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Mannys Music School


Mannys Music School aims to give students the opportunity to further their understanding and enjoyment of music. Our teachers are all working musicians in the Melbourne music scene and bring a widely diverse perspective to their lessons. Manny’s Music School accommodates beginners to advanced students, or anyone who would like to polish up on their skills or try a new method to incorporate into their style. Our Music School runs on a term-by-term basis.

Call us for more details on 9486 8555 or email at musicschool@mannys.com.au

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TermStart DateEnd Date
First TermMonday 29th JanuaryThursday 29th March
Second TermMonday 16th AprilSaturday 30th June
Third TermMonday 16th JulySaturday 22nd September
Fourth TermMonday 8th OctoberSaturday 15th December



Naomi Lennox - Piano

Naomi Lennox is a passionate teacher and seasoned performer who began learning piano at age five. Naomi loves the piano, seeing it not only as a great ensemble and solo instrument, but also as an orchestra under your fingertips. Her teaching philosophy includes supplying her students with a well-rounded knowledge of the music they are learning. Not just the theory, but the passion associated with it.

In 2009 she travelled to the ANU to learn clarinet with Alan Vivien, aural and theory with Bengt-Olov Palmquist and piano with Arnan Weisal. She began a Bachelor of Music in clarinet at the ANU under Alan Vivien. Upon changes to the School of Music in 2012, in 2013, she transferred to University of Melbourne to study a Bachelor of Music. Naomi teaches clarinet, piano, aural and theory and plays in various orchestras and chamber ensembles.

Emma Gardner - Voice

Emma is a passionate and versatile teacher and vocalist who has years over 20 years experience, beginning her musical journey in Perth at age 8 when she received her ?rst instrumental lessons and developed her love of music. Over the years Emma has explored varying styles of singing; studying classical, contemporary and jazz techniques.

Emma’s musical journey has taken her across Australia with such artists as Tina Arena, Leah Haywood, Ross Wilson, Eric Weiderman, support acts for Marina Prior, Dionne Warwick and 10CC and has performed lead and backing vocals for rock, pop, soul, jazz, gospel, blues, dance and funk projects with repertoire of covers and original music.

As a teacher Emma has trained students from a wide range of ages and levels of ability. It is her aim to see students gain con?dence and skills with their voice whilst also developing musical knowledge and have an understanding of theory, from beginners to advanced.

“I love voices! Its such a personal instrument and I ?nd it a privilege to play a part in helping people ?nd their sound along with look after their voice. ” Emma Gardner

Emily Shaw - Drums

Emily Shaw is a versatile session musician and seasoned live performer who maintains a busy live schedule with several Melbourne bands. A graduate of NMIT’s Australian Popular Music degree course Emily has been playing drums for nine years and has been taught and inspired by some of Australia’s elite drummers including David Jones (Paul Grabowski, John Foreman, Marcia Hines, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra), Tanya Cavanagh (The Divinyls, Bachelor Girl), Simon Barker (Australian Art Orchestra) and Ronny Ferella (Doug DeVries). In November 2011 Emily and her band Slow Chase recorded their second EP with ARIA award winning producer Jonathan Burnside (The Living End, Grinspoon, Faith No More, The Sleepy Jackson). For more info visit http://www.facebook.com/slowchase Emily has been teaching Rock, Metal, Funk, Pop and Jazz for seven years. Her lessons are fun, positive and designed to deliver results for all ages and abilities.

Will Luby - Guitar/Bass/Piano

Will Luby is a dedicated and accomplished musician and teacher who has been playing and performing music for most of his life. He sees his life’s vocation to be a teacher, player, performer and writer of anything and all things musical.

He has been playing and studying guitar for over 15 years and completed NMIT’s Bachelor of Music Degree in 2011. His guitar playing has seen him play in many different bands of a wide variety of styles including Rock, Pop, Jazz and Blues.

His current band, Fractures, has seen him play shows and festivals all over the country and the world. This has included one of Austrlia’s biggest festivals: Splendour in the Grass, and shows and festivals through North America and Europe including New York, London and Paris.

