Meet Our Music Teachers

Meet Caringbah Music's amazing music teachers!

Shane Koek (BMus Ed)

Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Principal/Owner


Shane Koek (Bmus Ed) has had a distinguished career as a Musician and Teacher in Sydney. Shane graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 1999, with a Bachelor of Music Education.

Shane studied Classical Guitar with Mr. Ken Burns, a renowned performer and teacher in Sydney and Spain.

Since graduating, Shane has performed in many Rock Bands, Corporate Bands, Latin Bands and Guitar and Violin Duos in a range of venues including: Sydney Townhall, ANZ Stadium, the Sydney Convention Centre, and in local pubs and clubs.

Shane has taught at many of Sydney's top schools in various roles, including; Head Teacher of Performing Arts and Head of Music.

He taught Guitar and Bass Guitar at The King's School for 6 years.

"Shane has incredible patience, is enthusiastic about music, and has awesome teaching skills. As a result, each lesson passes by very quickly. He constantly instils confidence and makes learning to play music fun. The group sessions are always a hoot! Can't wait till my next lesson!"

- John Wickham

Michael Brady (M.Ed, BMus)

University of NSW
Teacher: Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano, and Rock Band


Michael is a musician who has been working as a guitarist and educator in Sydney over the past 5 years. During his studies at the University of New South Wales, he developed a great interest in Jazz performance and composition, completing an exchange semester at the Schulich School of Music (Montreal, Canada) and an Honours year in 2017.

Michael is now working regularly in an eclectic number of Sydney ensembles such as The New Young Northside Big Band, Geoff Power’s Great Gatsby Orchestra, Jackie Brown Jr., Doll Holiday, Half-Pint, etc.

He is also part of a jazz trio Brady//Donkin//Phipps, and works as a freelance guitarist.

Rhianna Lean

University of NSW
Teacher: Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, and Piano


Rhianna is our talented Flute, Clarinet, and Saxophone teacher.

She is currently completing her Bachelor of Arts/ Music at the University of New South Wales. She has vast experience performing in small ensembles as well as in symphonic wind bands.  

Rebecca Carter (M Teach, BMus Studies, Dip Mus Theatre)

Sydney Conservatorium of Music,  Brent St Theatre and Australian Catholic University
 

Rebecca has completed a Bachelor of Music Studies in Classical Voice at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Diploma of Musical Theatre at Brent Street and has recently completed her Master of Teaching. She has been teaching singing since 2012 in studios all over Sydney and is currently a tutor for the Australian Girls Choir.

From a young age, Rebecca performed in community theatre with various societies around Sydney. Her most prestigious roles include: Christine in Phantom of the Opera, Glinda in Wicked and Laurey in Oklahoma.

  

Sol Burns

Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Teacher: Guitar and Music Production


Sol is currently studying a Bachelor of Music Studies (Contemporary music) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

He has been playing guitar (classical and contemporary) from a young age.

Sol's passion is music production, which involves writing, recording and producing his own music for the past four years.

He has performed with various bands and in solo performances at many Sydney music venues including at The Seymour Centre and in many local pubs and clubs.

  

Thomas McCorquodale (BMus: Music Education)

Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Teacher: Piano


Thomas is a graduate of a Bachelor of Music (Music Education) from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and a qualified classroom music teacher K-12.

He grew up and attended school locally, completing his AMEB grades for piano at a young age. Thomas has taught classroom, co-curricular and privately at schools across Sydney. He has extensive experience as a conductor of instrumental and choral ensembles. He is also in high demand as a pianist, conductor and musical director across the community, university and on the independent musical theatre scenes. Thomas is also passionate about Argentine tango music. In 2016, he undertook masterclasses with the musicians of the Orquesta Escuela de Tango in Buenos Aires, and in 2019, he established his own quintet, Barrio Del Tango.


