||Alanna Scaramella - Violin
Born and raised in Melbourne, 20 year old Alanna Scaramella began her studies in music and violin at the age of seven. After becoming a member of the Australian National Academy of Music’s, ‘Young Academy Program,’ Alanna commenced tutelage in 2008 with her current teacher Mark Mogilevski. At age 14, she received her A.Mus.A diploma from the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) and in 2011 was also a prize winner at the Preston Youth Concerto Competition.
Having had the opportunity to perform as a soloist with orchestra, Alanna is also an enthusiastic chamber and orchestral musician, and has participated in the Melbourne Youth Music program and Melbourne Youth Orchestra. She is currently in her third year of studying a Bachelor of Music at the University of Melbourne as a recipient of the Corinna D’Hage Mayer scholarship, the Brunner Prize in Excellence and the Alberto Zelman Violin Scholarship.
||Jakob Kagan - Guitar & Bass
Jakob Kagan is a musician and songwriter from Melbourne, Australia who has had a very strong relationship with his principal instrument, the guitar since becoming interested at the age of 9. Although he knows that dedication is to thank for anyone’s musical development - he also never fails to express to each student that when it comes to the guitar - there is really no right or wrong way to do it.
Jakob has taught the guitar extensively over the past 9 years and has much experience in teaching musicians from all walks of life how to better their own musical output.
Over the past several years, Jakob has played festivals and stages such as Splendour In The Grass, Falls Festival, The Forum, The Enmore Theatre, The Palace Theatre - with and alongside such successful artists as The Temper Trap, Franz Ferdinand, Dustin Tebbutt, Boy & Bear, The Dandy Warhols, Missy Higgins, Courtney Barnett and The Delta Riggs - to name a few.
He has studied under Australian guitar greats Ian Miller and John Dallimore - and maintains that the direction and inspiration gained from his mentors is much to thank for his continuing success.
Jakob attained a Degree with distinction in Music from The JMC academy in 2007 and has also received high distinctions as a teenager in his Guitar equivalency examinations (Grades 3-7) with the London College of Music at Thames Valley University.
||Shaun Rammers - Saxophone and Clarinet
Shaun Rammers is a saxophonist and clarinettist who is part of the jazz and improvised music scene in Australia. Shaun has had the privilege of performing with some of Australia's finest musicians including Peter Jeavons, Jamie Oehlers and Ben Vanderwal. He has played at Melbourne's Uptown Jazz Café, 303 bar, Bennett¹s Lane, the Ellington Jazz Club, Perth Concert Hall, The Seymour Centre and the Sydney Opera House. In 2012, Shaun performed his original music at Canberra's second international Jazz Festival.
Shaun completed his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance, at the end of 2013, at the WA Academy of Performing Arts where he studied with Jamie Oehlers, Tom O¹Halloran and Carl Mackey.
Shaun is currently a member of the Bennett's Lane Big Band. He also performs and writes for his band Question Time, which he co-leads with Andrew Gioia. Shaun is a passionate musician and teacher, who loves to perform and share his music.
||Amy McNickle - Piano
Amy is a passionate pianist and teacher who enjoys helping people of all ages discover and develop their musical talents. She has a strong belief that learning music is all about balancing the practical and performative side with a thorough and relevant understanding of what music fundamentally is.
Currently studying Interactive Composition at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), Amy is in her second year of Undergraduate study. She is involved with music and arts collaborations around Victoria, most notably composing collaboratively for the SocialNui Interactive Arts Installation "Encounters" (part of Summersalt festival/white night), and a collaborator/composer for the dance production "Breathe, Woman", for Regional Arts Victoria. In her free time you will find her collaborating with dancers, film makers, musicians, and other creative minds to develop new and exciting multimedia projects.
With a background in classical piano, choirs and arts music, Amy is well versed in traditional methods (including AMEB), but with a passion for experimenting and exploring all genres and approaches to music, Amy is eager to help her students to explore any and all aspects of the music they want to learn. She is keen to not only teach and develop a passion for piano in her students, but strives to provide them with the essentials they need for wherever their musical endeavors take them.
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||Andrew Braidner - Drums & Percussion
With an extensive national and international touring history, Andrew Braidner is a popular studio and session musician. He has played with Redcoats, who were signed to Universal, touring nationally and releasing both an EP and full-length album. With Stonefield Andrew toured Australia and across America supporting bands such as Fleetwood Mac, Cold Chisel and Angus & Julia Stone. He currently plays and records for many local artists such as Ali Barter, Ben Wright Smith, Willow Darling, Jane Mcarthur, Stephen Bowtell Band and Jupiters Child - as well as one-off sessions with artists such as Timberwolf, Robbie Miller, Bright Spark and Jumpin' Jack William.
Andrew completed a Bachelor of Music Performance at Box Hill Institute and has studied under prominent drumming educators including Nick Dean, Sam Aliano, Robi Parolin, Tony Floyd and Darryn Farrugia.
“My favourite part of teaching is helping uncover and harness the passion that each student holds. I try whenever possible to let the student choose their direction and when they are passionate, this is never a problem. Basically, I enjoy helping them by opening their minds to the musical and drumming history that surrounds their favoured music, by introducing them to the techniques that go along with these styles. Whilst doing this, I think it is also important to have ongoingdialogue with them about what they want out of drumming and music and how they might be able to get there. It is, in my mind, important for this to be in line with what is being studied at the time. The experience I have gained as a student, a teacher and also as a performer in both live and studio settings, is invaluable to me as a teacher. I have learnt many lessons along the way and I look forward to learning something every time I teach or perform.”
Meet Andrew Braidner