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Music Tuition

Music Tuition Made Simple

Wollondilly Anglican College offers Music Tuition throughout the College day by a number of qualified music tutors, for a range of musical instruments and styles. All of the lessons at the College are run in our music tuition rooms in Melba Cottage (or in some circumstances, in other rooms). The timetable is displayed in the window of one of the tutor rooms between Melba 1 (Music room) and Melba 2 (Visual Arts room). It is the responsibility of the student to know the scheduled time of their lesson and promptly arrive at their designated room. If students bring their own instruments for their music lessons, a storeroom in Melba 4 Amphitheatre is available for storage during the College day. This room will be locked at the end of each College day. Students should ensure they take their instruments home over weekends, public holidays and over College holiday periods. It is also important that if the student is attending music tuition on a particular instrument, that they have access to an instrument at home to practice. The College does offer instrument hire through the College Library for selected instruments. Please see below the Instrument Hire Application Forms under each Music Tutor’s information, if you would like to inquire.

Meet Our Tutors

Jillian Bridge – Violin & Viola

Jillian Bridge is a violin teacher, conductor, and freelance violinist. She has taught chamber music at the Sydney Conservatorium and has been a string tutor at many music camps including the State Education Department and School Spectaculars. Jillian conducted the Fisher’s Ghost Youth Orchestra for 15 years and has been the Musical Director of Macarthur Singers since 2007. Jillian was a member of the baroque group Les Amis for many years and is a founding and ongoing member of Macarthur Strings Quartet. Jillian is a member of The Occasional Performing Sinfonia (TOPS) and plays for various musical societies in Sydney. She performs with The Highlands Collective and has been Concert Master of the Southern Highlands Symphony Orchestra since its inauguration. Jillian has a large number of private violin students from beginner to Associate Diploma level. She is an accredited member of the Music Teachers’ Association.

Eligibility:

  • Years 2 and above

Days:

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday

JILLIAN BRIDGE MUSIC TUITION APPLICATION FORM

INSTRUMENT HIRE APPLICATION FORM

 

Michael Watkin – Saxophone, Clarinet & Piano

Michael graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music Education degree majoring in Piano and passing with Merit. He then went on to complete a Master of Music degree majoring in Music Technology. During this time he lectured at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in both Instrumental Pedagogy and Music Technology. Michael went on to complete an Associate Diploma in Performance majoring in Saxophone and also a Post Graduate Diploma of Music majoring in saxophone performance from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Michael has over 20 years of experience teaching saxophone, clarinet, and piano and is also an accredited instrumental tutor for the University of NSW. He has taught at some of Sydney’s most exclusive schools and has conducted and tutored at many workshops and schools. Many of his students have gone on to study at a university level and have been nominated for honours such as School Spectacular house band and HSC Encore performances. He has worked extensively in amateur and professional theatre and has performed and recorded for TV, and radio broadcasts for ABC FM and 2MBS FM, and has toured Australia, Europe, and New Zealand with various ensembles.

Eligibility:

  • Piano – Years 1 and above
  • Saxophone & Clarinet – Years 3 and above

Days:

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Thursday

Michael Watkin MUSIC TUITION APPLICATION FORM

INSTRUMENT HIRE APPLICATION FORM

 

Daniel Wilms – Guitar

Daniel has been teaching guitar for over 25 years throughout Canberra, the Southern Highlands and, the Wollondilly Shire. He teaches to inspire and nurture a lifelong relationship with music. Daniel has 20 years of experience teaching a mixture of graded material but is also happy to encourage an informal musical journey.

 

 

 

Eligibility:

  • Years 2 and above

Days:

  • Wednesday
  • Friday

Daniel Wilms MUSIC TUITION APPLICATION FORM

INSTRUMENT HIRE APPLICATION FORM

 

 Michael Griffiths – Drums

Michael has a Bachelor in Music Graduated AIM 2000 and has over 20 years of professional teaching and playing experience. Michael’s passion is providing tuition to eager drum enthusiasts. http://www.mikegriffiths.com.au

 

 

 

Eligibility:

  • Years 2 and above

Days:

  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday

Michael Griffiths MUSIC TUITION APPLICATION FORM

INSTRUMENT HIRE APPLICATION FORM

 

Jonathan Dollin – Flute, Saxophone & Clarinet

Jonathan has a Bachelor of Music Performance and graduated in 2005 at Wesley Institute. He is currently studying a Masters of Teaching at UNE. Jonathan has over 15 years of teaching and performance experience in flute, saxophone and clarinet. He has performed in various big band groups, Jazz gigs, and musical theatre ensembles in Sydney for over 20 years. He has had the privilege of directing training bands, concert bands and Jazz bands in the North Shore, Sydney area and Macarthur region. His bands have competed and have been awarded gold in The UNSW band championships, Yamaha band festival and Hornsby North band festival and the Sydney Eisteddfod.

Jonathan strives to provide a comprehensive music education to students of various skills, needs and abilities. He is a passionate teacher, and has the privilege of preparing students for AMEB exams, Trinity examinations, and school assessments such as HSC elective music. Jonathan enjoys an individual- needs based approach to teaching, and makes learning fun and motivational. Jonathan welcomes students of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels.

Eligibility:
  • Years 3 and above
Days:
  • Friday

JONATHAN DOLLIN Music Tuition APPLICATION FORM

INSTRUMENT HIRE APPLICATION FORM

 

Stephanie Dwyer – Piano

Stephanie has played the piano since the age of 5 and holds a Bachelor of Music with 1st Class Honours from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Sydney University) in Piano Performance. Stephanie was one of five pianists nationally accepted to the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne and has performed as a soloist with a number of orchestras. Her music career has taken her around Australia, New Zealand, Austria, Germany, and England. She has enjoyed teaching piano since the 1990s, both privately and in school environments. She teaches all levels from new beginners through to senior students striving for their diploma exams or HSC performance goals. Stephanie has a son attending Year 1 at Wollondilly Anglican College in 2021 and a young daughter keen to start Transition in 2022. She is very much looking forward to joining the instrumental teaching program at the College.

Eligibility:

  • All ages

Days:

  • Tuesday

Stephanie Dwyer music tuition APPLICATION FORM

INSTRUMENT HIRE APPLICATION FORM

 

Catherine Barnett – Cello

Catherine Barnett studied Violoncello externally at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne with Miriam Morris while obtaining a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) at La Trobe University.

In the past, Catherine was a member of the Melbourne Youth Orchestra, Chamber Strings of Melbourne and SBS Radio and Television Youth Orchestra in Sydney.

Catherine gained the Associate Diploma in Violoncello Performance from Trinity College, London in 2000 and the Licentiate Diploma in Violoncello Performance from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London in 2001.

Catherine has been a freelance performer with Steel City Strings and WIN Wollongong Symphony Orchestra. She has been performing with the Macarthur String Quartet since 2002, The Highlands Music Collective since 2019 and Clear Strings since 2020. Currently, she plays with the Southern Highlands Symphony Orchestra and in 2017 she was fortunate to perform the Saint-Saens ‘cello concerto in A minor and the Haydn ‘Cello Concerto in C in 2018.

Catherine has taught Cello to students in the Southern Highlands region for 19 years.

Eligibility:

  • Years 2 and above

Days:

  • Thursday

INSTRUMENT HIRE APPLICATION FORM

 

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