Melbourne Music Teachers

Ryley Duncan

Ryley Duncan

Brunswick East VIC, Australia

will travel to you please enquire.

Piano Lessons | Keyboard Lessons | Artist development, Aural Lessons, Ensemble Coaching, Song Writing Workshops, Theory Lessons, Composition Lessons, Jazz Improvisation Lessons, VCE Music Exam Preparation, Skype Lessons

  • Qualifications: BMus (Jazz) at Monash University. BMus (Honours) Composition at Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
  • Pricing: $60 - 30 Minute Lesson/$80 - 45 Minute Lesson. $100 - 60 Minute lesson
  • Styles: Jazz, Blues. Classical, Theory, Aural, Composition, Arranging, AMEB, Contemporary
  • Suitability: Intermediate, Immediate/Advanced, Advanced.



Hi, my name is Ryley Duncan and I am offering one-on-one lessons for Piano. I have 5 years of teaching experience. I am a graduate of Monash University (Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music), majoring in a Bachelor of Music course, specialising in Performance and Jazz Piano and am currently undertaking my Honours year in Composition at Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.

Ryley Duncan is an award-winning composer, contemporary/jazz pianist and a graduate of The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music (BMus). Ryley has performed at many venues nationally as both a headliner and an accompanist, he has curated shows at Melbourne Recital Centre, Paris Cat, Tempo Rubato, Ellington Jazz Club (WA), The Jazzlab, Duke of George (WA) and many more.

He brings the love of music and excitement on stage, with contagious energy and raw honestly in every performance. He has shared the stage with some of Australia’s finest in music, along with performing and recording an album with the internationally renowned bassist; Linda Oh, and the New York based trumpeter and composer; Ralph Alessi.

He has also been taught by some of Australia’s most recognised pianists in Barney McAll, Luke Howard, Monique DiMattina and Steve Sedergreen, and US-Based recipient of the 2019 American Pianists Award, Emmet Cohen. In the summer of 2018, Ryley travelled to New York to attend the New York University Summer Jazz Workshop, where he gained an even deeper understanding of traditional and modern jazz from greats such as; Larry White, Buster Williams, Joe Lovano, and Chris Potter, and got personally taught by the inspiring Alan Broadbent.

In 2022, Ryley received and is currently undertaking the Angus Gray Piano Performance Grant – dedicated to the memory of Angus Gray and beautifully supported by the family – to develop a passion project lead by Ryley Duncan. This project fuses neo-classical, improvisation and dance and will feature original contemporary piano and string works, and choreographed dance works. Ryley received the Monash University Jazz Prize in 2020 for his composition; “A Dystopian Tale”, presented by Andrea Keller and Paul Williamson.

Ryley’s contemporary compositional approach is heavily inspired by composers such as Luke Howard, Andrea Keller, Slow Meadow, Linda Kouvaras, Peter Sandburg, Bing and Ruth, Max Richter and Ambrose Akinmusire, utilising the knowledge passed through their music.

Please feel free to get in contact with me!

Teaching Info

You can choose to either partake in 30 minute individual lessons, 45  minute individual lessons or hour long lessons. Each lesson we will split in half, dividing theory/aural, (boring but necessary!) and learning pieces. (You can bring in anything!) I am well-versed in the AMEB syllabus if you’re looking to undertake that also.

I also compose music, so if you would also like to add composition, I’d recommend a 45 minute lesson, and we can divide everything into 15 minute blocks.

Lessons are recommended to be held at the students house of residence.

Contact Ryley Duncan