NCS Peripatetic Teachers

We are blessed with a range of skilled private music teachers at Nowra Christian School.  Students are taught for half hour sessions during school hours and prices vary between teachers.

Mrs Katie Ellison

Piano, flute, singing, theory and musicianship

Kathryn studied Pianoforte, Flute, Singing and Theory of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Attending the prestigious Conservatorium High School, she received numerous scholarships and awards, graduating with ASCM, and A.Mus.A (Distinction) in performance. Furthering her music education in Classical Singing and Opera at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Kathryn performed solos with various Sydney choirs and toured regional towns performing Concert Arias, Art Songs, and Opera excerpts. 


Kathryn has been an educator of music in elite private schools in Sydney for over thirty years. She has conducted School Choirs, Orchestras, Madrigals and instructed Chamber Music groups and Flute Ensembles. Kathryn has prepared private students for examinations, auditions, public performances and HSC examinations. 


Specifically, Kathryn teaches Pianoforte, Flute, Singing, Theory of Music, and Musicianship and is also a busy Piano Accompanist. Kathryn enjoys teaching children of all ages, working with different styles and genres of music. 

Monday, Tuesday and Friday

Mr Jacob Antonio


Jacob has a wealth of experience teaching violin, viola and cello.  Over the past decade he has been teaching privately, and in many private and public schools.  During this experience he has successfully taught students ranging from 5 to 65 years individually and in group lessons.  This includes many students with a vast range of learning disadvantages such as ADHD, Dyslexia and Oppositional Defiant Disorder.  Currently, as well as Nowra Christian School, he teaches at Nowra Anglican College, Gib Gate Mittagong, Frensham and Moss Vale Public School.  In the past he has also taught at Robertson Public School, Mittagong Public School, Goulburn Public School, Tudor House Moss Vale, the Goulburn Regional Conservatorium and the Wollongong Conservatorium.


Jacob has completed a Bachelor of Music (Music Education) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (University of Sydney) and is also a qualified classroom music teacher.  Having majored in Music Education, this degree has given him a great insight into how students learn and how to achieve the best outcomes in every student. Some of his free choice subjects included Strings Pedagogy, Conducting, Ensemble Pedagogy and Choral Pedagogy.


Regularly performing in the community, Jacob currently holds the position of Principal 2nd Violin in Steel City Strings, a professional string orchestra that performs regularly in Nowra, Wollongong and the Southern Highlands.  He is also featured in the documentary “The Passion of Music” about the orchestra by acclaimed filmmaker Tony Williams. In addition to the Steel City Strings, he also regularly performs at weddings and functions as part of the Shoalhaven Strings and also performs regularly with Illawarra En Pointe Productions and various community orchestras.


Jacob encourages his students to achieve the best possible sound and technique as well as understanding musical interpretation by giving his students the means to express music in their own way.  He also sets goals that while challenging, give them a great sense of achievement when completed. This sets them up with the mindset that they can achieve anything with hard work and persistence.


Mr Matthew Drury


I have taught beginner brass musical instruments for over twenty years, and have had the privilege of being the band master at The Shoalhaven Salvation Army for over ten years. My teaching emphasises musicality, knowledge of conventions, and technical playing. Outside of music teaching I am a primary trained teacher and have had 4th year training in psychology at university.  I studied 1st year music at university as part of my undergraduate coursework. During my music career I have participated in brass bands, big bands, jazz bands, concert bands, musical performance bands, and a number of worship ensembles. I have over the years specialized in trombone teaching and performance, however I play and teach a wide variety of brass instruments ranging from trumpet to tuba.

Tuesday and Thursday

Mr Richard Hodge

Brass and woodwind

Richard (Master of Music Education (Instrumental)) offers tuition on multiple woodwind and brass instruments. He is an accomplished arranger and has written a range of brass tuition books - the Clefs n Keys Trumpet and Trombone Books 1 & 2, suited for use in either group or individual tuition. Richard currently divides his time between private students at Nowra Anglican College, St John the Evangelist High, Nowra where he teaches brass and woodwind and runs the band program, and Nowra Christian School where he teaches brass and woodwind and assists with the Concert Band program beginner groups. 

Richard is also one of our local Trinity College London music exam representatives with his wife Maree.

Tuesday, Thursday

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Ms Olivia Corish

Singing, piano & beginners ukulele

Olivia Corish is a voice, piano and ukulele teacher. She also offers lessons in music theory, songwriting and AMEB exam / HSC music preparation. She has tutored music students of all ages for over a decade and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her teaching. Students are also offered a variety of performing opportunities and notification for events of interest.

Classically trained, Olivia received a Bachelor of Music (Honours) from the Australian National University before furthering her studies at the Institute of Vocal Arts in Düsseldorf, Germany. She also holds a postgraduate diploma in secondary music education and is a qualified ESL teacher.

An award winning singer & songwriter, her music spans opera, music theatre, Christian and contemporary indie/folk. She recently released her debut EP ‘Share the Joy’ – a collection of gospel songs, and has an album of children’s songs being released in October this year.

Olivia is a member of Albatross Music Theatre Company. You may have seen her as The Wardrobe (Beauty and the Beast), Glinda (The Wizard of Oz) and as Mrs Corry (Mary Poppins). Olivia was the vocal director for Oliver! the musical and will take on the same role in the upcoming The Addams Family. Olivia is also choir director for youth ensemble Impresaria and a capella community choir Raised Voices.

“My philosophy in teaching music is based on my belief that the experience should be enjoyable. Students should leave a lesson feeling encouraged, empowered and excited to continue. Any learner, regardless of age, experience or ability, should be treated as an individual and be motivated to work towards their own goals and discover who they are as a unique artist.” 


Mrs Carolyn Wearne

Piano, keyboard, theory, musicianship

I have been involved with the peripatetic programme for the last 19 or so years and for many of those years organised assemblies and been the overseer of tutors for the programme .

I teach classical and contemporary genre my speciality is jazz and arranging music for all levels of students . I prepare students for both the ANZCA and AMEB practical and theory exams and HSC.

I have entered many students in the Shoalhaven eisteddfod over the past 22years and have enjoyed being adjudicators secretary for the last 6 years and accompanying both NCS choirs and Callala public schools choir in eisteddfods at different times .

I also play piano for my church most weeks .

My philosophy to music if its not fun I have to think outside the box and find a way to help them love it . Music should be a fun part of their life . Carolyn has a full schedule at the moment, but does have a waiting list.


Mrs Annette Smyth

Guitar: acoustic, electric and bass

Annette grew up in a musical family and learnt guitar from a very young age, studying both classical and rock / pop genres. She commenced teaching guitar once she left school, giving lessons both privately, as well as at a local music business. During this time Annette also studied Primary Education at University where she also specialised in music. For many years she has worked in the state school system as a Primary school teacher and specialist music teacher, working with a range of instrumental groups as well as dance and choir ensembles. She has also performed in rock bands for many years as a lead and rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist. Her passion for playing and performing still sees her currently playing in a local 3 piece band.  Annette joined NCS a number of years ago, teaching guitar to students in K – 12 and strongly believes that the first part of learning an instrument is that it has to be enjoyable and relevant to the child. She structures her lessons around the goals , needs and interests of each student, at an individual level, working in the genres of rock/pop guitar (learning chords, rhythm and lead guitar as well as reading tablature) , or classical guitar ( focussing on reading, interpreting and playing musical notation) , or a combination of both. At present Annette’s lessons are all full but she does have a waiting list for any interested students

Thursday and Friday

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