Balgowlah Heights Public School Band Program

Instrument Tutors at BHPS 

 

 

Engaging a tutor for your child is not the band program's responsibility. However for the convenience of BHPS parents there are several tutors who work on the school premises outside school hours.  These tutors are not only specialised in their particular instrument but their ability to teach and communicate knowledge and technique has been substantiated. They are also familiar with, and prepared to teach, what is required for the BHPS band program. 

It is advisable that the person engaging the tutor (ie parent/carer) checks that the tutor has a valid Working With Children Check. These can be checked online -  www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/parentscheckthecheck .  

Refer to the list attached below.

Engaging an experienced tutor will give your child a great start

Ensure your tutor is experienced as it is vitally important that the children learn good habits from their first lesson. While the teenager next door or older sibling might be convenient and less expensive, they could be teaching your child habits that hamper their learning and are hard to undo.

The importance of good music tuition

It is most important that correct habits are formed from the moment your child starts to play their instrument. Embouchure (mouth formation), tongue placement, breathing and blowing techniques vary for each instrument. If they are not taught correctly from the start, it may be difficult for your child to master the instrument. 

Merit-based Band Program
The BHPS Band Program is based on merit. This means that if your child is not receiving quality tuition, problems may develop which will become apparent during the assessment process and progression through the various band levels may be slowed.

Tutors who are not on this list

If you are considering engaging a tutor who is not on this list, we recommend you ask them about their qualification to teach your child’s instrument.  In seeking this musical advice, please feel free to consult Mr Ray Hampton, Director of Bands and Concert and Junior Band Conductor on bhpsconcertband@optusnet.com.au.

If you are unable to find a suitable time with one of the tutors at school, please

contact – bhpsconcertband@optusnet.com.au

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*Note:  Junior Band 2019 rehearsals will be Wednesday day lunchtime and Thursday 3.05pm - 3.50pm

Flute

Thursday (see note above)

Michael Garlick  michaelg60@optusnet.com.au

0410 404 164

Trombone

Monday

Nick Loye   nicholas.loye@gmail.com

0452 340 495

Trombone/Euphonium/Baritone/Tuba

Thursday

Penny Widmer    penwidmer@gmail.com

0422 079 915 

Trumpet

Tuesday & Thursday (see note above in red)

Nathan Milliner   natmilliner22@gmail.com

0416 187 155

French Horn (off site - teaches at Manly West Public School after school)

Lyndal Perry    theperrygirls@optusnet.com.au

0423 910 927

Clarinet/Saxophone 

Monday, Wednesday

Adrian Tuero  ajtuero@gmail.com

Clarinet/Saxophone (Group lessons)

Tuesday 

Ray Hampton  rnr108@yahoo.com.au

0430 155 722

Oboe/Saxophone

Every afternoon from her studio across the road from school

Emma Clain   emma_27_@hotmail.com

0403 941 351

Alto/Tenor Saxophone

Wednesday (possibly Thursday as well)

Kieran Tart   kierantart@gmail.com

0417 381 118

Percussion

Wednesday & Friday

Patricia Borrell  patriciagborrell@gmail.com

0409 496 373

Bass Guitar/Double Bass -  tutor is not at BHPS

Jason Smith - Works at home in Manly

0411239531 or jason_smith154@hotmail.com.