Piano Teachers

Michelle Griffin

Michelle Griffin grew up in the Bathurst region. She studied piano with Jennie Menzies before gaining acceptance to the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music in 1998, where she studied piano with Gian-Franco Ricci. She graduated in 2003 as a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours, majoring in Piano Performance and Musicology. She began studying voice with Maureen Lewis in 2005, and gained her A.Mus.A diploma in 2011.

Michelle currently teaches piano and voice at Mitchell Conservatorium, All Saint’s College, The Scots’ School, and St Stanislaus College. She has toured Europe and Asia as a member of various musical ensembles, and has been a featured guest pianist for the Australasian Liszt Society.

Locally, she has performed with local theatre groups such as Carillion Theatrical Society, and is a regular performer in the Local Stages ‘Cabaret Kite’ series. She has also performed with ensembles such as the Macquarie Philharmonia, Bathurst Chamber Orchestra and Cantora. She also works extensively as a choral director and accompanist throughout the Bathurst region.

Julia Romano
Dip.T. L.Mus.A., A.Mus.A.

Julia holds both a Diploma in Teaching from Mitchell College of Advanced Education, majoring in Music and Children’s Theatre and a Licentiate in Singing Performance.
Julia has specialised in Classical Singing with a leaning towards Musical Theatre, Musicianship and Pianoforte (Honours Eighth Grade).
Having taught as a music specialist in Primary schools on Sydney’s North Shore, Macquarie University’s Kodaly Program, Orange Regional Conservatorium and here at Mitchell Conservatorium, Julia has enjoyed much success both with some excellent results and student rapport.
Julia’s performance experience includes major roles in opera, operetta, oratorio and musical theatre. Highlights include: The Princess in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Frasquita in Carmen, Adele in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Serpina in Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona, Lady Thiang in Roger And Hammerstein’s The King and I. Gilbert & Sullivan roles include Phyllis in Iolanthe, Yum Yum in the Mikado and Tessa in The Gondoliers.
Julia has enjoyed solo work in numerous chamber recitals throughout Sydney and the Central West and was an oratorio soloist for St Andrew’s Cathedral, St Mary’s Cathedral, St Patrick’s Estate, Manly and All Saints Cathedral, Bathurst.

Dr. David Hood

David holds degrees from both Australia and the United States of America, where he served as assistant conductor of several of the many varsity choirs.

He studied voice at Penn State under Richard Kennedy and also undertook units in vocal pedagogy and French and German diction.

David specialises in both classical and music theatre genres and is an accomplished pianist.

David’s students comprise all ages and levels of experience, and recent students have been accepted into vocal performance degrees at the University of Newcastle and the Australian Institute of Music.

Carolyn Miller

Carolyn has been a music educator for over 30 years. She has a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and a Licentiate degree in Singing and an Associate degree in piano.
Her music experiences have been quite varied over the years. She has taught classroom music, composed two musicals and directed their performances,conducted school bands, choirs and vocal groups, accompanied students for their performances and privately tutored many students in piano and singing. She also performed extensively as a classical singer. She has been employed by several
churches as a Worship Pastor and has a Bachelor of Theology degree. Currently she is composing piano solos, for the intermediate performer ,and is engaged in the project of recording them professionally.
She is an encouraging and diligent teacher who not only focuses on technical aspects but is also aware of the physical, cognitive and emotional aspects that affect the overall musical performance.

Karen Rayner

Commenced musical training at the age of seven. During her adolescent years, Karen pursued AMEB studies achieving an A in eighth grade pianoforte and undertaking Associate Diploma at age 17 years.

