Our Music Teachers

Shane Mcgrath

Shane Mcgrath

Guitar – Acoustic, Electric

Born and Raised in Deniliquin, Shane started learning the guitar at the early age of 8 under the meticulous and disciplined guidance of Chris Bodey. From this his eagerness and passion for the instrument was recognised when he discovered the guitar stunts of Tommy Emmanuel. He then discovered the never ending possibilities of soundscapes and technical challenges the guitar presented itself. He was fortunate enough to be accepted into the Schools Spectacular production as a featured artist back in 2007 and performed solo with a 100 piece orchestra. That year he also completed his HSC and was selected to perform at the Encore HSC performance which was hosted at the Sydney Opera House where he performed Tommy Emmanuel’s arrangement of ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’. During the next few years he was accepted into the prestigious Talent Development Project and graduated through the program in 2009. Such successful artists such as John Foreman, Darren Percival, Emma Pask and Human Nature all graduated through this program. He has spent his later years as a working musician playing in jazz ensembles, rock bands, solo shows and countless sessions in Sydney. His expertise spans from blues, jazz, funk, rock and modern finger style. He also performs and writes with his wife, Ellie. They plan to release a record soon.

Damien Johnson

Damien Johnson

Director
Cello teacher

Damien Johnson was introduced to the cello at a very young age by Nathan Wax , who provided a strong technical foundation for his playing, and nurtured a deep love of the instrument.

He then studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, under the tutelage of Lois Simpson. He was a regular performer at the Conservatorium, and was a member of the Sydney Youth Orchestra, with whom he toured with on several occasions.

He now resides predominantly in Wagga Wagga, as cello and guitar teacher, which has been his base for 14 years., performing regularly as a member of the chamber music group Trio Al Quartetto and other various  ensembles.

He has served on the Board of Directors as staff representative, Acting Associate Director, assisting with policy and curriculum development, strategic direction and WHS compliance.


Chris Bodey

Chris Bodey

Guitar – Acoustic, Classical, Electric,
Bass, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele, Band

Cert. IV

Guitar/fretted instrument tutor, Chris Bodey has had over 40 years playing experience.

Studying with John della Torre and Valentin Sawenko on classical guitar, Chris has a broad understanding of teaching methods for the traditional formal study of the instrument.
Added to Chris’ classical guitar studies is many years of playing solo, duo and band gigs on all styles of guitar and bass, double bass, mandolin and more recently the ukulele.

With over 20 years teaching experience and countless success stories, Chris brings to his teaching the skills and experience to support your learning journey.

Campbell Robinson

Campbell Robinson

Drum Kit

Dip. Jazz Studies, Cert. Music Performance 

Campbell Robinson has a Diploma in Jazz Studies at Adelaide University and obtained a Certificate in Music Performance at Flinders Street School of Music in South Australia.

He has toured nationally with The Mark of Cain playing major festivals including Big Day Out, Homebake and Meredith. He has performed with Taiko, Classical Ensembles, the Adelaide Youth Orchestra, Orange Symphony Orchestra, the Campbell Robinson Jazz Trio, Rachael Kay and the Groove in Deniliquin, Sweet Painted Ladies in Melbourne, various jazz ensembles in Adelaide as well as in bands covering, rock, blues, country and folk.

Campbell maintains a strong focus in music education having taught at Orange Regional Conservatorium and South West Music, Deniliquin. Many students, both individual and groups, have achieved success in performance and Australian percussion eisteddfods under Campbell’s tuition.

 

Will Eldridge

Will Eldridge

Acoustic Guitar, Electric Bass, Ukulele, Banjo

B.A, Grad Dip Ed

Will is a Riverina boy. He attended Finley High School and Graduated from LaTrobe University in Albury witha Bachelor of Arts degree and a Graduate Diploma of Education. Will is now living in Barooga and has begun teaching guitar to students in the local area, whilst still maintaining his students in Moulmein via Video Conferencing technology.

He was a member of the Berrigan Bush Drovers and enjoyed performing regularly in the district, making annual trips to the Tamworth Country Music Festival. He has contributed to three locally recorded albums released by the Bushdrovers.

He enjoys song writing as well as creating and performing music in several bands in the local area including the Curlew brothers. He plays several instruments including banjo, ukulele, guitar and bass and has an interest in the study of therapeutic effects of music.

Will is passionate about rural communities and he enjoys contributing to the music education of both children and adults in Barooga and surrounds.

Tomoko Niwa

Tomoko Niwa

Piano & Early Childhood Music

Diploma of Kindergarten and Preschool Education

Tomoko learnt piano in Japan from the age of 4 – 18 at the Yamaha Piano School to a level equivalent of AMEB Grade 8. From 18 – 27  Tomoko studied the electone at the same school.

She achieved grade 8 AMEB in 2014 in Australia and is currently studying her performance certificate. She also achieved a Diploma of Kindergarten and Preschool Education at the Ogaki Women’s College in Japan.

Richard Sievers

Richard Sievers

Vocals & Brass

Cert.IV

Richard ‘s professional life has included performing with companies such as Sadler’s Wells Ballet, Orchestra Victoria, Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra, Brass Parts Brass Quintet and the Bolshoi Ballet, something he had dreamed about while in the Australian Boys Choir at the age of ten.

However it was during his performances with the Victorian College of the Arts orchestra under the baton of John Hopkins, that Richard first had the opportunity to work as an artist in small rural communities.

Prior to moving to Deniliquin in 1986 Richard taught at the Victorian Boys Choir and many private schools in Melbourne. Richard has conducted many workshops and productions throughout the Riverina and is currently the Deputy Band Master for the Deniliquin Brass Band.

Richard teaches vocal and brass to students of all ages.

Rose Sievers

Rose Sievers

Keyboard, Voice, Cello, Voice Ensemble leader, Classroom music.

Bachelor of Primary Education

A Deniliquin girl born and raised, Rose has travelled to Victoria to receive her primary teaching degree, to return to her community and contribute skills she has learnt not only at university but at her studies here in Deniliquin.

Rose has been playing the keyboard, cello and singing from a young age, participating in orchestras, choirs, jazz band ensembles, string quartets and performing as a solo artist. Some of the events Rose has performed at include Indigenous Awards evening, Camp Quality and Red Cross Shield Appeal charity events and local business functions. Rose also competed in the international youth music festival in China in 2008.

Being the youngest on our team, what Rose lacks in experience she makes up for with enthusiasm, approachability, dependability, and an honest hardworking attitude.