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 Isaac de Heer - Guitar and Percussion

Isaac first got the idea to play music on the tennis rackets in the backyard using a skipping rope for a lead. Since this beginning he has worked professionally in the music industry for over 10 years, playing alongside acts such as The Temper Trap, Luke Steele, Josh Pyke as well as touring in the UK, USA and South America and learning instruments on the way. Being involved in the composition and production of many releases so far has also seen Isaac’s music used in film, TV and radio.

Isaac holds a Bachelor of Education (primary) and has facilitated music programs at special schools in Melbourne, Brisbane and Ballina.  He is currently studying a Masters of Music Therapy and is excited to share his musical ideas and be back in the area with his wife and baby daughter.

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 Kate Gittins - Saxophone, clarinet, flute and recorder

In 1990 Kate Gittins received a B.A. Hons 1st class degree in Creative Arts from Nottingham University. She was awarded the Harold Bebington prize for outstanding achievement in music. She went on to further study Clarinet and Saxophone at the Conservatoire de Tarbes in France.

Kate has been involved in music education for 25 years and has taught in Primary, Secondary and Adult Education. Kate has perfomed in many ensembles, bands, orchestras and theatre companies overseas. She has had a special interest in contemporary music, jazz and music theatre genres.

Since moving to Australia in 2002 Kate has been involved with many bands and ensembles, among them, folk band - Tane, School Spectaculars and the Southern Cross Uni, Lismore Conservatorium and Northern Rivers Big Bands.
Kate has been running the Bangalow school band for 8 years and is a member of staff at the Northern Rivers Conservatorium of music in Lismore.

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