Karen has worked professionally in the music industry from the age of 18 years. She joined the Naval military band in 1994. She trained at the Defence Force School of Music in Melbourne developing secondary instruments, flute and piccolo. Obtained grade 3 qualification as a service musician in 1989, and was recognised as a solo performer on the piano. In 1992, she was one of the first female musicians to be assigned to the fleet band serving on the HMAS Jervis Bay.
In 1994, Karen left the military band to pursue a pioneering Diploma Course in Music Therapy. She was the first of three students to undertake this course in Australia. Karen specialised as a clinician working with adult congenital disability, autism and dementia for the following 13 years.
In 2009, she pursued a Bachelor of nursing degree, undertaking a two-year fast track course and achieving academic recognition with the University of Tasmania.
In 2011, relocated to Mudgee, NSW to consolidate her nursing training and career.
Since this time, Karen has balanced her nursing and musical life, continuing to play the piano locally.

Bethany Carter

Bethany holds a BA Ed, BA Soc. Sc. (Psy), DipMus and AMusA (Voice), and is currently completing a research based Master of Music /Music Education) through Sydney University.
She has many years of teaching experience in ensemble, classroom and studio contexts, and performs on harp (pedal and Celtic/lever), voice and piano across the Blue Mountains and Central Western region as an accompanist, and in orchestral and solo settings. She also is accredited as a classroom teacher for the Department of Education.
Bethany has experience conducting and coordinating various ensembles including concert band, string ensemble, harp groups and vocal groups, and is the deputy conductor of the Allegri Singers, Bathurst. Bethany is regularly involved in community theatrical productions as an instrumentalist, musical director and cast member.
As a pedal harpist, Bethany has contributed to orchestras such as the Australian Doctors’ Orchestra and the Macquarie Philharmonia Orchestra.
Her particular expertise as a classroom educator (accredited at the level of Proficient Teacher), and capacity to adjust delivery of curriculum to suit individual learning needs, has enabled Bethany to assist other teachers with developing effective pedagogy, and assisted her role as a sessional academic at Charles Sturt University. Her current Masters research involves investigating the impact of group harp learning on students’ self–efficacy and self- concept. She has a passion for making music more accessible to students by continually developing and re-developing teaching practices that enhance both student potential and well- being.

Michelle Griffin

Michelle Griffin grew up in the Bathurst region. She studied piano with Jennie Menzies before gaining acceptance to the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music in 1998, where she studied piano with Gian-Franco Ricci. She graduated in 2003 as a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours, majoring in Piano Performance and Musicology. She began studying voice with Maureen Lewis in 2005, and gained her A.Mus.A diploma in 2011.

Michelle currently teaches piano and voice at Mitchell Conservatorium, All Saint’s College, The Scots’ School, and St Stanislaus College. She has toured Europe and Asia as a member of various musical ensembles, and has been a featured guest pianist for the Australasian Liszt Society.

Locally, she has performed with local theatre groups such as Carillion Theatrical Society, and is a regular performer in the Local Stages ‘Cabaret Kite’ series. She has also performed with ensembles such as the Macquarie Philharmonia, Bathurst Chamber Orchestra and Cantora. She also works extensively as a choral director and accompanist throughout the Bathurst region.

Julia Romano
Dip.T. L.Mus.A., A.Mus.A.

Julia holds both a Diploma in Teaching from Mitchell College of Advanced Education, majoring in Music and Children’s Theatre and a Licentiate in Singing Performance.
Julia has specialised in Classical Singing with a leaning towards Musical Theatre, Musicianship and Pianoforte (Honours Eighth Grade).
Having taught as a music specialist in Primary schools on Sydney’s North Shore, Macquarie University’s Kodaly Program, Orange Regional Conservatorium and here at Mitchell Conservatorium, Julia has enjoyed much success both with some excellent results and student rapport.
Julia’s performance experience includes major roles in opera, operetta, oratorio and musical theatre. Highlights include: The Princess in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Frasquita in Carmen, Adele in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Serpina in Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona, Lady Thiang in Roger And Hammerstein’s The King and I. Gilbert & Sullivan roles include Phyllis in Iolanthe, Yum Yum in the Mikado and Tessa in The Gondoliers.
Julia has enjoyed solo work in numerous chamber recitals throughout Sydney and the Central West and was an oratorio soloist for St Andrew’s Cathedral, St Mary’s Cathedral, St Patrick’s Estate, Manly and All Saints Cathedral, Bathurst.

