Meet The Teachers

      Music Teacher Profiles

 


 

Brass & Woodwind

 

    

Sharon Borrough - Flute, Piccolo & Piano



   Sharon has been playing the flute since she was 14 years old, Since she first heard the glorious sounds of the flute she has always been passionate about learning and playing the instrument and passing her knowledge on to other. She attended the NSW Conservatorium of Music and studied with Geoffrey Collins and Neil Flottman.

Sharon was a principal flute for 10 years with Hornsby Concert Band who were National and State concert band champions numerous times.  Following this, she was with Jersey Street Wind Ensemble where she played piccolo and principal flute.  She currently plays with Macquarie Towns Orchestra at Windsor where she has been principal flute since 2006.  Sharon has been teaching both private lessons and at local schools for several years.

    Sharon teaches up to grade 5 Flute


 Tamara Craig -  Saxophone & Clarinet

Tamara began learning clarinet in 2004 and is currently working towards completing her eight grade exam in clarinet and classical voice. She has been tutoring since 2012 and in addition to tutoring privately also teaches as a multi-instrumental Woodwind tutor in school band programs. Tamara currently plays clarinet with the Sydney University Wind Orchestra (SUWO) and has recently taken up a postion on the student committee as the clarinet section leader and sectartery. Tamara is also in the final year of her Bachelor of Arts (Music) degree minoring in Performance and composition. She plans to pursuit further study to become a qualified High School Music teacher.



 

Kali Gillen - Saxophone, Flute & Clarinet

 

Kali is currently studying at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, perusing both her passions in music and education and under the currently tutelage of seasoned jazz musician, Matt Keegan.
 
Whilst jazz is her main focus, Kali has completed her AMEB in saxophone and enjoys performing in a wide variety of styles and ensembles including saxophone quartets, wind ensembles and solo work. She was very active in the Public School's Performing Arts Unit and School's Spectacular as well a number of music ensembles throughout High School.
 
Kali focuses on students' personal goals and tries to structure lessons to suit each individual and their interests. She can take students through AMEB, Saxophone to Grade 8, Flute and Clarinet to Grade 3. Beginners are welcomed on any of these instruments.


 

  Nick Ciccarelli - Brass

Nick, as well as being an accomplished trumpet player,  is also proficient on the drums and clarinet, having recently completed another AMEB grade clarinet exam.

In 2004 and 2009 he represented Australia at the Montreux jazz festival in Switzerland  and the Jazz a Vienne festival in France, under the direction of Rory Thomas and is always looking to further his studies in music .

Nick teaches up to 6th Grade Trumpet & 4th Grade Euphonium, Trombone & Clarinet


 

Piano & Violin

     Alexandra Evangelidis - Piano  

Alexandra's love of music started at an early age, when she discovered her gift of playing the piano by ear. Eager to learn more she began formal training in classical music, developing a love for the Baroque period. Furthering her musical education she found a special interest in composition and music written for film.

 

With a depth of teaching experience that spans several years she creates a nurturing environment, gently encouraging her students to strive for their individual finest.


  Alexandra is currently taking students through to grade 6.

 



  Carol Park - Piano


Carol graduated with a Bachelor degree in performance from the Sydney Conservatorium. Her passion and invested interest in passing on the skills and knowledge of piano playing to younger generations has seen her gain over 30 years of teaching experience at notable schools and institutions such as Abbotsleigh High School, the Australian Institute of Music, Nova School of Music, as well as many years of private teaching. Having taught students of all levels, Carol has a strong ability to adapt and tailor her lessons to each student's individual needs. This also includes preparing her students for key exams such as HSC and diploma grade exams. Her relational skills, coupled with her ability to draw out the potential in her students has drawn loyal students who have remained with her for many years.

Carol has been enthusiastically involved in conducting, collaborating and arranging large-scale church concerts and choirs for over 15 years.

Carol possesses extensive knowledge in various musical instruments due to supporting her two children in violin and cello, as well as through her active accompaniment activities. Through these, she has developed skills and experience with chamber groups and large orchestras, and is competent in accompanying and tutoring different instruments.


 


Jocelyn Yong - Piano

  

Jocelyn is a classically trained pianist.  She began formal piano lessons at a very young age and had since continued to pursue her passion in piano pedagogy.

Jocelyn holds the Licentiate Teacher’s Diploma of the Trinity College London (LTCL) and had completed The Associated Board of The Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) graded examinations. Jocelyn is an accredited teacher in Pianoforte by The Music Teachers' Association of New South Wales (MMTA). She is also a qualified accountant (CPA).

