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Our Teachers

 

GUITAR TEACHERS

Ryan Peters

Instruments: Guitar
Experience/Qualifications:
Bachelor Of Music in Guitar Performance (Current), University of Newcastle Specialisations: Jazz, Funk, Alternative, Classical

Availability: Mondays Maitland Campus

Mark Freeman

Instruments: Guitar, Music Theory, HSC Music
Experience/Qualifications: 20+ Years teaching experience.

Specialisations: Acoustic, Fingerstyle, HSC Music Theory, Students with Disabilities
Availability: Monday & Tuesday Maitland Campus

Jeremy Minett

Instruments: Guitar
Experience/Qualifications:
Bachelor of Music (Guitar Performance).
Current guitarist of The Viper Creek Band, internationally successful country rock band with two albums charting in the Top 10 of the ARIA Country Albums Charts and several number 1 ARIA Country Singles. 

Specialisations: Rock, Country, Blues, Acoustic/Singer Songwriter, Jazz, Funk, Pop, Fingerstyle and Classical.

Availability: Tuesdays & Thursdays Newcastle Campus, Thursdays Newcastle East Public School

Laurana Ellway

Instruments: Guitar
Experience/Qualifications: Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Psychology (Current).
Specialisations: Jazz, Acoustic, Pop, Rock, Music Therapy.
Availability: Monday & Wednesday Newcastle Campus

Jasmine Atkins

Instruments: Vocals, Guitar, Piano
Experience/Qualifications: 

Bachelor of Music (Vocal Major) from WAAPA
Graduate Diploma of Secondary Education
2016 Norfolk Island Trans-Tasman of the Year - Most Promising Artist
2016 CMAA National Talent Quest - Overall Senior Winner
2016 CMAA National Talent Quest - Senior Vocal 
2016 CMAA National Talent Quest - Songwriter
2015 graduate from CMAA Senior Academy of Country Music.
2015 WA Country Music Winner - Songwriter of the Year
2015 WA Country Music nominee - Best Emerging Artist
Specialisations: Country, Singer-Songwriter
Availability: Tuesday & Wednesday Maitland Campus, Thursday Newcastle Campus

Taylan Bragg

Instrument: Guitar
Experience/Qualification: Bachelor of Music - Guitar Performance (Current).
Experience:

Highly sought after session musician for live and recording work as well as an original artist in local bands SHRIMP, India and The Journey to the east and WELL?
Specialisation: Rock, jazz/fusion, blues, metal.
Availability: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday Newcastle campus

Mitchell Cordingley

Instruments:Guitar
Experience/Qualifications: Bachelor of Music Majoring in guitar performance, Band 6 in HSC Music 1
Specialisations: Acoustic looping, Fingerstyle, Rock, Blues, Pop, Country and Jazz
Availability: Wednesdays Maitland Campus

Donovan Taylor

Instruments: Guitar, Music Theory
Experience/Qualifications: Currently studying Bachelor of Music – Classical Guitar Performance at Newcastle University
2016 Acacia String Quartet Composition Winner
Tesseract Classical Guitar Quartet Member
Member of Obsolution (Death Metal Band)

Specialisations: Classical, Heavy Metal
Availability: Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday Macquarie College
Thursday Newcastle Campus

Gianni Michelini

Instruments: Guitar, Voice, Artist Mentoring, Songwriting, Music Theory
Experience/Qualifications: Bachelor of Music (Classical Guitar Performance), Master of Audio Engineering from SAE, AMEB AmusA in Classical Guitar
Specialisations: Classical, flamenco, fingerstyle, singer-songwriter, RnB, Pop, Artist Mentoring and Music Industry
Availability: Thursday & Friday Newcastle Campus

Adam Osmanovic

Instruments: Guitar, Ukulele
Experience/Qualifications: Bachelor of Music, Over 10 years teaching experience
Specialisations: Blues, Rock
Availability: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday Macquarie College
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday Newcastle 
Wednesday HSPA

Beau Hatch

Instruments: Guitar
Experience/Qualifications: Coming soon
Specialisations: Country, Rock
Availability: Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday Newcastle

