Music Tutor Scheme
Currently about 60 students are enrolled in the scheme learning with our two guitar and two piano tutors. One of our piano tutors, also offers a small number of violin placements, at the discretion of the tutor and the subcommittee. The scheme conducts a concert for parents and friends late in term 3 each year and this is the best attended after hours function in the school year!!!
The Music Tutor Scheme operates under the auspices of the Arawang P&C Association, and with the generous support of the school, to enable students to receive private lessons from professional qualified teachers during school hours. A volunteer Committee oversees operation of the Scheme—managing waiting lists and enrolments, collecting P&C administrative fees from tutors ($5 per student per month), promoting the Scheme through newsletters and other channels, and organising the annual concert. Committee meetings are generally held once per term. This year’s Committee is: Andrew Woolf (convenor), Sally Allen (Secretary), Alicia Walsh (Treasurer), Lynn Jones and Linda Leer. Additional members are most welcome—please get in touch if you’re able to contribute.
The Music Tutor Scheme engages qualified and committed music tutors who provide private lessons to a professional standard. The exact fee level is set by individual tutors, subject to a maximum agreed by the Committee. The NSW Music Teachers’ Association publishes an annual recommended fee (https://www.musicnsw.com.au/2017/12/teaching-fees-2018/), which the Committee has adopted as the benchmark for the Music Tutor Scheme. For 2018, the NSW MTA recommendation is $44 per half hour ($48.40 including GST)—this is the maximum agreed by the Committee to be charged in the Arawang Music Tutor Scheme, and is a slight increase on the 2017 level. The Scheme also collects from tutors a small administrative fee of $5 per student per term. This fee goes towards upkeep of pianos, assorted minor administrative costs, and generally a music-related donation presented to the school at the annual concert in acknowledgement of its support.
If you are interested in enrolling your child in the Music Tutor Scheme, please click on the following link to download the Music Tutor Scheme Parent Agreement which contains more detailed information, terms and conditions and an application form. There is usually a small waiting list for lessons and completion of the parent agreement is required before students can go on the waiting list.
Our MTS Tutors
A short introduction to our MTS tutors is below. We’re fortunate to have such a dedicated and high calibre team.
Jackie has been teaching at Arawang since 2005. She holds a Licentiate Teacher’s Diploma with the Australian Guild of Music. She caters for a wide range of learning styles, believes in developing the student’s musical potential and is well qualified to take students through the examination process. She communicates effectively with children and encourages each student to cultivate a love and enthusiasm for music.
Jackelyn Kemp—piano and violin
Jackelyn loves music and has played all her life. She is a viola player in the National Capital Orchestra and the string orchestra Musica Da Camera. She is also an active member of the Brindabella Chorus. Jackelyn has been teaching piano and violin for the past 20 years and loves the relationships she is privileged to develop with the children.
Matt holds a Bachelor of Music with Honours from the ANU School of Music, where he studied jazz guitar and composition. He plays in several local bands and has been teaching guitar since 2007. Matt loves to play and teach all styles of music and is committed to working with every student’s own interests and inspirations. He offers a warm and patient approach that facilitates students' ability to reach for their strengths in a supportive and encouraging way.
Kieran is a graduate of the Canberra School of Music and as well as guitar, plays and teaches keyboard, drums, bassoon and singing. He is a conductor and composer, an audio-technician and has a number of CDs to his credit. As well as being a working musician in rock bands he has worked with organisations such as Canberra Symphony Orchestra. He teaches in a number of schools and has his own studio called Moment Music.