The Magpie School Of Music is housed above the shop at 125 Auckland Street, Bega, NSW, with a street entrance next door to the shop and a disabled entrance accessed through the parking lot. All studios are numbered for ease of location. There are sitting rooms and toilets available in the School Of Music.
Magpie Music School Of Music has 12 teaching studios, employing 17 teachers and covering most instruments and vocal studies. Students range in age from the very young school aged students to more mature students who having retired from work and now have time to pursue “their dream”. The following are covered : guitar – electric, acoustic, bass and classical; keyboard; piano; organ; flute; clarinet; saxophone – alto and tenor; trumpet; trombone; horn; tuba; vocal studies: theory: song writing; percussion – drum kit, djembe and conga; violin, mandolin, ukulele.
All of our teachers are qualified, experienced and have the necessary Working With Children checks. Lessons are 1/2 hour duration in a one on one environment in a separate studio.
To book music lessons in Bega please call Magpie Music on 02 64923 533
Music Teacher Biographies
Ivan ALLEN - Piano, Organ Teacher
Ivan has been teaching piano and organ for the past 37 years. He has certificates in Eighth Grade Piano practical, Fifth Grade Theory of Music and he is an A.M.E.B undergraduate from the University of N.S.W.
He taught music at Brash’s School of Music (Vic) from 1972-1985. He was the organist and assistant Choirmaster at All Saints Anglican Church, Melbourne for 29 years. He has played in ensembles along with orchestral accompaniment with the Preston Symphony in Melbourne.
Ivan has also worked as an accompanist with singing groups such as The South Coast Singers (7year) and The Nomads (4years). He has given organ recitals in Melbourne, Bega, Merimbula and Eden. He is currently the Organist at St Johns Anglican Church, Bega.
Keith BROOMFIELD - Guitar, Bass Guitar, Trumpet, Trombone, Mandolin, Clarinet.
Keith started teaching high school music in 1975 after completing his tertiary studies at the Newcastle branch of the NSW State Conservatorium of Music. From then until he retired in 2006 he worked in a variety of positions within the NSW DET as a teacher, mentor and administrator. He has had a wide range of experiences working with soloists in various disciplines through to large scale choral and orchestral ensembles. He has worked at school, district and regional music camps tutoring in a wide range of instruments. He enjoys all genres of music from medieval to contemporary and has performed in many ensembles as a vocalist and instrumentalist. He is a point of reference for other teachers in the school of music and also helps members of the public and school students with many musical enquiries. He very much enjoys his teaching ‘upstairs’.
Jenny COLLINS - Piano, Violin, Singing, Theory teacher
Jenny has been a teacher at Magpie Music for over 10 years. She loves all aspects of music from playing to listening. Jenny is a performer who has been involved in numerous ensembles, solo work and rock & roll bands over the years.
She teaches piano, violin, theory and singing to both children and adults of all ages. Jenny teaches the piano and violin from a classical perspective but with piano she also teaches modern styles such as rock, jazz and chord reading. In her lessons Jenny likes to teach music reading, some theory, listening and comprehension. She also prepares students for A.M.E.B. exams in the subjects of piano, violin, theory and musicianship up to 7th Grade.
Jenny has a Bachelor of Music degree from N.S.W. University, Sydney.
Dave CROWDEN - Guitar, Bass Guitar teacher
Dave has been teaching guitar since 1977 . He is a qualified music teacher ( B.Ed secondary music Melbourne CAE 1984 ) and is experienced in teaching classical guitar for AMEB exams. He is familiar with all guitar styles and can teach music theory as well as how to improvise. He has taught at Magpie Music since 1988 , and before that in Melbourne at Brighton Grammar.
Sam CROWDEN - Guitar
Sam Crowden is a versatile guitarist/bassist whom has been playing for around twenty years and teaching for nearly 10.
Beginning at an early age, Sam steadily developed a wide range of skills across the Jazz, Rock and Blues musical genres.
Upon commencing teaching at Magpie Music in 2002, Sam also studied AMEB Classical guitar.
At the start of 2006, Sam moved to Melbourne and undertook first an Advanced Diploma in Jazz/Contemporary music through NMIT followed by a full Bachelor Degree in Music. This led to studying with some of Australia's most highly regarded guitarists such as Jack Pantazis, Lliam Freedman, Tom Fryer and Doug De Vries.
In 2010, Sam graduated from the Bachelor of Music program whilst continuing to work at numerous music schools across Melbourne. During the last year, Sam has been travelling across the UK and Europe working at various music/arts festivals.
