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. Arrangements and payments for private lessons are made directly with the music tutor.

Private tutors

A list of music tutors can be found below. Contact details for each music tutor can be found on the Covie App under Contacts > Music Tutors.

Arranging a private music lesson

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

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

Instruments for Hire

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

Brass tutors
Cello tutors
Clarinet and Saxophone (Alto & Tenor) tutors
Drum Kit tutors
Flute tutors
Guitar tutors
Bass tutors
Piano tutors
Violin tutors
Voice tutors

Brass tutors

Joe Lisk

Joseph Lisk is a trumpeter and has been teaching brass instruments for over 10 years. He completed a Bachelor of Music (Jazz Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and has experience playing in a wide variety of ensembles and musical styles.

He finds joy in making music, especially in collaboration with others such as the Music Box Project and the South Coast Big Band, and believes that students get the most out of their instrument when collaborating to create music as well. Joseph aims not only to equip students with skills for ensemble playing, but also looks at their individual needs, catering private lessons to each student.

Cello tutors

George Yang

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; teaches at Gladesville Public School, Lindfield Public School and privately in Chatswood.
  • 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.

Clarinet and Saxophone (Alto & Tenor) tutors

Felicity Stanwell

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!

Drum Kit tutors

Reuben Lowry

Flute tutors

Brianna Walkden-Brown

Brianna has completed a Bachelor of Music Performance in Flute at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She also has both her AMusA and LMusA Diplomas in Flute Performance.

Brianna creates an engaging and enjoyable environment, sharing her passion with students as they develop as musicians. She has successfully prepared students for all AMEB levels, HSC, concerts and competitions.

Guitar tutors

Iain Brown

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.

Matt Roberts

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.

www.truearts.net
www.facebook.com/mattrobertstrio
www.youtube.com/user/tubemattyou

Bass tutors

Matt Roberts

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.

www.truearts.net
www.facebook.com/mattrobertstrio
www.youtube.com/user/tubemattyou

Piano tutors

Emma Gelding

Emma completed her Bachelor of Music with Honours at Sydney University. She holds both LTCL and A.Mus.A diploma 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.

Kim Kennedy

Kim 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.

Chris Longford

Chris holds a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He also has experience as a piano and music theory tutor both privately and through the Forte Music School. His teaching style moulds to the needs and desires of each student, which has developed through teaching all ages and skill levels. It has always been a joy for Chris to create an enjoyable learning experience that deepens each student’s love of music.

Violin tutors

Melissa Khoh

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.

Voice tutors

Sarah Clark

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.


Timetable for Junior School Music

Day Time Venue
Concert Band
Wednesday
7.45-8.40am
PAS
String Ensemble
Wednesday
7.45-8.40am
Cottage

Junior School Music FAQs

Who can join the Concert Band or String Ensemble?
How do I join the Concert Band or String Ensemble?
Who can I speak to about the Concert Band or String Ensemble?

Who can join the Concert Band or String Ensemble?

If you have been playing an instrument for more than six months and have regular lessons, you can join!

Membership fees are covered by the school so if you have an instrument and commit to regular lessons and practice, we would love you to come along - even visit for a couple of weeks to see if this is for you.

How do I join the Concert Band or String Ensemble?

Students wishing to participate in a music ensemble will need to be enrolled via the Co-Curricular tile on the Covie App.

Who can I speak to about the Concert Band or String Ensemble?

If you have any questions, please contact our Concert Band Conductor, Felicity Stanwell. You can email her or find her details on the Covie app > Contacts > Music Tutors.


Timetable for Secondary School Music

Day Time Venue
Guitar Ensemble
Monday
Lunchtime
G2
Senior Orchestra
Wednesday
7.45-8.30am
G2
Concert Band
Friday
7.45-8.30am
PAS
Vocal Ensemble
Wednesday
Lunchtime
G2

Secondary School Music FAQs

Who can join?
How do I join?
Who can I speak to if I have questions?

Who can join?

Students in Years 7 to 12 are welcome to join any ensemble or band.

How do I join?

Students wishing to participate in a music ensemble will need to be enrolled via the Co-Curricular tile on the Covie App.

Who can I speak to if I have questions?

Please contact our Creative Arts Coordinator, Nicole Conway, via email if you have any questions.

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