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GUITAR TEACHERS

Ryan Peters

Instruments: Guitar
Experience/Qualifications:
Bachelor Of Music in Guitar Performance Specialisations: Jazz, Funk, Alternative, Classical

Availability: Thursdays & Fridays Rutherford Campus

Instruments: Guitar, Bass, Saxophone, Clarinet, Music Production, Music Theory
Experience/Qualifications: Over a decade performance experience as a soloist, band member and band leader on guitar, vocals, clarinet and saxophone.
Owner and manager of Billy Hyde Music Retail and Recording studio in Newcastle (Now Tommirock Studios)
8 Years in Music & Music Technology Education Specialisation.
Specialisations: Jazz, Pop, Rock, Woodwind Tuition
Availability: Tuesday Newcastle, Thursday Rutherford 

Damien 'DJ' Cotton

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 Newcastle 
Wednesday HSPA

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

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: Mondays & Wednesdays Rutherford Campus

Beau Hatch

Instruments: Guitar
Experience/Qualifications: Performing as a solo artist and session guitarist for Blues and Country artists in Tamworth and Newcastle for 8 years.
Specialisations: Country, Rock & Blues
Availability: Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday Newcastle

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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

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: Fridays 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: Not currently taking bookings

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

 

PIANO TEACHERS

Rachel Cox

Instruments: Voice, Piano, Songwriting, Artist Mentoring, Music Theory, HSC Music
Experience/Qualifications: 
-AMEB Grades in Classical Piano, Musicianship and Voice.
Currently working towards AMusA Musical Theatre and CTMusA. 
-Rachel is a proud member of the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing.

- 8th Grade AMEB Rockschool Popular Music Theory - Pass with Merit.
-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

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

Availability: Monday, Wednesday & Thursday Newcastle Campus
Tuesday Macquarie College

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 Rutherford 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 Newcastle 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 & 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

Matt Foot

Instruments: Piano
Experience/Qualifications: 

Multi-instrumentalist and singer

A musician for 18+ years with a wealth of music theory knowledge from years of practice with many instruments

Lead vocalist/sole guitarist in the band 'Just Add Milk' and about to wrap up recording our first 5 song EP.

- Primarily classically trained (scales and technique)

- AMEB grades 3 (A+),4 (A+) and 5(B+)

- 3rd grade musicianship (A+)


Specialisations: Classical, Contemporary
Availability: Monday (Rutherford)

 

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

Tuesdays & Wednesdays Newcastle
Thursdays & Fridays Rutherford

 

Vocal Teachers

Rachel Cox

Instruments: Voice, Piano, Songwriting, Artist Mentoring, Music Theory, HSC Music
Experience/Qualifications: 
-AMEB Grades in Classical Piano, Musicianship and Voice.
Currently working towards AMusA Musical Theatre and CTMusA. 
-Rachel is a proud member of the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing.

- 8th Grade AMEB Rockschool Popular Music Theory - Pass with Merit.
-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

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

Availability: Monday, Wednesday & Thursday Newcastle Campus
Tuesday Macquarie College

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
Wednesday & Thursday Rutherford 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 Newcastle Campus

Lucy Clifton

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

Specialisation: Musical Theatre, Pop

Availability: Tuesdays Newcastle Campus

Bridget Harper

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

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

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Megan Galloway

Instruments: Voice
Experience/Qualifications: Bachelor of Music (Current)
Specialisations: Jazz, RnB, Soul
Availability: Wednesday Newcastle Campus

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Natalie Davis

Instruments: Voice
Experience/Qualifications: Bachelor of Music (Current)
Specialisations: Pop, Country, Singer-songwriter
Availability: Monday Rutherford Campus
Thursday Newcastle Campus

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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