“I have always played the piano. The trumpet would probably be considered my second instrument – although I practice clarinet more often. My mom was my band director since third grade. She filled me with confidence. We used to play in so many bands together I couldn’t even begin to list them. While I was in high school she encouraged me to explore all sorts of instruments like French Horn, Mellophone, Saxophone, Mallet Percussion – such as the vibraphone and xylophone, and even the recorder… then later the oboe! I sang in many choirs and acted in musical theatre as well. My mom showed me a world filled with music!”
Dr Denise Stanley is a highly experienced and diverse teacher with over thirty years experience teaching children and adults to play piano. Her qualifications include Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music and the Fine Arts from California State University, Sacramento; a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Southern Oregon University and a PhD in Education from University of Sydney. Denise is an Associate Lecturer and Supervisor at the University of Sydney who has also lectured at the University of NSW. As an accredited piano teacher of The Music Teachers’ Association of NSW, she prepares students for the Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB) and Higher School Certificate (HSC) music exams. She is the recipient of a number of Scholarships including a Fulbright Memorial Scholarship Fund, Japan; and the Frank Mancini Memorial Award for Music. She has internationally directed a number of concerts including such local venues as the Sydney Opera House, St Augustine’s College, Sydney Vocal Arts Centre and the William Street Studios. Denise is highly regarded for her ability to teach students of all ages and levels to be successful in their musical quest. She caters to the individual needs of each aspiring musician and believes that the learning process should always remain fun.
In 2004, I began teaching piano on school campuses throughout the Northern Beaches of Sydney. As a teacher educator, maintaining this connection with the public and private school systems has been invaluable. All students are offered the opportunity to perform in school assemblies, soirees and at my Annual Music Recital.
Annual Music Recitals
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Joshy Rohan-Gould is awarded MUSICIAN of the MONTH at Balgowlah North Public School