Piano Teachers

Catherine West

Cat West is very proud to be a Suzuki piano teacher! Having commenced her piano education with the Suzuki Piano Methods at age 6, a life-long love of the method commenced young and stayed with her for life. Cat believes the encouraging and rewarding Suzuki Method is a truly wonderful piano education experience. Having learned violin, and voice also, piano was the instrument that she decided she would focus on and that she would love to teach! Cat is due to complete her Suzuki piano teacher training this year. She knows how important music education is for the brain and the soul, and she is very excited to share her love of music with students and families.

Eliza Bennetts O'Connor

Eliza is a classical singer with over 16 years of training and extensive performance experience with leading opera company Victorian Opera. Eliza's introduction to music was through Suzuki Voice and Suzuki Piano training. She holds a Bachelor of Music specialising in Classical Voice and is going on to complete her Masters of Opera Performance at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.

Eliza works extensively with children, teaching performing arts, singing and piano. She values the reward of teaching and working with children, finding their energy and development inspiring. Eliza has experience teaching all ages of children and is driven to nurture their love of music. In fostering this love of music, her lessons incorporate and develop the student’s technique, repertoire, language skills and performance practice. As an avid performer in musical theatre, Eliza is excited to expose her students to classical, contemporary and musical theatre repertoire.

In addition to her teaching endeavours, Eliza has been a member of Victorian Opera since 2013, performing with their Youth Ensemble (VOYCE) as well as a number of Productions including: The Grumpiest Boy in the World, Four Saints in Three Acts, The Magic Pudding, The Cunning Little Vixen, William Tell, Parsifal, and most recently, The Selfish Giant. Eliza recently worked on a new initiative ‘Baby Bilby Sings,’ engaging children aged 0-5 in the wonderful world of opera.

Jesika Clark

An accomplished musician, Jesika Clark relishes any opportunity she has to perform, as a vocalist or instrumentalist. While completing her honours in Music Performance of Classical Voice at the University of Melbourne she performed in Rossini’s William Tell (Victorian Opera) and Dialogues des Carmélites (MCM). Her teacher and mentor is Suzanne Johnson. Jesika has also performed at many prestigious events with the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir under celebrated conductor Andrew Wailes including the Melbourne Cup, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the Olivia Newton-John Charity Gala, the Prime Minister’s Olympic Gala and the Melbourne ANZAC Day Dawn Service.

Aside from performing, Jesika loves to share her musical knowledge and passion with her students. She began her studies in piano with Yamaha Music Education and under the tutelage of Peter Hurley was awarded her Associate of Music Diploma in 2017. She has accompanied many school choirs and accompanies for AMEB and music scholarship exams.

Mishael Figueira

Mishael has been performing in musical theatre, choirs and bands for over 25 years.  She has performed many roles including Cosette in Les Miserables, Laurey in Oklahoma and Rapunzel in Into The Woods.  Although she has only been teaching full time for the past 3 to 5 years, Mishael has provided vocal lessons for over 20 and is heavily involved with choirs, producing productions for her church and The Australian College of the Arts (Collarts), which is her alma mater.

Working with children and teens to help them discover their music potential is one of her greatest joys, and seeing the look on children’s faces when they meet a musical goal is one of her greatest pleasures.

Peter Hurley

Peter Hurley has had a broad and lengthy career contemplating aural training. During a 25 year period, he has been involved in primary, secondary and tertiary music programs as a teacher, assessor and curriculum developer. Peter is currently lecturer in Aural Studies and Topics in Musicology – Music Theatre and Cabaret at the University of Melbourne. He continues to be involved in curriculum development and as an assessor with the AMEB, the VCAA and the Yamaha Music Foundation. Peter has also lectured at the VCA, Box Hill Institute, Melba Memorial Conservatorium, the VMTA, and the Suzuki Talent Education Association and continues associations with these institutions. He is currently engaged in post graduate research in audio cognition, specifically relating to pitch and memory. Peter is one of our wonderful senior  teachers here at Music Works Magic teaching traditional piano, Suzuki piano theory and aural musicianship as well as voice and musical theatre.