Ben Adams

University of NSW
Teacher: Drums, Guitar and Composition


Ben is a drummer, guitarist and composer who has been teaching various instruments and musical practices for the past 3 years. He is currently studying a Bachelor of Music Composition at UNSW. He aspires to compose and perform for soundtrack scores in various forms of media, however, modern jazz fusion performance and composition are of a particular interest for him.

Outside his university work, Ben currently composes and records short scores for student films and video games. He has also acted as both drummer and guitarist in various bands around Sydney, most recently for his band "Catstronaut", where he plays guitar and takes a leading composition role.

Hayden Koek

University of Wollongong
Teacher: Piano, Bass Guitar, Double Bass, Music Production


Hayden is a pianist, bassist. He is currently studying a Bachelor of Creative Arts at the University of Wollongong.

He has been playing the piano since he was 5 years old. As a teenager, Hayden became interested in the Double Bass and completed his grades with Trinity College London in both piano and double bass.

Hayden has vast performance experience for a young musician. He has performed in Orchestras, Folk Bands, Rock Bands, and Duos.

He has also worked as a session musician in the recording studio.

Hayden is currently working on many recording projects.


Cat-thy Nguyen

University of NSW
Teacher: Violin, Viola, and Piano


Cat-thy is a talented Violinist. She has extensive experience performing in string quartets and as a violinist, and has performed in various venues around Sydney.

Cat-thy is in her last year of studies at the University of NSW, where she is doing a double degree in Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Media.

She has also worked behind the scenes in organising equipment and music for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Danica Hobden

Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Classical Guitar)
Now studying: Bachelor of Music in Performance Jazz
Teacher: Classical Guitar


Danica is a local musician who has graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Classical Guitar). She has now commenced her second degree at the Conservatorium, a Bachelor of Music Performance (Jazz). Danica attended Kirrawee High School(2013), where she excelled and was top of her class in Music 2 and Music Extension. She has been part of the SIMA Young Women’s Jazz Orchestra: 2016-2017.

Ruby Coulston

Sydney Conservatorium of Music


Ruby is currently studying a Bachelor of Music Performance (cello). She is an experienced performer working with new musicians and sight reading new material, leading orchestra sections, accompanying music HSC students, performing at weddings and other venues.


Alistair Johnston

University of NSW


Alistair is in his final year of studying for a Bachelor of Music with Honours majoring in Jazz. He tutors in primary and secondary band programs at various local schools.

Alistair has worked in many different genres, playing tenor and alto saxophone with an INXS tribute band and a Cold Chisel tribute band,

performing regularly (weekly) and touring interstate for the past three years. He has also travelled to Romania and placed second in the 13th annual Bucharest Jazz Competition with his jazz quintet “Anoesis” in 2019. 


Heather Cheney

Federation University


Hailing from Sydney's south, Heather was raised by a professional singer/songwriter and a teacher of literature. She started singing at age seven and at age fifteen, discovered an affinity with live theatre. Heather received a Bachelor (with Distinction) in Musical Theatre from Federation University (2018). Following her studies, Heather worked in children's musical theatre (Jungle Bungle) and in theatre in education, touring Australia with The Playground Craze and Perform Education

Prior to teaching at Caringbah Music, Heather worked in Melbourne at Kidko Performing Arts and Jump n' Jive. She loves working with kids to help them unlock their potential. 

Heather is also a passionate songwriter. Her first single Alien, produced by Steve James (The Screaming Jets, Cold Chisel, Skunk Hour), is set for release in January 2021.


Lachlan McWhirter

UNSW
 

Lachie McWhirter is in his final year of a Bachelor of Music at the University of New South Wales.

Having performed at vocal recitals, played the trumpet in the wind symphony, produced in a studio environment as well as learnt valuable skills in music tutoring, Lachlan has developed many skills as a musician.

He has also developed his musical ability over the past seven years having played bass guitar, acoustic guitar and software based instruments in a number of bands and solo works.

Lachlan has four years of experience private teaching a variety of instruments. His instruments include trumpet, trombone, voice, guitar, percussion and DJ/production.

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