Sammy Owen - Guitar
Sammy Owen co-owner of Sammys Music School has been a guitar teacher of 13 years .
He started teaching in 2002, working in youth and community centres and started at teaching at Sammy’s Music School in 2006 (then known as Creative Vision), he also learnt to play at the same school (then known as APT music school).
Sammy is an encouraging and patient teacher with experience also in coaching young bands in performance and recording projects.
He has a cert 2 &3&4 in music tuition and has been involved in youth services.
Sammy learnt from 3 guitar teachers and various successful original and cover acts is where he honed his craft.
His blues band “Sammy Owen Blues Band” is now his main creative project but Sam is still performing with other bands , some involved with Multicultural Arts Victoria and still enjoys learning new genres and styles himself , which has come through teaching both younger and older generations.
Peter Willetts - Electric and Acoustic Guitar Peter has been playing guitar since Year 6. Inspired by his friends who loved playing jazz and blues, he quickly developed a love for improvising and creating his own music. With 4 years of teaching under his belt, he is skilled young teacher, and has a following of regular students.
Ryan DiCecco - Bass Guitar, Jamms, Songwriting
Ryan began playing bass at the age of 13, after his brother encouraged him to learn because ‘there weren’t many bass players going around’. Their parents had an eclectic taste in music ranging from opera to jazz right through to rock n roll. Both the boys and were exposed to recorded and live music of all styles throughout their child hood.
Throughout high school Ryan knew music was his calling and often spent much of the school day in Performing Arts practicing or jamming with other students, playing jazz right through to punk rock. Ryan went on the study at Box Hill Institute of Music, where he further developed his jazz skills and found himself playing bass at wedding and functions that required a range of styles. Ryan joined original band ‘Skarlet Blue’, who across the years toured nationally and internationally supporting some of the worlds finest artists. Ryan studied contemporary songwriting with Ben McCarthy and Berklee songwriting lecturer Pat Pattison which resulted in a stronger input into writing for The Hiding (formally Skarlet Blue). The songs he has written, co-written and co-produced received USA College radio play on over 140 stations, and assisted in their upcoming showcase selection at CMJ in New York. Ryan is a firm believer that hard work and persistence will eventually pay dividends for those prepared to succeed
Jesse Bates - Drums, Jamms
Learn from one of Australasia's finest! Jesse Bates drum tutoring, teaching all styles and genres, for all age groups and levels. If you are after an energetic and inspiring drum tutor then Jesse is your man.
Jono Wright - Drums
Jono is our Thursday drum teacher who has a knack for refining students ability so their timing and skills continue to improve. Jono's students are motivated to practice and are rewarded with constant improvement.
If you want to learn the drums Jono is your man.
Jono started playing drums since 10 years of age and have never looked back.
While attending Haileybury College, Jono was heavily involved in the music program.
Jono recently completed a music degree at Monash University has also spent the last few years playing live at venues such as The Espy, Bennetts Lane and The Evelyn to name a few.
Jono has also had the great privilege of receiving lessons from some of Melbourne’s top musicians like Tony Floyd, Gerry Pantazis, Dave Beck and Andrew Gander.
Playing live is Jono's passion and has been fortunate to be involved in a wide array of performances, from musicals to Jazz and Rock gigs.
"It is my desire to be the best drummer and overall musician that I can be and to inspire and encourage with my music. So many styles of music influence me, from classical to progressive metal as I seek to learn and grow as a musician. Drummers such as Dave Weckl, Gavin Harrison, Steve Smith and so many more have inspired me along the way and continue to do so.
As a musician, it is important to educate and pass on what you have learnt. It is my aim to inspire my students and motivate them to develop and grow on the drums"
Dylan Knur - Violin Dylan may be young but as a teacher his skills and maturity are years ahead of his age.Dylan Knur is an enthusiastic violinist, guitarist and vocalist from the outer suburbs of Melbourne. Influenced by musicians ranging from Stephane Grappelli to J.S. Bach, and then to the contemporary stylings of Radiohead and Owen Pallett, Dylan aims to experiment with ways to bring these foundations together in new and interesting ways.By the time Dylan began his secondary schooling at Billanook College in 2009, he had four years of classical violin experience under his belt, and his love of music only grew from there; at Billanook, he began playing world music, jazz in the style of the Quintette du Hot Club de France, and also involving himself in music theatre, with lead roles in performances of Thoroughly Modern Millie, Urinetown and Avenue Q by the time his secondary schooling was up.Dylan is currently studying his Bachelor of Fine Arts (Contemporary Music) in Jazz and Improvisation at the Victorian College of the Arts, but he can be frequently found in the Melbourne CBD or the Yarra Ranges, as the violinist for hip-hop artist Akroyd Smart, or as violinist and vocalist with either his alternative pop band Parkville or his jazz quartet Café Swang. He can also be spotted playing solo shows on acoustic guitar, or of course as a teacher of the violin here at Sammy’s Music School in Kilsyth.
