Melbourne Music School

Rosa Kang

Rosa has over 15 years of experience in education. She is a VIT-registered teacher and completed a Masters of Teaching from The University of Melbourne under Neryl Jeanneret. Her thesis was based on best practice and teacher efficacy in instrumental music teaching. Her love of music and passion for teaching intersect throughout her career. Rosa has taught in primary and secondary schools and was Education Program Coordinator for the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (MCM), and the Human Rights Art & Film Festival (HRAFF). She has taught and presented workshops at various schools across Victoria. She is the director of Latitude Music Studios.

She is precise, engaging, elucidative.

She speaks English, Korean.

She’s inspired by Béla Bartók, Beethoven, Nina Simone and John Coolidge Adams.

 
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Administrator
Cathy Reid

Cathy is our lovely administrator. Cathy holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from Deakin University and has held a variety of accounting, legal and administration roles prior to joining us here at Latitude. Cathy handles the day to day tasks of the studios and manages the accounts and schedules of all staff and students and always with a smile. Cathy has three wonderful children so she knows what it’s like to be a busy mum juggling extracurriculars like music lessons and she relates to all parents and students well.

She is organised, efficient and warm.

She is inspired by Chopin, Ella Fitzgerald and The Beatles.

 
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Benjamin Rimerici

Ben’s musical education began when learning guitar in his hometown of London, before moving on to study composition at the Conservatorio di Verona in Italy and the Conservatoire Royale de Bruxelles in Belgium.  His interests have always been broad, and some of his experiences include composing works for the Bright Bells Trumpet Quartet, arranging for jazz band Orchestra Italiana Bruxelles, and playing guitar in Irish folk band Greencha. He has taught guitar, theory and composition for nearly a decade and finds great joy in helping students achieve their potential and hone their craft. He also studied conducting for orchestra and choir, and has both sung in and worked with multiple ensembles. Ben believes a thorough musical education is paramount, and ensures all students are also equipped with theoretical and practical knowledge that is fundamental to their success as musicians, over and above their principle instrumental study.

He is patient, passionate and approachable.

He teaches Guitar, Piano, Theory and Composition.

He speaks English, Italian and French.

He is inspired by Giacomo Puccini, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Count Basie, and Thomas Adès.

 
Piano Teacher

Julian Portnoy

Julian has been teaching and working in music for more than 30 years. He studied piano and trumpet at College of the Arts in the USSR, while also attaining Diplomas of Education in Music Teaching and Secondary English Teaching. His extensive teaching experience in Australia includes time working at Mt. Scopus College, Gippsland Grammar School, Westbourne Grammar School and St. Bede’s College. He has complimented his commitment to education with work as an accompanist to the Australian Ballet Foundation and the Victorian College of the Arts School of Dance. Julian’s other personal achievements include touring and recording 3 discs with the Concertino Trio. He is committed to nurturing his students’ abilities in a positive and motivating environment, while providing as broad a musical education as possible, including knowledge of theory, aural training and composition.

He is kind, funny and knowledgeable.

He teaches Piano, Theory and Trumpet.

He speaks English, Russian, Polish, Ukranian.

He’s inspired by Martha Argerich, Oscar Peterson, Joshua Bell.

 
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Laura Hutchins

Laura graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Contemporary Performance at the Australian Institute of Music, majoring in vocals, and has played piano for 17 years, training in both classical and contemporary styles.
Since graduating, she has honed her craft as a performer and songwriter, whilst augmenting her experience as teacher.
She is a strong believer in adapting lessons to individual student needs and has practised the tailor made approach throughout her teaching career. Her study of two disciplines in piano and singing has informed her ethos in education and made her a great proponent of a holistic musical education - a concept that pervades all of her teachings at every level. Laura has a genuine interest in her students' aspirations and desire to see their musical dreams realised.

She is adaptable, dedicated and enthusiastic.

She teaches Piano and Vocals.

She is inspired by Beethoven, Billie Eilish and Debussy.

 
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Margarita Agadzhanian

Margarita has been teaching Violin since 2002. She graduated in 2009 with a Master of Violin Performance and Teaching from the Leningrad Conservatory in Russia. Since moving to Australia, she has taught a number of private students in Adelaide, helping them to prepare for AMEB exams, before moving to Melbourne. Aside from teaching, Margarita also enjoys performance opportunities, and has played with a number of chamber groups and orchestras in Australia, including the State Opera SA and Bronzewing Quartet. Her goal is to help her students discover their artistic, aesthetic and spiritual potential, and open up a world of art and music for them to enjoy

She is erudite, creative and meticulous.

She teaches Violin and Viola.

She speaks English and Russian.

 She is inspired by Aram Khachaturian, Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky and Antonio Vivaldi.

 
 
 
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Celeste Polson

Celeste has a multitude of talents, having completed studies in both Music Performance and Music Theatre. She has over a decade of experience performing in the Melbourne music scene and was awarded Best Pop release in September 2018 through the Akademia awards in Los Angeles for debut EP "I've Been Waitin". Celeste focuses on teaching fundamentals in music including sight reading and classical technique. Her strong background in Classical, Jazz and Contemporary music as a pianist and singer gives her a plethora of resources as a teacher to help identify student’s needs and harness engagement for optimal outcomes in their musical journeys.

She is concise, attentive and dedicated.

She teaches piano, vocals and composition.

She’s inspired by Claude Debussy, Elton John and Kate Miller-Heidke

 
 
 
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Mark Gardner

Mark, a seasoned artist and diligent teacher completed studies in both Music Performance and Music Technology. He has over 20 years of experience performing in the Australian music scene in many genres, is a current APRA/AMCOS member, and went to No.1 with his song “The Great Divide” in May 2010 as heard on all community radio stations across Australia. Mark now focuses his efforts on teaching, giving lessons mainly on the trumpet, but also music fundamentals including jazz improvisation, sight reading and classical technique. His strong background in classical, jazz and contemporary music gives him a great resource as a teacher to help identify the student’s needs and harness their enthusiasm to create fantastic musicians in their own right.

He is innovative, kind and fun.

He teaches Trumpet and Trombone

He is inspired by Joseph Haydn, James Morrison and Chicago.

 
 
 
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Ella Jones

Ella is a graduate of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music Performance. She has over nine years’ teaching experience, which has seen her helping students of all levels cultivate a lasting passion for music. Ella has been trained in Suzuki methods and uses the best aspects of it to inform her teaching. Her practical experience as a performer gives her an edge in her holistic approach to music teaching, nurturing not just exceptional violin technique, but also performance ability in her students. She has taught beginners to VCE and tertiary level students, passing on her great wealth of knowledge from her own studies with some of Australia’s finest violinists. She also has experience working with ensembles and prides herself on her ability to make lessons fun and engaging, encouraging creativity from the outset.

She is concise, meticulous and gentle.

She teaches Violin and Viola

She is inspired by Mendelssohn, Stravinsky and Ella Fitzgerald.