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”

Danielle Moore

Accounts Manager

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.”

Aaron Schembri

GUITAR & BASS

“I enjoy seeing students of all ages progress and enjoy themselves whilst learning their instrument.”

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 Ristovski

Saxaphone, Flute and Clarinet

“Music has always been a major part of my life. For me, music brings joy to life and has allowed me to express, explore, and challenge myself and grow as a person. As a music teacher, I aim to allow my students to discover the joy and excitement of music and the benefits it can offer them.”

David Kent

Guitar and Piano

“I love teaching music and sharing the joy with my students when they realise they can play their favourite songs! I’m really passionate about learning and teaching the language of music so that my students can express their own creativity and pursue the social connections that music can lead to.”

Hui Yan Yap

VIOLIN / VIOLA / PIANO

‘As a violin and piano teacher for 5 years, I strongly believe in working together as a partnership with my students in nurturing both their musical and character developments. The collective effort and spirit of camaraderie between the student and teacher (or performers) is the essence that drive a piece of music to shine to its fullest potential. It is truly heartwarming to be able to see each of my students grow and taking on each challenge to expand their creativity and musical expression. As to repay my debts of gratitude to my music teachers and orchestra seniors, I hope to carry on that enjoyment, resilience and expansive state of mind for many generations to come.’

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.”

Joseph Abou Zeid

PIANO

“Music was my passion since I was young. I learnt to play the piano and used to accompany the Church Choir on Sunday. I taught music through the Orff approach at different primary schools, I believe in this approach because it encourages active music making that can take a musical idea from the simple to the complex. I enjoy teaching music because I like to share the knowledge / passion that I have and pass it on to my students.”

Lachlan Riggs

DRUMKIT

“My love for music makes teaching such a passion of mine. I’ve grown up with a musical background where I’ve always enjoyed listening, learning and playing music. For me, teaching the drums is not just about giving students notes to read on a page, but instead giving them a place to express themselves, enjoy themselves and grow on the drum kit while guiding them in the right direction musically. One of the greatest feelings is seeing a student improve and finally overcome something that has seemed impossible to them.”

Melanie Wason

VOCAL / GUITAR /PIANO

‘Music has always been my safe place so I love being able to provide that environment and mode of escape for my students, whilst encouraging them to pursue their musical talents.’
Nanette Mangoba

Vocal and Piano

“Music has always been in my life for as long as I remember and has always been something I turn to no matter how happy, sad or whatever emotion I’m feeling. It’s one thing to listen to music, it’s another to be able to play/sing it. My passion for teaching music stems from my own teaching mentors, who taught me with passion and understanding of music. I want to continue that cycle with my students and hope to be that passionate teacher for them.”

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.”