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Professional Music Academy of South Australia

Last Updated 25/09/19

Professional Music Academy 

of South Australia

                                    'Learn to become an artist' 

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    About  Us  

Professional Music Academy of South Australia specialises in offering Violin,

Viola, Piano, Cello, Double Bass and Theory Tuition. 

We pride ourselves on offering the highest quality of tuition to our students and offer the most unique, informative and inspiring performance opportunities to our students. This is what sets us apart from our competitors. 

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Our Studios


The Steinbach Suite

The Steinbach Suite features a brand new mahogany 'Elegance Classic' Alex Steinbach grand piano that was purchased from our friends at Leaver & Son. The studio is a classic warm space where students can feel comfortable in their environment. 

The Kawaii Suite

The Kawaii Suite is the second self-contained studio on the premesis. It has been purpose built for teaching and features air-conditioning, teaching books and materials, an upright Kawaii piano and a lounge. 


The Academy

We want to provide you with the opportunity to succeed. We provide elite tuition to our students and are proudly supported by members of The University of Adelaide. 
The Teachers 


Our teachers have been selected to teach at the Academy based on their experience, qualifications and mannerism. With their expert advice they will ensure each lesson is helping you towards your goal. 



All students at the Academy are expected to fulfill the requirements of the curriculum. The curriculum is made up of assessments and performances that are held throughout the year. 

Book Discounts 


Enjoy the convenience of having our administration order your books for you and have them picked up at the following lesson. We offer our students a 10% discount off the recommended retail price.

Lesson Reminders


Have you ever forgotten that your lesson was rescheduled? Not to worry, we operate a google calendar that reminds you of your upcoming lesson so you don't have to worry. 

Instrument Purchases 


We know string instruments are expensive, so we offer our students a variety of instruments to suit different budgets. We happily negotiate payment plans as well for our clients. 

Custom Lessons 


Each lesson at the Academy is unique and different. We ensure we are made aware of your goals and aspirations and will tailor your lessons to ensure you arrive at your goals. 

The Director

Madeline Procopio

Madeline Procopio is the director of Professional Music Academy of South Australia. She is a concert violinist and regularly performs around the country. She holds a Masters in Music Studies (University of Sydney), and is currently furthering her study and commenced a PHD in 2016. Madeline is also an examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board, tertiary tutor for the Elder Conservatorium of Music, a violinist for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the adjudicator for the 2017 Adelaide Eisteddfod. In 2016, Madeline accepted a position as member of faculty in the Open Music Academy at the Elder Conservatorium.

Paganini Caprice No. 16 - Madeline Procopio
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Our Courses & Prices

We specialise in practical instrumental lessons and theory. Students can study one or more subjects throughout the term. 
Individual Instrumental Lessons

Piano, Cello, Violin, Viola and Double Bass Lessons 

The instrumental course aims to provide students a strong foundation on the basics of classical technique and a practical approach to the fundamentals of musical interpretation. The first few stages focus on systematic development of technique and establishing a confident ability to read music. Emphasis is given on the proper mechanics of the left hand and the right hand, and the important role they play in tone production and musical expression. The next stage introduces concepts of artistic interpretations in music. Varying types of music from different stylistic periods and genres are covered to teach the students established performance practices from these periods. From here onwards, the students' repertoire is progressively expanded while maintaining a balanced approach to technique and musicality. Ultimately, the goal of the course is to install a sense of enjoyment to the students when playing music, and to build their confidence to share their music by performing in front of an audience whenever opportunity arises. 

Please note, our teachers use varying method books for beginner students. We encourage the use of AMEB books.

30, 45 or 60 minute lessons are offered to students. 

  • 30 minute lesson = $35

  • 45 minute lesson = $52.5

  • 60 minute lesson = $70

AMEB Theory, AMEB Rockschool Popular Music Theory, AMEB Music Craft (Aural & Music History Combined) 

Music theory and musicianship is the understanding of written music, and it provides a language for composers and musicians to communicate with each other. Concepts such as music notation, intervals, rhythms, symbols and terms are just a few topics that are covered in the course. Our AMEB Theory or Musicianship Lessons are highly encouraged and will aid learning in a practical lesson. At the end of the course, students are expected to enrol into one of the AMEB online examinations where they will receive an internationally accredited certificate that is issued by the AMEB. 


