David Zammit - he/him
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.
Nathan Dixon - he/him
Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Singing & Keys Teacher
The Band Project & Seniors Guitar Club
Bachelor of Applied Music (Box Hill Institute)
Diploma of Music (Box Hill Institute)
Tuesdays - Fridays
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.
Matthew Whitbourne - he/him
Singing, Piano & Guitar Teacher
Bachelor of Applied Music - Box Hill Institute
Matt's love for music began at an early age, singing along to his parents cd collection. At 16 he began learning guitar and composing his own songs, and in his final 2 years of high school he won the solo category of the talent quest.
At age 20 he started singing lessons and 2 years after, formed band "Diamonds of Neptune" as the front man and lyricist. Since then, they have released an EP and Album, playing hundreds of live shows, including music festivals and venues such as "The Corner" and "Fed Square".
In 2019, Matt completed a Bachelor of Applied Music where he gained further knowledge and experience to hone his craft. Then during the pandemic, he used isolation to focus more on the piano and compose his own songs for his solo project "Whitbourne".
Matt hopes that his knowledge and experience, when combined with his compassionate and patient teaching approach will inspire his students to continue their own musical journey for years to come.