Testimonials will be updated as they are sent through
I started guitar lessons at Allegri when I was seven years old. I remember always looking forward to coming. I continued having lessons all the way though primary school and high school and regretfully stopped when uni life became too busy. My teacher was super patient but would still push me to achieve. I learnt many valuable lessons during this time and I am very grateful that I stuck with it for so long. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is considering taking up music, whether it be for a hobby or a career. – Kerry
I have just started singing lessons at Allegri. The atmosphere is very calm and the shop has a cute vibe about it. My singing has a long way to go, but I’m hoping my teacher can work miracles. – Jasmine
I decided to learn to play guitar after retiring and was apprehensive about finding a sympathetic teacher. Luckily I found Allegri in Moonee Ponds, who have an amazing bunch of teachers. My teacher has been very helpful and encouraging. His lessons are enjoyable and entertaining and I highly recommend him. -Paul
Our daughter began singing lessons at Allegri recently and we have been amazed and delighted by her progress and growing confidence. Our daughter has throughly enjoyed her lessons with Tereza, finding them both informative and challenging. Tereza is extremely conscientious and always encouraging, and we believe that our daughter’s success is in no small measure due to Tereza’s excellent teaching. – Jessica
Dana Czarski ~ Piano / Violin Teacher
One of the most prominent music teachers at our music school, specialising in modern, classical and jazz piano and classical violin. Dana graduated Melbourne University with AMus and BMus Ed degrees.
Dana uses both traditional and modern teaching techniques.
As a performing artist, Dana specialises in twentieth century classical and world music and modern jazz styles.
Dr Guillermo Anad – Violin/Viola Teacher
Guillermo Anad is an Argentinean musician based in Australia. In Buenos Aires he studied classical music (composition, violin, viola, chamber music) while simultaneously playing tango music with some of Argentina’s most reputed tango musicians. He continued advanced studies (viola) in Paris and Berlin. Currently he is music director, arranger and violist with TangoMundo. He has worked as an orchestral musician and chamber music player in Argentina, Paris and Berlin and his compositions have been performed and recorded in Europe and the Americas. He has taught extensively in Buenos Aires and Paris. He is a specialist in tango music and the work of Astor Piazzolla. He worked as a consultant to UNESCO in Paris for the Collection UNESCO Musique Traditionnelle du Monde. He has composed milongas to texts by J. L. Borges and performed with tango ensembles including Mariano Mores’ tango orchestra and Antonio Agri’s string ensemble. His compositions include Impromptu for bandoneón and symphony orchestra commissioned to celebrate the centenary of the city of La Plata, Three pieces for cello and piano, Milonga en re for solo piano and Elegy for woodwinds, piano and vibraphone.
2009 Academia Nacional del Tango, Académico Correspondiente, Australian Representative of the National Academy of Tango, Buenos Aires
1998 UNESCO, Paris: music consultant and translator for the Collection UNESCO de Musique Traditionnelle du Monde
1998 National Tango Academy, Buenos Aires: appointment as foundation member of the Cuadro Joven
2003-2004 Paul Sacher Foundation International Research Award
University of Basel, Switzerland
1994 • Residential Studio Award, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris
• Scholarship from Fundación Teatro Colón, Argentina for advanced study in Paris
• Travel grant from Fundación teatro Colón
1993 Music Scholarship from Mozarteum Argentino, for master classes with Szymsia Bajour, Buenos Aires
1991 Sponsorship from Musikalischen Jugend Deutschlands, for concert performances in Europe
1988 International grant from Fundación Teatro Argentino de La Plata, to perform with the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra, Berlin
Ben Espinoza ~ Drums / Guitar Teacher
Ben is a drum and guitar teacher and has been at Allegri for many years. More information is coming soon about this teacher.
Bruno Cesana ~ Piano Teacher
Bruno started to play the piano in Italy at the age of five. He started with Ida Piazza, a well known pianist of the time. The family later migrated to Australia and Bruno continued his studies with Mannzia Giutti, a pupil of Max Cooke, Dean of Music at the Facuilty of Music Melbourne University. He later enrolled at A.C.U University and did a Bachelor of Music course then studying with Geoffrey Cox and Michael Solouei. Bruno has given a number of solo piano recitals in Melbourne, at music festivals and private musical soirees, and has participated in various creative music concerts. Bruno has also been involved in the visual arts for several decades, and has created numerous mixed media paintings that have been exhibited in well known Galleries in Melbourne. Most of Bruno’s time is taken up by painting, playing the piano and teaching.
Elizabeth Carpenter ~ Piano Teacher
Elizabeth taught herself to play the organ at the age of 6 and had her first piano lesson when she was 7 years old. She was born in Indonesia and decided to come to Australia to study music.
Elizabeth completed her Bachelor of Music ( Melba Conservatorium of Music / Victoria University of Technology) as well as AMUSA (AMEB) in 2000 and has taught piano and music theory (AMUSA & AMEB) style ever since.
She has taught at numerous schools from Pasundan University in Indonesia through to local schools and colleges and at Allegri since 2004.
Madeline Turewicz ~ Piano/Singing Teacher
Madeline is a composer, singer & pianist. She studied composition and piano at Melbourne Uni and classical singing with opera singer Margaret Nisbett. Madeline tours regularly performing her own music and is also part of an ensemble with Dana Czarski, performing contemporary classical works.
Madeline teaches all styles, especially contemporary, jazz and classical and prepares students for AMEB exams, auditions and performances. Her electric teaching style focuses on healthy technique, developing creative and self responsibility for learning and aims to help students achieve their goals in music whatever they are.
Mark Robson ~ Guitar / Bass Teacher
Mark has been teaching, performing, composing, arranging and recording music for over twenty years. In that time Mark has collaborated with a variety of musicians gaining all the experience required to bring his teaching to new levels that are based on real life experiences.
Mark aims to give students of all ages an opportunity to fully express their potential through learning guitar and the fundamentals of music.
Mark tailors his tuition to fit the individual need and aspirations of each student, working around the student’s interest, focusing on all the skills and techniques required to achieve their goals.
Ashley Azzopardi ~ Singing Teacher
Ashley graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Music performance and an Advance Diploma of Music, majoring in singing. Ashley also plays the guitar and is learning piano. Ashley is currently undertaking her Masters in Teaching (Early Years) at Australian Catholic University majoring in teaching children from birth to eight. Ashley has a passion for music and working with young children. Whilst working at Allegri, Ashley will combine knowledge about how children learn with her passion for music.