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 Merlyn’s Music is a family based business in Heidelberg West.  We are easily accessed by public transport for our music  school students.

 As well as music education, our comprehensive services to  individuals and businesses include an entertainment booking  agency.

 Merlyn's Music offers tuition in piano, violin, and theory for  examinations or for leisure.

 We are still accepting bookings for the current  academic year.

 See below for contact details. 

Meet Your Teachers:

Steve Bourke

Steve Bourke

Steve has been a working musician since his teens. After the usual suburban piano lessons, he headed out to accompany singers, arrange and play in big bands and also write and play in jazz bands. His understanding of Jazz Harmony comes from a hands – on education from this wealth of experience. He also took improvisation lessons from Mike Nock. He is currently working with several bands, including Continental bands, a jazz combo with bass and various singers, and solo & duo work.

Having worked in the music publishing industry for many years, he is a lover of the printed form. He composes, arranges and also writes theory texts that are used for training students.

Steve composes 2 pianos, 4 hands works to perform with his wife, Glen Harvey.

Glen Harvey

Glen Harvey

Glen studied classical piano, classical theory and musicianship (AMEB) until entry to the Music Faculty at University of Qld at St Lucia. She was unable to finish her degree, but has been an active teacher to this day. She has taught piano beginners of all ages, and insists on combining theory lessons with practical lessons, making the written form relevant to the playing ability of each student.

Glen now specialises in teaching piano beginners of all ages and also teaches theory for AMEB examinations.

Hannah Spracklan-HollHannah Spracklan-Holl

Hannah is a violinist from Melbourne, specialising in the performance of 17th and 18th-century music. She completed her Bachelor of Music with Honours from the University of Melbourne in 2016, majoring in Musicology, and is currently studying a Masters in Music (Musicology).

Hannah is a member of the Melbourne Baroque Orchestra and has participated in numerous projects with Ironwood Chamber Ensemble, Sydney Baroque Music Festival, and the Peninsula Summer Music Festival. She also teaches violin and music theory at Erasmus Primary School, as well as privately.                                                                                                                   

Hannah Spracklan-HollBen Spiers

Ben has had extensive performance experience from an early age, playing with the Peninsula Youth Orchestra, Melbourne Youth Orchestra and Australian Youth Orchestra. He toured Australia and Europe with the AYO through 2013 and early 2014 and worked with the finest conductors and soloists including Christoph Eschenberg, Simone Young, Thomas Dausgaard and Arvo Volmer. He was concertmaster of the University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for 2014, and appointed concertmaster of the Melbourne Opera Orchestra in 2016. He led Melbourne Opera’s sellout seasons of Tannhäuser (2016) and Lohengrin (2017) and two tours with the orchestra to China. In July '17, Ben toured with Ensemble Eight 88 piano quartet playing in esteemed concert halls all over China. He appeared as a soloist in September 2016 with the North Queensland Chamber Orchestra, and will travel to Cairns again to perform as soloist in February '18.

Having studied with Monica Curro at the University of Melbourne Ben is now completing his degree with the esteemed Australian violinist Sophie Rowell. We welcome Ben to our team.

        

Geoffrey Scarlett

Geoffrey began learning piano at age 4 with the AMEB system. He also learned trombone from the age of 11, and throughout high school was heavily involved in the music program at Ivanhoe Grammar as a pianist, trombonist and choral singer.

Since the age of 16, Geoffrey has been teaching AMEB piano, at the recommendation of his teacher Irina Cherkasski. Upon leaving school, he took up a role as an accompanist and repetiteur at Ivanhoe Grammar and transitioned into the role of music director for the 2013/14 production of “Violet”. He has since worked on “Songs for a New World”  by Jason Robert Brown and currently, "Jesus Christ Superstar”.

                                                                             

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