Music Synergy is a small dedicated group of qualified Newcastle Music teachers, all passionate about providing individualised and professional music tuition. Drawing on traditional Conservatorium training and informed by current education research, our piano and violin teachers provide the opportunity for students to explore their musical creativity.
All our teachers have current Working With Children Check numbers.
The studio is a registered Creative Kids provider and a NSW Covid-19 safe business.
Each member of the team bring special qualities to the studio. Some teachers have educational backgrounds which support different learning needs. Other have special interest in the differences of female/male learning styles and the differences of learning when the student is very young or perhaps have the benefit of some years of wisdom!
There is no "one size fits all" with our team. Each student brings a different set of skills and potentials and that's where our studio stands apart.
One aspect is true for each student: technique and reading skills provide the basis for any work. We aim to make each student an independent learner who can read, appreciate and interpret a variety of music.
Cherie undertook her Bachelor of Music Education and DSCM at Newcastle Conservatorium, studying with Patricia Williams, Michael Dudman, Harold Lobb and Nigel Butterley. Her Master of Music and Doctor of Philosophy were undertaken at UNSW. Cherie has a special interest in piano pedagogy, Australian music and music of other cultures. Cherie teaches a wide range of piano syllabuses and piano for leisure.
Peter studied violin with Errol Collins at Newcastle Conservatorium where he graduated with Bachelor of Music Education and Diploma of Music Education. Both his Masters of Music and Doctor of Philosophy degrees were conferred by UNSW. Peter's interests include violin performance issues, analysis and Australian music.
Hanna completed her Bachelor of Music at the University of Newcastle (Conservatorium) in 2019. She studied performance in piano and composition as her main focus.
Hanna's interests include film and orchestral music. Hanna also studies the violin.
The studio welcomed Hanna as a teacher in 2020. Hanna is continuing study at the University of Sydney in Arts.
We teach: piano, violin, keyboard, theory, musicianship, HSC courses, analysis, composition.
Syllabuses included are: AMEB, AMEB Piano for Leisure, Trinity College of London, ABRSM and others upon request.
Audition, eisteddfod and competition preparation is also coached.
2021 will also see the inclusion of a student teacher who is available for supervised practice or piano lessons for beginning students. As the service is provided by a student teacher, the fees will reflect this. The student teacher will be directed by a qualified teacher.
Performance is an important part of music making. The studio has one concert per year and students are encouraged to participate. It is of course not obligatory, but it makes for a fun celebration of achievement. Due to Covid, concerts are temporarily suspended. Students can have their work recorded and then shared with family and friends.
The studio is air conditioned and has 1 grand Kawai piano and two upright Yamaha pianos. There are two teaching rooms, a waiting area and bathroom facilities. The studio is easy access with no steps. The studio has all appropriate insurances.