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.


 

 



  Kathryn Warwick - Saxophone & Clarinet 



Kathryn began playing clarinet in 2003. Throughout school she won various instrumental competitions and scholarships, and in 2011 was accepted in the HSC Encore showcase. Since then, she has completed a double degree at the University of Sydney in Science and Arts majoring in music with first class honours, and is currently studying a Doctorate of Medicine at the University of Sydney.

While attending school and university, Kathryn was a member of the Sydney Youth Orchestras for 5 years, where in addition to performing and touring, was a mentor and tutor to younger ensemble members. She has also performed with orchestras at the University of Sydney and has played with other ensembles in the Hills District. In addition, Kathryn has also worked for various musical theatre productions in pit orchestras on alto and soprano saxophone, B flat, E flat, bass and contrabass clarinets. And on top of performing, Kathryn has been tutoring the clarinet and saxophone since 2012, both privately and in group lessons.

While trained in classical music, she has a special passion for playing in live theatre and enjoys teaching students the skills required for extensive and rapid sight reading, which also involves building various theory and aural skills. She is passionate and enthusiastic about helping students to first and foremost love playing the clarinet and saxophone, and then encouraging enjoyment and passion in studying music.



  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.

 


Meg Gannon - Piano

Meg has been playing piano for 13 years, and trumpet for 11, and loves it more and more every day. After learning from a number of different teachers herself, and after performing as a soloist and ensemble member during high school, Meg decided to switch positions and teach. This came from a desire to pass on the knowledge she has gained through her experiences, and inspire students to enjoy their music as much as she does. She has been teaching piano and trumpet since the beginning of 2016. Meg teaches all grades of piano and trumpet, and teaches AMEB exam repertoire.

 She is currently in her final year of her Bachelor of Communications (Journalism and Public Relations), and hopes to continue teaching beyond graduation.

 And after 13 years of playing, her mum still dances whenever she plays, no matter how hard she begs her to stop. 




  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.



  Ramon  Echevarria  – Guitar/Bass

Ramon Echevarria is one of Sydney’s preeminent guitarists, performing around Australia as part of bands such as The Florins, The East Coast Low as well as performing as a solo artist. He has been playing guitar since 2003 and has explored several different styles, though his forte lies in rock where he takes influence from bands such as Led Zeppelin and AC/DC. He fuses these rock sensibilities with the rich sounds of soul pop derived from artists such as Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder to create a unique style that is both energetic and aggressive as well as groovy and soulful.

 

Ramon has been teaching students of all ages since he graduated high school in 2011 and is comfortable teaching both acoustic and electric guitar as well as bass guitar in all popular styles of music. He graduated from Macquarie University with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Contemporary Music in 2015 and has been teaching in schools all around Sydney by day and performing in live music venues around Sydney by night ever since.

 

Ramon’s focus as a teacher is helping his students find their voice on their instrument and giving them the tools they require in order to realise their vision. Several of his students have since become excellent musicians in their own right and several have gone on to pursue music in university and as a career.

 

 

Greg Coach – Guitar 

                                                                     


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

     


  Matthew Moody - Drums & Percussion




Matthew is a passionate musician who has 10 years of drum kit and percussion experience. His involvement with two national award winning orchestras, big bands and solo competitions as well as smaller ensembles has provided him with a solid foundation for teaching drum kit for all genres along with all types of percussion. Matt has been taught from various teachers, enabling him to focus on different skill sets such as Jazz by Andrew Dickeson, RnB and Pop genres by Sean Isaac, and percussion by Tessa Gutierrez. These professional drummers have equipped Matt with the ability to teach precise technique and also run a fun but professional lesson.

 

Matthew has been teaching the fundamentals of drum kit for 3 years, as well as tutoring percussion at band camps. His leadership skills have flourished through his position as section leader in the national award winning orchestra, The Castle Hill Youth Wind Orchestra. He is a devoted mentor, who lives and breathes music. He has experience in jazz bands, orchestras, pit drummer in musicals and state and national competitions both ensembles and solo. In 2014 at age 15, Matt became national champion in percussion. In the same year Matt also completed his 8th grade percussion exam with Trinity.

 

Currently Matthew is undertaking a bachelor of music production and composition at the Australian institute of music, furthering his career in music.




 

  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.