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Meet Our Team

Our team of industry experts has been carefully chosen to support you at any specific stage in your journey, from developing your skills and getting your music recorded, to developing your live act and getting gigs in the music industry.

Our team of mentors, producers, and artists have worked with institutions such as Berklee College, JMC Academy, Australian Institute of Music (AIM), recording labels such as Universal Music, Sony, and several independent labels, agencies, and venues in Australia and internationally for over 20 years.

Steve Jaz

Founder, Managing Director & Mentor

Founder, managing director, and musician turned entrepreneur, Steve has helped redefine the music landscape at Music Valley.

Steve Jaz originally began a music career as a session musician, touring with multiple shows and corporate bands, supporting Australian music icons such as Darryl Braithwaite and Choirboys.

After completing a music degree, Steve juggled a career as a musician and a corporate sales executive for several years. Having experienced many of the challenges that come with making a living as a musician, Steve was inspired by a vision to build a company that would ultimately solve many of the problems artists face in their journey to becoming full-time working artists.

Steve's investment in his personal development and growth as an entrepreneur gave rise to create a new model for training, music production, and career development, transforming the lives of thousands of artists over the past decade with the help of his team.

With a growing network across the country, Steve continues to work on the Music Valley vision as a way of giving back to the community and helping develop a stronger music industry in Australia, creating new pathways for the modern musician. Founder, managing director, and musician turned entrepreneur, Steve has helped redefine the music landscape at Music Valley.
Steve Jaz originally began a music career as a session musician, touring with multiple shows and corporate bands, supporting Australian music icons such as Darryl Braithwaite and Choirboys.

After completing a music degree, Steve juggled a career as a musician and a corporate sales executive for several years. Having experienced many of the challenges that come with making a living as a musician, Steve was inspired by a vision to build a company that would ultimately solve many of the problems artists face in their journey to becoming full-time working artists.

Steve's investment in his personal development and growth as an entrepreneur gave rise to create a new model for training, music production, and career development, transforming the lives of thousands of artists over the past decade with the help of his team.

With a growing network across the country, Steve continues to work on the Music Valley vision as a way of giving back to the community and helping develop a stronger music industry in Australia, creating new pathways for the modern musician.

Together with the help of his team, Steve's mission is to create a new pathway for aspiring musicians, replacing outdated models with a more effective and cost-efficient approach. View his recent article on Forbes Australia below.

Alethia Gomez

Vocal Coach, Singer-Songwriter & Actress

Three time Latin Grammys nominee ALETHIA (Alethia Gomez) is a Colombian singer-songwriter and actress based in Melbourne, Australia.

Her musical project combines elements of reggae, jazz, soul and bolero with lyrics in English and Spanish which has allowed her to highlight her roots around the world. Her artistic development began in musical theatre at the age of 7, then she studied contemporary music at EMMAT representative institution of Berklee College of Music in Latin America.

In 2013 Alethia was a semi-finalist of The Voice in Colombia, working and touring with world-renowned musicians in Colombia and in USA. In 2018 she was awarded a full scholarship on performance at JMC academy. Having finished her musical studies she graduated with a Master's degree in creative industries.

ALETHIA is also well known for her countless collaborations with artists from Colombia, the USA, France, Iran, Korea and Japan. Currently, She is in her way to release her album debut ‘Emotions’ with her new sound, including the song Once More as a bonus track and special collaborations. This upcoming album is being featured for Rolling Stones Australia in April 2022 for its authenticity and its innovative creative approach.

Alethia currently teaches voice, performance and toplining at Music Valley, working with aspiring vocal artists to build their capabilities in vocal technique, performance, recording and improvisational skills.

Martin Case

Music Ensemble Director, Composer, Trainer & Mentor

Music Ensemble Director, Teacher, Trainer & Mentor, Martin has over 20 years of experience as a lecturer, touring musician, composer and in curriculum design.

In addition to teaching, Martin is a composer, multi-media producer, and performing musician, specialising in Saxophone, Piano and West African Percussion.

Martin currently works with a diverse range of students at Music Valley and is our Music Ensemble Director. He brings much of his world experience into our community, introducing West African percussion ensembles, jazz performance ensembles, music theory, harmony and music composition to his classes for young and old.

His work also includes designing experiences for concert, dance, film and other multi-media, both live and in the studio which has taken him to the Middle East, West Africa, South America, Europe, Australia, and throughout Asia. Martin’s previous clients include Harvard University, MIT, Boston Ballet, and Boston Convervatory at Berklee.

Erin Mannix

Vocal Coach

Erin Mannix is a highly trained vocalist based in Melbourne. With a diverse and extensive training background, Erin has honed her craft through prestigious programs and private coaches from some of Australia and London's most renowned coaches and performers. Erin's performance journey began at the age of 13, immersing herself in solo performance, stage bands, choirs, bands, duos performances nationally.

Her extensive experience encompasses a range of styles, with a particular affinity for pop, R&B, and soul music. Erin has also graced the stage in various theatre productions, including shows like Phantom of the Opera, Fiddler on the Roof, Beauty and the Beast and Wicked. Her journey began with a British Diploma of Musical Theatre from Associated Studios, followed by Acting for Stage and Screen (Full Time) at the Patrick School of the Arts and 3-month intensive program with Justin Lehmann Studio.

