The Music Club Profile
Music helps students learn to love studying as musical study makes small goals easily identifiable and attainable. Music uses many different parts of the brain, helping to develop mathematical ability, empathy, emotional and physical awareness (fine motor skills) and group social skills, together with individual sense of achievement and associated boosts in self esteem. There is such a wide range of compositions and this provides for opportunities for self-expression and connection to others, both to other students during classes and also in a historical context, connecting the student with the composer and sharing a feeling or idea perhaps from hundreds of years ago.
The program involves general music education/musical games. Exercises in pitch, rhythm, music history and games, culminating in an end of term performance. No instrumental experience needed by the students.
It caters for beginners and more advanced students within the one program, with the advanced classes focussing more on music theory and a more in-depth look at important moments in musical history - composers, music sociology, and cultural differences.
Thomas began playing the violin at the age of five.
Thomas was concertmaster of SBS Youth Orchestra, Sydney Conservatorium Orchestra and the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra (now The Metropolitan Orchestra. He also toured to Europe and played at the Warsaw Autumn Music Festival with Ensemble Offspring. Thomas won the NSW Ku-Ring-Gai State Schools Concerto Competition and was a finalist in the National Youth Concerto Competition in Brisbane. He has performed more than 10 different concertos with orchestras as a soloist.
Since graduating, (M.Mus, B.Mus hons 1, L.Mus.A. violin, dist, viola dist, Cert TESOL, Cert 4 TAFE Workplace training and assessment) Thomas has been developing his own beginners’ curriculum, teaching music to anybody who would like to learn.
As a freelance performer Thomas has played on many musical projects including the Lego Ninjago film soundtrack; Australia film soundtrack; Happy Feet film soundtrack; Mark Vincent Mario Lanza album; led the Final Fantasy concert in Sydney; played in the Dr Who Symphony Spectacular 2015; played in the Delta Goodrem song "Dear Life"; and featured on the Chaser and has appeared in the Australia Day Concert at the Sydney Opera House for several years.
Isabel (BDes(Arch), BSC(Psych- Hons), MPsych) began studying the violin at the age of three, and the viola as a teenager. She attended Newtown High School of the Performing Arts, played in the SBS Youth Orchestra, the Sydney Youth Orchestra, and the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, began teaching privately in both Suzuki and traditional methods in 2005, and has been performing as a freelance musician since 1996. She has played in various musical projects including: NRL Grand Final pre-game entertainment 2012; Dr Who Symphonic Spectacular 2015; Australia Day Celebrations 2012; Telstra 4G launch 2013; Olivia Newton-John & John Farnham "Two Hearts" tour 2015; CruiseCo Bravo Quartet 2015; Mark Vincent concert Maroubra 2014; and SBSYO Russian Tour 2003. A strong believer in continuing education, Isabel has studied music, design, ESL language teaching, psychology, statistics and animal behaviour and has a Bachelor of Design (Architecture), a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) Honours, a Masters of Psychology and is currently studying for her Bachelor of Music. Her work history includes teaching school holiday programs (arts and crafts) through Willoughby Council, managing rehearsals for the Australian Youth Choir, private practice psychology, government research work, and privately teaching violin and viola.
Terms and Conditions
- You will pay for the entire terms lessons via KEEN on a term-by-term basis. Nonattendance due to sickness cannot be refunded.
- An enrolment form must be completed for each child to advise of any medical/health conditions and any persons authorised to collect your child. Please ensure photo permission is given/declined on the enrolment form.
- Classes will run on your chosen day, from 7:30 - 8:30am or 3 - 4:30pm.
- The lesson finishes strictly at 4.30pm. Only the authorised people nominated on your enrolment form can sign your child out of Music Club classes. Any change to this needs it to be sent to Thomas via text to 0490 777 186 prior to 4pm on the day of the lesson.
- Please ensure you notify Thomas if you are running late for pick-up. Please understand any repeated late collection of children may incur late collection penalty fees.
- Music Club needs to be informed of any absences by 2pm on the day of the lesson. If your child is not attending, (i.e. sick or away), please notify Thomas via text by 2pm on the day of the lesson. Absences will not be refunded.
- Participants must follow safety instructions as Music Club accepts no liability for injury or loss.
- Music Club reserves the right to cancel an enrolment if a student is disruptive. If an enrolment is cancelled any fees paid will be refunded on a pro-rata basis.
- Children do not need a musical instrument to take part in this class.