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Co-curricular

Music Tuition

Students at Emmanuel Anglican College have access to private lessons with qualified music professionals during College hours as part of the College’s Private Music Tutor program. The College offers a private instrumental and vocal tuition program to promote students musical education in both academic curricular and extra-curricular music as well as to provide an opportunity for beginners to enjoy music.

The College has a team of specialist tutors who teach music on a one to one basis. Wherever possible, music tutorials are scheduled to work with the student’s classroom timetable and will be delivered on a rotational basis to avoid disruption to classroom programs.

Tuition Available

Students at Emmanuel Anglican College have the opportunity to learn the following:

  • Trumpet
  • Flute
  • Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Drums
  • Song Writing
  • Guitar
  • Percussion
  • Bass Guitar
  • Singing
  • Piano
  • Clarinet
  • Ukelele
  • Mandolin

The services provided by the individual tutors include:

  • Music and/or vocal tutorials to individual students and small groups;
  • Preparation of students for solo and group performances for enjoyment and academic Assessment

The Enrolment Process

If you would like your child to undertake private music lessons at Emmanuel Anglican College, please read the Terms and Conditions and complete and return the Application Form to the College Office. When your enrolment form is handed in, it is recorded by the College office staff and then sent to the College’s Music Teacher, Mr Justin Cleverley, who will allocate a tutor to your child. This process takes approximately one week. Once allocated the music tutor will contact you and your child to advise the date and time of the first lesson.

Private Music Tutoring

If you have any questions, please contact Mr Justin Cleverley on jcleverley@eac.nsw.edu.au.

Music Tutors

Ms Zoe Lindsey - Voice

Zoe Lindsey is an experienced and passionate vocal coach, songwriter, composer and performer. She has been teaching voice for the past five years and has taught both privately and in workshop setting along the East Coast of Australia and in Indonesia.

Zoe studied a Bachelor in Jazz Performance at Jazz Music Institute, Brisbane. This gifted her a thorough understanding of music theory, improvisation, musicality and composition. In 2015 Zoe went on to understand the science behind the voice by studying her Post Graduate Certificate with world renowned Irene Bartlett at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. Here she learned about the voice from a physiological perspective, allowing her to better assist herself and her students in creating and maintaining a healthy voice.

You can find Zoe under her alias Ladi Abundance performing along the East Coast Festival Circuit where she engages audiences with her electronic music production and live vocal looping skills.

Mr Alfredo Lopes - Woodwind

Alfredo is a Teacher/Composer/Musician who has been involved in the music industry for 28 years, graduating in 1994 from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with an Associate Diploma of Jazz Studies and 2012 with a Bachelor of Contemporary Music with Honours from Southern Cross University, Lismore. He is working on a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Music Composition at Queensland Conservatorium of Music, studying with jazz composer and educator, Dr Stephen Newcomb.

Alfredo says his vision is to inspire students to reach their potential in a fun, innovative and disciplined manner. He naturally builds rapport, finding ways of introducing students to the appreciation of great composers and performers throughout history, allowing them to listen to all music in the hope of creating new music, their music.

Miss Aleesia Weaver - Piano

Aleesia has studied piano from an early age with Narelle L’Estrange and completed her Grade 8 AMEB exams in 2011.

She has been teaching piano since high school and has experience with students of all ages, and has also taught children with learning disabilities.

She has performed as part of the band for numerous productions with the Ballina Players Theatre and worked for local school holiday drama and music workshops.

She has experience accompanying HSC performances, and has won performance awards at local eisteddfods.

She is excited to work with children in developing skills for a life-long love of music and in particular an enjoyment of playing the piano.

Ms Sonya Lopes - Trombone and Trumpet

Sonya Lopes began learning the trombone at age 9.  She then went on to study classical trombone at the Conservatorium of Music in Sydney.  She won a scholarship at the Pan Pacific International Music Camp in 1997 and travelled at age 19 to Brazil to perform with an orchestra at the Annual Winter Music Festival.  Two years later, Sonya was the principal trombonist with the SBS Youth Orchestra and toured Finland, Estonia and Russia.

