.”

Sam Paterson

Guitar, Drums

Tom Sherwood

Drums and Guitar

“Music for me has the power to change lives. It’s something that is always there when we need it. It’s able to communicate things that we haven’t found words for yet – the language is universal. Being able to use my knowledge of music and the industry to help students find their passion is something I love doing. Whether it be guitar or drums, watching my students grow into confident performers is truly humbling.”

Victoria Knight

Vocals