Jocelyn enjoys playing classical and popular repertoire including classics, jazz styles and arrangements of movie theme. She had previously taught in music schools and private studios. She also played the violin in her College’s strings ensemble and has performed as a piano soloist and accompanist at graduation ceremonies and numerous school concerts.

Jocelyn strives to motivate and encourage students to develop confidence when performing and enjoy learning music.

She can relates to students of all ages and teaches Piano and Music Theory through to Grade 6 both for leisure as well as AMEB, ABRSM and Trinity College examinations.



 
 

 

  Guitar & Bass 

Nick Alias - Guitar & Bass

 

 

 

Nicholas Alias is a musician and teacher of guitar and songwriting. His main musical genre is acoustic fingerstyle guitar. He has recorded three albums- Sound from the Pavement recorded in 1998, Glorious Woman in 2004 and Winter Spiral in 2012. Some of his influences are Pink Floyd, Queen, Paul Simon, Alex De Grassi and Phillip Glass.

 

He currently runs a performance venue at several music festivals around NSW- the Tantric Turtle Cafe. He also teaches guitar at the Dural Music Centre and also runs courses in songwriting and music production.

Has performed at

             -Woodford festival

             -National Folk Festival

             -St Albans Folk festival

             -Newtown   festival

             -Marrickville festival

             -Bondi Festival Of The Winds

             -Peats Ridge Festival

             -Ironfest

             -Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival

             -Blue Mountains Music Festival

Music from Sound From The Pavement has been played on Radio National and 2SER, used in the documentary film Consulting The Elders and the play The Request Of Spring by award winning writer/director Duong Le Quy, and and has been played at such diverse venues as the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and the Qantas in-flight music service. Nicholas has been a finalist in three national songwriting competitions.


 

Julia Wellington - Guitar

Julia has been teaching at Dural Music Centre for just over 6 years and also privately. She has been performing professionally for 10 years with agent backing, performing in clubs, pubs, contests etc. This was mostly her solo work along with some also duo work.


Beginners will learn the basics of guitar. Starting with easy chords and simple songs then advancing to tablature some lead and/or classical followed by barre-chords. This will depend on the student`s needs.
Julia teaches a range of styles including classics, rock, pop, blues, country, some jazz and your latest top 20. She enjoys encouraging students to eventually sing when they play guitar with confidence.


Julia started playing guitar at 12yrs old and received extensive training by professional tutors for 8yrs. She has also had vocal training by a prominent stage show teacher for many years. Julia started performing  at 18 in a band called Cut Rock. She then joined a duo The Uncut Gems. She then lived and performed solo in the Whitsundays for 3yrs before returning to the Hawkesbury and continuing her career and producing 3 cds. Julia writes her own music as well as performing popular covers. Her ability to sing and play guitar drives her to teach others to obtain confidence in their performance on stage.



  Nick Henderson - Guitar & Bass

    

Nick has recently completed a Bachelor of Music (performance) Degree in Jazz at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, graduating with Honours First Class. During his degree Henderson studied with such jazz luminaries as Craig Scott, Mike Nock and Matt McMahon.

An accomplished instrumentalist, Nick took up the guitar at a young age followed shortly by the electric bass and finally the double bass in high school.

He was Music Captain at The Hills Grammar School in 2011, gained a band 6 in Music 2 and  ext ension, and was nominated for HSC Encore.   He auditioned for the Con on guitar and bass and was given an early round offer.

He auditioned successfully for the Conservatorium Jazz Orchestra in 2015 and completed a tour with the band to the U.S.A to perform at the prestigious Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference.

Nick performs and composes for several groups including instrumental hip hop outfit 'lightcycle' and jazz trio 'Hieronymus'. He also performs regularly for functions, musicals, and weddings.

Nick is an accomplished tutor in both guitar and bass, having taught at various institutions since graduating high school. He aims to inspire students and nurture a love for the instrument. He also aims to introduce students to a range of styles including rock, blues, jazz and metal.

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Jackson Allan - Guitar & Bass  

 

 

Jackson Allan is a seasoned musician having being raised by professional musicians and studying music since the age of 4. Having picked up the guitar at the age of 6, Jackson has studied under some of Sydney's most elite guitar tutors. Some of his Guitar influences include: Steve Lukather, Lee Ritenour, Jeff Beck, Tommy Emmanuel, Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Robben Ford, Larry Carlton, Joe Satriani, Eric Clapton, George Benson, Gary Moore, Frank Zappa and Mike Stern. Jackson has been perfoming in a variety of styles since childhood. at the age of 16, he studied with Jazz Workshop Australia and attended the Australian Institute of Music. Jackson Began Teaching guitar at the age of 14 and has experience in teaching people of all ages and musical abilities. He teaches a variety of styles and tailors a lesson plan based on each students needs and wants from the Guitar. Jackson takes alot of pride in seeing success in his students and helping develop their skills.