On completing her degree, she found a full-time trombone position with the Royal Australian Navy Band in Sydney and began professional work as a musician.  She has travelled the world extensively during her seven years with the Navy and has also toured California with a music trio raising money for an African Children's Home called “Eagles Wings”.  Sonya now enjoys teaching music in the Northern Rivers and in particular her work with primary school and high school bands.  She has also been conductor of the Lismore Symphony Orchestra.

Sonya has her AMUS on trombone, and 5th grade AMEB on trumpet.  She studied conducting at the Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, and completed Jerry Novak's Summer School Conducting Course.

She enjoys working with children to see them develop to their full potential as young musicians.

Mr Matt Wiltshire - Drums

Matthew graduated from EAC in 2016, achieving 94% in HSC Music (majoring in 4 drum performances), making it onto the Board of Studies list of Distinguished Achievers. He was also a member of the EAC Chapel Band and was the EAC Concert Band Captain and percussion Section Leader in 2016. MJ has been drumming since he was 14 years old, under the tuition of Brad Dymock. His experience as a drummer has led him to drumming in two Ballina Riverside Carols
events, drumming in the North Coast Youth Alive band (extending to Coffs Harbour) in Leaders Impact Day, Groundswell and United We Stand events, and being a regular drummer in the worship team at Life Church Ballina. Matthew also has an interest in song writing, musical directing, audio engineering and producing. MJ's experience in working with children extends to that of a Swimming Teacher with private lessons, small group lessons, squad training and the NSW Dept. of Education School Swimming Scheme. He loves to work with students in exciting, engaging sessions which includes learning, developing new skills and having fun.

Mr Fred Yarad - Guitar, Bass Guitar, mandolin, Ukulele, Music Theory and Jazz Harmony

My name is Fred Yarad and I have been playing all manner of stringed instruments for the better part of forty years, starting at age nine after pestering my father for an acoustic guitar for six months. After finishing my Bachelor of Arts, I played professionally until my thirties when a combination of road weariness and the need to find work that paid better led me to look at different options. During the following years I began teaching guitar and music theory and in 2008 I completed a Graduate Diploma in Education.

Over the years I have thought a lot about the best ways to engender and maintain interest among students, particularly beginners, in order to get them over the initial 'hump' when your fingers hurt and the sounds coming from the instrument don't seem to resemble your favourite players. In doing so I have compiled a great deal of resources to help in this task.

I teach guitar, bass, mandolin and ukulele and look forward to meeting new students and introducing them to the joys of music.

Ms Sangeeta Lee Jones - Vocals and Piano

Sangeeta Lee Jones has taught piano, singing, and songwriting for 16 years. She has been a vocal, piano, songwriting, band ensemble, and stage craft lecturer at the Northern Rivers Conservatorium and vocal lecturer at the South Thames College in London.

Sangeeta has vast performance and recording experience, playing her original compositions with her band throughout Australia, Greece and the UK. This included a residency at the Edinburgh Fringe festival and opening for Tim Minchin on the Gala opening night.

Her strong performances and wholistic vocal teaching style caught the eye of the English National Opera. Sangeeta became the presenter and vocal teacher for the ENO phone app, helping to bring the Opera genre to new audiences.

Sangeeta has a great skill for finding and bringing out her student’s inner talent.  Here is a reference from one of her current students whom Sangeeta has been teaching for the past 2 years.

“I can't be happier to have found Sangeeta. Every week I look forward to her lessons, which are fun, dynamic and warm-hearted. Sangeeta has an amazing technical knowledge but she is also equally intuitive and sensitive.

What started as vocal training naturally extended to piano and songwriting. Sangeeta made me feel safe and taken care of, which encouraged me to explore music territories that I never thought myself capable of.”

Ms Angeline Polidano - Guitar and Voice

Angie’s passion for music began when she picked up the guitar at age 11.  After completing an Advanced Diploma of Music at NMIT, she furthered her studies at Berkeley College of Music in the USA.

Angie offers tailored lessons in guitar, voice, songwriting coaching and music theory. She is passionate about music education and artist development and aims to help students to achieve their goals.

Angie works as a performing artist, music tutor, singer songwriter and session musician.

View Angie’s works under her project name, Angie Hudson.