Emily Bennett – Singing / Piano / Piano Accordion Teacher
Bachelor Professional Music Practice (ANU)
Bachelor of Arts (Communication – Theatre/Media)
Tuesday & Thursday
Emily Bennett is both a Charles Sturt University Theatre/Media (2008) and Australian National University School of Music (2012) grad, and has performed in various ensembles as a vocalist, keys and accordion player. To date she's worked as a sound artist and composer for young people, choreographers, podcast producers and theatre makers alike; utilizing project-specific samples, field recordings, experimental instrumentation, electronic sound design and vocal improvisation. She’s performed for the Liquid Architecture, Divinyls tribute album, ‘Re-Worked’, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Melbourne Jazz Vocal Sessions and as a guest vocalist in the world music ensemble, Orkeztra Glasso Bashalde and Nyash! Afrobeat collective. emilybennettsound.com
Maryanne Smart - Singing / Piano / Choir Teacher
Studies Bachelor of Music - VCA
Advanced Diploma of Music - NMIT
Monday, Friday & Saturday
Maryanne has been teaching music for over 5 years with a focus on creativity, confidence, and developing technical ability. Maryanne is well versed in a variety of styles including jazz, pop, folk, soul and rnb. Maryanne has an extensive knowledge of music theory, improvisation and composition. Maryanne is passionate about all aspects of singing and piano and enjoys nurturing the natural ability in others.
Maryanne is an improvising jazz vocalist and pianist with 10 years experience performing in Melbourne. Maryanne leads the experimental vocal ensemble Taos, a nine piece choir that combines art, pop and jazz. Their new EP Free Fall was hailed "An extraordinary vocal album" and was debuted to a packed crowd and supported by jazz great Stephen Magnusson.
Maryanne is also the lead singer of Blue Moon, a corporate function band and sings in country rock band The Lost Souls, and rockabilly outfit The Fujiyama Mamas. Maryanne performs everywhere including pubs, festivals, jazz clubs and corporate functions.
Daniel McKoy - Drum & Piano Teacher
Bachelor of Applied Music - Box Hill Institute
Daniel has been playing gigs for the last 8 years, he puts a strong emphasis on the practical aspect of playing and being able to play with other musicians and serve the music, whatever style that happens to be. Some of his gig highlights include playing at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival 2016 with the Craig Schneider Trio and multiple festival appearances (Stonnington Jazz Festival, St Kilda Festival and Moomba Festival among others) with various other groups.
This year Daniel has started taking his teaching more full-time and currently teaches five days a week around the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne while still striving to play gigs every week. His current main project is Fulton Street, an original Melbourne Soul group, who will be releasing their debut album later this year. Daniel’s focus is on each student being individual and trying to help them find their own unique sound and musical direction in the most engaging and enjoyable way possible!