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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are unable to find a suitable time with one of the tutors at school, please
contact – email@example.com
*Note: Junior Band 2019 rehearsals will be Wednesday day lunchtime and Thursday 3.05pm - 3.50pm
Thursday (see note above)
Michael Garlick firstname.lastname@example.org
0410 404 164
Nick Loye email@example.com
0452 340 495
Penny Widmer firstname.lastname@example.org
0422 079 915
Tuesday & Thursday (see note above in red)
Nathan Milliner email@example.com
0416 187 155
French Horn (off site - teaches at Manly West Public School after school)
0423 910 927
Clarinet/Saxophone (Group lessons)
0430 155 722
Every afternoon from her studio across the road from school
0403 941 351
Wednesday (possibly Thursday as well)
0417 381 118
Wednesday & Friday
0409 496 373
Bass Guitar/Double Bass - tutor is not at BHPS
Jason Smith - Works at home in Manly
0411239531 or firstname.lastname@example.org.