Arya BastaniNezhad

Dr. Arya BastaniNezhad was born in Shiraz, Iran. He is descended from an ancient musical lineage. Arya first studied music with his father at age seven, and was improvising on the ney (Persian flute) in public at the age of twelve. Arya studied ney with the well-respected Iranian ney masters Jahandideh, Altafi, Afsharnia, Nahid, Kianinezhad and Kassaie.

After completing a Bachelor of Music Performance on the ney, and Master of Music in Western classical flute performance at Tehran Art University, Arya began his PhD in Music Education at Monash University in 2009. In 2013 he was awarded a PhD in Music Education for his research into flute and ney pedagogies.

Until recently, Arya taught at Tehran Art University, Conservatory of Music and Monash Music Conservatorium. He has been lecturer on Solfege and sight reading based on Lotfian method, Ney (Persian Flute), Flute, Ensemble and the Basics of Musical Performance. He is the founder of Farabi Choir, the choir of Tehran Art University. Arya has also played Flute and piccolo in Tehran Philharmonic Orchestra under Dr. Lotfi from 2002 to 2005. Arya has received precious honourary rewards as selected Ney and flute player of the country.

As a performer, Arya is intelligent, musical, and technically capable on both the Iranian Ney and the Western transverse flute. He is a versatile and charismatic performer and his renditions of Western music repertoire, ranging from Bach to Feld and Muczynski, show sensitivity and insight. His eagerness to acquire new concepts and knowledge of music pedagogy and its techniques is apparent in every way. Arya has attended flute masterclasses led by legendary artists Denis Bouriakov, Rien De Reede, Aldo Baerte, Vernon Hill, Luca Manghi, Virginia Taylor, Alexa Still, Michael Parloff, Bart Feller and others.

Focusing on hybridized forms of music pedagogy, Arya researches meaning and purpose as well as the immense and sublime humanistic worthiness underlying the ways music is transmitted. His particular area of interest focuses on the ways that musical values are re-negotiated in modern Iranian pedagogy. He examines the master-disciple interactions that highlight the significance of musical transmission as a means to develop the self and embody intricate pedagogical behaviours. The multicultural characteristics of the Australian context, particularly Monash University, have contributed to his research methodology in terms of the variety of pedagogical approaches available through the teachers of various nationalities.
As a researcher, Arya has done extensive work in the area of Music Education with distinguished pedagogues and scholars Thomas Pinschof, Margaret Crawford, Professor Jane Southcott, Professor Margaret Kartomi and Dr. Made Mantle Hood.

Arya has established the ‘Victorian Persian Arts Centre’ in Melbourne, presenting both private lessons as well as group instruction (small ensembles) since 2009.

Arya returned to Tehran Music School as a senior lecturer of flute and aural skills in 2013 and was appointed to the head of wind performance.

Melika Tehrani (BastaniNezhad)


Melika was born in Tehran. She started learning music at age 9 by playing piano, and later pursued classical singing. In addition to her training, Melika studied ‘Orff’, a unique method of music tuition for youths, from various great Iranian and foreign teachers.
Her formal studies of ‘Music Teaching Methodology’ took place in Tehran with Sharif Lotfi, the director of the Tehran Art University Music School. She thereby achieved her teaching certificate in singing and children’s music in Tehran Music Centre.
As a soprano soloist, Melika has participated in many major concerts at the Tehran Art University and throughout Australia performing Iranian folkloric music by Siavash Baizai, Morteza Hannaneh and Reza Vali. She also taught singing and music to adults and children in Iran and Australia and she is a member of the choir of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Currently, she is pursuing wider creative fields abroad, studying at the University of Melbourne, mastering in architecture. Melika has also achieved professional certificates and diplomas in Interior Decoration and Design in Victoria. She is assisting the Victorian Persian Arts Centre and Iranian Society of Victoria to organize short courses and masters classes in Interior Decoration and Design for local Iranians.

Contact:  melika_mehdizadeh_tehrani@



Master of Architecture

The University of Melbourne, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning

March 2009 – Dec 2010

M.A Thesis Project:”Williams Town Housing Complex”

Studio Leader: Jennifer Hocking


Bachelor of Architecture

Islamic Azad University, Central Tehran Branch, Faculty of Art and Architecture


B.A Thesis Project: “Karaj Music Centre”

Supervisor: Dr. Kaveh Bazrafkan


Professional Employment (Architecture):


Victorian Persian Arts Centre

Position: Current Interior Design and Decoration Instructor (since 2010)


Narvan Sayeh Koosha Design Consulting Engineers

March 2002-Nov 2008

Position: Interior designer, Design Consultant

Key Projects: Residential, Commercial, Retail, Exhibition design

Key Responsibility: Design and design development, collaboration in a wide variety of project activities including sketch design drawings, design documentation, improving 3D modeling, rendering, preparation of presentation documents for clients


Hirad Architecture Consulting Engineers

Nov 2006-Nov 2008

Position: Architectural Assistant

Key Projects: Residential, Multi Residential, Interior Design, Landscape

Key Responsibility: Design and developing ideas, 3d modeling, Site analysis


Professional Employment (Music):


Victorian Persian Arts Centre


Current Teacher in Solfege and Classical Singing (since 2010)


Sarang Music Institute


Teaching Solfege and Classical Singing


Computer skills:


Sketch up

Microsoft office

Adobe Photoshop





International PG Scholarship (IPCA)-The University of Melbourne




Mehdizadeh Tehrani, M 2011, ‘interaction Arts’, 4BAQ, vol.5, pp.36-43

Mehdizadeh Tehrani, M 2011, ‘Ros Bandt in interview: Interaction Arts’, 4BAQ, no.5, pp.44-46.




Persian (Farsi)





Graduate member, Design Institute of Australia


Melbourne Symphonic Orchestra Choir




Interior Design:

Certificate of completion short course in Interior Design, Holmesglen institute of TAFE, 2011

Interior Architecture diploma, Design Institute of Australia, July 2011

Short Course in interior decoration and design: Soft Furnishings, RMIT, July 2011-Oct 2011

Short Course in interior decoration and design: Interior design and decoration of living, RMIT, July 2011-Sep 2011

iStyle Colour course, International School of Color and Design,  Jan 2012

Styling for Photography, RMIT, Oct 2011

The Professional Interior Design Diploma, The Interior Design Academy, Feb 2012


Short Course in Photography: Styling for Photography, RMIT, Nov 2011


Teaching certificate in Singing from Tehran Music Centre, 2006


Graphic Design:

Logo, Brochures, Posters, Advertisements




Architecture, Landscape, portrait and nature




Melbourne Town Hall

March 2012

“Melbourne Symphonic Orchestra Choir” Singer conducted by Nigel Westlake


Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University

March 2012

Solo Singer of SHIRAZ Folk Persian Ensemble featuring compositions by Siavash Beizai


St Pauls Angelican Church Hall, Cooma, Canberra

Oct 2011

Persian Nights – A Musical Journey


A Fantastic recital with noted musicians in Cooma – Canberra AU


Tehran Art University

Jan 2004 – June 2004

Tehran Music School postgraduate ensemble

A performance with Arya Bastaninezhad, Hami Haghighi, Ali Jafari pouyan and Arash Arameshnezhad.


June 2003 – June 2004

Principal soprano of Farabi Choir conducted by Arya Bastaninezhad

A varied program for choir by Hamid Dibazar and Ahmad Pezhman.

Arasbaran Hall

June 2004

Principal soprano of Farabi Choir conducted by Arya Bastaninezhad.