Alexander Hilberts B.A.music, A.musA, A.T.C.L
In 2014 Alexander completed his Associate of Music Australia (A.musA) and his Associate Diploma with Trinity College London (A.T.C.L.), which he passed with Distinction. In the few years leading up to the completion of these two exams Alexander has enjoyed participating in and refining his piano playing through public and private piano master classes with people such as Gerard Willems, Catriona Stafford, Giann-Franco and Natalie Ricci, Elizabeth Jacobs, Phillip Shovk and Clemens Leschke.
In 2015 Alexander began his music degree at Newcastle University Conservatorium and transferred to Avondale College Conservatorium in 2017 to complete his studies in, majoring in piano performance with both Dr Gian-Franco Ricci and Dr Jordan Wett. Alexander was very pleased to complete his music degree through Avondale College and graduated in December of 2018 being awarded a Bachelor of Arts with a specialisation in music.
Alexander has also competed successfully in many piano Eisteddfods across NSW and has won the Senior piano championship at Taree, Muswellbrook, and Orange. He was awarded the Senior piano scholarship at Orange Eisteddfod and competed and placed in the Australian national Eisteddfod in Canberra.
Alexander enjoys encouraging each student to play music they can relate to, to inspire and develop their musical talent, to learn new skills, and to challenge them to play to their full potential.
Emma McEwan BA/BTch
From a young age Emma has been passionate about the voice and theatrical performance, participating in a variety of small productions as a child and adoloescent. Emma later chose to take her hobby seriously and completed her AMEB examinations before finishing her schooling with a band 6 in music. This led her to Avondale College for a Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Secondary teaching, to which she completed in 2018. It was here that Emma studied under the guidance of Blake Parham, Gillian Sullivan and Kathryn Dries, exploring the intricacies and beauty of the classical vocal style. In her final year Emma achieved the academic prize for musical performance.
Emma has experience performing solo with Jazz ensembles, classical productions and acapella vocal groups. Emma has been coaching voice and piano since 2014 with many of her students performing at local shows and fairs, large charity events and annual concerts. Emma teaches ALL ages and believes its never too early or too late to embrace singing and the joy that comes as a result.
Emma is employed as a full time primary and secondary school Music, secondary school Drama and secondary school English teacher at Macquarie College. She devotes herself to quality teaching and each students learning journey. Emma believes that no student is the same and they each need individual teaching strategies for the best results.
Emma also enjoys coaching gymnastics at the hunter sports centre and playing the violin and piano as a hobby.