Piano

CARL SCHMIDT

Head of Program (Piano), Curriculum Coordinator, Piano Teacher

Carl Schmidt is Head of the Piano Program and Curriculum Coordinator at Central Coast Conservatorium.

He holds a 1st Class Bachelor of Music from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Carl was awarded a Masters Degree in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of The Netherlands. 

Whilst living in Europe, he gave regular solo and ensemble performances and was invited to appear in the 2004 International Chopin Festival held in The Hague and with Steve Reich during the 2003 Steve Reich Festival.

ELISABETH JACOBS

Piano Teacher

Elisabeth received her early training at Sydney Conservatorium graduating with many prizes and went on to further study at St Petersburg Conservatoire as a Churchill Fellow. 

From St Petersburg she moved to Glasgow where she took up the position of Lecturer in Piano at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. 

Elisabeth returned to Australia after a career of performing and teaching in the United Kingdom and was a winner of the ABC Concerto and Vocal Competition which allowed her to record and perform with the major orchestras in Australia. 

MELISSA LARK

Musicianship Teacher, Vocal Teacher, CMP Teacher

Melissa studied Kodaly at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, later obtaining her accreditation with the NSW Chapter of KMEIA (Kodaly Music Education Institute of Australia). Melissa also studied ‘Eurythmics’ – Dalcroze extensively and received her accreditation at Sydney Conservatorium of Music under Ruth Caldwell, Jeffrey Whilley and Karen Lemon. During this period, she also studied ‘Music & Students with Special Needs’ with Ruth Caldwell.

Melissa has taught Children’s Music since 1999 and more recently studied Composition with the late Clifford Abbott, Annie Nichols and Dr. Phillip Rutherford. She regularly composes songs and works for various projects and wrote extensively for the children’s entertainment group ‘The B-Bops’, in which she was a performer, partner and composer.

LIISA MUNNUKKA

Piano Teacher

Liisa was awarded a Bachelor of Music (Piano Performance) from Sydney Conservatorium of Music and has extensive experience as a rehearsal pianist and accompanist and is a member of the Accompanists Guild of NSW.

LILLI NAULU

Piano Teacher

Lilli graduated with a BMus in piano performance from Sydney Conservatorium of Music. 

She studied piano with Stephanie McCallum, as well as piano accompaniment with David Miller OAM. In her final year of study, she was awarded the Mollie Neale Memorial Award for excellence in piano accompaniment.

Matthew Brooks

Piano Teacher

Sharon Hatton

Keyboard Teacher

Sharon completed her Grade VIII in piano with Distinction with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) at the age of 16 and went on to finish an Associate Diploma in Piano Performance from the London College of Music under the tutelage of Madam Lam Kim Lian (GRSM). 

She has taught in primary schools and private music schools in Singapore and Sydney, and is also a Kindermusik educator, operating her own studio.

Svetlana Vokurka

Piano Teacher

Svetlana graduated from the University of Belgrade with a Master’s degree, Bachelor of Music (majoring in piano performance and teaching).  In Europe she has performed in different countries as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician and she continues to do this in Australia as well.
 
As a teacher Svetlana worked at the Music Education Centre in Zagreb, Croatia. She was also a member of the examination committee and received two awards for teaching piano.