David Zammit - Guitar Teacher
Advanced Diploma in Music Performance - Box Hill Institute
Bachelor of Applied Business in the Music Industry - Box Hill Institute
Monday - Thursday
Dave has been involved with Melbourne’s music scene for the past 8 years. Playing gigs with various original and cover bands has seen him perform not just in Melbourne but also interstate and in regional Australia. Dave honed his skills with the guitar during his time at Box Hill Institute by completing both an Advanced Diploma in Music Performance and a Bachelor of Applied Business in the Music Industry.
Dave has considerable recording experience and has recorded songs alongside ARIA award nominee Kalju Tonuma (The Living End, The Temper Trap) and platinum selling record producer Daniel Kelaart (Simple Plan, Paper Kites). It was through these experiences that Dave developed a great love for songwriting, arrangement and figuring out what it is that makes a record sound great.
As a teacher, Dave is student-focussed and believes in teaching students to become the guitar players they want to be. Dave specialises in practice strategies for improving guitar performance and combines this with a repertoire specifically catered to his students so that they can best achieve their goals.
Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Singing & Keys Teacher
Bachelor of Applied Music (Box Hill Institute)
Diploma of Music (Box Hill Institute)
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays
Unlike many musicians, Nathan began his musical journey in his late teens. Influenced by the likes of Queen, Radiohead, Pearl Jam, Nirvana and Paul Kelly, he decided to take music seriously.
As of 2018 Nathan Dixon had completed 7 years of tertiary education including certificates, an Advanced Diploma and a Bachelor of Applied Music - Performance.
Since completing his degree, Nathan has written an album, worked as a session musician and even sang for a film score.
Through teaching Nathan has lead several ensembles and aspiring musicians toward their goals through encouragement and team work. He also leads charity work by repairing and refurbishing donation instruments and putting them into the hands of foster families, people struggling with illness and at risk youths. Nathan believes accessibility is key and with the right attitude and a helping hand anyone can achieve their goals, great or small.
Ben Zagroon - Guitar & Bass Teacher
Bachelor of Applied Music (Performance) - Box Hill Institute
Graduate Diploma of Education - ACU (Australian Catholic University)
Ben began performing when he was 12 years old at school events and then later on at small festivals. At 17, he performed an original piece at the Palais Theater as part of the Top Acts program in Victoria. Continuing to perform around Melbourne throughout his degree, he was able to combine learning about music performance academically and learning about it in context.
Ben has been playing music for most of his life, learning about the art as a child, teenager and adult. For the past 12 years, guitar has been his main tool for composition and performance and has been used writing and performing for a range of musical projects, from rock n’ roll to jazz. He has taken lessons from Stephen Magnusson and Patrick Gabriel, and taken lessons playing bass from Neil Kennedy and Ashley Smith.
Completing Studio Teaching as an elective during his Bachelor ignited a passion for teaching and education in general, which led Ben to study education in depth at ACU. During this period Ben gained experience teaching large classrooms, catering for different learning needs and styles throughout the lessons. This provided insight into the complexities of learning and highlighted the need to teach music according to the student’s interests and strengths.
Ben aims to teach holistically and with the students interests at heart.