Meet the teachers.....
Peter originally studied drums in Western Australia and has been an integral part of the team at the Academy of Music since it opened 20+ years ago. A talented teacher and performer who cleverly adapts to playing all music genres and enjoys sharing his many skills with students of all ages. Peter's versatility makes him a much sort after drummer for a variety of local & interstate bands.
Dianne studied Classical Piano and Music Theory with the Australian Music Examinations Board (A.M.E.B) and had been teaching piano privately to students of various ages for a number of years prior to joining the team at the Academy. Growing up in a musical family strengthened Di's love of music and she enjoys sharing her talents with the students.
Brock has a wealth of experience teaching music, actively playing in bands and is competent in guitar, piano, vocals, music theory and drums. He is passionate about using his formal A.M.E.B (Australian Music Examinations Board), Tafe qualifications and vast industry experience to develop the skills of students of all ages and musical interests. He has also written a variety of music for various well known artists and is currently working on his own album.
Penny has studied piano, clarinet and music theory and completed various AMEB (Australian Music Examinations Board) accreditations. She is also a member of the Mid North Coast Youth Orchestra and has a passion for musical theatre having perfromed in a number of local productions including Beauty and the Beast and Matilda. Penny enthusiastically shares her knowledge with students at the Academy.
Sarah is a talented pianist who has studied piano at Port Macquarie Academy of Music and completed both practical and theory exams through A.N.Z.C.A. (Australia and New Zealand Cultural Arts Ltd) She enjoys working with our younger students and introducing them to music whilst sharing her passion for the piano.
Natasha has studied Piano & Music theory with the Australian Music Examinations Board (A.M.E.B) and has added Violin to her musical skills. She joins the Academy of Music with experience as an accompanist and ensemble performer and looks forward to working with our young piano and keyboard beginners.
Brad has been playing guitar in bands and teaching for 25+ years. He enjoys all guitar styles from hard rock and metal to blues and country. Writing and recording music is also a passion along with playing drums, bass and piano. In addition to sharing his knowledge with students at the Academy of Music, Brad teaches for Don Spencer's
Australian Children's Music Foundation which offers music tuition in disadvantaged schools.
Zed joins us from the UK where he delivered specialist hand drumming courses in a variety of settings including schools, corporate and family groups. He has a particular interest in working with children with Autism or who struggle academically. Drumming gives them the opportunity to de-stress and excell at something they really enjoy. Zed specialises in Djembe and a variety of hand drums and brings another dimension to our already popular drum kit tuition program.
Kelly has studied AMEB Piano and music theory whilst also a student of singing teacher, Rose Wilson at St. Columba College Port Macquarie. She has performed in numerous musical productions and with the SCAS Choir at Carnegie Hall, New York. She is currently undertaking a teaching degree at Charles Sturt University and sharing her knowledge and experience working with our young singers at the Academy.