We are a tight connected group of teachers at RMA.
Skilled teachers and also great people.
Guitar and songwriting teacher
Adrian Burruto is an active Melbourne songwriter and sound artist who has released music as a solo artist (under the moniker Yokey) and collaboratively with his band Sunk Junk. Adrian's solo singer/songwriter projects have been primarily rooted in the tradition of folk music and inspired by multiple artists such as Jeff Buckley, Gareth Liddiard (The Drones), The Beatles and Nick Drake. With a focus on thought provoking lyrics finger style guitar work and story telling.
Sunk Junk on the other hand is a much more eclectic affair and nowadays the main creative outlet for Adrian. Combining elements of electronic music, hip hop, noise and impressionism, whilst maintaining at the core traditional songwriting conventions.
Both of these acts have received support from 3RRR, PBS FM, Triple J and by the Melbourne community at large.
Equipped with a thorough understanding of how songwriting works and a framework to see music through, Adrian teaches his students to see music from many perspectives, increasing overall artistic appreciation and awareness. Combining these ideas with guitar skills, technique, repertoire and musical theory the result is a well-rounded student. The main objective of Adrian’s teaching style is to empower the student with tools that will allow them to express themselves through the guitar and ultimately show them fundamentally what it is to be an musician.
Matt is a Melbourne based pianist and keyboard player. A dynamic performer and teacher, in his music Matt demonstrates a “‘wider awareness, an openness, and a hunger for what is just out of reach” (John Fenton, Jazz Journalists Association, 2014).
He is the 2012 winner of the Lewis Eady Charitable Trust Emerging Artists Series and has played with many musicians and bands throughout New Zealand and Australia including - Lisa Tomlins, LexFrench, Roger Manins, Chelsea Prastiti, Julien Dyne, Myele Manzanza, The Aviators, Auckland Jazz Orchestra and Pyramids. Matt holds a bachelor or music with first class honours in Jazz performance from the university of Auckland.
In his teaching Matt encourages student creativity, expression and engagement, in the belief that students of all levels and ages learn best when they are having fun! He is comfortable teaching across a range of styles including Jazz, Classical, and popular/contemporary.
Kade Brown is an up-and-coming jazz pianist from the far south coast of NSW now based in Melbourne, and is a well-seasoned performer with two albums recorded over the last few years and another one due later this year.
He has twice been selected as a participant, and once as mentor, for the Juilliard Winter Jazz School. Has studied classical piano for nine years with Professor Bill Hawkey, former Director of the ANU School of Music. In 2014 he was awarded a scholarship in jazz piano studies at Monash University. In 2017 Kade was winner of the The Zavod Classical-Jazz Fusion Performers Award.
Jack is a committed musician and composer; he has a bachelor of music majoring in jazz guitar. Over the years Jack has performed in many bands and ensembles, playing a variety of styles at venues, festivals and events around the east coast.
Jack is serious about teaching not only how to play the guitar but how to approach the world of music in a creative way and engaging way. He encourages students to learn how to learn and gives space in his teaching style for individuality in development and playing.
Starting off teaching kids in his street as a teen, Jack has 10 years of experience with students of all ages and skill levels. He works hard to pin point how to get the most out of each student in every situation. He is well equipped to teach complete beginners or help more advanced students brush up on their skills and knowledge or prepare for auditions.
Lillian Albazi is a graduate of the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University where she holds a Bachelor of music performance, majoring in Jazz Voice. During this time at Monash, she was mentored by many renowned Australian and International musicians.
Growing up Lillian was inspired by the voices of Anita O’Day, Nancy Wilson, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughn and is currently exploring everything that the Melbourne jazz scene has to offer her. She plays professionally around Australia, recently appearing as part of the 2017 Melbourne International Jazz Festival, opening and headlining both Inverloch & Castlemaine Jazz Festivals with her quintet and was invited to play as part of a concert series in Berlin in 2014.
Lillian is passionate about the uniqueness of the human voice and how every voice is completely individual in its characteristics. She believes it is important to understand the physical process of singing and strives to educate her students on how to protect their voice and sing with correct technique.
Angus is a highly sought-after educator and provides a premium quality musical education centred on mastery of the piano. After majoring in piano through the Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Melbourne, and with a total 17 years of musical training, he has perfected the art of transferring a rounded musical education and a love of all music to his pupils.
Vocalist and singing Teacher
With over 16 years of performing experience and wealth of vocal knowledge. Jenna is a sought-after vocal coach, who has an engaging personality and encouraging spirit. She offers a thorough knowledge of voice mechanics, breathing and phrasing and her approach is performance focused with the aim to build students technical skill and confidence. Jenna believes in the importance of story telling, musicality, rhythm and freedom of vocal expression.
Jenna has taken extensive private study in jazz attending a workshop with jazz legend Chick Corea in Massachusetts, and with Australian jazz performer Michelle Nicole. Her classical training includes extensive training with Kate Sadler, Beverly Peart and workshops with Jo Estill, Founder of the Estill Voice method. She has studied Jazz and performance at Monash University and has also completed a diploma in Music Tuition at MWT.
Jenna performs regularly on the jazz scene with her group Jenna and the Band Stripped Bass. She is always looking for ways to extend her practice with new contexts and collaborators including spoken word/ music performance of Léa Godard’s work, Women Versus Nature, for boutique French/ Australian publishing house EMUE, performing guest vocals with rock bands such as EVOLETAH and Katie Underwood and fronting popular original indie band Monté in Adelaide from 1996- 2003. Jenna is an in demand singing teacher and vocal coach.
