teachers

All teachers in Fantasia Music School have outstanding qualifications as both performers and teachers and have be associated with prestigious international and local music institutes.

With our professional teaching approaches, knowledge.
Our teacher can meet your specific need to guide your music journey.

Teachers’ performances are available to view from our video gallery.

Crystal Jia Gu

  • BMus. (Violin performance)
  • Associate in Music (Distinction)
  • Licentiate in Music (Distinction)
Crystal Gu started to play the violin since 5 years old and achieved distinction in the performance level exam in China at the age of 11. She used to learn from Professor Xian He in Shanghai Conservatorium and was admitted to Shanghai Conservatorium High School at the age of 15. After arriving in Sydney, she continues learning from Professor Goetz Richter in Sydney Conservatorium and already achieved both AmusA and LmusA with DISTINCTION. 
 
Crystal has been teaching for 8 years and accumulated extensive experience. She is an extremely patient teacher who can handle all kinds of students. Crystal also organises personal performance showcase regularly as a channel to improve instrumental skills and interact with students.

Catherine Wolley

  • BMus (Music Education) Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Catherine began her musical journey from a young age; born into a musical family she was constantly surrounded by music. At the age of six she began learning violin, and then took up piano as well at the age of seven. Up until her teenage years Catherine learned through the Suzuki method, then continued on with piano through high school performances and exams. Receiving Band 6 marks for HSC Music 2 and Extension, Catherine then further pursued her musical interests through a Bachelors degree in Music Education at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Under the tuition of Joshua Li, Catherine took part in performances, exams and master classes receiving distinctions. Upon completion of her piano performance units Catherine turned her attention to music educational and pedagogical studies with Kathryn Marsh, Neil McEwan and Daniel Herscovitch, and began teaching both private piano students and group classes in schools. Catherine’s firm belief that every child should have the opportunity to learn and create music led to her working with Primary Music Institute in promoting instrumental music, and then as an early childhood music teacher. She has a passion for early childhood music education and enjoys seeing children learn and grow in a creative and musical way.

Sandra Tse

  • BMus(Violin Performance) Australian Institue of Music

Sandra has completed a Bachelor degree of Classical performance in violin performance major. Sandra attended  the Australian Institute of music high school and continued to pursue her violin education under the string department head of the university Ms Zhu Wen during her music study.

 

Sandra had been appointed as the concertmaster at the university’s orchestra in 2017, second violin principle and associate concertmaster in 2016 and 2015 respectively. Which broaden her performing experience and classical repertoire for violin, after performing large operas and numerous orchestral repertoire.

 

Sandra is experienced in teaching young kids and has strong communication skills with students. Sandra is also a well-organized and patient teacher, who would support her students to build up a solid foundation of violin playing and musical understanding for students in higher levels.

Jennifer Lee

  • Bachelor of Music and Special Education of National Taipei University of Education
  • Awarded Teacher Education Scholarship from Ministry of Education
  • General Education Elementary School Teacher Certificate from Ministry of Education

Jennifer started her music journey when she was 5. She learned the piano for 17 years and the flute for 12 years. She had trained at Yamaha music school for 5 years and passed Grade 6 piano of Yamaha. And she also passed Grade 8 Flute and Grade 5 Theory of Music of The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in her early year. She got the 3rd place of flute in the Student Music Competition of Taipei City Government. Since then, she finished the course of the Bachelor of Music in Taiwan and the Master of Music Therapy in Western Sydney University.

Jennifer had the teaching experience since she studied the university, and she had taught piano and flute for 4 years. After she graduated the bachelor, she worked as a music teacher and special education teacher in the primary school for 3 years. During the master time in Sydney, she also teaches piano and flute for 1 year, and plays the music as a volunteer in many facilities as a music therapist.

Jennifer is a creative, patient teacher with lots of passion in teaching. Her background of music and special education are strong to support the children to learn music. She also has the strength to collaborate with the children with special needs, inspiring them through the music. She pays attention to the personalities of the students and develop the music skills in the way which is appropriate to the students.