Hayley McManus - Vocals and Group Vocals Hayley has completed her Bachelor of Contemporary Music Performance at JMC Academy, majoring in vocals from which she has gained great experience in vocal technique, songwriting and performance. She teaches vocals using the Estill Vocal Model, which she has studied for 8 years. Hayley is enthusiastic in helping out those who want to learn more about the voice, and how they can use it to their full potential.
Cindy Parett - Vocals and Group Vocals
Cindy is our rock style teacher who has experience as a vocalist and teacher for the past 20 years. Cindy enjoys helping her students understand their voices and teaching them to sing with technique and emotion.
If you need to do VCE grading, or just want to learn how to use your vocals then Cindy can help.
Cindy's students are testament to her capacity to foster students vocal talents.
Evan Wright - Guitar
Evan is our teacher for Modern, Romantic and Baroque Classical guitar. Specialising in European, South American and Australian Classical guitar music. For those with eclectic tastes, he can even help with flamenco, lute or other instrument music transposed for the modern-day acoustic guitar. If you think any of these may be to your style then Evan is for you.
Evan started learning the guitar at age 8 in primary school and progressed to studying with multiple university lecturers at the Northern Territory School of Music when he was 13. He has also studied numerous streams at the tertiary level and has a non-music background in psychology. So he can help bring understanding of your own musical education, learning and playing abilities from a variety of angles.
Evan enjoys working with students of any age or ability. He can help you with anything on the acoustic guitar: from the musical basics of reading the many types of sheet-music available, to the complex intricacies of finger techniques, or even preparation for first time performance jitters.
Katherine Hunter - Piano Vocals
Katherine is a woman of many talents not limited to classical piano and vocals coaching. Katherine enjoys sharing her knowledge and as a fitness coach in one of her varied jobs, she excels in motivation and brings a positive attitude to her work.
Dylan Lynton - Guitar
Dylan is a talented guitarist who loves all instruments,has a sound knowledge of music theory and is interested in a broad range of guitar styles.
If you want to understand how to play the guitar and learn music theory then Dylan will show you the way. Dylan focuses on the fundamentals of being a musician, and then using those skills to achieve success on the instrument in a variety of styles.
Dylan is a Melbourne born musician who has always had a keen interest in music.
Dylan was first introduced to the guitar playing classic rock and blues as a starting point, then moving into heavier genre's during his early teens.
Dylan started playing in a gypsy jazz band in high school and at 16 was playing in the Melbourne international jazz festival.
From sixteen to now Dylan has been focusing on playing jazz after hearing the Chick Corea Elektric Band and seeing Pat Metheny live in 2014.
Dylan currently studies music at Victorian Collage of the Arts, graduating with a Bachelor of Music, majoring in jazz and improvisation studies.
Happy and enthusiastic to work with anyone of any age in any style.
Chris Kenworthy - Guitar, Vocals, Jamms, songwriting
Chris Kenworthy, a professional musician, producer and music teacher from Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.
Born in 1989 Chris first picked up the guitar at age 12 then went on to study music theory and performance through high school. Chris’ first original song “The ride” was played instead of the bell after recess and lunch everyday and was played live at the full school mass on the year 12’s last day.
After completing high school he started playing professionally at the local bars, wineries and pubs.
The originals kept flowing and in February 2015 he wrote, recorded and produced “Nylon”, a 10 track instrumental album.
A year later in May 2016 he released his second album “Room 9”.
After seeing the downward trend that the major label driven music industry was taking Chris started his own label in late 2016. Roadknight Records, the label with no contracts, no fees and designed purely to support upcoming local artists.
Then in March 2017 with the help of frequency studio’s released “East Coast”.
Today he is playing his original songs, as a session player in various cover bands, teaching music and is looking to produce more young talented musicians.
Ayden Thorne - Saxophone, Wind, guitar Ayden is currently studying music at Box Hill majoring in saxophone, he is a multi talented teacher who provides motivation and support to all of his students.