Our story

At Freedom Music Studios, we provide quality tuition and artist development for students of all ages and abilities. Our welcoming and supportive environment allows students to experiment and take risks while building their confidence.

In our studio in Rowville, South East Melbourne, we invite people who have always had an inkling that they’d like to sing, or perform to explore their talent.

We have a team of friendly, passionate and expert teachers.

Throughout the year, students have regular performance opportunities in front of a live audience. This motivates them to continue practicing and maintain enthusiasm for their next lesson. It also provides a space for students to socialise and collaborate on musical items. Parents, families and friends get to know one another as they enjoy the shows and witness the progress in front of their loved ones. For us, it’s wonderful to see students of all ages interacting and learning from one another.

When you start having lessons with us, you are more than just a customer or a student – you are part of The Freedom Music Family.

Meet our team

We are a passionate team of teachers at Freedom Music Studios who have dedicated our lives to the mastery and performance of our craft.



Clare Assetta

Owner and Principal

Voice and Performance Coach

Clare is the driving force behind Freedom Music Studios. Her personality, experience and passion for the industry have led to the wide range of services we offer our students today. After spending 20 years studying the art of Vocal Production, she has gained an extensive set of qualifications including a Bachelor of Science majoring in anatomy and physiology, Diploma of Education and she’s completed The Compulsory Figures for Voice Control course four times. Clare has worked hard over the past 10 years to achieve her ranking as a certified Level 3 singing teacher with the Institute of Vocal Advancement.

Throughout her vocal career Clare has often been left feeling hoarse and fatigued due to a heavy vocal load, from both singing and public presenting. Over many years, Clare refused to believe that her voice was at its capacity and went on a mission to gain insights into the intricacies of vocal technique. During this time, she fell in love with the study of voice and all its facets including technique, style, artistry and performance. After years of study and research, Clare has a diverse knowledge and methodology towards teaching enduring, reliable, pain free and artistic voice production.

Clare’s Degree in Science, majoring in Physiology and Anatomy, gives her the skills to understand and discuss the singers ‘instrument’, the larynx. Her Diploma of Education and 10 years working as a class room teacher gives her the skills required to ‘teach’ all ages and vast amounts of experience working with children. Using her personal knowledge, learnings from courses and conversing with other vocal specialists, Clare can offer students many techniques that can be applied to vocal production and improve performance.

Her mission is to provide as many students as possible with the skills and strength required to ensure that they use their vocal instrument to its maximum potential!

Learn more about Clare and her singing experience on our blog


Paris Collins


Private Voice Coach, First Notes Academy, and Move Shake & Groove Instructor

Paris Collins has been a part of the Freedom Family since 2014. She has performed in several bands as a vocalist as well as leads in amateur musicals. Throughout the years, Paris taught herself basic piano skills at home and has accomplished many self-accompanied performances that establish great resilience and perseverance.

From a Knox Factor finalist in her teenage years to a backing vocalist for various bands, to performing at school fates, to busking at her local shopping centres, Paris has experienced the many challenges that come with performing and is grateful to have a large repertoire created over the years. She considers herself lucky to be able to have accomplished so much.

Paris is passionate about teaching as she believes that everyone has a voice that deserves to be listened to and just as we would play a sport, our voices need to be trained to reach our full potential.

Eloise Longford

Reception and Admin

Eloise plays an integral part in our admin team and is a friendly face you’ll see as you enter our studio!

As a student herself, Eloise’s enthusiasm about all we offer comes from her passion for the studio.

Instrumental Teachers

Hezy Suramarta

Keyboard, Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drums, and Ukulele Teacher

Hezy has joined the teaching team at Freedom and is available for keyboard, piano, guitar, bass and drums from beginner to advance.

Hezy is a passionate musician and music teacher, who’s currently teaching at 4 primary schools
and giving private lessons to students of all ages in Melbourne. Hezy is proficient in teaching
keyboard, piano, guitar, bass and drums. He has been actively involved both in the music industry
and music teaching for more than 15 years. Hezy seeks to equip students with the performance,
composition and theoretical skills that will see them excel in any path they take in music. He is a
highly outcome-driven and motivated with solid experience. As a member of a contemporary jazz
band, he has been performing in many Jazz Festivals in Victoria, weddings and corporate

Stephanie Chin

Keyboard, Piano and Theory Teacher, and Move, Shake and Groove Instructor

Stephanie is an accomplished pianist with over a decade of training in classical piano and music theory. Stephanie has been trained under the Royal Conservatory of Music in Canada, completing both practical and theory examinations to a high level and achieving accreditation towards university studies.

Stephanie has performed as an accompanist in both jazz and mixed choirs along with church choirs. She also has experience teaching beginner students.