Tzu Yu Cindy Lee

  • BMusic Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Cindy has developed a keen interest in piano performance and teaching. Over 10 years been an active professional piano performer, Cindy has various experience in chamber music, piano concert and piano teaching. Between 2005-2009, Cindy has won a series of Culture music competitions and National Competitions in Kaohsiung. After winning various of piano competitions, Cindy became an active pianist concert pianist in chamber music like piano trio and strings quartet. In 2013, Cindy was selected as a soloist in music lunch concert at Tasmania Hobart College. She was also invited as concerto pianist with Darwin Orchestra in Hobart performing Mozart Piano Concerto KV467.

Cindy  enjoys teaching piano to students of all ages and levels. She has extensive experience teaching the AMEB syllabus, from preliminary to advanced levels, with students achieving high results each year.  She is warm, attentive and highly supportive. Her piano lessons are catered to the needs of each student.

Shirley Zhu

  • Bmus (music studies, piano major) and Arts
  • Associate Diploma in Piano
  • Licentiate Diploma in Piano

Shirley has been playing the piano since 7 and grew very quickly as a pianist finishing her grade 8 AMEB exams in year 5.

 

She then went on to attend high school at the Sydney Conservatorium High School of music and is now in the middle of her Tertiary studies at the Conservatorium of music. She has had many not only solo but also orchestral performance opportunities, of which one involved playing Karl Orff’sCarmina Buranaunder the baton of celebrated conductor Richard Gill. Also, along with her fellow peers she has performed the entire Mussorgsky’s Pictures of an Exhibition to a full house in the Verbrugghen Hall..  

 

As a piano teacher, her students have found success and confidence in performing, and have been asked to perform during their school concerts and talent shows. Due to her extensive experience and patience, she believes she will be able to work effectively with any type of student.

Jing Liang

  • Sydney Conservatorium of Music BMus (Performance in piano)
  • Associated Diploma in Piano
  • Licentiate Diploma in Piano
Jing began her studies in piano at the age of 5 and was able to achieve great results from exams and competitions as she grew. By the age of 11, she received the offer to study in The Music School Attached to Xinghai Conservatory of Music. Since then, she started her professional journey of piano performance. 
 
After she migrated to Sydney with her family, she continued her studies of performance at the Sydney Conservatorium High School. Within short period of time, she has been awarded her Associate Diploma and Licentiate Diploma, and had achieved several awards from the Sydney Eisteddfod. Undoubtedly, she received the offer to study her Bachelor of Music in Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. As a professional artist, Jing also works closely with professional soloists and perform in chamber music groups. 
 
As a teacher, Jing’s professional background in music has contributed to her teaching in piano. Multiple of her students successfully gained their certificates with Distinction from exams and won prizes from competitions. 

Aaron Ao Li

  • Head of School
  • BMus Xinghai Conservatory of Music
  • MMus (Performance) Sydney Conservatorium of Music
  • Winner of Robert Hatherley scholarship Sydney Conservatorium of Music
  • Member of United Music Teacher Association North Shore
  • Accredited teacher of Music Teacher Association NSW

Aaron is the founder of Fantasia Music School, he began his piano study at the age of 5, at the age of 13, Aaron scored the 3rd place in KAWAI piano competition in China. By the age of 16 Aaron was selected by Professor Pingguo Zhao (LangLang’s tutor) as an exchange student in Beijing Central Conservatory of Music.  Aaron’s excellence performance has won him numerous local awards in China. At the age of 18, Aaron began his undergraduate piano course with Professor Galyna Popova, one of the most renowned in Xinghai Conservatory of Music. Aaron Li has participated in many different concerts and competitions in China.  In 2013,  Aaron received offer from Sydney Conservatorium of Music under the tuition of Dr Paul Richard-Ford with outstanding scholarship from piano faculty. Aaron has actively participated in many concert as soloist.

Aaron is a very experienced piano educator with in depth thinking of piano foundation and motivation of student’s music interests.  Aaron has been teaching hundreds of students age from 4-70 years old. He has developed a systematic teaching method combining theory, aural training and music creative music thought into his piano lesson to make a comprehensive improvement for his students. Aaron is a registered teacher in AMEB. All of Aaron’s students have received good results in AMEB practical exams.