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Damien 'DJ' Cotton

Instruments: Guitar, Saxophone, Clarinet, Music Production, Music Theory
Experience/Qualifications: Coming Soon
Specialisations: Jazz, Pop, Rock, Woodwind Tuition
Availability: Tuesday Newcastle, Thursday Maitland

 

PIANO TEACHERS

Rachel Cox

Instruments: Voice, Piano, Songwriting, Artist Mentoring, Music Theory, HSC Music
Experience/Qualifications: National Live Music Awards – Live Pop Act of the Year (Nominated)
2016 Vanda & Young Songwriting Prize (Shortlisted)
2018 Women in Music Awards – Diversity Award (Nominated)
American Express Music Backers Grant Recipient
Performed at Twilight at Taronga, Groovin the Moo, Mountain Sounds Festival, BIGSOUND
Speaker at BIGSOUND and Fast Forward Music Conferences
8th Grade AMEB Classical Piano
5th Grade AMEB Musicianship
4th Grade AMEB Singing for Leisure

Specialisations: Rock, Indie, Pop, Musical Theatre, Classical, Singer-Songwriter

Availability: Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday Newcastle Campus

Christine Andison

Instruments: Piano
Experience/Qualifications:
ATCL (Teaching), Trinity College of Music, London
8th Grade Piano and Musicianship, AMEB
Graduate Diploma in Psychology, Charles Sturt University
Over 10 years teaching experience
Taught by Joyce Blewitt, BA (Newcastle), LRSM, OAM

Specialisations: Classical, theory, musicianship, HSC music, exam preparation
Availability: Tuesday Maitland Campus

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Dean Selem

Instruments: Piano
Experience/Qualifications: 8th Grade AMEB Classical Piano, 5th Grade AMEB Theory
Specialisations: Classical, Pop & Rock
Availability: Wednesdays & Fridays Newcastl Campus
Thursday Maitland Campus

Isaac Walker

Instruments: Piano
Experience/Qualifications: Bachelor of Music (Piano Performance), University of Newcastle (Current, on full scholarship)
Specialisations: Jazz, Contemporary
Availability: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday Newcastle Campus

Kurt Taylor

Instruments: Piano
Experience/Qualifications: Bachelor of Music (Piano Performance). Masters of Education (current). AMEB 8th Grade Piano.
Specialisations: Classical, Contemporary
Availability: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday Newcastle Campus

Tuesday & Friday Macquarie College

 

Drum Teachers

Liam Tooth

Instruments: Drums
Experience/Qualifications: Bachelor of Music (Percussion), University of Newcastle. Master of Music, University of Sydney. 
Specialisations: Jazz, funk
Availability: Tuesdays & Wednesdays Macquarie College, Wednesdays and Thursdays Maitland, Mondays Newcastle

Ethan Meers

Instruments: Drums
Experience/Qualifications: Bachelor of Music (Performance) (Current) University of Newcastle 
Specialisations: Prog, Metal, Pop, Jazz
Availability: Monday, Wednesday & Thursday Newcastle Campus
Tuesday Maitland Campus

 

Vocal Teachers

Rachel Cox

Instruments: Voice, Piano, Songwriting, Artist Mentoring, Music Theory, HSC Music
Experience/Qualifications: National Live Music Awards – Live Pop Act of the Year (Nominated)
2016 Vanda & Young Songwriting Prize (Shortlisted)
2018 Women in Music Awards – Diversity Award (Nominated)
American Express Music Backers Grant Recipient
Performed at Twilight at Taronga, Groovin the Moo, Mountain Sounds Festival, BIGSOUND
Speaker at BIGSOUND and Fast Forward Music Conferences
8th Grade AMEB Classical Piano
5th Grade AMEB Musicianship
4th Grade AMEB Singing for Leisure

Specialisations: Rock, Indie, Pop, Musical Theatre, Classical, Singer-songwriter.