15, 30 or 45 minute lessons are offered to students. Additional fees are not charged for teaching siblings, however this is at the discretion of the teacher. Maximum number of two children allowed. Only one child permitted in a 15 minute class.

  • 15 minute lesson = $17.5

  • 30 minute lesson = $35

  • 45 minute lesson = $52.5

Professional Music Academy of SA Curriculum 2019
Term 1
Term 2
Term 3
Term 4

Technical Assessment

Students work towards preparing some scales, arpeggios and exercise at the appropriate level or grade by memory. A short piece will also be required from memory. Attention should be focused on: intonation, accuracy, fluency, tempo, finger/bow control and posture. The assessment will be examined by the director and your teacher. 

*Assessment is held in the last lesson of the term. 

*Compulsory Assessment

Formal Concert: 

Perform a piece with or without piano accompaniment. Each student should concentrate on: rhythm, notes, musical style, performance ability and intonation. Attention should also be placed on performing with character and a sense of musical style. It is important to  develop in the following areas: stage presence, performance etiquette, and confidence when performing in public. The formal concert will be held at a the Ukaria Concert Hall. 

AMEB Examinations: 

Term 3 is used as an intensive learning period for exams which are held in September.  

*AMEB exams are not compulsory, however they are recommended. 

End of Year Concert: 

Perform one piece with or without piano accompaniment. This performance should show the culmination of work done throughout the year and must demonstrate development in all aspects of technique and musicality. This piece should be performed from memory. This concert is also a celebration of what the students have achieved throughout the year. Awards and prizes will also be handed out. This concert is held at a public venue. 

*Students must dress in theme with their performance piece

Extra Concerts and Events that we Participate In 
School Scholarships

Whilst we cannot guarantee that students will receive a scholarship, we will work towards helping you achieve this goal for your child. Please discuss this with us early on in your studies if this is something you would like to work towards. 

The Big Rehearsal

Each year the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra organises a mentorship program called The Big Rehearsal. Students who register are selected and placed next to a member of The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and perform a concert at the end of the session. 

Cost: In accordance with the ASO

Adelaide Eisteddfod

To encourage performing, we enter the Adelaide Eisteddfod each year. We help our students prepare their pieces and carefully ensure all the Eisteddfod rules are follwed. Whilst winning is fun, we encourage our students to try the event to further their musical and personal development. Cost: in accordance with the Adelaide Eisteddfod. 

Adelaide Youth Orchestras

Each year we help students prepare for their audition into the Adelaide Youth Orchestras. 

AMEB Online Orchestra

Contribute to the national AMEB online orchestra. 

AMEB Examinations

Students can participate in repertoire exams, piano for leisure exams and full practical examinations (including technical work). Online theory examinations are also offered throughout the year.

Primary Schools String Orchestra

We support the DECD Primary Schools Orchestra and encourage our students to audition. 


Andrew Crothers
Resident Violin and Viola Teacher

Anna Freer
Resident Violin and Viola Teacher

Lev Chen-Kostyszyn
Resident Piano Teacher

Lester Wong
Resident Violin and Viola Teacher

Thea Maxwell
Resident Piano Teacher

Georgia Gamble
Resident Double Bass & Cello Teacher


Andrew Crothers

In 2017, Andrew moved from Perth to Adelaide to pursue a Bachelor of Music – Classical Performance at the Elder Conservatorium of Music. Under the tutelage of Keith Crellin OAM, Andrew has been a recipient of the Varley Scholarship two years in a row. He is currently completing his third year as a viola student at the conservatorium. Since 2016, he has participated in many Australian Youth Orchestra programs, holding principal positions and has partaken in the Advanced Chamber Music Concert at the National Music Camp. He performed in the 2019 February season of the Australian Youth Orchestra’s production of Parsifalin association with Victorian Opera. 

