Instrumental tutors

Flute     Mr Bernhard Barz,


BMus., LMusA – Bernie has over 20 years of flute teaching experience and has taught students from year one to year twelve. If you are wanting to learn for pleasure or are wanting to prepare for an AMEB exam, then Bernie can cater to your needs. So, learn how to play the flute and open up a whole new musical world.

Piano     Mrs Jan Veal


Jan has taught Piano and Theory of Music to University level for many years in W.A.  She is a Council member for the W.A. Music Teachers Assoc and attends conferences and workshops to keep up with the new trends for Electronic devices (Apps) and all the new music being composed in Australia.

Jan loves teaching pupils so that they can enjoy the skills they develop to play all types of music and prepare serious students for University entrance auditions. Jan believes when students start piano, it is a journey and it is exciting to watch them grow to love their music.

Voice     Miss Laura Igglesden

Laura graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts with a Performance degree majoring in Jazz (Voice).

She regularly performs with the West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra, a cappella group Darling and contemporary choral group Voyces, as well as her own Jazz and Contemporary combinations. Having performed at venues and festivals across Australia and internationally, including the Perth International Arts Festival, Perth International Jazz festival, Festival of Voyces (Hobart), Choralfest (Brisbane), His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth Concert Hall, The Quarry Amphitheatre and the Ellington Jazz Club.

Her earlier experience in Music Theatre and Choral Singing provide a wealth of knowledge when teaching voice and conducting the choir at Helena College. Laura strives to get the best sound out of all of her students, encouraging their interests in music through creativity and enhancing their skills through ear training and vocal technique.

Guitar – Classical     Mrs Jane Darcey


Jane has been playing the classical guitar since 1969 and teaching since 1974. She was the first guitarist to achieve a Bachelor of Music in Performance on the guitar at UWA, completing her degree with Honours in 1981. She was also the first guitar teacher to teach the Suzuki method in WA.  In addition, Jane is fully trained at the Alexander Technique Teacher, having graduated from the Sydney Alexander Teachers training School in 1988.

Jane has produced two CDs; ‘Rivers of Light – Rhythms of Fire’ –  traditional classical guitar repertoire from Bach to Brouwer, and ‘Bluff Knoll and other Australian Landscapes’-  her own compositions.

Jane teaches classical and Suzuki guitar at Hale School, Carey Baptist College and Helena College. She has been a member of the Classical Guitar Society Orchestra for fifteen years and is currently the conductor of the Orchestra. Jane’s guitar ensembles have performed in the WA Classical Guitar Ensemble Festival run by the School of Instrumental Music and the Classical Guitar Society since its inception. She has performed both as a soloist and with other classical musicians (flute, guitar, cello, violin, viola …) in Perth, Sydney, Adelaide and throughout the South-West.

Guitar – Contemporary  
/ Bass/ Electric Guitar     Mr Chris Travaglini

Mr Travaglini has been learning guitar since the age of eight and is an accomplished musician on guitar, saxophone, drums, bass guitar and piano. He has toured with the likes of, among others; Dami Im, Human Nature, Guy Sebastian, Paulinie and Daryl Braithwaite, as well as performing around Perth and also working as a sound engineer.

Mr Travaglini loves to share music with others; through education, performance and production. He is comfortable performing and teaching all contemporary genres, such as Rock, Pop, Jazz, Country, Hip Hop and Electronic. He has tutored privately for the last 15 years.

Trumpet   Mr Blake Houlahan

Blake Houlahan began studying the trumpet at the age of 10 through the IMSS (then SIM) programme. After earning a place in the Churchlands SHS specialist music programme he went on to study trumpet with Adam Hawksworth, and then to study a Bachelor of Music under Brent Grapes at the WA Academy of Performing Arts. During this time, Blake also studied conducting under Jessica Gethin and has since been involved in the WASO Emerging Conductor Programme. Blake performs with the Western Australian Youth Orchestra among other chamber and wind ensembles.

Piano     Mr Kiran Podmore

Kiran is a hardworking musician and a passionate teacher.

Educated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2014 with a Bachelor of Music majoring in Jazz Performance, Kiran actively performs in the Perth music scene playing the piano/keyboard, saxophone, and singing in multiple bands and ensembles. He composes and arranges music regularly and has worked with and written music for musical theatre shows, jazz big bands, string quartets, and corporate cover bands, to name a few.

Kiran has taught the piano and a wide variety of music principles to students from all year levels across multiple schools. With over twenty years of experience in the field of music, Kiran uses his knowledge as a musician and teacher to cater to the individual needs, interests, and directions of each student. Kiran’s lessons focus on student/lesson autonomy, with each student being allowed the opportunity to create their musical journey through choosing musical material that they wish to learn.

Saxophone/ Clarinet    Ms Monique Johnson

Monique began her saxophone studies in secondary school where she was classically trained. She went on to study classical music at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. It was during this time that Monique discovered her passion for jazz and completed her Bachelor of Music, specialising in Jazz. Here she participated in various ensembles and big bands. It was also at this point Monique doubled in clarinet.

Monique’s lessons are centred around encouraging the freedom of musical expression. Monique caters to each students needs, focusing on their interests and inspiring creativity. She provides a fun, friendly environment and loves seeing her students grow and achieve their musical goals

Violin     Bill Napier
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