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Click Here to download the 2018 Enrolment Form.

(Update 19 April 2018 – enrolments are still being accepted for all instruments, limited availability Piano & Violin)


The Out Of Hours Music Program provides parents and students with convenient access to reputable music teachers and music tuition in order to extend the student’s learning.

Music Instruments 

Individual lessons are offered in piano, violin, guitar, singing, percussion, trombone, trumpet, tuba, clarinet, flute and saxophone.

Group lessons are offered in recorder and ukulele. The group music classes in recorder are generally a richer and more enjoyable experience for younger students than the individual classes, and provide a great opportunity for the children to commence their musical journey. (Note : Ukulele is currently only available to students in Grade 2 and above)

Participation in the School Ensemble is another option for students playing an instrument (even if they are not learning that instrument through the OHMP).   The Ensemble practices on a Monday morning before school, and provides the children with an opportunity to perform at school assemblies, school functions (such as the Fair, Picnics, Art Show) and other external events throughout the year.

Music Lessons

Lessons are held in half hour time slots between 3:35 and 7:05 pm Monday to Thursday. All lessons and rehearsals are hosted at the school.

Music Program Fees and Charges (2018)

  • A fee of $15 per family enables program resourcing and an end of year concert

Other Levies
  • Piano and percussion students only: An additional levy of $25 per family enables maintenance and tuning of pianos and drum kits
  • Ukulele students only: An additional levy of $5 per term applies for printed materials

Recommended Lesson Fees
  • The Schedule of Recommended Fees is based on the Victorian Music Teachers’ Association* (VMTA) recommended rate of $76.00 per hour. The rate applies to the program as follows –
  • Individual lesson (30 mins) $38
  • Group – Recorder (30 mins) $15 + GST
  • Group – Ukulele (30 mins) $14
  • Group – Ensemble (45 mins) $15
  • Fees are invoiced by and payable direct to the music teachers on a term basis, normally falling due at the beginning of each term

Note : ENROLMENT IN THE MUSIC PROGRAM IS FOR THE WHOLE SCHOOL YEAR.  Early withdrawal from the program requires 5 weeks’ notice of termination to the teacher and full payment for all lessons during the notice period.

Music Teachers

The following teachers are currently licensed to deliver timetabled lessons at the school:

Instrument Teacher
Piano Sofia Chapman
B Arts University TAS (Honours); Assoc Diploma Music, Australian Music Examinations Board. Performer with Vardos; composer for film and theatre
Piano Jo Abbott
Over 25 years’ experience in teaching and performing on the piano and has a Bachelor of Music from the QLD Conservatorium of Music and a Graduate Diploma in Performance (Improvisation from the VCA). Jo has won a number of prizes for her piano performances and has experience playing and teaching classical, jazz and folk music. Jo has assisted students with preparation for music exams (AMEB and other syllabi) up to VCE level. She is a competent teacher of voice at the primary school level
Piano / Violin / Viola

Angela Huang
Bachelor of Music (Honours) from Melbourne University, and a Masters of Music performance from the University of Cincinatti. She has experience teaching piano, violin and viola. Angela has performed with the Australian Youth Orchestra, The Kentucky Symphony orchestra and is a casual violist at the MSO
Piano Jeremy Marcotte
Jeremy Marcotte is a regularly performing multi-instrumentalist who is formally trained in jazz and classical music styles on the piano and Drumset at the University of North Carolina Greensboro in North Carolina, USA. Upon moving to Australia two years ago, he has been regularly performing in Melbourne and nationally playing old time string band and bluegrass music as well as his original songs on guitar and piano. He has shared the stage on piano with the likes of jazz greats Branford Marsalis and Joey Calderazzo, Australian singer songwriter Dan Parsons, and Australian bluegrass greats the Davidson brothers. He also has extensive teaching experience in individual and group settings in schools and out of school music programs for kids and teens. He has toured internationally in Poland, the Czech Republic, Australia, and his home country of the USA.
Percussion Marco Cascarino
Diploma of Music Industry and is a working musician with a variety of groups for corporate functions and festivals. He currently owns a recording studio in Northcote and is involved in all aspects of musical performance. Marco is a passionate advocate for the importance of percussion in our lives.
Ukulele Claire Harris-Fatouros
Dip Ed with a Music Major and teaches Music and Movement classes at a preschool level in addition to teaching ukulele to both children and adults. Clare sings with the Sisters of Misters who made it to the finals of Australia’s Got Talent in 2011.
Recorder Stephen Dowell
Diploma of Teaching (Primary). Specialist guitar and recorder for younger children.
Guitar Sid Brommer
Bachelor of Music Victoria University Wellington. Extensive tuition experience in all aspects of lead and bass guitar with primary and secondary students.
Flute / Clarinet / Saxophone Chris Dunn
Extensive teaching experience. Woodwind tuition in primary and secondary levels. Extensive experience as a performing musician.
Brass Robert Rizzo
A passionate musician and educator with an impressive resume : 25+ years of Trumpet playing; long and current involvement with a wide variety of Big Bands, Latin Ensembles, Orchestras and Jazz combos; plus extensive teaching experience. He is currently Casual Trumpet with the MSO, and studying his Masters of Music.

If you have any questions, or are interested in joining the OHM committee, contact us at AlphPS.Music@gmail.com, or talk to one of the members:

James Gordon 0422 922 006
Kathryn McKinley 0425 760 561
Cate Porter
Lisa Wiggins 0417 598 985
Brian Williams 0413 564 534

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