Teachers

DREW THORPE

(Piano, Guitar, Woodwind, Drums, Brass, Strings, Mandolin, Ukulele, Banjo, Singing, Drama)

 

 

From my earliest memory I have had music in my life with many members of my family playing piano and introducing me to this from the moment I could reach the keys. At the age of 9, I joined the Victorian Children’s Choir. This gave me my first taste of performing and the reward for the effort music can take.  My instrumental playing expanded to woodwind instruments in 1988, then guitar, bass and drums the following year. I continued through the years to add brass, strings and drama to my list. For over 25 years I studied under Masters International, achieving many qualifications including:

Master of Music 12/05/1999

Licentiate; Guitar/Bass: Masters International 2003

Certified Practicing Musician: Masters International CPM 04/04/2004

Associate Teaching Diploma: Masters International 2004

CPM Fellow of the Society FCPM 30/05/2011

Music Director: Masters International MusD. 28/07/2014

Certified Practicing Music Therapist CPT-Level 7 28/07/2014

I am also an APRA Full Member/Writer.

I love the challenge of adding a new instrument and working on the techniques to make it feel natural to play. I have played in orchestras, blues, jazz, stage, rock and heavy metal bands. I formed Level Edge and wrote, recorded and performed with them for 5 years between 2003 and 2008. I have also been a member/song writer of original band Against The Grain (now Lazarus Mode) and tribute band Youth Gone Wild plus many cover bands over the years. I regularly get asked to perform for many different occasions, and just love getting up on stage to express my connection with all things music.

On a deeper level, music has helped me through some hard times as a positive anchor to keep me grounded and help give me focus. This is exactly why I started teaching in 2002 and the reason I began Drew Thorpe Music in 2004, to give children and adults the joy, positive benefits and the strengths music empowers you with. With hard work anything is achievable, and nothing reflects this better than music.

ALEK STOKES

(Guitar, Piano, Drums, Ukulele, Banjo, Harmonica)

I have been playing guitar for around 13 years and absolutely love it. When I finished school I decided I wanted to take my guitar knowledge to the next level so I started teaching in my home town during my first year at university. I also wanted to tutor while I was Bendigo, hence my career at DTM was born in 2015! Since then, I have also added piano, drums, ukulele and banjo to my teaching repertoire. I love tutoring people of all ages to play music and it has become a real passion of mine. I have always believed that every person deserves the chance to play music, no matter the circumstances in their life. I love my job, and wouldn’t ask for it any other way. I love the feeling when I watch my students improve. Whether it be within a week or a month, witnessing this improvement is what makes my job worthwhile.

 

RACHEL BUCKLAND

(Singing, Piano)

Singing was my first musical adventure, beginning with choirs and then private tuition in my early primary school years. I then took up piano at 12 and had a quick dabble in flute as well. I have continued to sing and play piano regularly for the last 18 years, and I have been teaching with DTM for the last four years.

Music for me is a healthy and fun experience. It has a way of being an emotional outlet whilst providing a form of self-expression which is unique and individual each and every time.

I have recently returned from my fourth maternity leave, so I am looking forward to getting back into teaching.

LESLEY LIKENS

(Piano, Singing, Flute)

I am passionate about music. As one of my favourite singers wrote, “it gives me the language that keeps me alive”. I am so excited to have the opportunity to work with Drew Thorpe Music to help to introduce children to the wonders of music and nurture them in what could be the beginning of a lifelong love.

My first love is the piano, which I have been playing since I was just 7 years old. Playing duets with my older sister, accompanying choirs and other musicians, even playing in musical theatre pit bands has brought me countless happy hours.

My interest in singing came a bit later, when I was a teenager. I have sung and acted in a number of musical theatre productions during my uni years and through my 20s. I have also sung with several choirs throughout the years, including spending 5 years singing with the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir in the mid-2000s.

I started learning to play the flute and piccolo at age 11 where I started to participate in orchestral and marching bands. I also performed as part of a 5-person flute ensemble during my early teenage years.

I have even recently started learning to play the guitar. It definitely helps to keep the student’s perspective present in my mind! It is never too late to learn and expand upon your musical experiences! It is truly a lifelong journey.

SHENAYE STOKES

(Singing, Piano)

I have been singing for around 8 years and playing piano for about 4 years. I have participated in singing lessons throughout my secondary education, local music concerts in my home town and completed VCE music, with vocal as my chosen instrument.

I am currently studying at university in nursing, and it was at the beginning of my university course that I took on the role at DTM. Music is a real passion of mine, and I couldn’t think of a better way to share my passion as well as watching kids find their passion in music. It is a great honour to be a part of the DTM team, and to be able to assist kids in developing their skills in piano or singing.