Mannys Music School aims to give students the opportunity to further their understanding and enjoyment of music. Our teachers are all working musicians in the Melbourne music scene and bring a widely diverse perspective to their lessons. Mannys Music School accommodates beginners to advanced students, or anyone who would like to polish up on their skills or try a new method to incorporate into their style.
Our Music School runs on a term-by-term basis. Call us for more details on 9486 8555 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org
2013 Term Dates
Mon 28th January – Thursday 28th March
Mon 15th April – Sat 29th June
Mon 15th July – Sat 21st Sept
Mon 7th October – Sat 21st December
Arik Blum is a guitarist/producer with over 10 years experience within the music industry both in Australia and Europe. Having toured extensively as music director of Australian deep soul act Pablo Discobar for 8 years, the past two years have seen Arik in great demand for his studio expertise both in Australia and the UK. Most recently he was invited to contribute guitar parts to Florence and the Machine's writing sessions for the track "Breath of Life". Other noteable production credits include remix work with The Temper Trap, Owl Eyes and Metals as well as full production on releases by artists Eeda, Emma Deans, Pablo Discobar and Lady Nadee.
As a teacher Arik's approach is to ensure that his students are able to contextualise what they learn in terms of the songs they personally enjoy playing.
He believes that there is no better motivation for a student than to be excited by the pieces they are playing. In turn technique and theory are customised to each student to ensure that the student is able to take away from the lessons what they are personally looking to explore on the instrument. Most importantly, having worked alongside some of the world's top artists and producers, Arik is keenly aware of a fact that often gets forgotten in the mountain of gigs, travel and practice that it takes to be at the top of your game; music is fun and beautiful, and should always be so.
Cyber-trance opera. Ethereal funk. Gothic Jazz. Epic Rock. Tribal Glitch. Amarevois’ music is an ambient landscape imbued with orchestral elements and a menacing, compelling depth.
A powerfully seductive singer with a huge range, her tonal palette oscillates between intimate breathy and explosively operatic, and is at once deeply visceral. An experienced musician, she plays many different instruments (including guitars, basses, keyboards, drums/percussion, trumpet, sax, flute clarinet and viola) and is a captivating live performer.
Amarevois has been writing, performing, producing and recording music for over 20 years and her works travel across a variety of styles and textures. With many seasons as both an audio engineer and film composer, Amarevois has written and produced works for film, TV, theatre and radio both in Australia and internationally. Azimuth Arts (her production company and recording studio) is based in her home town of Melbourne, Australia.
Guitar / Bass
Rob has been playing guitar for twenty years and through his passion for all styles of music has performed (among other things) blues, rock, jazz, funk, roots, electro and pop with innumerous original and cover bands.
Current bandwork includes 'Wren' (roots based on Ruan and Banjo), 'Kate Lucas and the Lux' (alt. pop on bass), his own project 'Garagee' (instrumental electro-acoustic/DJ, on all instruments, programming and production), released on the Tempest recording label, and a number of corporate bands (covers, on guitar).
Rob completed an Advanced Diploma of Music (Contemporary) at the Box Hill Institute College of Music and went on to complete a Bachelor of Teaching at Melbourne Uni., majoring in secondary-level classroom music and instrumental teaching. Ensuing teaching rounds and positions at Fairhills Secondary College, Blackburn Secondary College, Box Hill Tafe, Ron Leigh's Music Factory and Billy Hydes have assisted him in attaining a far more focused approach to teaching. Through these appointments Rob has coached dozens of VCE students through their coursework, many of whom have continued on to tertiary studies and subsequent employment in the areas of music performance, sound production and music education.
Lili began to learn piano at the age of 10 with Chinese pianist He Chen. After 4 years of study piano, Lili has received her high distinction of the 10th Grade (highest grade) piano exam from the Chinese Music Examination Aboard. At the age of 15, Lili won the 1st prize of the senior section of the First Zhu Hai Cup piano competition at her hometown Xiang Fan. After moved to Australia in 2004, under the guidance of Malaysia pianist Kim Woon and Julie Hoey, Lili won the first prize of Enoggera Eisteddfod Senior Piano Championship in Brisbane together with the special award of the best performance of a classical sonata and Bach Prelude and Fugue. From 2006 to 2011, Lili completed the Bachelor of Music degree (1st class honour) and Master of Music (Performance/ Teaching) at the University of Melbourne. Her teachers include renowned Australian pianist Stephen McIntyre and Glenn Riddle. Currently, Lili enjoys a growing numbers of concert invitations in Melbourne, Brisbane and China. She has giving a recital concert in her hometown Xiang Fan and Brisbane.
