School music (incl HSC)

Styles Any style incl: jazz, metal, rock, pop, funk, weird, classical, other
Skill Level Any complexity
Pricing $35/$70 for lessons. $80 per call for accompaniment (or agreed upon quote).

HSC music education:

My wife (high school music teacher) and I (professional musician/teacher) have been helping HSC students for many years now and have a very high success rating with many/most students achieving band 5 or band 6 for their final mark.

I am familiar with the current syllabus and have a very good idea of what the HSC examiners are looking for.

HSC Music accompaniment:

I have 20 years experience accompanying HSC students (on bass guitar) and can have many contacts for experienced musicians who do similar work.

I am able to provide quality advice during the rehearsal process where needed.


I also provide extra tuition for all other school grades.

My teaching practice:

Quality and affordable expert direction for you or your child's musical education. I offer inspiring lessons with a vast amount of musical knowledge and experience in various genres to draw from, always tailored to suit you and your needs/wants. My lessons are fun and engaging while remaining appropriate and formal. Strong focus is made on student technique and musical understandings. I encourage versatility and provide a strong technical and musical foundation for you or your child to launch from in whichever field of study you want. Lessons with me are only part of a musical education as positive reinforcement, encouragement and exposure to music at home and in your environment are also keys to success.

My Studio:

My studio is a clean, safe and welcoming environment. I provide access to a vast amount of listen-able music, educational text books and audio-visual material as well as recording equipment. If desired, students are able to record their own CD's for reflection and/or keepsake. (What a good Christmas present for the grandparents!)

Students are encouraged to perform at end of term concerts for invited friends and families and their fellow student peers.

Studio Policies:

I offer a four week trial period after which lessons are payable a term in advance. Missed lessons without 24 hours notice are typically not caught up (unless special circumstances) however, given notice, I will do my best to catch up missed lessons at a time that best suits both of us.

About me:

  • Currently lecturing and tutoring composition and music technology at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

  • 20+ years teaching experience (Bass guitar, Classical/Electric Guitar, Piano, Composition and Musicianship/Music Theory, Band Conducting).

  • 20+ years experience as a professional musician.

  • Completed PhD in Music Composition at Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

  • 18+ years experience as a composer.

  • Awarded Master of Music Composition as well as 1st class honours and a distinction average in Bachelor of Music Composition degree at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

  • Numerous distinctions in AMEB exams with a final AmusA diploma on Piano, 7th Grade Musicianship, 6th Grade Classical Guitar.

  • Winner of the Alan Zavod Jazz/Classical fusion award in 2008.

  • Have performed at multiple international jazz festivals in Europe and New York on Bass Guitar and Piano as well as numerous festivals in Australia.

  • I have a strong passion for music in its inception, education, performance and composition.

  • Advanced rhythmic studies are part of my main focus in my own personal development in music. Pushing rhythmic boundaries and practising complex rhythms has become second nature to me.

  • I design my own computer software (including compositional, performance based and educational programs).

  • 25 years experience recording sounds.

  • I am dedicated to my students and to my profession as an educator and musician.

  • I am always seeking to learn more.

I live with my wonderful wife Alex and our two daughters and a cat in our beautiful bush setting home in Hornsby. This is where we both teach from. Alex teaches flute (beginner to AmusA level) and is a full time music teacher at Asquith Girls High School.

Thanks for reading and I look forward to your call or email.

You can find a sample of some of my personal music explorations on this website:

Hornsby, NSW
0400 194 011

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Details last updated on December 8, 2020