Kieran Crichton – Online & Wangaratta

Qualifications

  • BMus, The University of Melbourne
  • MMus, Australian Catholic University
  • Ph.D., The University of Melbourne
  • Mdiv, University of Divinity

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ALL the instruments I teach and their level:

Piano (beginner, intermediate, advanced)
Organ (beginner, intermediate, advanced)

Singing (Beginner, intermediate)

The Styles of Music I specialize in are:
Classical, folk, rock, jazz, blues.

I teach from my home studio in Reservoir,

and lessons online.

Preschool (3- 5 years)

Juniors (5-12 years)

Teens (13-19 years)

Adults (19 +)

Theory of Music

I have a current Police Check or equivalent.

I have been a local community music educator for nearly 20 years, focussing on helping people to develop their skills for singing in choirs and teaching keyboards. I have extensive experience teaching people of all ages. I have five years experience teaching in Kodaly programs at the Australian Youth Choir, where I taught ages 7 to 18.

I have taught piano and organ for more than 15 years. My students here include adults and children, with aims as diverse as personal enjoyment, examinations, or task-based learning for making music in a community setting.

Starting choirs is one of the things I do! I love bringing a group of people together to sing songs on a range of themes, and I’ve started choirs in a range of locations, from the CBD offices of a big legal firm, to a forensic hospital, to local community groups, to churches, and much more.

Over the last few years I have worked as a rehearsal pianist with a couple of opera companies, which has extended to being a deputy conductor for performances.

I also have a wide range of experience as a recitalist playing organ, harpsichord, and piano. I’ve given concerts in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, and Oxford (UK). I also work as an accompanist around Melbourne.

I played a bit part in a film, The Day of the Broken (2014), where you can hear me playing the organ at St Ignatius, Richmond. Some of my recitals in prestigious Melbourne venues — Christ Church, South Yarra, The Scots Church, Melbourne, and Trinity College in the University of Melbourne — have been recorded and you can occasionally hear my playing on 3MBS.

Everyone wants to flourish and become fruitful. Relationships between teachers and students are very much an individual thing, and they are nurtured by moments of discovery. As a teacher I aim to help you release your potential and build up the practices for making music to your best capability every day. At it’s very best, learning music is a combination of what it’s like to be in footy training and a lively conversation with intelligent friends.

I enjoy sharing my passion for music with people who are starting out, or exploring possibilities from further down the track. But music is more than making notes — it’s also about how we shape ourselves and grow as people. I enjoy being part of that journey as well.

1999: Herbert Davis Prize for organ performance at the Boroondara Eisteddfod

2004: Musicological Society of Victoria student prize for research

2006: Australian Postgraduate Award (to support graduate studies) at the University of Melbourne

 

Where do I start?!

If I’m looking for a contemporary sound, then it will be something between Coldplay and Simon and Garfunkel. If it’s modern classical, then Arvo Part, John Taverner, Elena Kats-Chernin…the list goes on.

I love the music of J.S. Bach, Mozart, Louis Vierne, Brahms, Mendelssohn. What I get from these composers is a sense of connection back to past traditions, and their use of older ways of composing to fire up new styles.

I am a professional organist, so I play for a lot of weddings and funerals in churches and other venues. I get a lot out of helping people to find the right sound for their important days and this has seen me play some exceptionally beautiful music. I specialise in unusual requests, including a time when I was asked to play The Final Countdown as the procession music at the beginning of a wedding, or another time when the couple chose a set of pieces from video games. I enjoy the sense of exploration, since it helps to stretch what the instrument can do!

 

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