Kass FENTON - Flute
Has been playing flute for over 27 years, having played and performed with various ensembles and groups during this time. She is proficient in sight reading and writing musical notation.. Kass has had extensive experience in teaching flute from basic beginner through to intermediate/advanced levels for both children and adults.
Kass enjoys sharing her passion and enjoyment of this instrument with others and encouraging students to learn and grow and reach their full potential. She endeavours to make learning flute a fun and positive experience whilst fulfilling technical requirements and building a strong musical foundation for the student to build on in the future
Helen GILL - Trumpet
Helen studied trumpet at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music obtaining a Bachelor of Music (Performance) and then received a Graduate Diploma of Education (Primary) from UWS.
She spent 15 years freelancing in Sydney performing with ensembles including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra touring nationally and internationally.
Since moving to the Bega Valley in 2003, Helen has been performing and teaching locally. She was part of the team that created the annual South Coast Music Camp and is actively involved in organising it. She also tutors brass at the camp.
In 2009 she started the Sapphire Coast Instrumental Program (SCIP) that hires quality wind instruments to enable students to learn a wind instrument.
She is currently studying for a Masters of Special Education.
Arati GEORGE - Vocal & Guitar teacher
A classically trained vocalist, Arati George has been working for Magpie Music for over 12 years. She experienced early success as a singer/songwriter in the late 80s and early 90s, travelling around Australia and New Zealand as a solo act and supporting other acts. Her largest audience was in the Sydney Opera House with over 2500 during a National Womens Conference.
Settling in Bega, Arati started teaching singing and guitar at Magpie Music, and also ran many different choirs in the Valley. Versatile, she has been involved in countless bands and music projects and performances, ranging in style from jazz to country to rock to pop to gospel to world-music to folk to meditational and even classical. Arati genuinely loves her students of all ages, and is dedicated to inspiring and cultivating their individual innate musical potential. She possesses a fun-loving and caring style, and feels that the teaching years have helped her develop a very effective and efficient approach in passing on individually appropriate techniques to build skills and confidence.
Georgina HARGRAVES - Woodwind teacher
Georgina Hargraves studied music at Newtown School of the Performing Arts and then the University of Western Sydney (Nepean) Bachelor of Arts - Music, majoring in oboe performance. Georgina has more than 10 years music teaching experience, both privately and in schools. She teaches oboe, clarinet, flute, bassoon and saxophone.
Georgina teaches in a wide range of musical styles. She has held principal oboist position in many orchestras and ensembles.
Georgina is the head of woodwind at the South Coast Music Camp.
Melanie HORSNELL - Classical Guitar, Singing
Melanie has been described by the Sydney Morning Herald as having a voice of ‘the utmost delicateness’, as a ‘song writing gem’ by The Australian. Based in Candelo in southern NSW, Melanie has recorded ten albums and EPs including her latest, 'Song to Sing on a Saturday Night'. Melanie's critically acclaimed album The Cloud Appreciation Society was long-listed for the 2013 Australian Music Prize, Quatre Chemins for the 2015 Australian Music Prize, and she was nominated for an APRA award in 2011.
She has toured with Glen Hansard and The Frames, Jason Mraz, Bernard Fanning, Lou Rhodes, Slaid Cleaves and Sarah Blasko among others, as well as touring extensively on her own in Australia and Europe. Melanie recorded an album in French, which was funded by the highly successful Pozible campaign and gave Melanie a six month residency in France, writing songs with poet Alain Rivet and pop icon Helena Noguerra. Melanie has also written songs with Wendy Matthews and Catherine Britt, and for film and television.
Garry CARSON JONES - Guitar teacher
Garry Carson Jones began his music career at the age of ten and wrote his first song at the age of fourteen. An accomplished musician and singer/songwriter Garry has accumulated a vast repertoire of original songs.
His repertoire is a mixture of rock ‘n’ roll, alternate old time dance music and country. Garry moved to the coast and formed (with his two brothers) the well-known band “Hot Ice”. And later the band “Slice of Ice” and the pub rock band “Chill”. In recent years Garry has formed a country rock band known as the “The Poddy Dodgers”. Garry and his country rock band “The Poddy Dodgers”, have just finished their debut album “Spirited” featuring fifteen of Garry’s originals. He released a single off the album “Jack Frost” which is due to be on CMC in the next few months.
Garry teaches guitar, electric and lead rhythm at Magpie Music.
Christine Has 8th Grade AMEB Pianoforte, 5th Grade Musicianship (Theory) AMEB, and a 3 year Diploma In Music Education from the Conservatorium of Music majoring in piano and singing.
She has been working as a private music teacher in Wyndham since 2002 teaching piano, guitar and singing to students at all levels and in groups. She also teaches students to AMEB examination level. Christine uses a variety of teaching skills including flash cards, sight reading, music theory skills, musicality and performance.
