Cardinia commenced violin studies at the early age of three, learning the Suzuki method from Yasuki Nakamura AM, an original student of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. In the following years she studied under Askar Nurlanov and progressed through the AMEB syllabus. By the age of 12, she had completed her eighth grade with a high distinction. Cardinia was accepted to study at the Conservatorium High School and continued her studies with Associate Professor Ole Bohn. She also received classical vocal training from Dr Narelle Yeo (double major), composition studies with Tristan Coelho and music theory and musicology studies with Elizabeth Colman. Cardinia was elected as House Captain in her final year of secondary school and led her peers to success at the annual music concert. As a graduate of the Conservatorium High School, Cardinia has had a variety of experience as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral member and chorister.
Cardinia has also been an orchestral member of the SBS Youth Orchestra and Sydney Youth Orchestra and a chorister in the Sydney Children’s Choir and Gondwana Voices. In 2012, Cardinia was cast as Bonnie in the Sydney Conservatorium’s Opera production of ‘Daisy Bates’. She has won several eisteddfods and received various awards including the Coralie Butler Vocal Scholarship (2013) and an encore nomination (2013). Cardinia has been admitted as a lawyer in the Supreme Court of New South Wales following completion of a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Technology, Sydney and a summer clerkship at Australia’s not-for-profit copyright collective, APRA AMCOS. In 2018, Cardinia was appointed as General Manager at the Lane Cove Music and Cultural Centre, a not-for-profit community organisation. In her spare time she continues to teach violin to a selected number of students, performs nationally at corporate events with the String Diva trio and arranges voluntary violin recitals at local retirement homes. Cardinia has achieved an AmusA Diploma in Violin and maintains an up to date Working With Children’s Check and First Aid Certificate.
Why does Cardinia love teaching? “I love the rewarding experience that is attached to working with young families long term. My goal is to be able to work with as many young students as possible to develop their music, communication and cognitive skills and provide a holistic music education that allows them to progress and achieve excellent results. I like to teach in a structured and logical manner that complements students learning in an academic environment whilst developing a love, respect and appreciation for music.“
David Tocknell is a violist, composer and educator enthusiastic to bring a love and deep understanding of music to all. David has completed a Bachelor of Music (Education) with honours from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Through his university experiences, David has taught both primary and secondary students, working hard to bring out the musicality in each and every student. David was an active participant in the Kuring-gai Youth Orchestra (2017-2018), and has performed with the Modest Orchestra (2018-2019) and the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs (2018-2019).
Experienced at running ensembles, group classes and private lessons, David is adaptable and will work with each student so that they may reach their full potential. His musical interests are broad and varied, with experience in folk violin and music from around the globe, all of which influences his practice. He also has experience teaching composition and theory at an HSC level. David is pursuing a career in classroom music teaching as he is passionate about children’s music education. We are so grateful to have him in our team to share his experience and enthusiasm to inspire our students. He has a valid Working With Children’s Check.
Why does David love teaching? “I love teaching because I think learning is one of the most valuable skills someone can develop. I love being able to share what I know and to give students the opportunity to explore, to experiment, and to be filled with wonder and amazement. When you see a student finally ace a challenging section, or beam with excitement when showing family and friends what they have created, those are some of the most rewarding moments.”
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