Meet our Teachers

All International School of Music teachers are Bachelor trained in either Music or Education and are specially chosen for their warm and friendly personalities.

Mara Nicola

School Director / Group and Individual Piano Teacher

Mara is the Musical Director and ISM group and Indivdual piano teacher. Mara holds a Bachelor of Music Degree and majored in Sound Engineering. 

Mara has taught hundreds of students over 19 years of teaching the ISM curriculum and is very proud to watch her students grow, perform and graduate as brilliant young musicians.  Her three children play the piano, violin as well as other instruments and also perform in school bands having benefited from the musicianship taught through the ISM curriculum.

Mara loves to travel, sports, and movies.

Blair Roach

School Administrator 

Blair has a background in Office Management/Administration with in the Entertainment Industry. Blair has been an accomplished performer on Stage and Screen, singing and dancing holding many positions on cruise ships. She also spent many years teaching dance at Dot Barnes Dance Academy, Halloran School of Dance  students , and she loves to see the growth in children through music and play. 

Orla Birkett

Individual Piano Teacher

Orla is a professional musician & teacher from Ireland. She teaches individual piano & music theory, teaching all levels from beginner to advanced.

Music has been her passion from a very young age, and she endeavours to evoke this passion in her teaching across to her students and have them learn in a fun, expansive and practical way. She enjoys exploring new musical concepts & ideas for teaching and plays different instruments, including the viola. 

 She was also a part of the Royal Irish Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra & sang Soprano in their Chorale choir group.’


Robbie Gollan

Indivial Piano Teacher

Robbie is an individual piano teacher, he teaches all levels of piano and theory.

Robbie holds a Bachelor Degree majoring in Socio-Legal Studies and Computer Science from the University of Sydney. and is a member of the Department of Education Band travelling Europe.

Robbie likes to compose music in his spare time, as well as learn new instruments, he also plays the Viola and the Trumpet, Guitar and Ukelele

Stansya Kwee

Individual Piano Teacher 

Stansya is an international award-winning, accomplished, and professional virtuoso.

Stansya has been playing the piano for over 17 yearsand is well versed in many different teaching styles and methodologies. 

Whilst she is still currently completing her Bachelor of Music majoring in Classical Performance at the Australian Institute of Music, Stansya is no stranger to musical achievements and studies, having been through the ABRSM grading system herself, alongside the Yamaha grading system and various courses.

Stansya’s music prowess extends far beyond her keyboard skills, she has participated in various choir groups, as well as sharing her knowledge of music as a Music Director to the Saint Theresia Musical Drama group.


Sunny Nguyen

Individual Piano Teacher 

Thi Nhat Ha Nguyen- (Known as SUNNY NGUYEN) was born in Vietnam, began playing the piano at age six and graduated from Ho Chi Minh Conservatory of Music in 2009. Sunny moved to Sydney in 2018 to take up further studies, completing her bachelor’s and master’s Degree under Pianist Luu Hong Quang from Academy of Music and Performing Arts (AMPA) in Sydney. Sunny participated in numerous concerts, chamber music groups and music camps in Sydney during her studies. In addition, she studied master-class under the guidance of professional pianists including Eugene Mursky, Natasha Vlasenko, Rita Reichman, Konstantin Shamary and Alexander Schimpf. Sunny has performed numerous recitals in Sydney and Vietnam and spends much of her time performing at concerts, in churches and teaching her own piano students. Sunny is a professional pianist, an experienced piano teacher, and an active professional accompanist. Her passion and interest for teaching extends from beginners to professional students preparing them diligently for various piano grades/levels including exam preparation for AMEB, or for participation in International Piano Competitions held all over the world. Sunny is committed to bringing the best out in each of her students and looks forward to meeting her future students.”



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