In 2019, Andrew debuted with the Elder Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra directed by Elizabeth Layton playing the Telemann Viola Concerto in G Majorfor multiple concerts in venues including Elder Hall, University of Adelaide Hub Central and Burnside Ballroom. He has performed in multiple masterclasses for highly respected artists including Caroline Henbest, Stephen King and Alex Brogan. Throughout his time at the conservatorium, Andrew has held the position of Principal Viola for both the Chamber and Symphony orchestras several times. In addition to playing Viola, Andrew has been playing the piano since the age of five, has completed his AMEB Grade 8 in Pianoforte and has won prizes in various eisteddfods and competitions.

B. Mus (Adelaide)

Anna Freer

Anna Freer is an Adelaide-based violinist and recent graduate of the Elder Conservatorium of Music, where she achieved a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours, studying under Elizabeth Layton. She has performed in masterclasses with renowned artists such as Pinchas Zukerman, Roger Benedict, Natsuko Yoshimoto, Tasmin Little, and Michael Barenboim. She has been the recipient of the Eugene Alderman Prize, the Robert Mitchell Prize, the Ellen Sauer Scholarship, and the Kamala Khurana Scholarship. She has been featured as a soloist with the Elder Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra and led the Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra as concertmaster from 2016-2018. Anna is an avid orchestral and chamber musician and was a founding member of the Bronzewing Quartet (formed under the auspices of the Royal Commonwealth Society), with whom she played until late 2017. She has been involved in projects with the Australian Youth Orchestra, the Adelaide Chamber Orchestra, and the Adelaide Art Orchestra. Anna is also a singer and a core member of Adelaide Chamber Singers.

B.Mus with First Class Honours (Adelaide)

Lev Chen-Kostyszyn

Lev graduated with a Bachelor of Music, Classical performance on Piano in 2018 from the University of Adelaide. He was the recipient of the Marnie Cowan Scholarship and the Alexander Clark Memorial Prize.

Lev started piano lessons at the age of 8 under the tutelage of Ms Marie Morton. During Primary school years, Lev also played trombone in PSWE (Primary School’s Wind Ensemble) and sang in various choirs around Adelaide. In 2010, Lev was accepted in to Marryatville High School on a special interest music scholarship and took up classical guitar as well. Throughout high school, Lev played in many bands, choirs and ensembles. While in high school Lev completed many practical and theory-based examinations for AMEB and passed his grade 8 classical piano examination.

After some lessons with renowned organist and pianist, Josh Van Konkelenberg, Lev was accepted into the Elder Conservatorium of Music and studied under the head of Keyboard, Lucinda Collins for three years. Some of the repertoire he has played includes the Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor, Debussy’s Reflect dans L’eau and Chopin’s Black Keys Etude in F# major.

Lev began his journey as an educator at the time of his degree and furthered his studies by completing a South Australian Certificate of Education. Lev currently teaches privately at home, at a local music studio, and took up residency at Professional Music Academy of South Australia in 2019. Lev’s enthusiastic and engaging teaching methods appeal to children, and his ability to provide clear instruction and encouraging criticism motivate his students to practice and progress. Lev also has the capacity to teach advanced grades and encourages his students to consider new musical ideas and expressions in their music. 

B. Mus. (Adelaide)

Lester Wong

Born in Singapore, Lester graduated with First Class Honours in Violin performance from the Elder Conservatorium of Music, studying with Wendy Heiligenberg and Keith Crellin. He is the recipient of the Elder Conservatorium Directors Award, Arved and Suzanne Kurtz Scholarship and Florence Cooke Violin Prize. He is also currently studying under Alphonse Anthony.

As an active chamber musician, Lester has performed at various chamber music festivals and schools across Australia, most recently being the Advanced masterclass program at the Australia Chamber Music Festival in 2017. He is also an active performer in the Baudin Trio, Maple String Quartet, Bronzewing Quartet and the Royal Commonwealth Society Instrumental Ensembles.