Dr. David Hood

David holds degrees from both Australia and the United States of America, where he served as assistant conductor of several of the many varsity choirs.

He studied voice at Penn State under Richard Kennedy and also undertook units in vocal pedagogy and French and German diction.

David specialises in both classical and music theatre genres and is an accomplished pianist.

David’s students comprise all ages and levels of experience, and recent students have been accepted into vocal performance degrees at the University of Newcastle and the Australian Institute of Music.

Carolyn Miller

Carolyn has been a music educator for over 30 years. She has a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and a Licentiate degree in Singing and an Associate degree in piano.
Her music experiences have been quite varied over the years. She has taught classroom music, composed two musicals and directed their performances,conducted school bands, choirs and vocal groups, accompanied students for their performances and privately tutored many students in piano and singing. She also performed extensively as a classical singer. She has been employed by several
churches as a Worship Pastor and has a Bachelor of Theology degree. Currently she is composing piano solos, for the intermediate performer ,and is engaged in the project of recording them professionally.
She is an encouraging and diligent teacher who not only focuses on technical aspects but is also aware of the physical, cognitive and emotional aspects that affect the overall musical performance.

Karen Rayner

Commenced musical training at the age of seven. During her adolescent years, Karen pursued AMEB studies achieving an A in eighth grade pianoforte and undertaking Associate Diploma at age 17 years.

Karen has worked professionally in the music industry from the age of 18 years. She joined the Naval military band in 1994. She trained at the Defence Force School of Music in Melbourne developing secondary instruments, flute and piccolo. Obtained grade 3 qualification as a service musician in 1989, and was recognised as a solo performer on the piano. In 1992, she was one of the first female musicians to be assigned to the fleet band serving on the HMAS Jervis Bay.
In 1994, Karen left the military band to pursue a pioneering Diploma Course in Music Therapy. She was the first of three students to undertake this course in Australia. Karen specialised as a clinician working with adult congenital disability, autism and dementia for the following 13 years.
In 2009, she pursued a Bachelor of nursing degree, undertaking a two-year fast track course and achieving academic recognition with the University of Tasmania.
In 2011, relocated to Mudgee, NSW to consolidate her nursing training and career.
Since this time, Karen has balanced her nursing and musical life, continuing to play the piano locally.

Bethany Carter

Bethany holds a BA Ed, BA Soc. Sc. (Psy), DipMus and AMusA (Voice), and is currently completing a research based Master of Music /Music Education) through Sydney University.
She has many years of teaching experience in ensemble, classroom and studio contexts, and performs on harp (pedal and Celtic/lever), voice and piano across the Blue Mountains and Central Western region as an accompanist, and in orchestral and solo settings. She also is accredited as a classroom teacher for the Department of Education.
Bethany has experience conducting and coordinating various ensembles including concert band, string ensemble, harp groups and vocal groups, and is the deputy conductor of the Allegri Singers, Bathurst. Bethany is regularly involved in community theatrical productions as an instrumentalist, musical director and cast member.
As a pedal harpist, Bethany has contributed to orchestras such as the Australian Doctors’ Orchestra and the Macquarie Philharmonia Orchestra.
Her particular expertise as a classroom educator (accredited at the level of Proficient Teacher), and capacity to adjust delivery of curriculum to suit individual learning needs, has enabled Bethany to assist other teachers with developing effective pedagogy, and assisted her role as a sessional academic at Charles Sturt University. Her current Masters research involves investigating the impact of group harp learning on students’ self–efficacy and self- concept. She has a passion for making music more accessible to students by continually developing and re-developing teaching practices that enhance both student potential and well- being.

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