Instruments: Drums, Guitar, Bass, Piano
Michael Robinson has been a musician for over 60 years. Training as a Percussionist playing Drums, Timpani and Xylophone, he has performed in the Royal Australian Navy Band for twenty years and countless local bands during his career. Michael has over two decades of tutoring experience, having taught percussion at the Royal Australian Navy School of Music in Victoria, as well as Kolbe Catholic College, Rockingham, Warnbro, and Safety Bay Senior High Schools. Since his retirement from the Western Australian Education Department, Michael has continued to perform live with several local bands. As one of Mammoth’s most experienced instructors, Michael Robinson’s vast knowledge of percussion and all music is of great benefit to all of his students.
Instruments: Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Banjo & Didgeridoo
Niall started learning guitar at a young age and by age 11 had earned a scholarship for double bass at Prendiville College. He switched to bass guitar a few years later, and has been playing in several bands on both bass and guitar since. Niall is currently in his 3rd year at WAAPA , specialising in teaching music. He is trying to teach himself a new instrument every six months, which he then uses in his solo music projects. A very accomplished teacher and musician.
Instruments: Guitar, Bass & Drums
Jamie graduated in the UK with a Music degree studying classical guitar. He has co-composed and produced two highly acclaimed albums with “Grace Barbe” and “Welele!” and is also the MD for 2 different bands. With years of experience in teaching various styles, instruments and ages, Jamie is an exciting teacher to be with as he imparts his knowledge of music brilliantly.
Instruments: Violin & Viola
Rebekah completed her studies at the Canberra School of Music and in 2004 completed a Bachelor of Education at The University of Sydney. Rebekah’s teaching focus encourages excellence in right and left hand technique alongside teaching programs designed to holistically suit each student in their growth as violinists and musicians. Her teaching approach also incorporates the learning of music theory and musical concepts.In July 2016, Rebekah completed Phase 1 of Colour Strings teacher training.
Instruments: Vocals (Contemporary & Classical) & Theory
With a Bachelor of Music degree, Gorica (pronounced Goh-ree-tsah) started her vocal journey as a classically trained singer. Wanting to incorporate a more contemporary sound to her voice whilst preserving her classical origins, she went on to study intensely under some of the worlds best teachers in Speech Level singing, a singing method that achieves purer vocal tone, clarity, ease and balance throughout the range, regardless of genre. So you still get to sing what you want, only better!
Instruments: Piano & Keys
26 years of experience playing the piano and over 13 years of that teaching piano, Ros has an abundance of knowledge to share with the inexperienced and experienced young or old students. Ros prides herself on being flexible with her teaching method, allowing her to teach a wide variety of genres with the inspiration to extend themselves musically. Ros can also take them through their AMEB or ABRSM exams when they are ready.
Instruments: Piano & Guitar
Rachel studied music through Trinity College London and has a diploma with the Modern School of Music New Zealand. She has been teaching piano and guitar for over 25 years and endeavours to give a well-rounded musical education by incorporating classical, theory, scales and modern methods. Always aiming to motivate her students she seeks to find their listening/playing preferences and weaves these into her lessons. Under the name ‘Freo Busker’, Rachel has been busking around WA (mainly in Fremantle) for the past 14 years whilst releasing two cds.
Instruments: Guitar & Bass
Michael Slitenbachs is a 20 year old multi-instrumentalist who has been playing guitar for over a decade. After graduating Kolbe Catholic College as the school’s music captain, he attended the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and achieved a Diploma of Contemporary Music, and an Advanced Diploma of Music Industry with a VET Specialisation in Performance. He’s been immersed in the WA music scene in numerous projects, gigging frequently and receiving heavy airplay on local radio stations with neo-soul band Creatures of Habit, and alternative rock quartet Last Lions. With half a decade of tutoring experience under his belt already, we are very pleased to welcome Michael to the Mammoth Academy of Music.
Instruments: Guitar & Bass
Iain has been playing guitar since he was 13, and has been playing in bands ever since. During high school, he spent most of his time busking as well as studying music and playing local gigs. Iain has released music both as a solo performer, and with numerous bands over the years. He’s recently focused on teaching these past few years, and has taught one on one lessons in the community as well as at a local private school. His current Rockingham based band, Cooper and The Catz, have just released their debut EP, and continue to play gigs throughout WA. When he’s not playing in his band or teaching, he writes, and will hopefully release his first novel in the coming years.
WA music scene veteran, Dale Burden, started playing guitar at the age of ten. He had such success studying under local guitar guru Cliff Lynton that he went on to become a tutor at the prestigious Cliff Lynton Institute of Guitar and teach alongside the legend. This opened the door for his career in music to begin, going on to teach for ten years at Aquinas College as a guitar tutor and contemporary jazz band director, on top of teaching guitar at Santa Maria and Bunbury Catholic Colleges. At the same time as this, Dale continued to play in a massive variety of local bands, honing his craft through decades of playing both live on stage and in the recording studio. There are very few musicians who can honestly say that they have played at every pub and casino in the state, and Dale Burden is certainly one of them.