Our Teachers

RACHEL PIETSCH - Singing & Piano

Rachel is the owner and director of Rachel Pietsch Studios.

Education

Rachel has been teaching piano since 1992 and singing since 1995. She studied to be a classroom music teacher at Melbourne University where she gained a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed), training in Kodaly (Level 1) and majored in both Piano and Voice. Here Rachel also had the opportunity to perform as solo vocalist with the Gryphon Big Band and the University of Melbourne Big Band. She started studying Speech Level Singing in 2008, and joined IVA (Institute for Vocal Advancement) when it began in 2013, where she is now an Advanced Instructor. Rachel continues to update and develop her skills and qualifications by attending a wide variety of workshops and conferences each year.

Teaching

After several years teaching music in the classroom (including choral and musical work) Rachel pursued teaching piano and voice privately. She has worked with various educational institutions as a piano and singing teacher, has been invited to speak at various workshops on topics such as vocal technique and developing contemporary piano skills, plus many years volunteering in church worship teams as vocal/choir director, worship leader and band member. 

She now devotes a great deal of her time to her own studio of around 70 students, with two other teachers on board, teaching and helping others learn, grow in confidence and achieve their goals, which Rachel is highly passionate about. She is sought after for getting results and her teaching style, which is centered around not only the development of good technique but also tuning in to her students' needs and pace intuitively and creatively, as she believes everyone learns and expresses themselves differently.

Rachel's clients include a broad range of interests and needs, including working musicians and singers, recording artists, songwriters and composers, tribute artists, musical theatre performers, exam and audition preparation, voice rehabilitation (particularly singers who have performed for many years untrained) and beginners - with whom she loves discovering potential! 

Performing

At the age of 12 Rachel joined the church choir where she quickly developed her ear and harmony singing skills. By the age of 16 she was regularly playing piano for church services and had begun singing lead and back up, which was instrumental in furthering Rachel's passion and skill development in many contemporary styles over the years. 

Rachel eventually broadened her performing to include singing and playing piano at weddings, restaurants, fundraisers, and piano accompaniment work, covering a variety of roles and genres.  Rachel is also a member of comedic tribute trio The Frock Tops.

And lastly, and certainly by no means least, Rachel is a happy member of a loving family of 4 - hubby Andrew and 2 fur babies Lily and Leo (meow!)

MAX MASINI - Singing 

Education

Max began his singing education while at primary school with a classical teacher.

Max started his journey in the teaching profession by achieving a Cert IV in training and assessment in 2008. He has attended many seminars and workshops on public speaking which now plays a role in assisting students with performance anxiety. 

Max has also studied under Rachel Pietsch for approximately 10 years and has completed his training as a level 1 IVA instructor, continuing to attend a variety of workshops, seminars and conferences.

 

Teaching

Max started his journey as a teacher for a college in the Melbourne CBD where he taught Cert IV and Diploma. After which his abilities as a trainer were recognized by a worldwide training organization called Pivot Point International where he trained educators as their National Education Consultant for Australia and New Zealand for 7 years. In this position Max traveled around Australia and New Zealand conducting seminars and training groups of educators and also wrote and developed teaching material

In 2017 Max achieved his qualification requirements to become an IVA instructor, left his position at Pivot Point and is now focusing on teaching people to find and develop their own voices using the IVA method. Max’s teaching style is focused on having a relaxed and comfortable environment, working with a broad range of students from beginners of all ages to seasoned performers, to achieve their goals. Even though he enjoys performing he now finds his passion in coaching others to find their true potential.

 

Performing

Max became an entertainer at an early age performing at competitions, various events around Melbourne, and on radio and television. As he became an older teenager he moved away from classical singing and more towards contemporary music. At the early age of 13 Max joined his first band, singing at school and community events. Max went on to sing with many bands either as lead singer or backup singer, performing in various pubs and clubs around Melbourne and rural Victoria.

His repertoire and singing style over the years has covered many genres including rock, blues, jazz and pop and in recent years musical theatre. 

After years of live performance Max began to feel he couldn’t sing as cleanly and as easily as he could before, and increasingly struggled to hit high notes despite having a uniquely powerful and rich sound. So in 2008 he sought out lessons with IVA Instructor Rachel Pietsch and discovered how to more effectively coordinate his voice without losing his sound, in fact it got better. His combined love of singing and appreciation of the IVA method under the guidance of Rachel inspired him to become an IVA teacher.


JOSEPHINE COUPER - Piano

Education

Josephine has been teaching piano since 2006. In 2014, she undertook teacher training for the popular and award-winning Kinderbeat music program for preschoolers, and is a Licenced Kinderbeat Teacher.

She studied Primary Teaching at Burwood Teachers’ College, majoring in music, with the recorder, particularly from the Baroque period, being the instrument of focus. She also learnt to play guitar - a skill she used widely for classroom singing. Also gaining a Graduate Diploma in Special Education Josephine taught for many years in special and mainstream primary schools.

In 2006, Josephine began to learn the viola, and subsequently joined the Dandenong Ranges Orchestra, of which she is still a thriving member, where weekly rehearsals are an ongoing education in the theory and practice of music.

Josephine continues to develop her piano skills by attending a wide variety of workshops each year. 

Teaching

Josephine has enjoyed many years of classroom teaching. She incorporated music widely in her programs across all areas of the curriculum, at all Primary year levels. She also has experience in training teachers, giving her valuable experience in teaching adults, and has transferred these skills to her music teaching. 

Josephine is very aware of different learning styles and adapts her lessons to the needs of individual students of all ages from Preschoolers to Seniors. She works with students to meet their goals

She enjoys giving beginning and intermediate piano students the opportunity to experience the pleasure of playing with others, and uses keyboard, ukulele, recorder, viola and percussion instruments to broaden the musical experience of her students during lessons. 

Performance

Josephine enjoys ensemble and group performances. Over the years she has played piano and viola at a variety of amateur concerts, soirees, musical afternoons and private events, including playing viola in 4 concerts per year with the Dandenong Ranges Orchestra, playing viola in a string quartet, and in 2013 she played viola with the Croydon Parish Players in their production of Fiddler on the Roof.

 

Lastly, she lives in harmony with her husband, singing teacher Max, their cat and two bantam chickens.