Melbourne Music Teachers

James Wheller

James Wheller

Lanark Street, Clayton South VIC, Australia

Keyboard Lessons | Organ Lessons | Aural Lessons, Ensemble Coaching, Theory Lessons, Composition Lessons, Jazz Improvisation Lessons

  • Qualifications: Bachelor of Music, current B. Mus (Hons) student.
  • Pricing: $55 per hour $33 per half hour
  • Styles: Jazz, fusion, contemporary, pop, funk
  • Suitability: 14+ intermediate level


Acoustic piano not quite cutting it? Want to learn how to use the gear you hear on the cool fusion records these days? Want to learn how these sounds fit with a band, and how to use them for your solo work? Want to learn how to use programs like Mainstage for live performance, MIDI controllers, synthesisers, vintage electric pianos or Hammond organ?


James isn’t your standard piano teacher.


Graduating from a Bachelor of Music in 2015 from the University of Tasmania, James taught piano in schools while gigging and working in music retail. Performance credits include the Devonport Jazz Festival, the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) and supporting bands such as The Vaudeville Smash. A versatile keyboardist, he’s comfortable seated behind anything with black and white keys across a range of genres. A keen interest in technology sparked his interest in electric pianos and synthesisers and lessons can be taken on sound design and synthesis. James has also studied Hammond organ extensively and specializes in introductory jazz, blues and funk lessons on the dual manual instrument. He moved to Melbourne at the start of 2017 to undertake an Honours degree at Monash University, studying multi-keyboard performance, composition and improvisation.

James is also available for ensemble mentoring.


Teaching Info

Lessons are tailored to each student, but subjects covered will include theory and harmony, aural skill development, physical technique, composition feedback, sound design and synthesis, developing your harmonic language and exploring the range of tones on your instrument.

Lessons with James are best suited for the student interested in keyboards outside of the acoustic piano paradigm (although a good understanding of the piano will form the basis of any work we do).

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