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Private Music Tuition

Private music tuition is available for a wide range of instruments. These lessons are provided on school premises by a dedicated group of private tutors listed below. Arrangements and payments for private lessons are made directly with the appropriate tutor.

Contact details and bio's for each tutor are available by clicking on their name below. 

If your private music lesson will occur during the school day, you must complete a Private Music Tuition Agreement and have it approved by your classroom teacher.

If you have difficulty in finding a tutor or arranging a time, please contact our Creative Arts Coordinator, Mrs Conway.

Covenant also has a number of larger instruments available for hire. If you would like to hire an instrument please contact Mrs Conway.

Iain Brown - Guitar

Ph. 0406 335 000

Iain has over 20 years of teaching experience in individual and group/classroom lessons. He has successfully prepared students for concerts, competitions and HSC Exams

Skills: sight-reading, composition, improvisation, arrangement, acoustic and electric guitar, bass, mandolin, guitar and vocals. 

Iain has also played, toured and recorded with many Australian and NZ acts, musicals and various shows.

Sarah Clark - Voice

Ph. 0402 667 126

Sarah Clark, Lyric Soprano, completed a BMUS in Classical Performance in Singing at the Australian Institute of Music in 2008. She has also completed AMEB exams in level 7 and 8 for both piano and voice at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Over the last 10 years she has performed as soloist with Rockdale Opera, FAMS, Willoughby Symphony Choir, and Bathurst Symphony Orchestra and Choir. In 2008 she performed as soloist at the NSW Art Gallery in a concert for Classical Voice. In recent years she has performed as a concert soloist and as regular soloist with the Northern Beaches Orchestra. 

Sarah has also completed Estill voice training, and has attended workshops with Harbour City Opera. She has studied under the tutelage of renowned tenor, Glenn Winslade, for the last 4 years.  

Sarah has been teaching singing at Covenant since 2012.

Joel Conway - Brass (Trumpet, Trombone & Euphonium)

Ph. 0434 897 092

Joel has been playing Brass instruments since 2003, when he began learning Euphonium in a Junior School Band program. Joel continued his love of performing throughout High School being involved in Concert Bands, Stage Bands and Vocal Ensembles, including tours of different areas of NSW, and performing on trombone for his HSC Music exam. 

Joel attends St Pauls Anglican Church in Carlingford where he is involved as a youth group leader and sound engineer and is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Contemporary Music at Macquarie University.

Emma Gelding - Piano

Ph. 0403 691 788

Emma completed her Bachelor of Music with Honours at Sydney University. She holds both LTCL and A.Mus.A diplomas in piano performance and an A.Mus.A diploma in piano accompaniment. Emma thoroughly enjoys teaching piano and has twenty years of experience in this field. Emma is married to Matt and they have three beautiful children Joel, Laura and Ben.

Jadon Horsley - Drum Kit

Ph. 0424 938 248

Kirstin Jackson - Flute

Ph. 0421 105 434 

Kim Kennedy - Piano

Ph. 0424 716 694

Kim Kennedy is a graduate from the University of Texas with a Degree in piano performance. She has had over 20 years of teaching experience and was on full scholarship at the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor for full time accompanist for one year. Kim has many years experience of playing in bands and brings a lot of variety into teaching piano. Can teach kids, teens, adults from beginners to advanced. Teaches AMEB and Trinity exams if needed.

Melissa Khoh - Violin

Ph. 0424 089 266

For Melissa Khoh violin is her primary instrument. She was taught privately and gone through the AMEB syllabus. Teaching for the past 10 years she enjoys equipping others with a love of music. She plays regularly at her church and loves to rock climb.

Alex Kilby - Piano

Ph: 0490 786 864

Alex is an ex-student and School Captain of Covenant and has played piano since age four. He has achieved honours in AMEB Grade 8 piano and is currently working towards his AMusA. 

Alex enjoys teaching beginner and intermediate piano. He also enjoys teaching in general. He is a church Sunday school teacher, provides academic tutoring and ran ‘Alive’ Bible Study groups when he was a student at Covenant. He played saxophone in the school concert band and had several lead roles in Covenant musicals. 

In addition to playing and tutoring piano, Alex leads a worship band at his church and plays guitar. 

When he is not tutoring Alex is at Macquarie University on a scholarship studying Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Psychology (Honours).

Jordan Middleton - Clarinet and Saxophone (Alto & Tenor)

Ph. 0433 508 519

Jordan is a former student of Covenant and has been teaching and playing the saxophone & clarinet for over 12 years. He has toured nationally with the Sydney Youth Orchestra and has featured on multiple albums as a bass guitar and synthesizer player. His teaching approach is from a technical and all round perspective, encouraging students to learn the theory and technique behind what they are playing, whilst also having fun and experiencing a love for learning music.

Besides teaching, Jordan is studying a Bachelor of Media at Macquarie University and works as a part-time Designer. 

Matt Roberts - Guitar and Bass (all styles)

Ph. 0410 542 246

Matt has over 25 years experience tutoring music in schools and private academies, and is a seasoned professional performing and recording musician. Combining music theory and technique fundamentals with popular songs of different styles, Matt aims to encourage a love and deeper understanding of music and an enthusiasm for the instrument to become the best player you can be. From beginners through to HSC preparation. 


Felicity Stanwell - Clarinet and Saxophone (Alto & Tenor)

Ph. 0413 308 233

Felicity has been tutoring for over 20 years and enjoys motivating students so they come to love performing in Ensembles, Concert Bands, Stage Bands or at Church. She works patiently alongside students and aims to make lessons enjoyable. Felicity has successfully tutored many students through AMEB exams. 

Felicity is currently a member of the Northern Beaches Symphonic Wind Ensemble, which has competed in the Australian National A Grade Band Championships and regularly plays in community concerts, including the Manly Jazz Festival. Felicity also tutors at Terrey Hills Public School and from her home studio.

In her time away from tutoring Felicity loves to design, paint and create plus spend time with her husband and three lovely kids!

Joanna Swadling - Voice

Ph. 0431 289 583

Joanna Swadling, a former student of Covenant Christian School (graduated 2015) recently graduated from a Bachelor of Music Studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where she majored in Classical Voice. She is currently studying a Masters of Music Performance at Excelsia College, both continuing in the classical style and branching out into other more contemporary styles of singing. She enjoys performing in musicals, putting on concerts in aged care facilities, and taking part in music ministry at her church, Christ Church St Ives. She has been independently teaching vocal students for a year and enjoys encouraging and mentoring singers to grow in their vocal technique, but also have joy and confidence in the unique voice God has given them. 

Brianna Walkden-Brown - Flute

Ph. 0438 805 987

Email: briannarwb@gmail.com

George Yang - Cello

Ph. 0423 597 231

George has completed a Bachelor of Music Performance at Sydney Conservatorium of Music and is currently finishing studying a Masters of Music (Performance) also at Sydney Conservatorium of Music as a Cello Major.

  • 8 years cello teaching experience in KMEC, also teach in Gladesville Public School, Lindfield Public School and Privately in Chatswood (apart from Covenant Christian School).
  • Loves teaching and has a lot of patience for students.
  • Makes lessons fun and exciting but also emphasises technique and musicality.
  • Selected as Principal cello of Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra in 2014 and 2015.
  • Experienced in Orchestral, chamber and solo performance.
  • Participated in Australian Youth Orchestra National Music Camp 2014 and 2015.
  • Member of Willoughby Symphony, The Metropolitan Orchestra, Sydney Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, Sydney North Chamber Orchestra, and Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra.