Our Teachers

Leonie Riordan, Principal and Owner of Red Note Music

Leonie Riordan

Leonie completed a Bachelor of Music at The University of Melbourne, graduating with majors in Piano, Harpsichord and Music Theory.  She completed her Advanced Certificate with ABRSM and her Licentiate with Trinity College, London on Harpsichord during her university years. Leonie graduated from The University of Melbourne with a Master of Music Studies in 2013, with an emphasis on classroom music education and conducting.

Leonie completed a Graduate Diploma in Education at The University of Melbourne majoring in Music and Drama and spent several years teaching classroom music and drama in private schools across Melbourne.  Leonie is continues to develop and extend her teaching skills and is currently undertaking work towards the Associate Teacher of Music offered by the AMEB.

Teaching piano has been a major focus in Leonie’s life for over 20 years.  She has taught privately at her home studio, in student’s houses, at private schools and in larger studios during this time.   She has successfully guided students through all levels of exams, from Preparatory to Diploma level, including VCE Units 3 & 4.  She has experience in many exam syllabuses, including AMEB, ANZCA and ABRSM.  Leonie has experience in teaching students from as young as 4 years to adult beginners and those adults returning to piano after a break.

Leonie currently teaches on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, however, you’ll see her in and out on Thursday and Friday chatting to parents and completing paperwork.

Music / Teaching Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Music (University of Melbourne)
  • Master of Music Studies (University of Melbourne)
  • Graduate Diploma in Education (University of Melbourne)
  • LTCL in Performance (Trinity College, London)
  • Dip ABRSM in Performance
  • Kodaly Teacher Accreditation (Lvl 3 Primary)
  • Orff Schulwerk Accreditation (Lvl 3)
  • Cert IV (Business)

Sarah Gare, Senior Piano Teacher

Sarah Gare

Sarah has been playing the piano for over fifteen years and teaching for the last seven. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the University of Western Australia specialising in piano performance. During her degree she has performed in chamber ensembles, musical productions ‘Wicked’ and ‘Miss Saigon’, and accomplished two solo recitals. In 2017 after graduating, Sarah moved to Melbourne to further her pursuits in teaching and music. She is currently part of the band ‘Classic Red’ as the synthesiser/keyboardist playing gigs around Melbourne.

Sarah has taught privately and in schools with students ranging from age 4 to adults of different levels. She has experience guiding students through AMEB and ANZCA examinations. Her approach to teaching is to invite students to experiment and explore their creativity while building strong keyboard technique.

Sarah currently teaches on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Music / Teaching Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts (Double Major in Music Studies and Specialist Music Studies – Piano) (University of Western Australia)
  • Orff Schulwerk Accreditation (Lvl 1 and 2)

Paddy Gordon, Piano Teacher Paddy Gordon

Paddy Gordon is a Melbourne-based pianist and improviser. He is part of critically acclaimed trio “Footy”, who recently released their third album.

Paddy completed his B.Mus in 2012, and has been teaching for eight years. He has completed around 20 years of classical training in addition to his studies in improvisation and jazz. Paddy has experience guiding students through AMEB examinations and is knowledgeable in Western classical, jazz and popular repertoire. His philosophy of music education entails a holistic approach, which nurtures not only keyboard technique but also overall musicianship and a sense of curiosity and experimentation.

He is also interested in community music and arts, and he sits on the board of Community Music Victoria. He has run public community music projects at the Testing Grounds artspace, the Body Voice Centre in Footscray and at Highpoint shopping centre as part of the Think West Festival. His experimental sound work with the Yarraville Mouth Organ band was installed as part of 2018’s One Night in Footscray festival.

Paddy was the Music Coordinator for refugee support organisation The Welcome Group from 2014 to 2016, and in 2017 he worked in Cambodia developing a music program for the NGO Epic Arts. He also works casually with the City of Melbourne’s Art Play program.

Paddy currently teaches on Wednesday and Thursday.

Music / Teaching Qualifications

  • Master of Arts (Victoria University, currently completing in 2019)
  • Graduate Diploma of Arts (University of Melbourne, 2017)
  • Graduate Certificate in Arts and Community Engagement (VCA, 2016)
  • Bachelor of Music (Melbourne Polytechnic, 2012)

Gabby Troup, Piano TeacherGabby Troup

Gabby studied her Bachelor of Music Performance at the University of Melbourne and graduated with Honours in Musicology in 2011.

Gabby has been teaching piano for thirteen years. Over this time she has prepared students of all levels from beginner to advanced for AMEB examinations. In order to foster a love of music in her students, she strives to ensure that her lessons are always engaging and inspiring. While Gabby specialises in teaching classical piano, she also enjoys teaching pop songs, composition and jazz.

Gabby has performed at venues across Melbourne including the National Gallery of Victoria, the Victorian Artists Society and LongPlay in Melbourne. She has also performed public solo recitals, accompanied choirs and a wide range of instrumentalists for AMEB examinations.

Gabby currently teaches on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.

Music / Teaching Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Music, Honours in Musicology (University of Melbourne, 2011)
  • Bachelor of Music Performance, (University of Melbourne, 2010)

Romy Hernandez, Piano TeacherRomy Hernandez

Romy is a pianist, improviser and composer born in Havana, Cuba. She is co-writer and arranger of Melbourne based bands El Numero Perfecto and Ella Trinidad. She performs regularly around Melbourne with latin bands and has played at WOMADelaide Festival and Port Fairy Festival to name a few.

Romy began to study classical piano at the age of 9. She graduated from the National School of Arts in Havana, Cuba in 2001 and spent the next 8 years teaching piano and performing as a classical pianist in Cuba and Panama. In 2009 Romy moved to Melbourne and it was around this time that she discovered a passion for composition and improvisation. She studied and graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in jazz and contemporary music under Andrea Keller and Barney McAll.

Romy has more than 10 years experience teaching piano to students of all ages and skill levels. She has guided students thought AMEB examinations and has also taught jazz, improvisation and composition. As a piano teacher Romy ensures that the lessons are tailored to the student’s interests whilst developing a strong theoretical and technical foundation.

Romy currently teaches on Monday and Friday.

Music / Teaching Qualifications

  • Master of Music in Performance Teaching (University of Melbourne, studying in 2019)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Contemporary Music Performance (Hons) (VCA, 2017)
  • Advanced Diploma in Music Performance (Melbourne Polytechnic, 2010)

Available Times
  • Monday: 5:30pm
  • Tuesday: 2:30pm; 3:00pm; 7:00pm; 8:15pm
  • Wednesday: 2:30pm; 3:00pm; 7:45pm; 8:15pm
  • Thursday: 2:45pm
  • Friday: 4:00pm; 6:00pm
  • Saturday: Waiting List Applies
  • Sunday: -
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