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Music Teachers – Boronia and Carrum Downs

Rhys here, owner and guitar teacher of the Eastern Suburbs School of Music.

I believe we have the best teaching staff of any music school in Melbourne. I have selected teachers for our schools in Boronia and Carrum Downs that are highly skilled musicians and more importantly terrific instructors. Music is a complicated thing. It is equivalent to learning a new language. Our teachers are understanding and patient. I ask our teachers first and foremost that our students have the best half hour of their week with us at the Eastern Suburbs School of Music. They will inspire you to pick up that instrument, get practicing and become the player you want to be.

These teachers are making wonderful contributions to our great music community already. Read more about our wonderful teachers below.

RHYS LETT – Guitar/Bass/Banjo/Ukulele – School Director

Rhys has been teaching at the Eastern Suburbs School of Music since 2002 and as of 2012 is now the owner/director of the school. He is available to teach guitar, bass, banjo and ukulele at Boronia and Carrum Downs.

  • specialises in contemporary guitar styles in particular hard rock, blues and jazz guitar.
  • is the VCE music performance expert with an unmatched record of getting students prepared for exams.
  • His students have participated in ANZCA contemporary guitar exams where his students have the amazing record of never achieved less than honors marks (85% and above), a record which still stands after the 2014 exam period.
  • As a performer Rhys does over 150 gigs per year, toured nationally and has played in some of Australia’s most prestigious venues.

Here is Rhys performing with one of his students at a recent ESSM concert night:

LUKE SHORE – Drums – Boronia

Luke is an accomplished drummer who in 2012 completed his Bachelor of Music degree at VCA. The drum program at our Boronia location has grown substantially under his leadership. His vision has lead to ultimate experience in drum lessons.

  • His versatility has seen him perform gigs in hard rock, jazz, folk and Latin bands as well as being an in demand music theater drummer.
  • Amazing success with drum students as young as 4 and recently an 82 year old.
  • Luke’s great sense of humour adds to his ability to create a supportive and patient learning environment.

Here is Luke with fellow Eastern Suburbs School of Music teachers Rhys Lett and Daniel Lijnders performing Stratus by Billy Cobham:

DANIEL LIJNDERS – Bass/Guitar/Ukulele – Boronia

Music has always been a major part of Daniel’s life as a performer and now educator. He is an in demand bassist on the

  • graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Education on the bass guitar.
  • employed as a classroom music teacher at Wheelers Hill Secondary College and as instrumental bass teacher at Nazareth College.
  • He has also played in many bands using all the different styles he has learnt from rock to country and everything in between.
  • Can teach you slapping, tapping, harmonics or other specific bass techniques, Daniel has the range and resources available to ensure that you get the most out of your lesson.

Here is Daniel performing at the Melbourne Guitar Show in 2015. He is endorsed by MarkBass amplifiers.

DAVID HARTNEY – Guitar/Ukulele/Piano/Bass/Singing – Boronia

David has been teaching guitar, ukulele, singing and piano for over 10 years. His students have included primary and secondary school students through to adults of all age groups, all wanting to learn and improve their music skills. David likes to work on all round skills and styles with his students which includes contemporary music, some classical and improvising techniques from blues to modern styles.

  • David has completed a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Literature.
  • He currently performs with rock band Robot Child, check them out at http://www.robotchildband.com/
  • Undertaking his Masters of Teaching during 2015.

Here is David performing with ESSM singing student Sara:


ERICA SYKES – Piano/Violin – Boronia

Erica joined the ESSM teaching staff in 2014. She is excellent with beginner students of all ages. Erica performed with ESSM owner Rhys Lett in the 2013 Fairhills High School production of Hairspray. Her piano performance was key to the success of the show with an extremely challenging score to perform crossing styles from jazz, classical, barrelhouse rock and roll and pop.

A very popular teacher in the state school system, ESSM is very lucky to have Erica join our teaching staff. Here is Erica performing at our 2014 end of year concert with former ESSM teacher Mary Lo.

NICK HUGHES – Drums – Boronia

Nick has been a student of the Eastern Suburbs School of Music for 5 years and started as a teacher in 2014.  He has performed at the ESSM concert nights, Knox Council’s Stringybark Festival and Bayswater Cinema Under the Stars to over 1000 people.

See Nick performing here.

TROY ECKHARDT – Drums – Carrum Downs

ESSM is very proud to have added Troy Eckhardt to our drum teaching staff. He is a well respected drummer in the Melbourne music scene with over 20 years professional experience. As a teacher he has experience teaching people of all ages and skill levels.



Genevieve Matthews – Violin – Boronia

Genevieve was a former student of Mary Lo. She began teaching for ESSM in 2016. 

Matthew Oliveira – Violin – Boronia

Matthew commence teaching at the Eastern Suburbs School of Music in 2018. He is performing for Opera Victoria. 

Paul Cummings – Guitar/Banjo/Mandolin/Keyboard – Boronia

Paul has joined the ESSM staff in 2019. He is a familiar face to students from his work at our partner store KC’S Rock Shop.

Jessie Vickery – Guitar/Piano/Drums – Boronia

Jessie has been a student of ESSM for 12 years and began teaching for us in 2018. Here he is performing a piece learned for the VCE Solo Bass performance exam on fretless bass.

Sunny Fischer – Piano – Boronia

Sunny began teaching at ESSM in 2017. 

Alex Gooding – Drums – Boronia

Alex joined the ESSM teaching team in 2016. 

Anna Gints – Piano/Singing – Boronia

Anna has joined our staff in 2019. She has Bachelor degree qualifications in piano and singing. Following 2020 Anna returned to her home land of Russia but continues to teacher for us online!

Van Marks – Drums/Guitar/Piano – Carrum Downs

Van is a versatile teacher that can play and teach many instruments. He studied drums at Box Hill Institue and commenced teaching for ESSM in 2016. He teaches in many primary school programs throughout the week. 

Elzna Mynhardt – Piano/Singing/Violin – Carrum Downs

Elzna has taught for the Eastern Suburbs School of Music Carrum Downs since 2016. Her first instrument was violin at age 4 taught by her grandfather. Elzna is:

  • excellent with students of all ages, training Simply Music and Play a Story for younger students
  • creative lessons for all ages
  • equally skilled at contemporary and classical styles

Harmony Thomas – Singing/Guitar/Piano – Carrum Downs

Harmony joined the ESSM teaching team in 2021. 

Alicia McKee – Singing/Violin/Piano – Carrum Downs

Alicia joined the ESSM teaching team in 2020. She has been a student of our school for a number of years and is now taking students of her own. 

Kat Nest – Singing/Drums/Guitar/Piano – Boronia

Kat is a versatile teacher that can play and teach many instruments. She has joined the ESSM teaching team in 2021.