TIM REX - ACOUSTIC & ELECTRIC BASS, BRASS INSTRUMENTS INCLUDING TROMBONE, TRUMPET AND BRASS, ARRANGING & PIANO
Having graduated from James Morrison Academy of Music with an Honours degree in Music, Tim relocated to Melbourne and began gigging professionally.
Specializing in Jazz, Tim has been fortunate enough to both study and play with some of Australia’s best musicians. Tim has been lucky enough to study Bass with Phil Stack from Thirsty Merc, and studied trombone under James Morrison and Wycliffe Gordon.
Tim is able to play in a variety of styles and several instruments. This diversity was further enhanced with extensive practice in Arranging. It is because of this approach, Tim is able to offer an holistic approach to his teaching.
MAURICE VICTOR - DIRECTOR, GUITAR, JAZZ THEORY, BASS & UKULELE
Born in Melbourne, Maurice graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of Music (Professional Music) from Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA, USA (www.berklee.edu), and an Advanced Certificate in Music Performance (Jazz/Pop), Box Hill TAFE (www.boxhill.edu.au), Melbourne, Australia. He also has a BEc. (Economics), Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.
Currently, Maurice gigs with "None of Your Business", playing a variety of Rock, Blues and Dance music from the 50's to the present.
Returning home after almost 10 years abroad, Maurice has gigged extensively in the USA, Europe, Mexico and Australia, playing guitar in a wide variety of settings. He has also taught in the studio setting for many years in America and Australia.
The small ensemble setting is his focus, using Music History, Jazz Theory, Harmony and Ear Training as a basis for teaching. Whether you play Rock, Blues, Funk, Jazz, Contemporary or World Music, you can expand your playing skills with the 30 years of music experience and musicianship Maurice has to offer.
THOM SWAIN – GUITAR, ELECTRIC BASS & MUSIC THEORY
Thom has been playing music since he was ten years old. Inspired by Rock and Alternative music, Thom began playing guitar and soon after, found a passion of electric bass. As he continued to learn, he developed an interest in Jazz and Improvisation.
In 2018, he completed a Bachelor of Music (Jazz Performance) at Monash University’s Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, during which, he studied under some of Australia’s leading musicians including; Simon Starr, Tony Gould, Linda May Han Oh.
A lover of all things groove, Thom plays and appreciates a diverse range of music and regularly performs in many diverse styles of music including: Jazz, Soul, Funk, Hip-Hop, Pop & Ska. This diversity makes Thom a versatile and adaptable teacher, valuing the unique interests, tastes and skill levels of each student.
Thom also composes and produces original music and is currently working on his debut release. Thom’s lessons consist of learning songs students know and love while combining elements of music theory and ear training in practical and applicable ways. He emphasizes the importance of hard work when learning music, but also the core aim of having fun and loving music.
JONATHAN FLETCHER - ACOUSTIC AND ELECTRIC GUITAR, ELECTRIC BASS & UKULELE
Jon began his musical journey at 9 years of age, when he started to learn Classical Guitar in Mexico. Ten years later, Jon’s eclectic musical taste has led him through a myriad of genres, from Progressive Metal to Modern Jazz.
Lessons centre around learning music the student is interested in, whilst developing efficient practice routines, solid technique, an understanding of Music Theory and a good ear.
Jon completed VCE Music Performance (Contemporary Guitar), and was selected as both House Music Captain and Senior Stage Band Captain at McKinnon Secondary College in 2018. He was accepted into the Bachelor of Music (Jazz Performance) at Monash University.
Now Jon is expanding towards a career in psychology, and remains as passionate as ever about music.