Our Teachers

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Sandra Garrido

Sandra holds a PhD in Music from the University of New South Wales. She has taught at UNSW, the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, and Queensland Conservatorium of Music. 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 more than 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.  She particularly enjoys teaching pre-schoolers and adult beginners. 


Joanie Zhao

Joanie has an A.Mus.A and a Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Music) from the Sydney Conservatorium. Coming from a family of music teachers, Joanie plays both piano and violin and frequently works as an accompanist as well as a teacher. Joanie is a detail-oriented teacher and particularly enjoys working with advanced students. She is experienced in preparing students for AMEB exams, and for HSC music.

Dior Lee

Dior completed his bachelor in music at the Australian Institute of music in 2007 and a Masters in Creative Enterprise at  Queensland University in 2011. He has been teaching guitar, piano, saxophone and clarinet to children aged 4 to adults aged 70 for 11 years. Dior has also performed with various pop and jazz bands at the Qudos Bank Arena and different hotels in Sydney. A passionate educator, Dior focuses on exploring music in ways that suit the students he teaches in order to develop their individual talents.

Linda Sik

After discovering a keyboard in her house at the age of 6, Linda quickly developed a love for music and a passion for playing the piano. Linda is a YMGP alumni student and first started teaching here in 2010. She also enjoys singing and has been involved in and led music ensembles including dance ensembles. Linda loves to make lessons fun and encourages students both to prepare for AMEB exams and to explore music outside the AMEB repertoire.

Christine Tacadena

Christine began studying piano at a young age and has continued to learn other instruments including violin, flute and guitar. She studied classical music and developed an interest in jazz and contemporary music, whilst performing as part of a music ensemble in high school. Through Christine’s appreciation of all music genres, she encourages students to be creative and complement their study of classical music with contemporary pieces. From her early days as a student, to a teacher she has been involved in the development of the school as well as musical activities in the local community. She is also a Board Member of the Fairfield City Music Association (FCMA), a non-profit organisation that encourages music making in the local community.