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

Mr Brad Dymock - Drums

Brad has played in bands since age 12 and has become extremely passionate about the art of drumming, making original music and taking students on a journey - developing their own skill sets and creativity.

Brad has played many roles in the music industry. Performing and Recording drums for original bands such as Postcards Kaleido, Candice Casagrande, Isaac de Heer, CBD Dub Project, Hearts, Lou Van Stone, Rise Youth, and FNC Youth Alive Band. He also plays the role of Session Drummer, Musical Accompaniment, Musical Director, Audio Engineer, Producer and DJ [Stripes].

Brad completed a Bachelor of Contemporary Music Performance. He has been tutoring for 15 years, developing a unique style that is fun, creative, strong in the foundations and adapted to the individual. Students are coached toward musical goals as they develop technique, rudiments, rhythm, reading, listening, musicality, improvisation, composition, timing and ensemble skills. They’ll be exploring diverse genres including rock, jazz, funk, blues, latin, reggae, world, hiphop, and the ever emerging modern electronic styles such as trap and future bass.

Brad has taken many students through the HSC Music course. In the last 7 years, 13 of his drum students have scored in the 90’s, with 4 encore nominations and one of his drum students placing 2nd in the State with a score of 99.

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.

Mrs Narelle L’Estrange - Piano

Narelle L’Estrange has been teaching piano at Emmanuel for the past 8 years. She is a qualified and experienced tutor having gained a Bachelor of Music degree from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Narelle enjoys many different styles of music and has performed at various venues around Australia and Overseas. She enjoys working with young people and places an emphasis on enjoying music whilst improving performance and an appreciation for music.

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.

Mr Chris Mallory - Guitar and Songwriting

Chris has been performing as a professional musician for over a decade and has shared the stage with noted Australian icons Jimmy Barnes and Clare Bowditch.

In 2014 Chris won two NCEIA Dolphin Awards for music collaborations with his wife in their duo “Two Lions”.

Chris has completed a Bachelor of Popular Music and is passionate about sharing his love for creating music on guitar to the next generation.

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.

Mr Jimi Dobbs - Guitar

Jimi has been teaching guitar for the past 17 years. He graduated from the Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Guitar.

Jimi has played and been a session guitarist all over the world and played festivals such as Australia's own Byron Bay Blues festival and with the likes of guitar legend Phil Emmanuel.

He loves working with young people and teaching them guitar of all styles and genres (Acoustic/Electric) and is dedicated to encouraging their involvement in having fun, playing, performing and loving the magic of MUSIC.