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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 clarinettist/ saxophoninist on staff at Shelford Girls Grammar where I am director of Concert band, Jazz Ensemble and Junior Combo. 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 private practice from my home in Thornbury. 
 I have much experience in teaching all styles from clasical to Klezmer, and taking students through AMEB exams and VCE.

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

Contact Martin at

Mobile 0407 854 924


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)