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About the tutors:
Elizabeth Nicholls (B.Mus B. Teach Hons, Full VIT Registration) is a highly experienced and passionate Classroom and Instrumental Music teacher and director/conductor, English and EAL teacher, teaching mentor, musician, computer literacy teacher and life coach. She makes learning enjoyable and achievable for children and adults.
Elizabeth is available to help you ‘Master’ your chosen subject, to help you achieve your learning goals, to assist you with your learning needs and to assist you in achieving the skills required to be confident and capable in your chosen subject. Elizabeth has enjoyed many years teaching and mentoring students through their love of learning.
Elizabeth teaches Classroom and Instrumental Music, including ensemble direction of concert bands, stage bands, singing/vocal coach in musicals/productions, piano accompaniment of strings, choral groups and musicals/productions. Elizabeth is also a teaching mentor to pre-service and graduate teachers completing their tertiary studies or first probationary year in school teaching. Music is indeed a universal language and a wonderful craft and subject in the Performing Arts sector.
Elizabeth loves teaching the English language, helping students develop a passion for writing, speaking and listening. Elizabeth loves reading books, in particular, biographies. She loves writing and reading poetry. Elizabeth has enjoyed teaching students how to write, listen and speak with flair and confidence. It is a joy to read students’ work and to see their learning and confidence soar. Elizabeth has particularly enjoyed preparing students for upcoming NAPLAN and EAL exams. English certainly has its parallels when compared to Music: reading, writing/composing, speaking/performing.
Elizabeth teaches using the Growth Mindset. Growth Mindset is the most effective way to learn and grow. Students will learn how to change their way of thinking and ultimately change their neural pathways, leading to successful learning for life.
Elizabeth also explores Character Strengths in her lessons with students. Students will be taught to recognise and use their Character Strengths in their lessons, in their chosen subject, as well as in their day-to-day life.
Ultimately, Elizabeth believes that learning is holistic and transferable. Learning a musical instrument, learning to write an essay or using a computer, can help an individual flourish in, for example: resilience, organisation, critical thinking and help improve overall academic achievement.
Learning is indeed a Journey, not a Destination.
Destination Learning is often about Performance: receiving a certain result or grade in an exam.
It’s ok to want to perform well in the subject we are pursuing, however, learning should be more than just about Performance. When the exam is over, did you do well? Will you remember the skills taught in the exam long after the exam itself? Is your learning based just on Performance?
Journey Learning is a holistic approach to learning. Not only are students learning the specific skills required for good Performance in a subject, they are learning a lot more:
Have a purpose, drive and passion to learn the subject.
Learn important ways to learn well and grow as a student and in life (in any subject). This includes Resilience. Learning takes time and can be difficult and require perseverance, effort (refer to Growth Mindset).
Understanding a skill so well that they are able to explain and apply it, knowing how and when to apply it, and even teach someone else how to do it.
Learning to enjoy the subject.
Receiving personal satisfaction or being able to bless others with their skills, e.g. playing a piano piece, writing a persuasive speech about something important.
Lessons are personalised by being individually designed to suit each student’s learning abilities and needs. This includes the use of Differentiated Learning. Elizabeth uses the GANAG Instructional Model when planning lessons for each student. Lessons are skills-based, not necessarily topic based.
Elizabeth is experienced in teaching both gifted students and students with learning disabilities. Elizabeth is able to teach both children and adults, including learners who are learning English as an additional language.
Peter Nicholls Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting, Finance & Management) Monash University, Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment. Cert. IV in Graphic & Web Design + Small Business Management
Peter has a wealth of experience, having held diverse roles in the workforce over the past 25 years: ie. Chartered and Management Accounting, Charity Fundraising, Community work, Graphic and Web Design, Call Centre and Retail Management, Sales and Marketing, Digital and Social Media Marketing, Solution ERP Selling.
Peter prides himself in excellent Communication and Relational skills: a warm, gracious, and empathetic personality with sound relational and networking skills, which is crucial as a tutor and coach.
Peter’s specific expertise includes:
- Strong relational “People Network building”
- People growth and enhancement from HR Development Workshops
- Career and Life Coaching, having coached and mentored over 100+ Graduates
- Direct Communicating and Creative copy for Message delivery
- Fundraising and Donor cultivation strategies.
Individual and group tuition available.
All ages welcome. Lessons available in 30, 40, 45 and 60 minute sessions. A range of payment options are available. This includes the provision of individual invoices and receipts.
A trial lesson free of charge is encouraged for all enquiries. This includes an orientation of the learning space, discussion about proposed planning and scope of learning, as well as the opportunity for students and parents to ask questions, in order to make an informed decision before commencement of coaching and/or tuition.
Tutoring available at our home studio in Bayswater, in Melbourne’s Eastern suburbs.
Refreshments and comfortable waiting area provided. Free WiFi offered upon request.
Peter and Elizabeth both have current training in First Aid, CPR and Anaphylaxis.