Music Teachers

One of the factors which will influence a student’s learning pace is their music teacher.  Not only does the teacher need to be a skilled musician, but more importantly they need to be able to teach – and not all musicians can do this.

We are fortunate to have earned a reputation of quality and creativity at the Liverpool Academy of Music and we continue to attract many music teachers who want to be a part of our school.

Most of our teachers have been with for us many years, and it’s this continuity and our graded syllabus which has helped many of our students achieve outstanding progress.

Opening music to everyone

Our teachers have experience at teaching students of all ages, at all levels of proficiency and in all styles of music.

We have had extensive experience teaching young children – we even cater for pre-school children.

Our Teachers

Steve Flack

Steve Flack

Director and Guitar Teacher
Founder of group Guitar Heroes
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Michael Singh

Michael Singh

Guitar Teacher
Composer, Professional Musician
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Jerome Madulid

Jerome Madulid

Guitar Teacher
Composer,  Professional Musician
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Stephen Pleskun

Stephen Pleskun

Piano Teacher
Music Historian, Composer
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Liliana Felix

Liliana Felix

Piano Teacher
Concert Pianist, Music Teacher
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Raoul Hawkins

Raoul Hawkins

Professional musician Raoul teaches Brass and Reeds, Bass and Guitar
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Van Leucia

Van Leucia

Piano and Singing Teacher,
Songwriter, Professional Musician
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Elena Mishalova

Elena Mishalova

Piano and Singing Teacher
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Brooke Skinner

Brooke Skinner

Guitar teacher
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Patrick Honyak

Patrick Honyak

Guitar teacher
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Milena Spadijer

Singing and Piano Teacher
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Steve Flack

Founder of group Guitar Heroes
A.Mus.A with the Australian Music Examination Board (A.M.E.B)
L.T.C.L (Licentiate Trinity College London) for classical guitar


Steve Flack acquired his skills and deep love of the classical and jazz guitar from the many renowned musicians and teachers with whom he has studied and played, including:

  • Peter Calvo, founder of the Australian Institute of Music, who was himself a student of Len Williams, father of Australia’s John Williams.
  • Greg Pikler, who teaches at the NSW Conservatorium of Music and is one of Australia’s most highly regarded classical guitar teachers.
  • Dulcie Holland, noted Australian composer and educator.
  • Ike Isaacs, one of England’s great exponents of jazz guitar – from whom Steve gained his great love for Jazz.
  • Experienced players and teachers, based in New York, such as Bucky Pizzarelli who played guitar in place of Charlie Christian in Benny Goodman’s band

Recordings

Steve has recorded 2 CDs of well-known tunes – jazz standards.

  • The first with Ron Martin, a Sydney based upright bass player who boasts being the first bass player to play electric bass guitar in Australia
  • The second with another legendary Australian bass player, Steve Hunter

Band

Steve’s current performing and recording project is a show called Steve Flack’s Guitar Heroes that celebrates guitar greats with high profile Australian guitar players, guesting on the CDs and in his shows.

The show is a tribute to his first inspiration to take up the guitar, the blues rock guitar players of the classic rock era, guitarists like Eric Clapton, Jimmy Hendrix, Jimmy Page and Carlos Santana.

Playing and backing great musicians

Steve has played with long line up of great Australian musicians, including Ian Moss (Cold Chisel), Pete Wells (Rose Tattoo), Phil Emmanuel, Phil Manning (Chain), Dennis Wilson (Kharvis Jute), Dai Pritchard (Billy Thorpe and Rose Tattoo), Les Gock (Hush), Jake Lardot (Lee Kernaghan’s band), Jim Kelly (Crossfire) and Dom Turner (Backsliders).

Steve has backed Angry Andersen, and played with drummers and bass players from bands such as Split Enz, The Angels, Rose Tattoo, Dragon and Swanee.

One of the highlights of his work with musicians was to have played on stage with Seymour Duncan at the AMAC (Australian Music Association) at the Gold Coast in 2006.

Always another project

Teaching music and the love of the guitar and jazz holds equal part in Steve’s heart.

  • Steve has created a large series of instructional videos to help aspiring players learn guitar online.
  • He also provides a regular tuition column and guitar lessons (via DVD insert) for Australian Guitar Magazine

He has created an online library of interviews with leading guitar musicians, such as Albert Lee, one of the world’s greatest country and rock and roll guitarists, who has played with Eric Clapton, Emmy Lou Harris and others.

