The College provides many opportunities for students to discover their musical talents through experiences in a variety of genres. All students from Prep to Year 2 are involved in the Junior Choir. The Music Immersion Program provides students with the opportunity to learn a string instrument in Years 3-4 and a brass or woodwind instrument in Years 5-6.
Private music tuition is available at the College and our highly skilled music teachers offer the following instruments for tuition:
|Voice (modern and classical styles)
Piano (modern and classical styles)
Theory of Music
|Drums and Percussion
Students can also sit the A.M.E.B (Australian Music Examinations Board) examinations. Credit points for the Queensland Certificate of Education can be achieved from Grades Four and upwards.
It is exciting to see so many students developing their talents through dedicated practise and performance opportunities in front of the College community.
Our private tuition music teachers are:
Piano - Mrs Debbie Hinton
Mrs Debbie Hinton heads the external music program. Mrs Debbie Hinton has been a professional teacher of piano, keyboard and Theory of music since 1979. She holds an Associate Teaching diploma (Music) from Trinity College of London and is a professional member of the Music Teacher's Association. Debbie offers tuition in piano from Prep to Diploma level in either Classical or Modern syllabus and tuition in the Theory of Music - all grades.
Guitar - Mr Russel Hinton
Russell Hinton has been performing live music and teaching guitar for over 40 years. He has toured Australia with well known Australian band "Bullamakanka" and has performed for Queen Elizabeth at the opening of the Stockman's Hall of Fame. Russell has been a member of several other well known bands and still performs live to this day. He is much in demand as a studio musician and runs his own successful recording studio. As a professional musician, he is able to impart to his students the technical side of music as well as the live performance elements.
Drums - Mr Terry Gascoigne
Mr Terry Gascoigne is a professional musician with over 30 years experience touring, recording and teaching drums. Before moving to the Gold Coast Terry was a studio musician in Sydney and has worked with many well known Australian and International artists.
Wind - Ms Amelia Swift
Amelia graduated from Gold Coast’s Emmanuel College and went on to be accepted into the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, where she studied under clarinettists of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Amelia was accepted as a clarinettist at the university and went on to further her studies of saxophone and flute in her time there also. Her most enjoyable music experiences have been playing in musical theatre and in ensemble settings at the university.
Violin - Mr Paul Robinson
Mr Paul Robinson has been a violin, fiddle & 'cello teacher for over 30 years and has won a Golden Fiddle Award in Tamworth for the best fiddle teacher in Australia. He plays in several bands including the Leaping Lizards Bush band and the Round Mountain Girls. All of Mr Robinson’s students that enrolled for an Australian Music Examiners Board exam last year received an “A” accreditation. He also conducts the school String Ensemble which will soon become the school orchestra.
Vocals - Mrs Ann Sparks
Ann Sparks, A.Mus.A., Dip. Mus., Grad. Dip Mus., Estill Master Teacher, Estill Certified Course Instructor. Ann has been teaching singing for 30 years, and has also performed in many Operas, Oratorios, and Musical Theatre productions. Ann teaches every style of singing: Classical, Pop, Theatre Music, and Jazz, using the Estill Method, and enjoys preparing students for exams and for other performances.