Online Music Lessons  

 

Sophie Bunting, Tashani Clarke, Josie Strong and Annabelle Rogers

Coonabarabran High School Music students have been exceptionally privileged this year. Despite all the difficulties associated with Covid-19 and our rural location, students have been able to make excellent progress in Music as a result of some wonderful teachers in New South Wales and Tasmania.

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Zac Pugh, a guitar teacher based in Launceston, Tasmania, spent quite a few Friday mornings tutoring our Year 12 guitar students. Georgia Jackson, Daniel Dicks and Luke Bonello received some specialist input from Zac to help them prepare for the HSC Music Performance examination. David Henry, a specialist trombone teacher based in Sydney, works with Year 11 student Lachlan Eshman once a week in a Skype lesson.

Some of our younger students were lucky to have Zoom lessons with music tutors based in Sydney. Steve Lavis from Music Teaching Services Australia very kindly offered some online lessons for some of our musicians to help them develop their practical skills. Flute students Tashani Clarke, Josie Strong, Annabelle Rogers and Sophia Bunting as well as saxophone students Luke Richards and Ryan Maher participated in some Zoom lessons in Term 3. During Term 4, bass guitar students Ayla Hoffmann, Molly Shannon and Bianca Bragg, as well as drum student Abigail Walden had a few lessons with a teacher based in Sydney.

Eleven of our students connect with the wonderful Mark Walton via Skype once a week for some lessons as well. Clarinet students Ellah Bowmaker, Megan Hain, Olivia Meier, Monique Bragg, Clover Hippisley and Claire Butcher, as well as trumpet students Caleb Smith and Alexander McWhirter have lessons with Mark on a weekly basis. Saxophone students Riley Fleming, Declan Eshman and Sam Bowman also connect with Mark once a week.

We are deeply grateful to all of these tutors for their time and willingness to share their expertise with our students. It is due to their dedication and commitment that our students are doing such amazing work in Music.

Aimee Rossler