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Michael Singh

Guitar Teacher
Composer, Professional Musician


Michael Singh is a Composer and Professional Musician. He is a multi-instrumentalist who plays the following instruments:

  • Electric Guitar
  • Drums
  • Fretless Bass
  • Piano
  • Classical Guitar
  • Sitar
  • Percussion and
  • Vocals

Michael started his Music training (experience) at the age of 3. He is currently focused on Composing and Orchestrating for the Screen and
futuristic/conventional Ensembles.

Has performed and composed in the following Ensembles, in Sydney and Auckland:

  • Rock Pop Jazz Funk Fusion Afro Bands on (Electric Guitar)
  • Reggae Band on (Piano and Percussion)
  • World Music Rock Jazz and Blues Bands on (Drums)
  • Caribbean Carnival Show and Contemporary Jazz Bands on (Bass)

Michael has been teaching music for thirty-five years.

Education:

Berklee College of Music:
Specialist Composer and Orchestrator for Film and TV

Sydney Conservatorium of Music:
Jazz Studies

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Jerome Madulid

Guitar Teacher
Composer, Professional Musician


Jerome is a graduate of Macquarie University where he completed his BA (hons) and MA (hons) in Contemporary Music Performance. He has held past positions at the university both teaching and assisting in the Music Department’s research work.

He is a regular contributor to Australian Guitar Magazine, engraving the accompanying tablature for each issue’s guitar instructional content. He has also worked as a composer for The Red Opal Dance Theatre, a subsidiary group of the Sydney Dance Company, located in Sydney’s iconic “Rocks” district.

Jerome was previously the manager of Sydney based rock band “the Graduates” as well as progressive heavy rock ensemble “The Will Thackray Trio”, touring from the Blue Mountains all the way to the Northern Beaches. He has also worked as a booking agent for the Liverpool Night Markets, booking live acts to perform on centre stage.

Jerome currently plays as a solo instrumentalist as well as in the acoustic pop duo “Chugger Brown”, having done shows in venues such as: Hornsby Inn (Hornsby), Lizotte’s (Dee Why), Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (Casula), Mars Hill Café (Parramatta), The U-Bar (Macquarie University), The Alroy (Plumpton), Epping Hotel (Epping), The Blackout (Lindfield), The Peach Tree (Penrith), Tattersall’s (Penrith), The Sugar Mill (King’s Cross), The Brass Monkey (Cronulla), The Bridge Hotel (Rozelle), Bar Broadway (Chippendale) and Hard Rock Café (Darling Harbour).

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Stephen Pleskun

Piano Teacher
Music Historian, Composer


Stephen Pleskun, a graduate of Sydney University (Bachelor of Arts, 1984) is the longest serving member of the Liverpool Academy of Music.

His specialty is in the History of Music. He prepared and presented 2-hour talks on ‘The History and Development of Western Music’ at the Liverpool Academy for 5 years from 1984.

He composed for, managed, and performed in a jazz inspired music ensemble named ‘Co-Existence’ which played at various venues throughout west and south-western Sydney for 8 years from 1991.

He composed and performed music parts on piano, organ and synthesizer for the compact disc ‘Love, Peace & Rock ‘n’ Roll’ released in 2011.

His major work has been researching, writing and editing ‘A Chronological History of Australian Composers and their Compositions’. At over 1 million words and 3,200 pages these 4 volumes have been published from 2012 and contain the most comprehensive record of Classical Music writing and performance in Australian history.

From May 2014 and onwards his articles on Composers and his cryptic crosswords have been published regularly in the Fine Music magazine.

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Liliana Felix

Piano Teacher
Concert Pianist, Music Teacher


Liliana is an accomplished music and piano teacher who speaks four languages – English, Russian, Romanian and Turkish. She has taught music in several countries . . .

1979/1995 Chisinau Music High School (Moldova)
1997/2000 Piano Teacher/Concert Master, Fine Arts High School, Istanbul
2000/2013 Marmara University (Istanbul)
2002/2009 Zografyon High School (Greece)
2008/2010 Dena Kindergarten

She has also participated in the following concerts and contests.

2003 International Classical Music Young Musicians Contest.
2005/2013 International PERA Piano Festival.
2003 Greek School Chorus and Accompaniments
2010 National Music Education Symposium (Marmara University Istanbul)

Liliana loves to teach music and piano and helps students master all music genres on the piano. Her first love is classical piano.

