There are currently about 60 students enrolled in the scheme learning with our two guitar tutors, two piano tutors and flute/fife tutor. The scheme conducts a concert for parents and friends late in term 3 each year and this is one of the best attended after hours functions 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. The current Committee is: Sarah Kearns (convenor), Lynn Jones (Secretary), Julia Pepene (Treasurer), Lynn Jones. The committee is supported by additional parent representatives (ordinary members).
Additional members are most welcome - please get in touch!.
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 cap agreed by the Committee.
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.
Click here for an application form:2022 Parent Agreement
Our MTS Tutors
A short introduction to our MTS tutors is below. We’re fortunate to have such a dedicated and high calibre team.
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 Lustri - Guitar
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 Roberts - Guitar
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.
Jodie Petrov - Flute
Jodie holds a Bachelor of Music (Honours) from the Queensland Conservatorium and a Master of Creative Arts (Music) from the Newcastle Conservatorium. For over 25 years she has taught in Sydney and now Canberra, and regularly tutors for the Canberra Youth Orchestra. She has had students with a wide range of interests and abilities, and enjoys finding a way to make learning enjoyable for every student. Jodie also performs regularly and is currently a member of the National Capital Orchestra and the Aeolus Trio.
Tannaz Fitzgibbon - Piano
Tannaz (Naz) has been learning Piano since the age of six. After graduating with a BA in Music, she studied piano for a further four years at Alfred Cortot School in Paris then continued her studies and completed a Master in Music IT from London University. Naz has taught for 15 years and performed as a soloist and accompanist over that period. The love of playing and teaching piano has taken her around the world, before bringing her back to Canberra in 2021 where she has settled with her husband and two children.
Olga Hamnett - Piano
Olga has been learning piano since she was 5 years old. She graduated from the Mussorgsky Conservatory of Music with Honours in piano. Olga has been engaged for many years as the pianist for the Queanbeyan Public School choirs, performing at local and regional concerts as well as Eisteddfods including Australian National Eisteddfod, Goulburn Eisteddfod and Sydney Festivals. Olga also runs her own own piano studio “Maestro“. She teaches students who wish to play for leisure as well as students who wish to undertake exams through the Australian Music Examinations Board. Olga has a passion for music which she loves to share with her students.