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Who are we?

Julia Sykes School of Music is a piano school established by Julia Sykes in 1998. Students learn through the Sykes Piano method, a philosophy of learning the piano developed by Julia that is enjoyable, students progress quickly and they become very well rounded musicians. There are currently 5 piano teachers and lessons are offered in Manjimup, Wembley, Mt Claremont and online. All teachers are qualified and trained Sykes Piano Teachers. Students have many performance opportunities every year. There have been many success stories of students that have learned through the school, that have gone on to work in the music industry and music has continued to be an important part of their lives. Emily Sawyer helps run the administration of the school.

New Teachers in 2024

Mount Claremont, Perth WA

Brad Roberts is joining Julia Sykes School of Music in 2024 to begin teaching in Mount Claremont, Perth. Brad Roberts developed a love for music through his 5+ years of being a Sykes Piano Program student. This program has been well loved and appreciated all throughout Australia, with countless responses from students and teachers, including this parent: “I highly recommend Sykes Music - the programme works, the teachers are great, and my children love going to music lessons there.” Brad is excited to empower his new students to be capable musicians, with a passion for piano through the Sykes Piano Program. Brad has completed an Advanced Diploma of Contemporary Music at WAAPA and is a teacher at UWA. He has taught piano privately for 2 years. Please contact us if you would like lessons with Brad.

Manjimup, WA

Imogen Jacob has been learning Sykes Piano with Julia Sykes for almost 10 years, and is beginning her teaching journey in 2024 for Manjimup. Please see contact details below!

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The Teachers
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Julia Sykes

teaches in Manjimup and online

Julia began learning piano at the age of 6 and began teaching piano at the age of 14. As a child she won many sections in the WA Performing Arts Eisteddfod, and started learning to play the cello as a teenager. She completed AMEB Grade 7 piano and AMEB Grade 5 Theory and then went on to study a Bachelor of Music Education at The University of Western Australia. After graduation, in 2001, she began teaching piano full-time. In 2003 she began writing Sykes Piano. In 2005 Julia expanded her music school in Subiaco. This music school offered lessons in piano and many instruments and grew to over 350 students and 16 teachers. Many of her students have won music competitions, achieved high grades in exams, been accepted to study music at a tertiary level, have gone on to pursue careers in music or have worked in the music industry. Julia has trained over 30 piano teachers, has created 11 piano books, 4 teacher’s manuals and made 100’s of piano tutorial videos. She is also a qualified Kodaly teacher. She is now the director of Julia Sykes School of Music, Sykes Music and teaches about 50 piano students.

Get lessons with Julia | juliasykesschoolofmusic@gmail.com

Abigail Ng

teaches in Mt Claremont, Perth

Abigail started playing the organ when she was four years old, and progressed to playing the piano at the age of six. She has completed her piano Grade 8 ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music), and currently works full time as an accountant and teaches piano on Saturdays. She is interested in all kinds of music - especially K-pop, and also enjoys playing the guitar. Abigail began teaching Sykes Music in January 2012. Abigail has had great success as a piano teacher, with her students enjoying learning with her.

Get lessons with Abigail | juliasykesschoolofmusic@gmail.com

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Emily Chappell

teaches in Wembley, Perth

Emily started learning piano when she was 6 years old and began learning piano with Julia when she was 7. She received an A+ Grade in her AMEB Grade 6 Piano exam and 97% in her AMEB Grade 3 Theory exam. She reached Grade 8 piano and Grade 4 Theory. Emily won the music award when she completed school at the specialist music school, Churchlands Senior Highschool. She also plays the French Horn. She began teaching piano at Julia Sykes School of Music in 2017 and is currently a medical student.

Get lessons with Emily | juliasykesschoolofmusic@gmail.com

Julienne Ramiro

teaches in Manjimup

Julienne began learning piano when she was 10 years old. She has learned with Julia. She is currently studying Grade 4 piano and Grade 2 Theory. She received an A for her Grade 2 AMEB Piano exam. She has received four 2nd places and a 1st place at the WA Performing Arts Eisteddfod. Julienne is currently being trained as a Sykes Piano Teacher and is teaching the Little Maestro program through to Preliminary Grade. Julienne began teaching piano in 2018.

Get lessons with Julienne | info@sykesmusic.com.au

Brad Roberts

teaches in Mt Claremont, Perth

Brad Roberts developed a love for music through his 5+ years of being a Sykes Piano Program student. This program has been well loved and appreciated all throughout Australia, with countless responses from students and teachers, including this parent: “I highly recommend Sykes Music - the programme works, the teachers are great, and my children love going to music lessons there.” Brad is excited to empower his new students to be capable musicians, with a passion for piano through the Sykes Piano Program. Brad has completed an Advanced Diploma of Contemporary Music at WAAPA and is a teacher at UWA. He has taught piano privately for 2 years.

Get lessons with Brad| juliasykesschoolofmusic@gmail.com

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Sarah Chappell

teaches in Wembley, Perth

Sarah started learning piano when she was 5 years old and began learning piano with Julia when she was 6 years old. She has completed AMEB Grade 8 Piano and AMEB Grade 4 Theory. Sarah is also part of the excellent music
program at Churchlands Senior Highschool which is based on Kodaly music education. She also plays the clarinet. Sarah began Sykes Piano Teacher Training and teaching for Julia Sykes School of Music in 2019.

Get lessons with Sarah | juliasykesschoolofmusic@gmail.com

Imogen Jacob

teaches in Manjimup, WA

Imogen has been learning with Julia Sykes for almost 10 years. She is excited to begin her teaching journey in 2024.

Get lessons with Imogen | juliasykesschoolofmusic@gmail.com

Learn more

If you would like to read more about Julia Sykes School of Music, download the handbook below. This 25 page document gives more detail into the Sykes Piano Program and the aspects of music covered. It also 3 pages of testimonials for you to see the success of these teachers and the program.  

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