Lester has led and toured nationally in Co- Opera productions of La Boheme, Eugene Onegin, Mikado, Magic Flute and most recently the Barber of Seville in 2018. He has also completed the Orchestral Traineeship and Professional Pathways program with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in 2015 and 2016. Lester was also invited to present at an international workshop as part of the Double dialogue Arts journal publication in April 2017 in New York’s National Opera Centre, based upon an interdisciplinary exploration of ideas on the theme of Why do things break.

As an educator, Lester is a violin tutor and ensemble director at various schools in Adelaide and is also a tutor at the South Australia State Music Camp. He believes strong in creating a creatively engaging learning environment for his students, and cultivating a well-disciplined but organic approach to learning and enjoying music.

B.Mus with First Class Honours (Adelaide)

Thea Maxwell

Thea has spent many years developing as a music tutor, because she loves music, and she loves working with people! She has experience in teaching group and individual lessons across a broad range of ages, from 4 years old to adults. Thea strives to help people understand and engage with music for themselves, by providing high quality music lessons and facilitating collaborative music-making.   


Thea recently finished a Bachelor of Music (Performance and Pedagogy – Classical Piano), and has had private music lessons for over 16 years. This has equipped her with a broad range of skills and theoretical knowledge relating to the process of learning and teaching music in a variety of settings. She has  played in a large variety of contexts and styles, including chamber groups, big bands, orchestras, musical pit orchestras, singing in and accompanying choirs. She has played a wide range of piano repertoire, including Bach Prelude and Fugues, Mozart, Beethoven, Debussy, Brahms, Bartok, Grainger, Hyde and more!


Thea has experience in the AMEB, completing Grade 8 piano, Grade 4 theory and Grade 6 clarinet. She has prepared and supported a number of students through their own exams and they have consistently achieved high results.

B.Mus with Performance and Pedagogy (Adelaide)

Georgia Gamble

Georgia graduated with a Bachelor or Music in classical double bass performance from the University of Adelaide in 2016 and was the recipient of the Elder Conservatorium Mary Baker Scholarship. She is currently studying for Honours under Rob Nairn, ex faculty of the Julliard School of Music, New York.


Georgia first undertook the double bass at the age of six at St Andrew's School under the tuition of Adelaide Symphony Orchestra player Jacky Chang.  During this time Georgia participated in the various Adelaide Youth Orchestras starting with Adelaide Youth Strings and working her way through their 3 orchestras. Whilst studying at university she performed in the Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, Wind Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra.  Georgia has successfully completed several AMEB and attended the Australian Youth Orchestra’s annual National Music Camp in 2012, 2015, 2016 and 2017.  In addition to this, Georgia has performed with local ensembles - the Adelaide Wind Orchestra, Burnside Symphony Orchestra, Unley Symphony Orchestra and the Graduate Singers.  


Georgia has taught double bass at St Andrew's School, Seymour College and Wilderness School and also has private student tuition. Her enthusiasm for double bass paired with her organisation and interactive methodology has seen her students excel in their performance, theory and examination endeavours.  Georgia's ethos is to provide quality teaching and genuine motivation to students of the double bass.  At the same time, she continues herself to study and better her own experience as a performer. Georgia also teaches cello and has successfully coached students towards AMEB examinations where they have consistently achieved high grades. 

B.Mus (Adelaide) - Currently completing First Class Honours

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Our events are what make us 


We believe that performing is an important part of music education. 

Learning through assessments, examinations, concerts and unique experiences are part of a professional musicians world. This is why it is so important to expose students to this as soon as possible. It not only teaches them to prepare for upcoming events, but improves their self-esteem, self-belief and encourages the confidence within a person to know that anything is possible. 

Upcoming Events

School Holiday Lessons, October 7th to 12th 

Term 4 Commences, October 14th 

End of Year Concert, December 14th at Klemzig Community Hall 

School Closure, December 15th to 5th of January 2020 

2018 Orchestral Concert, Botanical Gardens



    Contact Us  


Interested in starting? Talk to us today. 

Studio Location: SA, Paradise, 5075
Enrolments are currently open for 2019
Hurry, Limited Places are Available!
Ph: 0401 762 721 
Email: profmusicacad@gmail.com
By Appointment Only 
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