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Teacher Biographies

Our people are among the most talented in the industry. It would be our pleasure to put our extensive experience to work for you.

Dr. Sandra Garrido

Sandra holds a PhD in Music from the University of New South Wales. She has taught Music Psychology at the University of New South Wales and also works as a researcher for the University of Melbourne. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Distinction) from the University of Southern Queensland with majors in music and psychology and has been teaching piano for nearly 20 years. She studied piano under Lyall Duke from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Violin is her second instrument, and she has performed with several orchestras around Sydney including the Strathfield Symphony Orchestra, Penrith Symphony Orchestra, Beecroft Orchestra, and Orpheus Strings in the Blue Mountains. She particularly enjoys teaching pre-schoolers and adult beginners. 

Serviana Chudora

Serviana completed her Masters of Music in piano performance at the Wesley Institute in Sydney. Her Bachelor’s degree with a major in music education was obtained at the University of Pelita Harapan in Indonesia. She has extensive experience in teaching and performing and also has an interest in singing, having participated in several choirs. She has experience with both the AMEB and the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music. Serviana has been teaching at YMGP Music School for several years and has a particular interest in helping advanced students. Her students from beginners to diploma level have obtained excellent results in both piano performance and theory.

Wallace Chan

Raised with a musical passion, Wallace began studying violin from the age of 5 with the natural talent of perfect pitch which helped developed his skills and knowledge for his instrument for both classical and contemporary styles. He was a member of the Sydney Youth Orchestra for 5 years from the age of 12. He completed his Bachelor of Music for Classical performance at the Australian Institute of Music, with both international performers James Cuddeford and Zhu Wen as his teachers. He has performed with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and also performed various times on National Television for shows such as Xfactor and Sunrise. Wallace has considerable experience teaching violin, having taught in primary schools and privately for some years. He offers a friendly and professional learning experience in both classical and contemporary violin. He covers technique, improvisation, soloist methods and theory, preparation for HSC, AMEB and University entry level exams for Violin. 

Zoe Gallagher-Avery

Zoe has been studying piano for fifteen years and gave her first performance in 2001 when she won her first music competition. Her teachers include Clemens Leske, with whom she achieved her AmusA at age 14, and Gabriella Pusner. She also became Australia's second Young Steinway Artist in 2012 and has represented Steinway in 2010 at the City Recital Hall and in a five piano performance of new compositions at Theme and Variations.
Zoe teaches tailored programs to suit students with different abilities and ages varying from four to sixty and has been accompanying and preparing aural, musicianship and general knowledge for AMEB exams on many different instruments for three years.
Zoe is also a keen ensemble player. She is a member of the Australian Chamber Music Academy, and has performed in two piano trios and a tango group at the Independent Theatre. One of the trios will be giving a live concert and radio broadcast for 2mbs FM in March 2014.

Emily Chu

Emily is originally from Vancouver, Canada and has also taught piano in Toronto and New York City. She has had over 15 years of teaching experience, ranging from beginner to diploma level and has been playing nearly her entire life. Emily enjoys working with advanced students, but also with beginners since she believes strongly in the importance of building a strong foundation with proper technique and developing correct fingering skills. Since completing an Associate diploma with the Royal Conservatory of Toronto at age 17, Emily enrolled at the Evening Division Program at the Juilliard School of Music in New York where she studied with world renowned musicians, Liz Huang and Dr. Julie Jordan. She spent a year in NYC, teaching privately around the city and playing at restaurants, bars, music halls and for weddings. She's also performed as an accompanist and is currently working towards her Licentiate in Performance.

Yoko Naguchi

Yoko started learning piano at the age of 5. She studied at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music before arriving in Australia in 2011. She is currently completing her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at the Australian Institute of Music. Yoko has also previously worked as a dance accompanist and in musicals. Although she enjoys playing and working with people, her passion will always be for teaching and helping students grow as a person and a performer. Her aim as a teacher is to help students to gain confidence in their music making as well as love for their instrument.

Rosanna Lam

Coming from a music-loving family, Rosanna has been studying piano from an early age. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts from UTS and has a C.Mus.A in piano performance. Rosanna began teaching at YMGP Music School after undergoing a teacher training program and mentorship by Dr. Sandra Garrido. Rosanna has also had extensive vocal training and is passionate about singing, having an active involvement in choirs/vocal ensembles and musicals.  She also works closely with a choir ensemble at the Australian Chinese Descendents Mutual Association. Rosanna enjoys teaching and hopes to inspire a love of music in all her students. 

Joseph Tabua

Joseph has been playing guitar for 27 years. He has a Bachelor of Music from the University of Western Sydney and is currently undertaking an Honours degree at the same University. His second instrument is Tenor saxophone and his musical interests include minimalism, jazz, world music, classical, indie rock, blues, funk, experimental, noise and popular music. Joseph is also an up and coming composer from the Greater Western Sydney region, having been recently commissioned to write a composition for the Sydney Youth Orchestra, which will be premiered in April 2015. As a teacher, Joseph is happy working with students of all ages, from beginners to advanced levels, and has a particular interest in teaching improvisation.

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