Beside her performing activities, Lili is a passionate teacher. She has many years of piano teaching experiences, and many of her students have received good marks from AMEB exams and school exams. Lili is able to create a right environment to suit the individuality of the students, to inspire the students to strive for the highest potential. She believes music should be fun and enjoyable. Many of Lili’s students have kindly claimed they love playing piano more after they study with her. In the lesson, Lili guides students to develop the necessary technical skills and individual musicality in order to achieve what they fully believe they can do in the field of music. Lili welcomes students from any background, at any age and level of skills.
Sim's passion for music and guitar has spanned over 26 years. Her progression as a guitarist began at the age of 7; learning folk, country, children’s songs and classical before discovering rock, grunge and metal as a teenager. Sim began playing in bands at the age of 15 and teaching guitar at 16. Since then, she has played in an array of ensembles performing jazz, funk, blues, metal, folk, fusion, Latin, performance art and big bands along the east coast of Australia and throughout the world.
Sim completed a Diploma of Contemporary Music at the Northern Rivers Conservatorium in 1996. During this time, the Conservatorium also employed her to teach guitar. Sim continued to further her studies and in 2003 completed a Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Music in 2003 at Southern Cross University. Upon graduating, she was awarded the Casino Centenary Prize for best academic performance in either the Bachelor of Music or the Bachelor of Arts. On completion of her studies, Sim relocated to Melbourne, where she began teaching guitar from her own school and performing in various bands.
Over the last 5 years Sim has lived, travelled and gigged overseas; performing in bands and solo in a multitude of countries including Ireland, Japan, Spain and Germany. Most recently, Sim ran a successful guitar school in Ireland, which inspired hundreds of young musicians to play and perform. Sim’s goal as a music educator is to instill a love for music and help students develop into self-sufficient creative musicians. She incorporates technique, theory, improvisation, composition, musicianship and songs in a fun and relaxed environment.
Emily Shaw is a versatile session musician and seasoned live performer
who maintains a busy live schedule with several Melbourne bands. A
graduate of NMIT’s Australian Popular Music degree course Emily has
been playing drums for nine years and has been taught and inspired by
some of Australia’s elite drummers including David Jones (Paul
Grabowski, John Foreman, Marcia Hines, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra),
Tanya Cavanagh (The Divinyls, Bachelor Girl), Simon Barker (Australian
Art Orchestra) and Ronny Ferella (Doug DeVries).
In November 2011 Emily and her band Slow Chase recorded their second
EP with ARIA award winning producer Jonathan Burnside (The Living End,
Grinspoon, Faith No More, The Sleepy Jackson). For more info visit
Emily has been teaching Rock, Metal, Funk, Pop and Jazz for seven
years. Her lessons are fun, positive and designed to deliver results
for all ages and abilities.
Emma is a passionate and versatile vocalist who has 15 years experience in performance. Beginning her musical journey in Perth at age 8 when she received her first instrumental lessons and developed her love of music. Over the years Emma has explored varying styles of singing; studying classical, contemporary and jazz techniques. She studied at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, attaining an Advanced Diploma of Contemporary Music.
Emma's musical journey has taken her from Perth, to Sydney and now to Melbourne. She has worked with such artists as Tina Arena, Leah Haywood, Ross Wilson, Eric Weiderman, support acts for Marina Prior and 10CC and has performed lead and backing vocals for various projects, exploring such musical genres as rock, pop, soul, jazz, gospel, electronic/dance and funk.
As a teacher Emma has trained students from a wide range of ages and levels of ability. It is her aim to see students gain confidence and skills with using their voice, whilst also developing musical knowledge to enhance their own sound and explore their interpretation of songs.