Her personal ethos of music is “Music is the language of the soul – it is an elusive yet substantial part of everyone’s life. My Joy is to release the music within the student to help complete their life and add many skills and experiences through its practice.”
Jonathan (TRAPPER) TREVENA
Trapper player of drums and percussion in styles of jazz, blues, funk, latin, rock & country.
Works include studio, live radio & TV, live theatre, performing arts for schools, live shows from local club & pub to large stadium events, many music festivals both in Australia and overseas.
Trapper has work with some of the cream of Australian talent. Most recently he has accompanied and recorded albums for the artists Pugsley Buzzard, Daniel Champagne, Rebecca Moore, and Paul Dion. In the past he has worked with Kevin Bennett (The Flood), Rick Price, Graham Lowndes, Robyn Jolley, Noel MacDonald, Sharon O’Neal, Jeff Robinson (Robinson Bros), Sam McNally (John Farnham), Yuk Harrison (Max Merritt), Phil Moyes (Air Supply), Andrew Oh, ‘Molten Mike’ Desselle (USA), TransExpress (France), Cirque du Soleil (Canada), Ken Lending (Champion Jack Dupre, Denmark), Chris Wright, Dieter Kleeman, Babalu (Latino), The reformed 70’s stadium band Lotus, And many others.
Currently living on the far south coast of NSW and working out of Pirate Studios with David Sparks and other locals including , The Truck Brothers, The Paul Dion Trio, ‘and others’.
Trapper has an extrovert personality and a humorous nature.
Carl TUCKWELL - Bass, Vocals, Keyboards and Guitars.
A Sydney lad who studied classical piano from his child-prodigy father from age 4 until his father died when Carl was 17.
Carl cut his “rock teeth” on Beatles, Stones, Santana, Cream, Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, Elton John, and Emerson Lake & Palmer as well as extended blues jams throughout the 1970s.
From 1975 to 1988 he played with various bands around Sydney – Workers Control, Zinc Cream – as a vocalist, playing rhythm guitar and keyboards and arranging. He also concentrated on home recording.
In 1988 Carl moved to the Blue Mountains. Here he played with bush bands Ragamuffin and Captain Thunderbolt. He played in the bands Fresh Cream and Purple Daze around Katoomba. He also worked on community radio and began teaching piano, guitar, bass and music theory. He recorded a jazz album Small Details in 2017.
In November 2017 Carl moved to Bermagui for a “sea change”.
jazz album “Small Details” (artist name “Tuckwell Brown”), released through CD Baby in September 2017.
Carl moved to Bermagui for a 'sea change' in late November 2017.
Kathy TYSON - Piano, Keyboard teacher
Kathy is a qualified teacher with wide experience in piano and keyboard tuition for all ages. She is responsive to the interests and needs of each student, from beginners to those who wish to sit for exams. Kathy uses a range of activities to encourage all-round musicianship and enjoyment, while carefully developing keyboard skills.
Since 1995, Kathy has taught piano privately, run class music in primary schools, and presented music and movement programmes for pre-schoolers. Prior to music teaching, Kathy taught Humanities in Melbourne secondary schools. She now lives in Bemboka and runs a band at Bemboka Public School and enjoys singing in local choirs.
Kathy’s qualifications are a Graduate Diploma in music, Dip Ed and a Bachelor of arts.
Ken VATCHER - Drums, Percussion teacher
Ken has been teaching drums for over thirty years and takes students ranging from beginners to advanced. Many of his students have excelled at HSC level, pursued music degree courses at university level and have gone on to semi professional and professional careers in music.
His students learn a wide variety of styles eg; Rock, Latin and Jazz and are encouraged to learn how to read music as they develop their skills.
Music is fun and Ken believes that the learning experience should be relaxed and fun for the student. People learn to play for a variety of reasons and Ken pays close attention to their particular musical aspirations. He believes that learning to play should not be a competition and that comparisons with other students is a pointless exercise, as we all learn at a pace that suits us, and once a concept is learned it is there for all time.
As a professional musician who performs regularly, Ken has a great understanding of the philosophy of playing music and is happy to share his knowledge with his students.
Deb WEEDEN - Guitar, keyboard, Vocal teacher
Deb started her music training in Sydney in the 60s. By the 70s she was in a 6-piece band playing extensively around the Riverina. During this time she completed a teaching diploma. Deb moved to Melbourne in 1979 and continued playing in various musical line-ups until she moved to Bega in 1989.She has been teaching guitar, Ukulele, keyboard and singing at Magpie Music ever since.