He has been teaching for over 8 years to students of all ages, from beginners to highly advanced players. He believes the best way to learn something is to have fun with it and focus on what you really feel passionate about. This is reflected in his teaching style.

Will teaches a wide variety and styles including: Pop, Rock, Jazz, Blues and Country, from lead playing to rhythm playing and everything in between.

Sim Kirkpatrick - Guitar

Sim’s passion for music and guitar has spanned over 30 years. Her progression as a guitarist began at the age of 7; learning folk, country, children’s songs and classical before discovering rock, grunge and metal as a teenager. Sim began playing in bands at the age of 15 and teaching guitar at 16. Since then, she has played in an array of ensembles performing jazz, funk, blues, metal, folk, fusion, Latin, performance art and big bands along the east coast of Australia and throughout the world. Currently Sim plays with Lovely Beast a groove based alternative rock band. Sim also plays session guitar for various artists in and around Melbourne.

Sim completed a Diploma of Contemporary Music at the Northern Rivers Conservatorium, followed by a Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Music at Southern Cross University. On completion of her studies Sim lived, taught music, travelled and gigged overseas; performing in bands and solo in a multitude of countries including Ireland, Japan, Spain and Germany.

Sim’s goal as a music educator is to instill a love for music and help students develop into technically proficient self-sufficient creative musicians. She teaches a broad curriculum that covers most genres of music from rock to jazz to classical. Sim incorporates technique, theory, improvisation, reading, composition, musicianship, and songs in to fun and relaxed lessons. Aware that every student has different goals and musical tastes, Sim taylors her lessons to each students needs and abilities.

Rob Mcpherson - Guitar/Bass

Rob has been playing guitar for almost 30 years and through his passion for all styles of music, has performed (among other things) blues, rock, jazz, funk, roots, electro and pop with innumerous bands…

Current bandwork sees him rounding out the other half of the dual-guitar instrumental powerhouse, ‘Hot Wings’, as well as his own multi-media, filmic solo project, ‘Garagee’.

His skills as a multi-instrumentalist, engineer and producer have seen him work with many local bands and artists including Shhor, Jane McArthur, Hesius Dome, The Claremont Street Singers and Telltale.

Rob completed an Advanced Diploma of Music (Contemporary) at the Box Hill Institute College of Music and went on to further complete a Bachelor of Teaching at Melbourne Uni., majoring in secondary level classroom music and instrumental guitar teaching. Ensuing internships and job positions at Fairhills Secondary College, Blackburn Secondary College, Box Hill Tafe, Ron Leigh’s Music Factory, Billy Hydes and Mannys have assisted him in developing a very focused and individually tailored approach to teaching. Through these appointments Rob has coached dozens of VCE students through their coursework, many of whom have been accepted to and continued on to tertiary studies and subsequent employment in the areas of music performance, sound production and music education.

Tim Burnham - Drums

Tim Burnham is a dynamic, successful and engaging teacher and performer. He has tutored students through to VCE and University level music and fostered talent and ability in primary aged students. HIs natural ability across all music genres transposes effortlessly into his teaching style. Students are taken through technique and theory, whilst never losing their initial passion and engagement with music.

As a teacher he is known for his wealth of knowledge, love of sharing it, enthusiasm, commitment and good humour. Students of all ages and abilities feel welcome and included in his sessions.

As a performer he is known for his outstanding ability to collaborate with musicians in all genres, his dynamicism, and exceptional skills. This has allowed him to enjoy years travelling around Australia with many successful and reputable artists, to festivals and private events.

Tim is a stand out professional who will help you take your skills to the next level and continue a life long love of music.

Kristen Hodgson - Guitar/Keys/Voice

Kristen is a passionate performer and composer who has been playing music her entire life.

From having lessons at the young age of 7, to attending McDonald College of Performing Arts where she took home awards such as Best Composition. To completing certificate III, IV, Diploma and an Advanced Diploma of Music, her musical knowledge and performance grew from a vast background of styles.

She has played at many of Sydney’s music venues, as a solo artist and with bands in various genres. As a teacher, she has taught and trained students from a variety of ages, levels and experience. The lessons are always shaped to the individual. Everyone is different and that’s why the lessons should be.

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