Our Tribe

Our team is made up of passionate, inspiring, patient musicians that love what they do.

We know that as teachers, sharing the gift of music with our students in a way that makes their learning experience special, memorable, unique and fun for them is the key to each individual student's success. 


Mellanie Shaylor

"Learning music gives you the freedom to talk and feel in sound.”

Uninspired by traditional teaching methods, Mellanie was driven to shake things up — go beyond the manuscript and make music lessons fun. She created the School as a musical haven for children and young adults to explore their musicality — a place to understand that there is more to music than scales, chords, and exams. A place where it's possible to learn and have fun simultaneously, in a creative, nurturing environment.  

Darina Chakarova

"Music is a world within itself with a language we all understand."

It was love at first sight the moment Darina laid eyes on a piano at age 4 — a romance that would continue into adulthood, and influence her teaching today. Now over a decade into her musical career, Darina’s love for music is stronger than ever — an affection that can be felt through her inspired lessons, and the infectious energy she brings to the School.




Anita Shaylor

“Learning music is an emotional outlet, entertainment, and stimulating for life. "

Anita is a classical guitarist and pianist who, for ten years, has been challenging students to leave their shyness at home and express themselves through music. A big kid at heart, she uses playfulness, patience and humour to connect with children from as young as 3 — opening their eyes to the wonders of music.


Vivian Chen 

Vivian is a classical pianist and accompanist with a young and modern approach to bringing out the best technique in each student. 

Listening to Vivian play the piano gives you goosebumps. She's really that good! 

With a special interest in technical approach and classical music, Vivian inspires her students, encouraging them to go beyond their comfort zone and see what is possible if they open their mind up to being the most awesome classical pianist they can be. 

You'll find Vivian at our Eltham studio. Book in your complimentary trial here. 


Tara Shokouhi 

Bubbly, inspiring, patient and always smiling, Tara is a favourite with the little ones!

Specialising in individual piano lessons for 17 and under, Tara's teaching style is engaging, encouraging and modern. She really cares about her students and wants to see them blossom into the budding musicians they aspire to be. 

Tara is currently accepting new students for 2018 on Saturdays at our Eltham studio. Book a complimentary trial here.