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Mary Chun (Head of Music Tutors)

 

  • BMus in Music Performance with Honours, The University of Melbourne

  • Master of Music Performance Teaching, The University of Melbourne

  • Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary), La Trobe University

  • Australian Registered Qualified Secondary School Music Teacher

  • Former Performer of Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra

  • Former Performer of GSOV Orchestra

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent”             – Victor Hugo

 

   Mary began learning the violin and piano at the age of three, which gave her deeply rooted passion. Progressing fast as a pianist, she achieved many awards in several competitions in her early teen years, in South Korea.

   Mary chose to study abroad in Australia; she actively performed at school and received an Award Certificate of Most Likely to be the Next Mozart and Award for piano at Queensland Catholic Schools & Colleges Music Festival. She completed Bachelor of Music (Hons) Performance on Piano at the University of Melbourne in 2011 and continued to study in Master of music Performance Teaching which gave her great insight into the rich pedagogy for students. As a soloist, Mary has had experiences in performing as a solo, chamber group and orchestra.

   She arranged her own chamber music from scores of the original ensembles and received an Alan C Rose Memorial scholarship in 2011. Her chamber group awarded second prize in the Musical Society of Victoria Chamber Music Competition in 2012.

 

   With over 10 years in-depth experience in the practical, theoretical and technical aspect, Mary is passionate about teaching children and adults’ instrumental techniques, scales, sight reading and music theory. She is skilful in assisting students prepare for music examinations, auditions and performances.

   Mary will conduct each lesson with the balance of music theory and learning piano. Mary believes that music helps to build a good character by developing musical abilities and enhances the complete person by improving both and aesthetic sense and the ability of express; it can help students to mature into a full musical growth.

 

 

Ideal Teacher for:

  • Beginners to advanced learners in all ages

  • Students who want to prepare for exam and scholarships

Elizabeth Yik 

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  • ABRSM Grade 8 Piano (1987) & Grade 6 Music Theory (1985)

  • Yamaha Electon Organ Grade 6

  • LCM Jazz Graded Syllabus teaching Grade 1-5

  • Specializes in Christian Music & Worship Training

  • Music Director / Pastor - Vision Life Centre Auckland

  • Former Judge for Piano / Singing / Children Talents Competitions (Malaysia)

  • BTheol (Hons.) - Bible College of Malaysia

  • BCom - University of Canterbury Christchurch

   Starting her musical journey at the age of six, Elizabeth progressed promisingly as a young musician. During her early teen years, she performed on piano, organ and violin at concerts, recitals, musical plays, charity events, Malaysian National TV and National Radio Station. She has experiences in accompanying vocalists, instrumental soloists and choirs. Elizabeth first taught piano at the age of twelve and dedicated her life in music education upon completing her university. She coaches young children to adult learners piano, keyboard, music theory, and conducts aural training, music appreciation and church worship training. Many of Elizabeth's students established a lifelong relationship bonding with her.

 

   With 20 years of teaching experiences at an awards-winning and distinguished Music Academy in Malaysia before moving to New Zealand in 2019, Elizabeth believes that musical instructions should be tailored and adapted to suit students' age, interest, need and potential, at a pace and in a learning style that will help them learn more effectively. Her teaching goal is to enrich students' lives with love and understanding of music through their musical journeys. Although mastering an instrument requires time investment and hard-works, the process should also be fun, adventurous, fulfilling and rewarding. Helping her students succeed in their musical endeavour and seeing their growth in life is her greatest joy of teaching!

Ideal Teacher for:

  • Beginners to advanced learners

  • Students preparing for exams - piano practical and music theory

  • Students who wish to develop or improve their piano/keyboard skills

  • Students who wish to learn improvisation, chord progression, accompaniment technique and enjoy playing their favourite genres

  • Church musicians desiring to improve their musicianship skills & worship techniques

Weihong Yi

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  • Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance student at the University of Auckland

  • Trinity College London Diploma LTCL in Violin Performance

  • ABRSM Grade 8 in Piano Performance

  • 2021 Spring Prize for Top in Strings at the University of Auckland

  • 2021 Royal Overseas League (ROSL) and Pettman Scholarship

  • APO Young Achiever                                                                       

 

        Weihong began playing the violin at age 5 under Christina Yu, and has since studied with Elizabeth Holowell and Yuri Cho, and is currently studying Violin Performance at the University of Auckland with Mark Bennett.

       Throughout her teenage years, Weihong won many competitions within the Auckland region. By the age of 16, she had already gained her Grade 8 in Piano and LTCL with Trinity College London, both with Distinction. As well as her solo endeavors, Weihong has been a member of the Auckland Youth Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra for several years. She is also passionate about Chamber Music, having won a Gold Award in the National Finals of the NCZT Chamber Music Contest, and her string quartet is set to tour Europe in 2022.

      Weihong has been a violin teacher since 2015 and loves watching her students grow and learn. She is experienced in teaching children of all ages between 5 and 18, and is dedicated to knowing and adapting to each student’s learning style personally.

 

Ideal teacher for:

  • Violin students of all ages and levels

  • Students preparing for exams or assessments

  • Beginner piano students

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Jono Stewart 

  • Studying Bachelor of Popular Music at the University of Auckland

  • Trinity College of Music Grade 8 Singing - 2014

  • Trinity College of Music Grade 5 Theory - 2011

  • Smokefree Rockquest 2018 National Finalist

  • Smokefree Rockquest 2017 Highly Commended Solo/Duo

      Jono has been singing since age 6 and playing piano shortly after this. He is also a competent guitar and ukulele player. He is currently studying Popular Music at the University of Auckland, alongside Law. 

 

     He started out his musical journey singing in the Christchurch Cathedral Choir, where he learned musical theory, singing, and piano. Shortly thereafter, Jono completed his Grade 8 singing. 

He then took a popular music approach and started writing songs as this is what excited him more. Over his high school years, Jono wrote dozens of songs, played in a band that won the Smokefree Rockquest Canterbury regional finals, as well as a duo, which now has over 230 thousand hits on Spotify. Jono taught songwriting in the school’s band programme, which he found a passion for. 

 

    Jono teaches songwriting, including piano, guitar, voice, and ukulele. He is a down-to-earth young musician, who works well with both children and adults and can craft a fun learning environment. 

Ideal teacher for: 

  • Beginner to advanced songwriters of all ages. 

  • Those looking to compete in Smokefree Rockquest or Rockshop Band Quest.

  • Students who are studying/preparing to study music in high school or University.

Kelly Kim

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  • ABRSM Grade 5 Piano (2014)

  • ABRSM Grade 5 Music Theory (2015) 

  • ABRSM Grade 8 Piano (2016)

  • AUT - Primary Teaching (Second year 2022)

 

  Kelly is a Korean teacher who started to learn piano when she was 8 years old. During her early teen years, she performed piano at church festivals and also volunteered to play piano for her church worship team. She has many experiences playing piano for other people as she also used to be a piano teacher for her friends. Kyungmin is studying her second year in AUT Primary teaching so she also has the ability to get along well with the students. She likes working with children and helping with their piano learning. Kyungmin is also preparing for her Diploma piano exam which is coming up in June this year (2022). 

 

Ideal Teacher for:

  • Piano beginners and primary level students (young children) & (adult beginners)

  • Students who want to get to know piano 

  • Piano students who want to play piano as their hobby