Students have performed with very high standards to receive A+ results from Preliminary to passing their Licentiate Diploma.
Successfully guided students to receive their Full Music Scholarships to Prestigious Private Schools.
Trained students to become Championship and place winners in a range of local eisteddfods and competitions.
STUDENTS PAST AND PRESENT
Full Music Scholarship Pymble Ladies College
Starting her first lessons with Steven, Alana has significantly matured as a promising young violinist. After she had spent some time learning piano, Alana picked up her first ¼ violin and began playing her first tunes. Over a few years, Alana passed her 1st - 6th-grade exams all with A+ (High Distinction). With these promising results, they worked together to prepare a special programme of roughly AMus level pieces for Music Scholarship audition, where she was successful in receiving a Full Scholarship to the prestigious Pymble Ladies College (PLC). Steven is proud that Alana was admitted into the Rising Stars program where she continued her violin studies with renown pedagogue Alice Waten. Alana later achieved her AMus with Distinction, won opportunities to perform solo at Carnegie Hall and Sydney Opera House, participated in International Violin Competitions, Chamber Music Festivals and even attended summer schools in America. Wishing Alana all the best!
"Steven is Alana's first violin teacher and he has been really helping Alana shape her musicality with technique work and working on pieces that she really enjoy. Steven is always patient, supportive, energetic and with a sense of humour. Steven has a wonderful passion for both playing and teaching. He is also multi talented in piano, violin and music theory."
Full Music Scholarship Ravenswood School for Girls
Mary studied with Steven and gained much momentum in her musical learning, achieving many milestones and culminating with her receiving two full music scholarship offers to two very prestigious private schools, Ravenswood and Wenona School. She is now a full music scholar at Ravenswood School for Girls. During her studies with Steven, she was of a roughly Grade 3 violin standard and Grade 7 piano standard. She moved on to achieve:
Violin Grade 5 – A +
Piano CMus – A+
AMEB Theory Grade 5 – Honours
AMEB Theory Grade 4 – Honours
She was also very successful in Eisteddfods, winning championships and place positions for Sydney, Ryde, St George, Penrith, Hawkesbury Eisteddfods to list a few. For her Scholarship audition, we prepared roughly AMus violin repertoire and LMus piano repertoire, and she was very successful in her application. Well Done Mary.
"Steven has been a significant part of my musical journey, teaching me with passion, skill and rigour. He has always been very helpful and hardworking, even outside of lessons, often providing further feedback and resources. Also, he has helped me improve my performance skills as well as furthering my appreciation for music in general."
Full Music Scholarship Knox Grammar School
Young Owen started the violin from scratch with Steven when he was 9, after having already learnt piano, With a very good ear and great finger facility, Owen worked hard to grasp the technical nature of the violin, progressing very quickly and steadily. Within 2 years, Owen attended and won violin sections at local eisteddfods, achieved his CMus for violin as well as prepared an AMusA program for his Music Scholarship Audition. Along with preparing pieces on the piano, Owen was awarded a Full Music Scholarship to Knox Grammar. Owen excels in solo performances, having performed in venues such as the Sydney Opera House. At Knox, Owen has been a section leader in his schools’ string ensemble and orchestra whilst carrying out other musical duties as a Music Scholar. Steven also mentored Owen in General Knowledge and Musicianship Grade 6 which helped him attain his Licentiate Diploma with Distinction on the Piano.
Starting a new instrument isn’t easy; however, with the right teacher, they can alter the experiences from being difficult and boring to fun and exciting. Steven executes the fun aspect of learning exceptionally well, and I feel I wouldn’t have progressed as fast musically, and become the Music Scholar I am today without him. Thank you, Steven!
Bachelor of Music/Engineering
Having moved onto Stevens tutelage to prepare for his Grade 8 Piano exam, Jason has matured musically and developed a deep passion for music, where he is now studying a Bachelor of Music/Engineering at UNSW to further his musical studies. Steven also aided in Jason’s IB music studies in performance, composition and musicology. During his studies with Steven. Jason completed his:
AMEB Comprehensive Grade 8 – A+
AMEB Musicianship Grade 6 – HD
AMEB Piano AMus – Pass
CBE Piano LCBE (Licentiate) – Pass with Distinction
Jason has also participated and won prizes in many local eisteddfods, a highlight being a finalist and cash prize winner of Ryde’s Mozart Society section. Jason is also an avid violist where he commonly performs in chamber ensembles and symphony orchestras.
"The time spent under Steven's tutelage revitalised my love for piano and music in ways I could never have imagined. It sounds almost too idealistic or even fabricated, but the combination of his skilled teaching, empathetic personality, and moreover, passion for music makes for lessons in which one can both learn and enjoy. Prior to being his student, I was taught with very traditional methods from a very traditional teacher, which, despite achieving good results, began to disengage me from the motivation in which I originally had for piano. Transferring to Steven through a teaching school, the teacher-student interactions were immediately more inviting, and as time passed, so was the educational style. His mix of both traditional and modern techniques in the lessons create a tailored learning experience for his students, allowing arising challenges to be dealt with through focused techniques. Being his student not only granted a new perspective on my previous experiences, but opened new doors into music, and expanded my knowledge of musicology, all of which I still carry with me today."
Piano Associate and Licentiate Diplomas
Nixon came to Steven after completing his 7th Grade Piano exam with a B+. He is a very musical student and had vast potential to further his abilities. With much dedication to technique, tone and style, Nixon quickly developed a deep passion for Piano and went on to achieve amazing feats:
AMEB 8th Grade – A
AMEB CMus – A
AMEB AMusA – Pass
CBE ACBE - Pass with Distinction
AMEB LMusA – Pass
AMEB Musicianship 6th Grade - HD
He also participated in a multitude of local Eisteddfods, winning many championships and cash prizes from Sydney, Ryde, St George, Hawkesbury and Sutherland eisteddfods. He has also involved himself with a Music Theatre group where he regularly performs in the orchestral for musical productions. This year Nixon is preparing for his Music 2 and Extension work for High School.
"Steven is a dedicated and passionate teacher who has been the light that has helped guide me through this amazing musical journey. Even if they were challenging, steep mountains to pass through, he would encourage and push me to my limits to overcome these hurdles. Along the way, he has given me more insightful knowledge in musicology and improved my performance and compositional skills."
Violin Associate and Licentiate Diplomas
After completing her 7th Grade with another teacher, Winny was introduced to Steven from another teacher. She is a very bright girl who was extremely organised, dedicated to her work and always took on board the teacher's advice and suggestions. Winny produced outstanding results during her time learning with Steven:
AMEB Violin CMus A+
AMEB Violin AMus Pass
AMEB Violin LMus Pass
AMEB Musicianship 6th Grade - Distinction
AMEB Piano CMus A+
After her AMEB diploma work, Winny continued focused her energy on her IB Music Exams. Well Done Winny!
"Steven has undoubtedly been integral to my music education. I loved lessons with him that were full of learning but through a fun way. His adaptable and effective teaching styles allowed me to discover how to convey stories through music, charged with emotional power. Without Steven, I wouldn’t have been able to achieve so many things!"