About Andrea



I began learning the piano at age 6 in country Victoria under Janine Fox and Judy Hall, moving to Melbourne to study under Professor Ian Holtham at the Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne.

After university, I began The Music Collective, a music and dance school based in Carlton. The Music Collective brought together a group of talented performers and teachers offering lessons and ensembles in a wide range of instruments, voice and dance. Operating successfully from 1995 to 2005, The Music Collective provided education in the performing arts to hundreds of children and adults, and employed over 20 musicians and performers in their craft.

From 2005 to 2010 I was Musical Director and Conductor of Squawkestra, a community orchestra for adult beginner and returning musicians. The orchestra participated in numerous concerts and performances, including on ABC TV’s “Spicks and Specks“, Darebin & Yarra Music Festivals and many others.

Inspired by my interactions with learners from all backgrounds, in 2016 I began a Masters in Social Work at the University of Melbourne, with a particular interest in mental health.

As of 2019, I have been teaching piano for over 30 years in a variety of settings, the last 10 years of which have been in my home based studio. I have a passion for teaching adult students of all levels and particularly students with mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression and PTSD.

My partner, composer Tom Henry and I have two young sons who both enjoy playing piano, singing and making a mess with Lego (everywhere!).

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Music (B.Mus) – University of Melbourne
Associate in Music (A.Mus A) – Australian Music Examination Board
Masters in Social Work (to complete 2019) – University of Melbourne

AMEB registered teacher, current Working with Children Check and Australian Police Check.

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