LOCATION: Marrickville, Kingsgrove, home visits
STYLES TAUGHT: classical piano, theory, musicianship, preparation for AMEB and other exams, eisteddfods, auditions
EXPERIENCE: 15 years of teaching, all ages from 4 years to retirees!
QUALIFICATIONS: AMusA in both Piano and Musicianship (AMEB), St George Instrumental Eisteddfod Committee Member, PhD (Sydney Medical School)
Loretta started piano lessons at the age of five. Shortly after attaining her AMusA in Piano under the tutelage of Kathryn Phillips, Loretta began teaching piano and music theory from her private studio in Kingsgrove (St George area) in 2002. While completing her medical science degree at the UNSW, Loretta continued her studies in music and attained her AMusA in Musicianship in 2005, under the guidance of Phillips’s mentor, Heather Silcock.
To further her training as a music teacher, Loretta commenced her Master’s degree in Piano Pedagogy in 2007 with Paul Rickard-Ford at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music while completing a Master of Science degree at the University of Sydney. Due to conflicting schedules, she was unable to complete her studies in pedagogy despite achieving a high distinction average. However, Loretta continued to teach in her spare time.
Loretta has been lending her musical talents throughout the community for many years. As a member of the music ministry at the Our Lady of Fatima Kingsgrove Parish and Camperdown Chinese Catholic Community, she has performed at weddings, arranged music for Christmas and Easter services, and has been a regular pianist and vocalist for weekend masses. In her earlier years, Loretta has performed at the St George Eisteddfod, Inner West Eisteddfod, McDonald’s Performing Arts Challenge, and was a finalist at the Sutherland Shire Youth Music Awards in 2001. She is currently a member of the St George Instrumental Eisteddfod Committee.
Loretta’s passion for the arts extends beyond piano performance. She is currently training for her RAD Intermediate ballet exam and has studied acting in the past year.
Loretta completed her PhD in 2016 at the Sydney Medical School, where her research aimed to understand how the dysregulation of the immune system contributes to the disease, systemic lupus erythematosus, for which there is no known cure.