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About us


who we are


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.


Sharing our skills

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!


Our classes

There is no "one size fits all" with our team. Each student brings a different set of skills and potentials (and dare I say it, challenges!) but 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.

Meet the team

DR Cherie Watters-Cowan


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.

Dr Peter Watters-Cowan


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.

MRS Diana KingslanD


 Diana completed her Bachelor of Music at Newcastle University in 2010. Her teachers were Gian-Franco Ricci and Colin Spiers.

Diana has been teaching piano since her graduation and teaches for pleasure or exams and over a wide variety of ages. Diana is an experienced accompanist for examinations and auditions.

Miss Laura Mckay


Laura graduated with a Bachelor of Music from Newcastle University in 2015, having been taught by Gian-Franco Ricci. Laura completed her Master of Teaching in 2017. Laura teaches violin and is experienced with HSC Music courses which she currently teaches. 

Laura provides accompaniment for her students as well as aural development skills.

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We teach: piano, violin, keyboard, theory, musicianship, HSC courses, anaylsis, 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.

Performance Opportunities

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.

Our facilities

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.