Availability: Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday Newcastle Campus

Sophia Berlyn

Instruments: Voice
Experience/Qualifications: Performing artist as an original artist as well as covers duo
Specialisations:
Pop, Indie, Folk, Singer-Songwriter
Availability: Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday Maitland Campus Thursday Newcastle Campus 

Gerda Condon

Instruments: Voice
Experience/Qualifications: 10+ years vocal teaching experience as well as performing as a covers vocalist as a soloist, and in duos and bands. Highly sought after sessions and covers vocalist.
Specialisations: RnB, Soul, Pop, Blues
Availability: Tuesday Macquarie College

Gianni Michelini

Instruments: Guitar, Voice, Artist Mentoring, Songwriting, Music Theory
Experience/Qualifications: Bachelor of Music (Classical Guitar Performance), Master of Audio Engineering from SAE, AMEB AmusA in Classical Guitar
Specialisations: Classical, flamenco, fingerstyle, singer-songwriter, RnB, Pop, Artist Mentoring and Music Industry
Availability: Thursday & Friday Newcastle Campus

Lucy Clifton

Instruments: Voice
Experience: Bachelor of Musical Theatre (AIM), Currently completing Masters of Teaching (Primary)
Current Vocalist in highly sought after covers band, Uptown

Specialisation: Musical Theatre, Pop

Availability: Tuesdays Newcastle Campus

Jasmine Atkins

Instruments: Vocals, Guitar, Piano
Experience/Qualifications: 

Bachelor of Music (Vocal Major) from WAAPA
Graduate Diploma of Secondary Education
2016 Norfolk Island Trans-Tasman of the Year - Most Promising Artist
2016 CMAA National Talent Quest - Overall Senior Winner
2016 CMAA National Talent Quest - Senior Vocal 
2016 CMAA National Talent Quest - Songwriter
2015 graduate from CMAA Senior Academy of Country Music.
2015 WA Country Music Winner - Songwriter of the Year
2015 WA Country Music nominee - Best Emerging Artist
Specialisations: Country, Singer-Songwriter
Availability: Tuesday & Wednesday Maitland Campus, Thursday Newcastle Campus

Bridget Harper

Instruments: Voice, Piano, Songwriting
Experience/Qualifications: Bachelor of Music (Songwriting Major), Masters of Music Therapy (Current)
Currently Performing in Covers Duo

Specialisations: Singer-Songwriter/Indie, Pop, Jazz
Availability: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Newcastle Campus

Ella Moulder

Instruments: Voice
Experience/Qualifications: 6 years Vocal Teaching Experience
Bachelor of Music (Current) Majoring in Contemporary Voice, Performer in Theatre on Brunker's Production of Legally Blonde: The Musical

Specialisations: Pop, Rock, RnB/Soul, Blues, Musical Theatre
Availability: Monday, Tuesday & Friday Newcastle Campus
Thursday Maitland Campus

 

Bass Guitar Teachers

Aaron White

Instruments: Guitar, Bass Guitar, Songwriting, Artist Mentoring, Music Theory
Experience/Qualifications: Bachelor of Music (Bass Performance)
Singer-songwriter and original performing artist as well as bass player for covers and originals bands.

Specialisations: Jazz, Funk, Pop, Blues, Rock
Availability: Monday & Tuesday Newastle Campus

 

DJ'ing Teachers

Peter Bird

Instruments: DJing, Electronic Music Production, Brass, Vocals
Experience/Qualifications: Music Teacher & Band Leader at Redhead Public School, Adamstown Public School, Biraban Public School,
Bachelor Of Music In Music Technology, Bachelor of Music Education (BMUS/BTEACH),
Certificate IV Information Technology,
11+ years as an events DJ & MC with Dynamic DJs

Specialisations: House, Nu-Disco, Deep House, Tech-House & Vibes, Ableton Live Production. 

Availability: Tuesday & Wednesday Newcastle Campus

Timmy Coffey

Instruments: DJing
Experience/Qualifications: 17+ years as a club, festival and events DJ performing at events and venues such as:
Vital Beats, The Mercury, Nutshell, The Cambridge Hotel, Wharf Life at Queens Wharf Hotel, Groovin The Moo.

Specialisations: Breakbeat, Vibe

Availability: Monday Newcastle Campus, Thursday Maitland Campus