Today, Stephanie has a passion for a variety of genres of music, particularly pop and Top 40s. She hopes to instil a lifelong passion for music, particularly to beginning pianists in a fun and engaging manner. Lessons will be tailored to suit each student’s needs and interests. Stephanie has a valid Working with Children Check.


Callum McDonald

Guitar and Bass, Music Theory

Callum is a guitarist with over a decade of performance experience from when he was in primary school all the way through to today.

He has always been a keen musician, playing in school musicals, performance nights, awards ceremonies, and more throughout his schooling. As Music Captain and head of the jazz ensemble in high school, he achieved multiple creative achievement/music awards and completed VCE music performance. Callum was accepted to the Melbourne Conservatory of Music before leaving to pursue a Bachelor of Applied Music – Composition which he concluded in 2021.

Today, he spends his time writing music, with the hopes of one day becoming a full-time film composer.

Callum is more than excited to share his passion for all things music with anyone and everyone who wants to learn.

Vocal Teachers

Jamika Aliaga

Private Voice Coach and First Notes Academy

Jamika is a singer/songwriter who has been taking lessons since she was 7. Throughout her Primary & Highschool years, she involved herself in all music extra-curricular activities, including choir and productions. She has recently graduated her Bachelor of Music Performance and plans to study a Master of Teaching in the coming year. One fun fact about Jamika is that in 2019 she went to America, to work at Disney World. She had an amazing time and got to make many great memories. Jamika has always loved learning new things, especially when it comes to music. So being able to work at Freedom and teach is a dream come true. She hopes to help everyone see their potential, and have fun.

Meg Wagner

Private Voice Coach, First Notes Academy and Move Shake & Groove Instructor

Meg has been a fan of all things music and performance for as long as she can remember! She was raised surrounded by music and constantly sang with her family wherever she could. To this day, not much has changed, except that it now irritates her siblings much more!

Meg is enthusiastic about being a part of all the creative opportunities offered to her. She has been part of multiple musicals, including ‘The Addams Family’, ‘Hairspray’, ‘Catch Me if You Can’ as Brenda Strong, ‘In The Heights’ as Nina Rosario, and as the title role of Mary Poppins in ‘Mary Poppins’. On top of this, she completed both Music Performance and Theatre Studies to a high standard in 2018. She has now furthered her training by studying full-time Musical Theatre at Showfit with Centrestage Performing Arts School.

Meg first began lessons at Freedom Music Studios at the age of 14 and has been a passionate member of the community ever since. She feels blessed to get to work with the most delightful kids and staff, and share her passion of music with all those who want to learn more about it too!

Olivia Quintrell

Private Voice Coach and First Notes Academy

Having joined the Freedom Family in her early teenage years, to now becoming a singing teacher herself, Olivia has been involved with everything music from a young age. Singing has been an integral part of her life, granting her opportunities in performance, spanning from theatre to corporate gigs. Olivia completed her Certificate II in Music Performance as part of her VCE studies, concluding the year as dux of this unit. She also enjoys playing many instruments such as guitar, piano, and ukulele which she will often accompany herself with. 

Olivia finds that music is a unique avenue for self-expression and unity, and as an avid songwriter, advocates for the therapeutic nature of singing. These are ideas with which she hopes to inspire her students and encourage them to express themselves through their gifts. 

Charley Cestnik

Private Voice, First Notes Academy, and Move, Shake and Groove Instructor

Having had voice lessons at Freedom, herself, in her early teen years and now surrounding herself in all thing’s music. Charley has always had a passion for singing as well as guitar and now has the opportunity to share that with others.

Charley loves to perform and does gigs at restaurants, bars, and festivals around Melbourne. Competing in the World Championships of performing arts in Long Beach California in 2019 and virtually in 2020, Charley placed first and third in the world. She has also competed in Casey’s got talent in 2018 placing first. Charley completed her VET music cert II within her VCE years scoring in the top 2% of the state and getting the opportunity to perform in Top acts for VCE music. She also completed a music investigation unit in VCE gaining knowledge on performing songs and the vocal technique behind this.

Charley has experience in singing and playing a wide range of genres including pop, rock, indie, contemporary, and R&B. Charley will continue to sing and perform for as long as she can and is so excited to share her passion of music with other people.

Diana Woodhouse

Choral Director, Vocal and Performance Coach

Diana is a first class solo performer whose years of experience playing in Melbourne and internationally have developed a professional, versatile and highly sought after entertainer. Diana has performed in five star hotels in Cairo, Oslo, London, Istanbul, Dubai, Ireland and the Greek Islands.

In January 2011 Diana was added to the Australian Entertainment Agents Gold List. The Gold List is a list of recommended acts, individuals or entities who have supplied outstanding service to the entertainment industry.

Diana’s warm and welcoming persona will make you feel at ease as soon as you enter our premises. She loves working with choral groups and has a vast amount of experience in this area.