Our teachers are not just 

Steven Armstrong 

Academy Founding Director 

Steven Armstrong, is a former lecturer of musicology and recipient of two university teaching excellence awards from The University of Western Australia. Steven has over 20 years of instrumental teaching experience and holds a Bachelor of Music (Performance) with First Class Honours and received several awards and scholarships across undergraduate and postgraduate studies. He was accepted into the PhD program at UWA but withdrew after 3 years abandoning academia to focus on education and has now completed postgraduate studies in Educational Leadership. 

Steven does a little teaching and is responsible for...well, everything company directors are responsible for. Steven's main focus is on mentoring and training our teachers in research-informed teaching and learning practices to ensure quality and consistency across all teaching for all students.

Nami Cheng

Piano & Education Research 

Nami is an experienced piano and classroom music teacher with quite a CV. She has a Bachelor Music (Piano Performance), a Masters of Teaching, and a Masters of Educational Leadership.

 

Nami also works with the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra teaching classroom music to schools with deficit resources.

 

In addition to teaching piano at the Academy, Nami is responsible for education research and implementation. 

Grace Chen

Piano & Piano Pedagogy Research

Grace has over 10 years of instrumental teaching experience and is using her knowledge and experience to continually improve our teaching and learning practices, specifically, in the area of piano. 

Grace is responsible for identifying and implementing resources, engaging repertoire, and effective teaching techniques of all aspects of piano performance. 

Brock Stannard-Brown

Piano & Early-Years Curriculum Development

Brock has a wealth of experience teaching young children in both one-to-one and group contexts. He holds a Bachelor of Music and a Masters of Teaching qualifying him as a classroom music. 

In addition to teaching piano at the Academy, Brock is responsible for developing our engaging piano program, Head Start, for 4-6-year-olds.

Isabel Finucane

Piano 

Isabel is former student of Steven, the Academy Director, and now a studying piano at UWA under Steven's former teacher.

Natasha Mitchell

Voice & Administration Coordinator

Natasha graduated from WAAPA with a Bachelor of Music, specialising in voice and song-writing. She has strong background in the performing arts including dance, drama, and classical violin, all of which has helped shaped the teacher and musician she is today. 

Brock Stannard-Brown

Piano & Early-Years Curriculum Development

Brock has a wealth of experience teaching young children in both one-to-one and group contexts. He holds a Bachelor of Music and a Masters of Teaching qualifying him as a classroom music. 

In addition to teaching piano at the Academy, Brock is responsible for developing our engaging piano program, Head Start, for 4-6-year-olds.