Greg Coach started learning guitar at the age of eight. His first instrument was an original Epiphone (USA) Blackstone Jazz style guitar.His first learning experience was at the Banjo Club of Victoria where he attended class lessons with up to thirty or so beginners. It was quite basic and after only six weeks Greg asked his Dad if he would find him a private tutor as Greg had learned all that was on offer and was eager to move on.

After four years learning Modern & Jazz style which included music theory Greg’s Dad took him to learn from Gene Pingitore who was at that time Australia’s foremost Classical Guitar Teacher. Greg spent the next six years learning from Pingitore.  During this time Greg started playing Professionally and at the age of Seventeen formed a Folk Duo with Rod Bryar and played at prominent venues around Melbourne, including live performances on Graham Kennedy’s In Melbourne Tonight Television Show.

Greg moved to Sydney in 1970 for business reasons and not long after Greg was playing in  Bands and performing at many Sydney Clubs and Hotels. The  music styles differed from one Band to the next and included Pop, Rock, Blues, Country and Jazz. Greg’s instrument’s includes,  a Yari Classical, Maton Twelve string, Martin Six string and an Original Gibson Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar.

Greg is now turning his attention to teaching his craft again. The many music styles

he is experienced in sets a platform from which he can pass his knowledge on for the next Generation of budding guitar players.




 


 


Drums / Percussion

     

  V incent Yang - Drums & Percussion

 

Consistency, Creativity and Technique are the core principles behind Vincent and his teaching. Vincent began taking lessons under Tessa Gutierrez at the age of 8 and since has completed both Grade 8 Orchestral Percussion and Drum Kit exams from Trinity College London with Distinctions.


While coming from a classical background, in over 11 years of musical experience Vince has grown proficient in all drumming styles particularly fluent in, Fusion, Indie and R&B. His experiences include light rock and soul bands, pit drummer in musicals, competing in eisteddfods such as the Australian Percussion Eisteddfod in the Drum-Fill Ensemble and solo performances.


Vincent is passionate about teaching all levels of music across the various percussion instruments with a focus on Drum Kit. His thorough explanations and demonstrations are the basis of building your own technical skills and rhythm which ultimately builds confidence and enjoyment. In 3 short years of teaching, beyond private teaching, he has established himself as a section tutor in local primary school bands developing percussionists and guiding them through both trees of the Trinity College Exams
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Herman Kuipers - Drums & Percussion

Herman is an Army qualified musician who has post graduate qualifications in education. He has performed extensively over the past twelve years as a member of an Army Reserve big band, jazz band and ceremonial/marching band.
Herman also has experience performing in an array of other musical settings including concert bands, brass bands, function/wedding bands, and cover rock bands.


Herman commenced drumming at the age of fourteen, undertaking study with a private tutor who instilled the importance of correct technique and developing proficiency across all styles of drumming. He is an enthusiastic educator who enjoys imparting his skills and experience to students.


    

Vocals

    

    Hannah Alexander - Vocals, Brass & Piano

Hannah is in her third year of  a Bachelor of Music (Education) at the Conservatorium of Music, studying Classical Voice under Barry Ryan OAM. She was heavily involved with music through high school, studying AMEB piano 5 th grade, and trumpet and voice to AMEB AmusA levels, as well as achieving a band 6 in her HSC Music 2, and was nominated for `Encore` for Music Extension.

Hannah has a wealth of performing experience, and has sung for Queen Elizabeth II, Barack Obama, on the Oprah Show, has joined Celtic Woman on their international tours, and has sung with various singers including Hugh Jackman, Ronan Keating, Guy Sebastian, Keith Urban, Katherine Jenkins and the Wiggles. She has won several vocal competitions around Sydney, including the Coralie Butler Scholarship and the Northern Beaches Eisteddfod Championship. Hannah currently performs Jazz and Classical music for weddings, parties, and corporate events, and has recently recorded and released an EP of 1940s Jazz. She also has a passion for Opera and Musical Theatre, regularly performing in and musically directing productions around Sydney. 

Hannah has studied the Bel Canto method of singing, and stresses the importance of correct technique, accompanied with stage presence. She teaches Voice in a variety of styles to 8th Grade, Trumpet to 6th Grade, and welcomes beginner Piano players.

Hannah is happy to prepare students for any exam, audition, or personal goal, and all students have the option of learning music theory alongside their instruments. Singers are also welcome to bring in other instruments such as Guitars and Ukeleles to learn to accompany themselves.