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.
Vera tan - violin
Vera completed her L.MusA for violin at age 16. She has been learning the violin since three years old and understands what it’s like for a young child to learn an instrument. She is inspired to pass on her knowledge and experience to students of all ages and backgrounds.
Besides being trained classically, Vera also runs a YouTube channel, VISZ music where she posts Disney covers and covers of pop songs. She enjoys arranging these pieces by ear and expressing her creative side through music.
VIRGINIA MARTINEZ DIOS - CLASSICAL PIANO
Virginia specializes in Classical Piano Music. She is an innovative and imaginative tutor with an extended repertoire, able to relate to students of all ages.
“When I was aged 8 my mother took myself and my sister to a piano performance in my home town in Spain, and it was the beginning of my musical journey. From that moment on, I knew that had to learn an instrument, and listen to as much music as I possibly could.”
She is a graduate of: USC Universidad de Santiago de Compostela (Music Education), UNIOVI Universidad de Oviedo (Music History and Science) and the Superior Conservatory of Ribeira (Piano).
Her knowledge has been acquired over 20 years, in a variety of different educational and performance opportunities throughout the world.
Virginia speaks: Spanish, Gallego and English.
Davey Porter - DRUMS
DAVEY PORTER is a Professional Drummer residing in Melbourne Australia. He is a well respected musician with a long list of drumming credits including: Cold Chisels, Ian Moss, Daniel Merriweather, Eran James,Ian Moss, James Reyne, Tina Arena, Renee Geyer, Tommy Emmanuel, Jenny Morris, Vanessa Amorosi, Debra Byrne, Vika & Linda Bull, John Farnham, Joe Camilleri & Black Sorrows, Richard Clapton, Toni Childs, Ernest Ranglin, Bunny Ruggs, Rodriguez & Electric Mary.
Davey Porter will be teaching at MOTOWN music school with limited availability. Get in early and book your spot.
Shani Weiss - Piano, guitar & voice
Not only a classically trained pianist, Shani is a rock and pop trained guitarist and contemporary and Jazz trained vocalist. She offers an eclectic combination of many genres.
As a music teacher, Shani has years of experience as well as a composer, songwriter and arranger of music for choirs, bands and orchestra.
Tim Rex - acoustic & electric bass, Brass Instruments including Trombone, Trumpet and Brass, arranging & piano
Having recently graduated from James Morrison Academy of Music with his Bachelor of Music and Honours, Tim has moved to Melbourne and began gigging professionally in the music scene. Specializing in Jazz, he has been fortunate enough to study and play with some of Australia’s best musicians, with his main bass teacher whilst studying being Phil Stack from Thirsty Merc. Tim also studied trombone under James Morrison and Wycliffe Gordon.
Tim is able to play in a variety of styles and on several instruments. This diversity allows him to offer a holistic approach to his teaching. As apart of his skills in arranging he has acquired extensive piano skills.
Frances Traynes - piano & ukulele
Frances began her musical journey at age five when she was classically trained with the Russian method. On completion of her AMEB exams, Frances continued her education at the Monash University Conservatorium and completed her Bachelor of Music. Throughout her journey, she has been involved in numerous eisteddfods and performances.
Frances’ is a driven teacher and musician, and continues to undergo professional development as well as personal. She also plays the ukulele and explores a wide spectrum of musical genres. She endeavors to provide her student’s with an all-rounded musical education, including musical theory, history, technical skills, ear training and reading. While AMEB preparation is offered, Frances is also passionate about instilling a love for music in every student, aiming to inspire and motivate them.
She is available for all ages and skill levels and will work towards helping you achieve your musical goals.
May Johnston - Vocal Coach.
May Johnston has recently completed a European tour with her band Deep Street Soul signed to UK label Freestyle Records; performing at Glastonbury Music festival and St Paul Soul and Jazz Festival. Her professional experience includes live performances at live venues in Australia, Asia and Europe. May has also recorded on soundtracks for Blue Heelers, Halifax fp as well as being hired as a session vocalist for original songwriters. Her original songs with Deep Street Soul are played internationally and nationally and have received great worldwide reviews. Passionate, professional and hardworking are three words that describe this performer!!
I’m Helen! I’m a 21 year old composer studying a Bachelor of Music Composition at Box Hill Institute. I’m a pianist and specialise in aural learning. Being able to play music by ear is a skill that comes in extremely handy! I come from a musical family and started AMEB piano lessons when I was 6. Music is a huge part of my life and I aspire to compose film scores as my long term career. In my free time I write songs and produce my own EDM tracks.