Introducing Ashley

Ashley Advanced Recital Certificate (SCSM), AMusA (pending) Ashley joined the Sono team in 2022. Based at our Kedron-Wavell studio, Ashley brings with her several years of teaching experience working with clients of all ages and abilities. Ashley has a track … Read more

Introducing Olivia

Olivia Olivia (Bachelor of Film and Television) joined the Sono team in 2022. She is a singer/songwriter, recording artist and vocal coach who enjoys working with people of all ages to assist them both vocally and in the creative process … Read more

Winter 2022 Piano Recital Programme and Information

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If you are performing at our upcoming Piano Recital on June 26, please refer to the programme below for information including which session you are allocated to. Use page arrows bottom left to view all pages in viewer. A site … Read more

Introducing Aidan

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Aidan

Aidan joined the Sono team in 2022, bringing with him a wealth of practical know-how. He is an extremely talented young player with over seven years of performing in stage bands and small jazz ensembles. He is currently studying at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, majoring in Jazz performance.

 

Why have you chosen to pursue a career in music education?

I have always wanted to wake up and work at a job that I love. I have chosen a pathway into music education because it combines my passion for teaching and for music.

What do you love most about your role at Sono?

What I love most about my role is that I am in a position to meet new people and teach them about something that has already brought so much joy into my life. I hope that music can have a positive effect on my clients and become a lifelong passion for them.

What is your main aim when working with clients?

My mission as a teacher is to create an open environment to develop good communication between myself and parents and clients. I also ensure my clients are happy and satisfied with their lessons. I believe music should be enjoyed. With each client I strive for consistent improvement, increased confidence and a growing knowledge of music.

Do you play any additional instruments?

I sing and play both the alto and tenor saxophone.

Do you perform regularly?

I am in a band called Colleen Ave, there are four of us and we play and write music mostly in the Indie Rock genre.

What are your favourite styles of music/influences?

My favourite styles of music are jazz, blues and indie. This is because I love the complex chord progressions and freedom to improvise. I draw inspiration from jazz pianists such as Bill Evans and Oscar Peterson due to their innovation and the way they create so much meaning in their playing. My favourite bands are Sticky Fingers and Ocean Alley due to their diverse discography and creativity.

Introducing Yuma

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Yuma

Yuma (Diploma of Music Performance, Diploma of Teaching) is a highly accomplished pianist with several years of performing and teaching experience. He is currently working towards obtaining the prestigious Trinity College London Licentiate (LTCL) in piano performance.

Why have you chosen to pursue a career in music education?

Music is my absolute passion, and has given me a life-lasting expression. Playing a song and really getting your soul into it is a truly amazing experience. Whether it is travelling to the sand dunes with Tchaikovsky’s Arabesques, or walking downtown in 1920s New York with one of Gershwin’s Rhapsodies, music can take you anywhere. I am a compassionate and caring person. In my family, I always loved looking after my little sister (even when she was a screaming terror!), so patience is definitely a core quality of mine. What I love about teaching is giving people the ability to make music. I think the best gift for anybody is the ability to express themselves with music. When I see a student enjoying playing music, I think to myself, ”another person in the world who has found their passion for music.”


What do you love most about your role at Sono?

I love my role as a piano teacher, and being a team player I am so pleased to be part of the awesome group of people at Sono. Good music is what I strive for. Creating good music takes patience and hard work, however my methodology involves fostering the student’s passion, not constraining it. I purely want what the student wants, whether that is playing for music examinations, leisure or playing piano in a band! As mentioned before, good music takes patience and hard work. What I strive for is making the process of practice a pleasurable experience. Unfortunately in life, you have to endure the hard to get to the easy. I aim to make this process meaningful, and most importantly, fun!

Do you play any additional instruments?

During high school, I played the cornet at my local brass band and the french horn in the school orchestra. Playing brass was a great experience!

Do you perform regularly?

I enjoy busking with my portable piano around the CBD, so you might see me around!

Who are your main musical influences?

My main influences are my classical roots. My favourite composers are Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms (the three B’s!). My favourite modern time composer is the music of Joe Hisaishi.

Why Your Child WIll Benefit From Music Lessons

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As a parent you may have heard the claim that playing an instrument makes your child smarter, but why is that? What tangible benefits does playing music have on a child’s development? Let’s go over some of the numerous benefits … Read more

How To Hit That High Note

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How To Hit That High Note!   Okay so, we’ve all been there. Struggling to hit that high note. Yes, singing in Head Voice can be absolutely terrifying. The squeaking, the breaking and then nothing. Well guess what? It’s all … Read more

Performance Anxiety

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Performance Anxiety Preparing yourself for the Sono School of Music Concert! With the Sono School of Music Concert coming up in December, I am writing this article to shed some light on the topic of performance anxiety. Performance anxiety is … Read more

Effective Singing Practice For Beginners

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Tips On Singing Practice For Beginners To become a better singer and advance in vocal ability, it is important to practice CONSISTENTLY and EFFECTIVELY, especially in the early stages of singing because your vocal muscles and voice are still developing. … Read more

10 Drummers To Check Out

By Jasper, Drumming Coach at Sono School of Music The evolution of the modern drum kit and the musical vocabulary of the people who play it has been a continuing process since the beginning of the 20th century. It’s so … Read more

Benefits of Singing In A Choir

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Benefits of Singing In A Choir The rush of excitement you get when you hear everyone come together in harmony, the high you feel after you’ve left rehearsal or the sense of belonging you feel when you are at rehearsal … Read more

Vocal Care For Singers

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Vocal Care For Singers by Katie Green, Sono School Of Music Those new to singing lessons may not realise how important it is to take care of your voice so that it is able to function at its optimum.  As … Read more

Vocal Techniques For Singing Rock

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Rock Singing Techniques Let There Be Rock Singers! Here’s how to nail that rock sound you’ve been after. Learning rock singing techniques is a fun challenge. It takes a lot of practice and performing to cultivate. If you want a … Read more

Setting Up The Drum Kit – Part One

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Setting Up The Drum Kit – Part One If you’re trying to play something and it feels more difficult than it should be, it could be the way your drum kit is set up. In this video, Jasper walks you … Read more

Different Genres and Styles of Drumming

Different Genres and Styles of Drumming

Different Genres and Styles of Drumming Communication is one of the most essential things we do in everyday life to send or receive information, messages, and signals from each other. Music is a special form of communication. We can communicate … Read more

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