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 - .  

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

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


*Note:  Junior Band 2020 rehearsals will be Wednesday day lunchtime and Thursday 3.05pm - 3.50pm


Thursday (see note above)

Michael Garlick

0410 404 164


Another teacher TBD



Jacob Gross



Tuesday & Thursday 

Nathan Milliner

0416 187 155

French Horn/Baritone/Euphonium (off site - teaches at Manly West Public School and Allambie Heights after school)

Lyndal Perry

0423 910 927

Alto Saxophone/Tenor Saxophone


Kieran Tart

0417 381 118

Clarinet/Saxophone (Group and Private lessons)


Ray Hampton

0430 155 722

Oboe and Alto Saxophone

Every afternoon from her studio in Radio Avenue (opp. the school)

Emma Clain

0403 941 351


Wednesday & Friday

Patricia Borrell

0409 496 373

Bass Guitar/Double Bass -  teaches at home in Manly

Jason Smith 


Balgowlah Heights Public School Band Program