Further study and training include NIDA, APO Arts Academy Melbourne, The Space, and Andrew Byrne establishing a solid foundation in performing and musical theatre. In the realm of singing, Erin has undergone private training with industry luminaries such as Leontine Hass, Adam Lyon, Amanda Colliver, and Martin Croft. She has participated in masterclasses and workshops, exploring variety of methodologies, including the Estill Method (certification), classical and contemporary vocal techniques.

Erin's versatility across musical genres is a testament to her comprehensive training, giving her singing students a unique edge.

Leon Varela-Mauna

Guitar, Bass and Saxophone Instructor

Leon Varela-Mauna Leon Alexander (Leon Varela-Mauna) is a performer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. Since commencing music at the age of 13, Leon has grown to become a competent multi instrumentalist, specialising in saxophone, guitar and bass.

Over the past 2 years, Leon has gained experience working in some of Melbourne's premier live music venues including Birds Basement, Nightcat, and Workers Club performing alongside music industry veterans such as Tony Silvano, Adam Rudegeair, Julian Banks, Cameron Stark and Anton Dellecca.

Having recently completed his Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in music performance, Leon is currently working alongside with MV team, to further his skills as an educator and professional music instructor. As the youngest member of the team, Leon brings his live performance industry experience to the MV community and is a great role model for many aspiring musicians who wish to launch their career in the music industry with Music Valley.

Leon is a 2 x award recipient of the Music Bursary Award at Thomas Carr College and 4 x Award recipient of the Malaya Borneo certificate of Appreciation.

Tristan Davies

Vocal and Instrumental Coach, Emerging Artist

Originally from Canberra, Tristan graduated the ANU School of Music with a Bachelor of Music, majoring in voice in contemporary/ jazz music. He has an affinity for performance and was awarded the Bill Hyslop award for the highest aggregate grade in voice.

A multi-instrumentalist (piano, voice, guitar, bass, drums, saxophone), Tristan has been involved in music for his entire life. Learning piano from a young age, he has developed his musical and instrumental ability through tutors and self-teaching, as well as performing in musical theatre.

Tristan writes pop/funk music, which he has performed with his band extensively, and hopes to bring to the Melbourne scene. He released his debut single “Tired” in 2022, and is currently recording in Melbourne and plans to release more of his music in 2023.

Tristan has worked with a diverse range of students, having taught music for over five years in Canberra. He loves inspiring passion in students, and adapts his teaching style to each individual’s learning style and personality. Tristan is super excited to be joining the Music Valley team in 2023, working with aspiring singers and musicians to unlock their artistic potential.

Jack McCarthy

Guitar Instructor

Working as a professional guitarist in Melbourne, Jack has cultivated over 10 years of specialised knowledge reinforced by real world performances and academic specialisation. Achieving a Bachelor of Music Performance (Jazz and Improvisation) from the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University, Jack has gone on to utilise his unique musical skillset across a wide variety of genres and performance scenarios. Performing alongside acts such as the Senegambian Jazz Band, Solomon Sisay, Natty Man, and Jacob Fitzgerald, Jack has performed both locally and interstate at a range of venues and festivals including Melbourne Recital Centre, Moomba, Loch Hart Music Festival, and the Night Cat to name a few.

A two time recipient of the Bornstein Jazz Guitar Prize, Jack is excited to develop and provide a holistic approach to guitar instruction.

In 2024, Jack began his journey at Music Valley, eager to expand his expertise as an educator and professional music instructor. As one of the youngest members on the team, he injects a vibrant wealth of knowledge and insight into the MV community, serving as an inspiring role model for other budding music professionals and recent graduates.

Mark Madzinga

Music Producer and Pianist

Mark Madzinga, a born and bred Zimbabwean, is a multi-talented Music Producer and Pianist. He built a successful career in Southern Africa, where he produced and directed music for many successful artists.

Mark's musical journey has taken him far and wide. He has shared the stage with renowned international artists such as Donnie McClurkin, Joanita Bynum, Israel Houghton, Micah Stampley, Benjamin Dube, and Sinach among others. In Zimbabwe, Mark has worked with with Janet Manyowa, Amara Brown, Zimpraise, just to name a few. Mark's passion for music extends beyond performing, as he is also a songwriter, and the founder of Destiny Music & Entertainment.

In addition to his musical pursuits, Mark has achieved impressive qualifications in music theory, jazz piano, and music mixing and mastering. He is a certified Avid Pro Tools user and has studied Music Production with Berklee College. Mark's experience in the industry is extensive, having worked with various schools and artists, as well as producing and directing live recordings. He also has much experience in Sound Egineering.

With a strong love and passion for empowering musicians and using music to encourage others, Mark believes in making the world a better place through his music. His journey has been marked by strength and resilience, and he continues to inspire hope and strengthen people's faith through his heartfelt compositions. Currently based in Melbourne, Australia, Mark is a force to be reckoned with in the music industry.

Chenai Boucher

Talent Discovery and Performing Artist

Introducing our newest member of the MV talent discovery team Chenai.

Hailing from Rockhampton QLD, Chenai has recently transitioned to Melbourne to further her music career post her impressive achievement of reaching the top 21 of Australian Idol 2024. Currently collaborating with our M Tribe on recording projects and crafting her marketing strategy for her upcoming release, we are excited to have Chenai on board and are eager to support her as she advances in the music industry.

Watch Chenai's performance on Australian Idol