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I believe in communicating and listening to students to truly understand their individual needs. Learning and developing is a rewarding experience for all involved that I am always grateful to be involved in. With over 10 years of experience, I am currently teaching music theory and ear training to individuals of all levels.

I completed my Bachelor of Music (Honours) in Composition at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, in which I earned a final mark of First Class Honours. Throughout my teaching career, I have taught at Alphington Grammar School, Avila College, Mannix College, the Monash Music Students’ Society, and during my final Honours year in 2017, I lectured all 9 undergraduate Ear Training classes at Monash University. I was extremely well received by students, boosting the unit’s student ratings, and was invited back to teach in 2019-20.

While I currently only offer theory, aural training, and sight reading/sight singing lessons, my skills and experience draw from my performance and practical musical background. Throughout my career, I have taught piano, voice, violin, cello, composition, string ensembles, vocal ensembles, as well as has run workshops for the use of Sibelius (notational software). I have been the accompanist for community choirs and student exams, have been involved with church services as both a choir member and soloist, and performed with the National Youth Choir of Australia, a national-level residential choir that selects 28 singers from across Australia. In 2015, I was awarded the Peter Tahourdin Memorial Prize for my compositional work, and in 2017, was commissioned by Julian Burnside AO QC to write a 15-minute string quartet to premiere at the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music.

In 2017, I was awarded the Cengage Western Music Theory Prize for my theory marks at university, and have consistently achieved scores of 95 and over in all of my music theory and ear training classes. Without perfect pitch, I am competent in instilling skills and methods that use analytical thinking to tackle difficult tasks, but also with a long-term view to developing skills for a more intuitive comprehension of musical material. My lessons are comfortable and accessible, where weaknesses are tackled and discussed in a non-threatening and straight forward manner. I am extremely encouraging of questions and highly advocate that students develop their own sense of self-awareness for future growth.

I am currently teaching through MusoHunt, which is run by a fellow arts entrepreneur, at a rate of $75 per hour. If you are interested in learning from me and wish to know more, please feel free to get in contact.

Ms Turnbull is a very professional teacher whom my son had acquired lots of new knowledge from. She is humourous and passionate, and always has good approaches to teaching.

Ziying X.

Ms. Caterina Turnbull is a very dedicated teacher. Ms. Caterina Turnbull taught me only two classes, but her dedication to checking my homework and explaining all the details of things I was not familiar with was obvious. Ms. Turnbull is an enthusiastic, humorous teacher whose professional knowledge may surprise you. Her singing skills and understanding of music creation are truly impressive.

Stephen S.

Caterina explains the knowledge very detailed, and always gives some useful advice and examples. And she is really patient and friendly!

Natalie Z.