Meet the teachers

 

The Vov Dylan Violin Academy endeavours to bring together a team of teachers to give each student the best opportunities and learning potential in every area of their musical journey.

 

On this page you will find details on some of the regular teachers that students will become familiar with over the course of their study with Vov Dylan.


 

 

DR STEPHEN WATSON 

  • Musicianship / Theory training
  • Aural training
  • General Knowledge

 

DR STEPHEN WATSON PH.D; MCA; BME; DSCM; FTCL; LTCL; LMUSA; AMUSA

 

DR STEVE WATSON HAS PROVIDED MUSIC EDUCATION FOR STUDENTS IN PRIMARY, SECONDARY AND TERTIARY EDUCATION. HIGHLIGHTS OF HIS TEACHING CAREER INCLUDE HIS TENURED POSITION AS SENIOR LECTURER IN MUSIC AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN SYDNEY.  WHILE AT UWS, STEVE TAUGHT HARMONY AND ANALYSIS, AURAL SKILL DEVELOPMENT, PERFORMANCE TECHNIQUES, MUSIC HISTORY, MUSICAL DIRECTION, ARRANGING AND ORCHESTRATION, AND SONG WRITING.

 

AT THE VOV DYLAN ACADEMY OF VIOLIN STEVE’S RESPONSIBILITIES WILL INCLUDE:

 

  • THE DEVELOPMENT OF STUDENTS’ AURAL SKILLS, NOT ONLY FOR EXAMINATION PURPOSES, BUT ALSO FOR DIRECTLY APPLYING A HEIGHTENED AWARENESS OF PITCH AND INTONATION TO MUSIC PERFORMANCE;

 

  • INCREASING STUDENTS’ UNDERSTANDING OF THE FORM AND STRUCTURE OF HIS/HER REPERTOIRE OF MUSIC CURRENTLY BEING STUDIED. THIS INCREASED UNDERSTANDING FORTIFIES THE STUDENT TO PERFORM EACH PIECE WITH GREATER CLARITY OF EXPRESSION AND MEANING. 

 

  • INCREASING A STUDENT’S GENERAL AND SPECIFIC KNOWLEDGE OF THE REPERTOIRE CURRENTLY BEING STUDIED. HEIGHTENED AWARENESS OF A COMPOSER’S STYLE AND HISTORIC INFLUENCES PROVIDES A STUDENT WITH INSIGHT INTO A COMPOSER’S METHODS OF MUSICAL COMMUNICATION, WHICH CAN BE DIRECTLY APPLIED IN PERFORMANCE.

 

 

 


glenn amer

  • Rehearsal Pianist
  • Ensemble Training
  • Aural Training

Glenn Amer was born in Sydney, Australia.
He studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music High School and later at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he majored in Pianoforte (studying with Alma Coote, Sarah Grunstein and Gabriella Pusner), Composition (with Michael Whittaker, Michael Smetanin and Richard Vella), Clarinet (Terrence Stirzaker) and Singing (with Maree Ryan at the Conservatorium and later with Thaïs Taras and Horst Hoffmann). His minor studies also included French Horn (with Campbell Barnes).  
When only 13 years of age, Glenn studied with renowned Australian accompanist, Geoffrey Parsons, in London.
Glenn is also a freelance conductor and répétiteur (having worked with Opera Australia, Opera Queensland, and Pacific Opera, of which Glenn was also Artistic and Musical Director)
Glenn is regularly called upon to adjudicate Eisteddfods all over Australia and also recently adjudicated the New Zealand Eisteddfod.
In addition to his busy performance and recording schedules, Glenn maintains a vocal technique and voice coaching studio in Sydney. 
Glenn has been on the staff of the Australian National Academy of Music (in Melbourne) and also at the Australian Institute of Music (in Sydney). He is currently the Artistic Director of a private music school in Sydney's North Shore. 
AT THE VOV DYLAN ACADEMY OF VIOLIN Glenn's responsibilities will include:
  • Regular Piano rehearsals for students undertaking exams or other performances

 

  • Development of understanding of how ensemble performance works
  • Passing on knowledge on how to not only relate to a small ensemble, but also how to relate to and conduct an Orchestra