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"I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, any kindness I can show to my fellow human beings let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again".

- attributed to Stephen Grellet

Martin Mackerras (B.Mus. Hons. Victorian College of the Arts ,Post Grad, Manhattan School of Music, Fulbright Scholar) 

I am a professional clarinettist on staff at Shelford Girls Grammar where I am  co-head of woodwind. I teach  students from the junior school to yr.12. I am a sessional teacher at  private schools around Melbourne including Wesley College and Ivanhoe Girls Grammar as well as a having a thriving private practice. 

I have had over  20 years experience in taking students (of all ages from Yr. 3 to adults) through AMEB exams, VCE , scholarship auditions,  as well as  playing for pleasure in different styles from classical to Jazz and pop. 

As a parent myself I know how important it is to inspire children to strive to the best of their abilities. Their school years are when many skills are developing and it is crucial to start developing healthy and positive work habits at this time. Also being skilled on an instrument gives them a much better chance of getting scholarships to the good private schools in Melbourne.

I am  a sort after professional clarinetist/ saxophonist playing  with many and  diverse artists and ensembles in the Melbourne music scene. My skills as a performer/ composer I see as part of my dynamic and inspirational teaching practice.  

I accompany students on piano and  I believe in making music lessons fun. 

I am  registered with the Victorian Institute of Teaching. 

Contact Martin at

Mobile 0407 854 924


Martin is a highly skilled teacher who brings excellent woodwind (clarinet and saxophone) piano, composition and arranging to his work. He is organized and committed to his students. Martin is able to present innovative and exciting lessons that cater for a wide range of abilities and interests. He has excellent performance skills and his professional career has provided students with a real insight into the music industry.

Roxanne Lascaris (Head of Music, Avila College)

Martin's humble manner belies his extraordinary musical talents. He consistently demonstrates a courteous, enthusiastic an encouraging manner to both students and staff alike, consequently Martin is an admired and highly valued member of the Shelford Community.

Jean McQuarie (Head of Music, Shelford Girls Grammar)

I have found him to be eminently reliable and utterly trustworthy in every way. His rapport with students is warm and friendly and professional in every way. He insists on good formal playing techniques and positions and has insisted in establishing healthy practice methods.

Trevor Henley (Head of Music Camberwell Grammar)