||Jenna Murphy - Piano, Guitar, Composition
Jenna is an accomplished songwriter, musician, performer, and teacher. She grew up in the midlands of Ireland playing piano and guitar from a young age. Jenna completed an Honors’ Degree in Music from Waterford Institute of Technology in 2008 and graduated with a distinction in piano performance and composition. Her mentors include the Irish composers Eric Sweeney and Marion Ingoldsby and the great Irish pianist, Finghin Collins.
Jenna ran her own private teaching studio in Ireland where she was a registered teacher of the Royal Irish Academy. Since coming to Australia 7 years ago she has taught for a variety of schools, the most recent being Allans Billy Hyde where she also acts as co-director.
She not only specialises in classical piano and the full range of the AMEB syllabus but also teaches a more contemporary/pop approach with a mix of composition and playing.
Jenna especially works well with people or children looking to write and understand their own music, delving into the fundamentals of chord writing and arranging and of course, singing and playing. She has been playing and teaching guitar for many years and also focuses on the principles of songwriting, with emphasis on playing in unusual tunings and singing.
Jenna is a busy performer and her own music can be found at www.facebook.com/jennamurphymusic. She released her first EP Ancient Sea Warrior in 2010 and is in the process of releasing her 2nd EP this year.
For the past 2 years, she has co-run a respected open mic night, The Sunset Sessions, in Sydney’s inner west with Zana Rose. The night is designed to give both local and touring songwriters a stage to share and promote their music.
||Denny Kesic - Jazz Guitar
Denny began playing guitar over 17 years ago, going on to further his music education by completing a Bachelor of Music at the Australia Institute of Music in 2012. He majored in composition and music production. It was also here that Denny’s interest in jazz and improvisation began, which now influences his teaching style.
Denny has almost 10 years of experience teaching all ages and abilities, and each lesson is customised in order to completely cater to each student's musical interests. He is a warm and personable teacher who has maintained a large student base for a number of years.
Denny is currently playing in a Gypsy acoustic duo, as well as band leading another group, which covers a wide range of musical styles through his original compositions.
Meet Denny Kesic
||Evan McGregor - Drums
Evan started learning drums over 16 years ago from renowned Sydney Jazz drummer, Ron Stanton, who encouraged Evan to start teaching drums only two years later. He has been teaching students of all ages and abilities ever since. Evan has also spent time studying with legendary U.S. rock/jazz drummer, Danny Heifetz.
Evan has played in numerous bands (genres ranging through rock/ heavy rock, pop, hip-hop, progressive, avant-garde, electronic and improvisation) and has toured extensively throughout Australia, U.S.A, Canada and the UK. Evan recently returned from the UK where he resided for over 5 years. In the UK, he played in folk, jazz, reggae/dub, gypsy and Klezmer bands, performing at many popular music festivals including Secret Garden Party, Stanford Calling and Tandem Festival.
Evan now lives in Sydney, again playing in various groups, one being a new 7-piece Afrobeat Latin band, Fat Yahoozah, who have recently teamed up for a show with New York Jazz saxophonist Lisa Parrott, as well as playing last year’s Newtown Festival.
Evan teaches all ages, and tailors lessons depending on his students’ goals and abilities. Lessons include a mixture of learning beats, fills, rudiments and other fundamentals, as well as written exercises and reading and playing along to a variety of songs in any genre.
Meet Evan McGregor
||Christopher Allison - Drums
Chris grew up in a musical family and his fascination with music was nurtured from a very early age. He tried his hand with both guitar and piano but eventually fell in love with the drums at age 13. After bashing away through his high school years, Chris became more interested in technique and musicianship and went on to study a Bachelor of Music with the Australian Institute of Music. There he majored in Contemporary Performance on the Drum Set.
During this period Chris learnt a variety of styles, techniques and the importance of 'playing for the song'. Chris has been fortunate enough to study with some of Sydney's finest drummers including Andrew Gander, Dave Goodman and Dave Plenty.
Since graduating, Chris has become a busy teacher and performer and has toured the country extensively in variety of bands. He’s even been lucky enough to record in the U.S. with producer Michael Baskette who has worked with big names such as Slash and Incubus. Chris loves to teach all genres of music including rock, soul, jazz, progressive styles, pop and everything else in between. His teaching style focuses on musicianship, technique and rudiments and he is comfortable teaching all ages and levels. Chris’s aim as a teacher is to tailor the lesson to suit your abilities and goals and give you the confidence to play like a master.