WWCC, Bachelor of Music, Suzuki Teacher Primary Trainee

Clare is a dedicated and enthusiastic teacher of violin and viola, particularly interested in the teaching of young children. Alongside her private teaching, Clare currently teaches at Geelong Grammar School in Toorak and Carey Baptist Grammar School in Kew & Donvale. Having recently moved house she is in the process of building up private students again. Her home studio is now located in Hawthorn.

Previously Clare has taught and run ensembles at Laburnum Primary School, Casey Grammar School, Ivanhoe Primary School, Canterbury Girls Secondary College, Ringwood Secondary College and Vermont Secondary College.

Clare is experienced in taking students through AMEB exams if both parent and child feel ready, however exams are not considered a primary goal of music learning. Clare primarily uses the Fiddletime series for beginner non-Suzuki students, with a strong focus on listening to the CD and developing aural skills while learning to read music.

Clare's lesson rates

There are two options for lessons - term by term (preferred) and casual, week to week.

1. Term by term rate

  • 30 minute lesson: $35 (this length of time is suitable for most students)
  • 45 minute lesson: $50 (this length of time is suitable for older and more advanced students)
  • 60 minute lesson: $70 (this length of time is suitable for older and more advanced students, particularly if some time is used for aural/theory lessons)

2. Casual weekly rate

  • 30 minute lesson: $40
  • 45 minute lesson: $60
  • 60 minute lesson: $80


1. Term by term students are entitled to one make-up lesson a term. Further make-ups are often not possible due to scheduling, but may be negotiated.

2. 24 hours notice is required for lesson cancellation for any reason. If notice is not given, the lesson is forfeited and will not be made up.

3. In the event of teacher cancellation, the lesson will either be made up or credited for the next term.

4. In the event that a make-up is owed and a student is discontinuing lessons, a credit will not apply - either a make-up lesson or a forfeited lesson will occur.

5. Invoices are payable within two weeks of the beginning of term, or three weeks from the beginning of term one. Timely payment is always appreciated.

5. Casual students are not guaranteed their time-slot will be reserved. Term by term students have priority for choosing a time of their choice.

Suzuki Method
“Character first, ability second.”

Clare is currently undertaking her Suzuki Primary teacher accreditation and as such is taking on a small number of Suzuki students. As a child, Clare grew up learning violin through the Suzuki method. Suzuki is a method perfect for young children, that cultivates a lifelong passion towards making beautiful music.

From the very beginning, the development of tone, listening and posture is important. Note reading is of course important too, but playing the instrument well in the beginning is much more important, especially for young children.

Children as young as three can learn Suzuki violin (depending on the child) and Suzuki learning requires the hard work and dedication of both the parent and the child.