We are excited to have assembled such a well-qualified, experienced and passionate team of tutors. Please read their credentials carefully and choose the tutor that you feel best suits your daughter’s needs.
Paul Rasmussen B.M.E., Grad.Dip.Mus.(perf.) Syd.Con.
Paul is an experienced musician who has performed internationally as well as with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Opera Ballet Orchestra and with jazz musicians the calibre of James Morrison. He worked for several years as Musical Director for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines before returning to Sydney to take up the position as Head of Performance at Cranbrook School in the Eastern Suburbs. Aside from teaching at Danebank, Paul works at Kambala School where he runs the lower brass studio and conducts ensembles and instrumental classes. Paul is proficient on all of the brass instruments and is comfortable in teaching many styles including jazz, classical, Latin, pop and rock. He also has significant experience in preparing students for AMEB examinations.
Instruments offered are:
PERCUSSION/DRUMS, GUITAR, & PIANO
Available: Tuesday & Wednesday
Gene White is an experienced, versatile musician with over 28 years of playing experience, and 20 years of teaching experience. Gene currently plays Drum Kit in a 6-piece jazz ensemble, Tuned Percussion in a Latin-influenced progressive/rock band, Guitar in a Jazz Trio and Piano in a Pop band.
These projects have taken him on multiple national and interstate tours with a number of renowned international and local bands. In his lessons Gene emphasises on having fun in a productive learning environment. Each student’s lesson will be tailored to their individual needs and goals. Gene is able to thoroughly prepare students for AMEB & CPM exams or is happy to teach purely for enjoyment and ensemble skills. *
Danni Wu MMus BEd LMusA AMusA
Danni completed her Master of Music Studies (Piano Pedagogy) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where she demonstrated comprehensive knowledge in piano teaching methods along with a thorough understanding of the exam syllabuses. She has been playing the piano for more than 20 years and is a fully accredited Piano & Theory teacher by the Music Teachers’ Association of NSW. During her years of studying a Bachelor of Music Education, Danni was successfully awarded the Licentiate Diploma (LMusA) which is seen as the highest award given by the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB). Danni is experienced in preparing her students for AMEB exams, the HSC, scholarship auditions and various competitions. She has taught students from preliminary level to HSC Music standard. Danni is an enthusiastic teacher with patience for students, while differentiating the teaching programs according to students’ individual needs. Danni places strong emphasis on building interest, techniques and musicality which aim to open the door of music to students; inviting them in with a gentle yet exciting approach, appropriate for their age. She believes that learning the piano should be a nurtured experience where students not only learn how to play a musical instrument but also develop their creativity, confidence, self-motivation, intelligence and appreciation of music.
Yumie Song MMus BMus GradDip
Available: Tuesday – Thursday
Yumie has been teaching piano since 2003, with many of her students successfully completing AMEB examinations and competing in Eisteddfods. Yumie holds a Master of Music Studies (Performance) and a Graduate Diploma of Music (Piano Pedagogy), both from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
STRINGS – CLASSICAL
Sharon Maennl BMus GradDipEd
Available: Tuesday – Friday
Sharon is a professional organist and string player. She studied organ and violin at the Conservatorium High School, learning from Norman Johnston and Ms. Tincu. She then completed her Bachelor of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium. Sharon is currently employed as an organist at Our Lady Star of the Sea, Miranda. She plays the cello in the Sutherland Symphony Orchestra, and in the Endeavour Chamber Orchestra, and is currently completing a Graduate Diploma in Music Teaching at Wollongong University. Sharon takes a classical approach to string tuition and is willing to prepare students for exams if they wish.
VOICE – SINGING
Caitlin Shannon-Duhigg AMEB 8th Grade (Hons)
Available: Thursday and Friday
Caitlin is an accomplished pianist and singer. As a vocalist Caitlin has had extensive performing experience working with such companies as Opera Australia, Turandot (Puccini), Die Tote Stadt (Korngold), and competing in Eisteddfods around Sydney (City of Sydney, Ryde) and the Youth Music Awards competition where she has received prizes over several years. Caitlin is currently working towards her tertiary qualifications in Music.
Eloise Evans BMus USyd
Eloise Evans is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She is an accomplished opera singer, recitalist, session singer, voice over artist and a highly recommended singing and piano teacher. For fifteen years Eloise has coached talented young singers in both classical and contemporary styles for auditions, concerts and AMEB examinations. Eloise has been awarded prizes in eisteddfods and operatic competitions as well as receiving prestigious grants for operatic studies. Her students have gone on to study professionally and perform in professional musical and opera companies.
VOICE – SPEECH
Barbara Gall PP(AGM) AMusA
Available: Tuesday and Thursday
Barbara has been singing in public since her teen years. She is a lyrical soprano who has sung many principal roles in Operetta and Gilbert & Sullivan and later began directing and conducting in Musical Theatre productions. Her philosophy of teaching is that it should be fun, but committed. She uses the IMEB system for vocal examinations encouraging correct breathing, vocal technique and presentation while still fostering the development of each student’s personal style.
Barbara holds a Masters in Speech and Drama Education and a Fellowship, Licentiate and Associate with AMEB/IMEB. She has been teaching for thirty years and encourages her Speech students to participate in Eisteddfods and AMEB/IMEB examinations to ensure quick progress. She believes that Speech is the gateway to confident communication and that lessons should be fun and relaxed.
Ginette Carrard BMus GradDipEd AMusA
Ginette has been playing flute for 25 years and teaching for 15 years, including 10 years at Danebank. Ginette has played flute and piccolo in the SBS Radio and Television Youth Orchestra, Solar Wind (electro-acoustic group) and currently plays in a Swiss piccolo and drum clique. Her teaching style is positive and encouraging, using a range of music education philosophies and flute methods. Ginette tailors lesson programs to suit the individual goals of her students while fostering a secure technique. Students can learn to play confidently in the school band or perform expressively as a soloist. Ginette’s students gain excellent results in AMEB/HSC performance exams. Ginette is an accredited member of the Music Teachers’ Association of NSWLtd.
Rachel Thompson BMus AMusA
Available: Tuesday and Thursday
Rachel is a recent graduate from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where she studied clarinet performance and her studies included a semester exchange at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria. Rachel loves sharing her passion and knowledge of music and works as a clarinet and saxophone tutor at local primary and high schools. Her teaching style is encouraging and focused on the student’s goals. She uses the AMEB system for music exams if the student wishes to do them.
Rachel has been awarded prizes in competitions and scholarships for her clarinet playing and has been a member of numerous orchestras, ensembles and chamber groups. This includes Sydney Youth Orchestra, Sydney Conservatorium Orchestra and Wind Symphony and the NSW Ambulance Concert Band. Rachel also has an interest in musical theatre and has played in a number of local musical productions.
The Kinder Music Program offers group sessions for Pre-Kinder and Kindergarten students that focus on singing, movement and instruments. Sessions encourage the development of each student’s sense of pitch, rhythm, beat, tempo and volume. The sessions run for 30mins and are for a group of 4-5 children. Parents opting to apply should complete the online application form, typing K Music in the boxes marked Tutor and Instrument you would like to learn.
PLEASE NOTE: A minimum of 3 children is required for this class to run. It will be held during a lunch time or afterschool, dependent on the tutor’s availability.