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Raoul Hawkins

BA Dip Ed
Professional musician Raoul teaches Brass and Reeds, Bass and Guitar


Bands he has played with include:

  • Kwansa – Disco Funk (Trombone)
  • Keys Music Association – Free Jazz – World Music (Bass and Trombone)
  • The Layabouts – Rhythm and Blues (Bass and trombone)
  • Sweet Poison – Punk Rock (Bass)
  • Paris Green – Funk Rock (Bass and Saxophone)
  • Beachhead Blues – Blues (Bass and Saxophone)
  • The Klezmer Connexion – Gypsy (Saxophone)
  • Squeezebox Boogaloo – Zydico (Saxophone)

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Van Leucia

Piano and Singing Teacher,
Songwriter, Professional Musician


An engaging young multi-instrumentalist of charismatic quality, Van was considered a child prodigy, having performed on his principal instrument, the piano, internationally and won local and state championships from the age of 6. He has also been invited to Vienna for master-classes and was awarded the Audience Prize amongst 24 other selected pianists across the world at the age of 12. Seeking experience in other areas of music, Van found a love for ensemble-work and accompaniment, and paved a new path in which he could use his skills in performance, improvisation and musicology.

With a penchant for ‘informed versatility’, Van has found intense interest in such exotic genres as Indian raga, Japanese/Chinese folk music and Spanish flamenco. Trained at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and undertaking a degree in Performance and Accompaniment (having been taught by such greats as Paul Rickard-Ford, Judy Bailey, Gerard Willems, Warren Thomson, Phillip Shovk and David Miller), Van found little trouble with stretching his barriers beyond that realm of solo stage performance in classical piano and guitar.

Upon finding complete satisfaction in progressive music (metal and rock being the main instigators), Van Leucia chose to use his experiences in classical music, jazz, flamenco and metal to harmonize them as an evolving whole.

Van also works as a session musician, having work experience with artists like Sydney-based International DJ/Producer Royaal (with names like Gotye, Kelly Rowland, Christal Waters and Kellam Glover under his session belt) and Youtube partner Davina Italiano, amongst a host of other indie artists in both performance and production. He also co-writes and performs as the keyboardist of Kite.

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Elena Mishalova

Piano and Singing Teacher


I was born & raised in Europe & growing up I spent a lot of time listening to music.

On one occasion I heard Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto and to me it sounded unbelievably beautiful. It was a truly moving piece that inspired my passion for the piano and for the love of learning all about music.

I completed my musical studies & became a professional musician. Further to this, I pursued singing to complement my love of the piano and became a choir conductor, a piano accompanist and a piano & singing teacher.

Teaching piano and singing at the Liverpool Academy of Music has made me realise that music is a way to connect people and to express ourselves. Learning singing and piano has fostered this in my students, just as I connected with my grandfather who bought my first piano.

Let me teach you or your child piano or singing so you too will experience the joys of music and experience first hand it’s ability to inspire us in all areas of our lives.

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Brooke Skinner

Guitar Teacher


Brooke is the newest teaching addition to the Liverpool Academy of Music. She has been a student at the Academy for the past eight years, completing Initial-Grade 6 guitar exams. Brooke is looking forward to sharing and passing on the musical knowledge and love for playing guitar that she has acquired herself as a student, with others.

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Patrick Honyak

Guitar Teacher
B.Mus.Ed Sydney Con. of Music


Patrick has been playing and teaching classical guitar for over 30 years. He studied Music Education and classical guitar at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under Greg Pickler. Patrick has been teaching HSC level music in the South Western Sydney area for the past 15 years and has been involved with music exams.

At the Liverpool Academy of Music Patrick has enjoyed success teaching both young children and adults. He has a patient teaching manner and is very good at demystifying the complexities of music.

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Milena Spadijer

Singing and Piano Teacher


Milena knew she had a passion for singing and the performing arts since the age of 4. From a very young age, Milena had involved herself in singing and piano as well as drama, modeling and martial arts. During her younger years, she entered numerous competitions and had performed in many musicals, theatre shows, concerts, charity events as well as special events.

In the last 4 years, Milena has been working professionally in the music and acting industry, working and performing with artists such as Jessica Mauboy, Jimmy Barnes, Paulini and other industry professionals and mentors.

Milena is currently in the process of completing her Bachelor of Music in Contemporary Performance at The Australian Institute of Music and enjoys teaching piano. She teaches all ages and genres of music. She is open to any style of music and has a down to earth personality with a fun and inspiring approach to her teaching. She is passionate about her music and is willing to pass on her knowledge, passion, experience and years of hard work and her love for music to others who want to learn.

She has also
• performed at Carols in the Domain in 2013 and 2014 with an audience of over 85,000 people
• had regular Channel 7 appearances on ‘The Morning Show’.
• recently recorded with the Jubilation Choir featuring Frankie Miller for a tribute album
• made it into X-Factor’s top 100 where she then proceeded into boot camp in 2014
• acted in TV commercials, TV shows, telemovies, feature films, and music videos for major and independent artists.