About

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

 

 

Meg Wagner

First Notes Academy, Musical Theatre, Private Voice Coach, 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!

Throughout school, Meg was 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 is now furthering her training in 2020 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 was lucky enough to join the Freedom Staff at the beginning of 2019, where she became a proud Move, Shake and Groove instructor and Freedom First Notes teacher. 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!

 

Hezi Suramarta

Keyboard, Piano, Guitar, Bass and Drums Teacher

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

I am a passionate musician and music teacher, who’s currently teaching at 4 primary schools
and giving private lessons to students of all age in Melbourne. I am proficient in teaching
keyboard, piano, guitar, bass and drums. I have been actively involved both in the music industry
and music teaching for more than 15 years.

I hold a strong belief that music has the power to
change lives, to enhance the social, cultural and spiritual lives of people and serve as a
profound medium of personal expression. I seek to equip students with the performance,
composition and theoretical skills that will see them excel in any path they take in music. I am a
highly outcome-driven and motivated with solid experience. As a member of a contemporary jazz
band, I have been performing in many Jazz Festivals in Victoria, weddings and corporate
events.

 

Lo Vanguardia

First Notes Academy, Musical Theatre, Move, Shake & Groove Instructor

Lo was born and raised in Melbourne and started singing since she could talk, having a very loud voice and the drive to belt her heart out. She discovered her passion for the performing arts after watching High School Musical and followed it through at the age of 13 in her first ensemble role in the musical Little Shop of Horrors.

In high school, Lo performed in musicals, took lessons at Freedom, as well as lessons in dance, piano, and guitar, and completed Music Performance and Drama in VCE.

Lo’s performance credits include Peter Pan (as Slightly), Paint Your Wagon (as Ensemble), Bugsy Malone (as Lena Marelli), Grease (Johnny Casino) and. Beauty and the Beast (Silly Girl 1), Heathers the Musical (Hipster Dork) and Rock of Ages (Regina).

Lo has graduated with a Bachelor of Entertainment Management at the Australian Institute of Music and is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts with a Master of Teaching at Deakin University.

Paris Collins

First Notes Academy

Paris Collins has been a part of the Freedom Family since 2014, as a student. Throughout the years she has attended all performance opportunities that arose, which fostered confidence and independence throughout her musical journey.

Paris has performed in several bands as a vocalist as well as leads in her high school’s musicals – All Shook Up (an Elvis Presley Jukebox) and Seussical the Musical. Throughout school, 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 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. Paris 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.

Stephanie Chin

Keyboard, Piano and Theory Teacher

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.

 

 

Jamika Aliaga

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.