Instrumental tutors

Flute     Mr Bernhard Barz,

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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

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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.

Percussion     Mr Aaron Logan

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Aaron Logan studied Percussion throughout High School at Eastern Hills Senior High School. He realised that Music was a passion early on in his studies, and decided to further his Education. He then went on to study a Bachelor of Music at the Western Academy of Performing Arts. His main goals in lessons is to make it a fun learning environment, whilst teaching the students about all aspects of percussion.

Guitar – Classical     Mrs Jane Darcey

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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    Jon Matthews

Mr Jon Matthews has completed an Advanced Diploma of Contemporary Music at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Mr Matthews has worked as a guitar instructor at Cliff Lynton’s Guitar Institute for 6 years whilst performing with Perth’s leading Jazz, Blues and Soul artists.

He also tutors guitar at John Walliston Anglican College and Quinns Baptist College. He is very passionate about music instruction and loves to pass on his love and enthusiasm of music to the younger generation.  Mr Matthews is also a singer/ songwriter and is a professional musician, working around the Perth area.

Electric / Acoustic / Bass Guitar     Jamie Searle

James Searle was born in Salisbury, UK and took his music degree in Bath. After graduating with a BA (Hons) Mus in 1996, travel in Africa led James to an interest in world music with a particular strong interest in African music.

James is a busy musician and guitar teacher in Perth, and has worked with and led many bands as both bass player and guitarist.

In 2002- 2003 James worked as a volunteer music teacher at Bagamoyo Arts College in Tanzania, East Africa’s only arts campus. On returning to Western Australia Jamie commenced working as a musician and educator.

Jamie has a strong interest in Congolese and Brazilian guitar music as well as Caribbean music, particularly reggae and other Jamaican styles. Long term collaboration with Western Australian based Seychellois singer/songwriter Grace Barbe has led to an exploration of Indian Ocean rhythms and styles. Jamie has produced two acclaimed albums with Grace Barbe and has led her band on numerous tours and performances including Byron Bay Bluesfest, WOMADelaide, WOMAD NZ and SAKIFO in La Reunion. The band won the WAM award for Best World Act for five consecutive years, as well as two WAM Song of the Year awards under Jamie’s musical direction. Jamie also leads reggae band Crucial Rockers and Congolese rumba group Soukouss Internationale.

Equally proficient on both bass and guitar, James has also been a member of Adrian Dzvuke, Odette Mercy and her Soul Atomics, the Funk Club House Band, the Johnny Nandez Hammond Expolosion, Saritah, the Askari Afrobeat Orchestra, Muchos Mariachi and Raggabeats, amongst many others.

Piano     Mr Kiran Podmore

Kiran is a hardworking musician and a passionate teacher.

Eduated 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     Monique Johnson
Violin     Bill Napier
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