Adrian Madigan is a guitar teacher, multi-instrumentalist and composer of over 15 years. With an ever-growing range of musical and educational experiences and Bachelor of Education, Adrian puts emphasis on getting to know his students as they get to know music.
Adrian considers music an incredible resource, both as a means for self-expression, and a contribution through which we can better understand the people and the world around us. This philosophical approach equates to an inquisitive and passionate guitar teacher.
Adrian provides individualised and engaging lessons. Ensuring that students are learning in the direction that they aim to, introducing valuable musical ideas along the way that aid in producing a confident and comfortable guitar player.
Alex been playing drums for 10 years and has studied music (majoring on the drum kit) at the Victorian College of the Arts. She has been in bands across many genres and is an active performer in the live music scene in Melbourne.
Alex's passion is for performing and sharing the valuable information she has received over her years of training, with others.
To Alex, what makes an excellent drummer is the ability to maintain a steady tempo, being able to play a strong and fluent groove and having the ability to listen to people when playing in a group. Her teaching aims to provide students with a solid and broad basis to develop these and any specific skills a student wishes to learn, while creating an encouraging environment to learn in.
Her lessons cover material anywhere from technique, music reading, to playing rock beats and jazz solos. Alex is also passionate about encouraging all women and girls who are interested in learning the drums, to do so.
Rama Parwata is an in-demand drummer of over a decades experience behind the drum kit as a performer and an educator.
Rama has been involved in many different and diverse musical projects including Afro-Manding band Afro-Occidental, New-Orleans inspired outfit Copperhead Brass Band, and most recently internationally acclaimed metal outfit Whitehorse, and many more. He is also heavily involved with Melbourne’s experimental improvised music scene having collaborated with prolific artists such as Sean Baxter, Adam Simmons, Tim Pledger and Stephen Magnusson.
Rama is graduate from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Contemporary Music, in Jazz and Improvisation. Whilst at the VCA, he studied under the likes of Graham Morgan, Ren Walters, Rob Vincs and more.
Head of Early Childhood Programs
Joshua is a graduate of the University of Melbourne, with a Bachelors of Early Childhood Education. Currently Josh works as a teacher and team leader at Dame Nellie Melba Kindergarten, Richmond. Joshua began playing music from a very early age. He gained a lifelong passion for music which continues to define his teaching philosophy.
As an educator, Joshua recognises the benefits children gain from an inclusive musical program. In partnership with Richmond Music Academy, Joshua is in charge of developing and supervising our early years music program for schools, kindergarten and instrumental lessons. Using his experience as a teacher and musician Joshua provides guidance and support to Richmond Music Academy's early years music lessons and holiday workshops.
Electric and upright bass teacher
Sonny Igusti is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts holding a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Contemporary Music Performance. He has also completed an Advanced Diploma of Contemporary Music Performance at NMIT.
During his Time at The VCA and NMIT, Sonny has studied under; David Jones, Andrea Keller, Christopher Hale, Craig Newman, Alex Pertout, Anita Hustas & Frank Di Sario, among others. He currently works as a session bassist in Contemporary and Jazz music settings around Australia.
Lessons with Sonny will ensure your time is spent efficiently with tailored lessons focusing on what you want to learn. All levels of students are welcome to study areas such as: Music theory, Technique, Aural Training, Sight Reading, Chart writing & Composition, whatever it is you’re interested in.
Sonny can give you the guidance you need to progress as a musician while making sure to retain what you love about music and what truly inspires you.
An everlasting desire and pursuit to create and progress the art of EDM and Trance music is how best to describe 23 year old Sheba. Embracing all the recent technological studio advancements to create music, fused with a familiar classical melodic approach makes Sheba double the threat in the fast lane of electronic music.
Sheba was introduced to EDM in 2009 listening to Armin van Buuren, Tiesto and other Dutch DJ's at the rebellious age of 18, never once looking back.
Sheba moved to Melbourne to advance his knowledge taking on two Degrees, Audio Production and Music Composition. During this period, Sheba has topped the charts on Triple J's Unearthed Dance Charts, had releases through Drum Media Magazine including music compilations from Off The Record, featured on documentaries and television shows including IBA World Tour and Fuel TV.
In 2015, Sheba signed a worldwide publishing deal with Knight Music Publishing followed by a deal with Trance label, 405 Recordings - Australian home to Armin van Buuren, Tiesto, Dash Berlin and many more.
Sheba’s debut release “Fallen Angel” featuring the vocals of Tash Knight was released on August 28th, 2015. This release coincides with mixing his first Trance Compilation - Trance Elements | Carbon for 405 Recordings as well as his first official remix for Deep House sensations Mount & Nicolas Healg which is due to come out on overseas record label Armada Deep this year.
Michael Avery, is a graduate of Melbourne University and The Victorian College of the arts where he majored in classical guitar. He has a broad interest in music from contemporary to classical. He has played in a variety of bands including Melbourne's own 'World's End Press'.
Creating a great atmosphere for students and a supportive environment for learning music has been the primary goal for the academy from day one.
As an Alexander Technique teacher Michael is very active in the performing arts world. He has lectured and run workshops at the The Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University, Ballarat University and 16th Street Actors studio. He is known for his refined observation skills, clarity of communication and unique, simple approach.