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Dr Dorian Mode

Piano Teacher, Vocal Teacher

Dr Dorian Mode is an award-winning jazz pianist, singer and composer. After leaving school he sat for a degree in composition at the NSW Conservatorium of Music, studying jazz piano with Mike Nock, arranging with Roger Frampton and Bill Motzing, improvisation with Judy Bailey and orchestration with Bozidar Kos. He studied voice with Edwin Duff, Don Grayden and Susannah Thompson. Upon leaving the NSW Conservatorium of Music he worked and studied in New York. Returning to Australia he was quickly signed to EMI Records where his debut CD "Rebirth of the Cool" achieved chart-topping success both locally and internationally, reaching number two on the Adult Contemporary Charts in Japan. This mercurial success was followed by "Cafe of Broken Dreams" on ABC Jazz the following year.

Dorian lived in London for some time where he sang with the BBC Big Band in Europe and worked with other leading European jazz musicians before returning to Australia to take up a position as jazz vocal tutor at The Australian Institute of Music. He also formed the bebop scat group "The Three Terrors" with jazz legends Joe Bebop Lane and Booby Scott, who schooled him in the art of scat singing.

Dorian has performed at numerous jazz festivals including Montsalvat, Noosa and Manly, and leading venues across Australia (including the Sydney Opera House) and has appeared on several TV shows including "Hey Hey It's Saturday" and "The Today Show". He also composed the music for a travel series for FOX Television in the US. This was followed by his CD "A Cafe in Venice" on La Brava Records.

In 2006 Dorian recorded a new jazz trio CD, "Memoir", earning an ABC Music Award for Best Jazz Composition. He was awarded an ABC Music Award for Best Instrumental Composition. Dorian has a Masters Degree (Hons) from the University of Western Sydney and was head of the jazz dept at Central Coast Conservatorium, where he taught jazz piano and voice for ten years. In 2008 he won an ABC Music Award for Best Theatrical Score for music composed for the play "The Good German" at the Seymour Centre in Sydney. In 2009 Dorian was awarded a prestigious APA doctoral scholarship and is now doctor Dorian. He is currently a senior lecturer teaching music at NAISDA Aboriginal College.

As a piano and singing teacher of many years, Dorian has tutored numerous singers, including two winners from channel 7's inaugural television singing series "Pop Stars" and has taught 2011 Australia's Got Talent Finalist, Liam Burrows, since he was 12 years old.

What makes Dorian a superlative vocal teacher is his facility as a professional jazz pianist, as he is able to accompany students at the piano and take the fledgling vocalist through standards in different keys, tempos and styles.

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Term Dates

The Central Coast Conservatorium operates to NSW Department of Education School Gazetted Term dates

Term 1
Tuesday 28/1 to Thursday 9/4 
(Saturday Strings concludes 4 April)

Term 2
Monday 27/4 to Saturday 4/7 
(Saturday Strings concludes 27 June)

Term 3
Monday 20/7 to Saturday 26/9 
(Saturday Strings concludes 19 September)

Term 4
Monday 12/10 to Saturday 19/12
(Saturday Strings concludes 12 December)

Mission Statement

We seek to inspire our Central Coast community to engage in and value music as an integral part of life through comprehensive music education and artistic endeavour.