I began music lessons as a toddler, before beginning violin at five years old, and piano at nine. In a confusing turn of events, I, who started by singing with the London Philharmonic at London's Barbican and performing a violin solo in the Salzburg cathedral, have since moved on to shouting Jewel lyrics on men's laps in circus tents, winning a 2020 Fringe World Weekly Cabaret award for a show involving kazoos, tiny plastic hands, and a Kate Bush-to-the-death-match.
I'm a multi-instrumentalist, most trained on violin and piano, but also with varying levels of prowess in ukulele, guitar, bass guitar, piano accordion, autoharp, and anything else I can lay my hands on that still allows me to talk while playing (priorities). Raised with a love of music thanks to the Kodaly pedagogy, I now teach piano and musicianship to all ages, and am passionate about helping others to connect with music.
I have 15 years' experience teaching music, and enjoy working with students from toddlers to adults. I am particularly passionate about making music accessible to all - regardless of prior experience, ability, or special needs. I enjoy working with neurodivergent students and invite anyone to reach out if they have queries or reservations about taking piano, general music or basic voice lessons.
Sylvia playing an accordion, singing dramatically
From the I Owe My Parents $65k show
Sylvia playing the violin
Sylvia plays a wedding in Northern Italy, 2016
Sylvia and Cameron from Azure Entertainment before a surprise Tap Dance and Trash Percussion flashmob for the City of Swan
Jamboree girls onstage with Lady Velvet Cabaret
The Jamboree girls perform onstage at a Lady Velvet Cabaret show, at Rosemount Hotel, Perth
Very serious kazoo moment
Sylvia (foreground) and Amanda Lynn (background) perform a very serious kazoo moment during the second Jamboree show at Fringe World, 2021
Onstage with student
Sylvia onstage with a student about to perform piano
A photo by K Darius Photography, from WA Expose - Sylvia sings with a ukulele strapped around her neck. Behind her are some enthusiastic punters with tiny plastic hands
Sylvia singing and playing ukulele
Sylvia plays and sings at the first, award-winning Jamboree show, in 2020 at Sunset Veranda for Fringe World