Australian Woodwind Teachers

Noelene Poole BA (Music) Canberra School of Music
Teacher of Flute

One of Australia’s leading flute players and teachers. BA Music Performance, Canberra School of Music/Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Lectured in Flute Sydney Conservatorium Music, Taught at many leading Sydney Private Schools Highly experienced flute specialist.

New Term vacancies for students of all ages. Primary, secondary and HSC and tertiary preparation. Best results in the HSC.

Children, beginners to tertiary, post-graduate and adult students are all welcomed.

Flute,Piccolo, Fife and Recorder tuition; Theory and Musicianship,

Composition and Improvisation tuition.

HSC composition and musicology and performance.

Vast experience in teaching students of all ages and styles of music. Experienced in teaching and preparing students for AMEB, ABRSM, theory and musicianship.

Excellence in teaching. Excellence in learning.

Studio producing many fine Flute players Nationally and Internationally.

Experienced professional musician, orchestral, chamber musician and soloist.

0408 317 771

Deborah de Graaff B.Mus (Sydney)
Clarinettist – Specialist in performance and practice techniques

Both the National and Commonwealth winner of the ABC’s Instrumental and Vocal Competition, Deborah performed the Françaix Clarinet Concerto with leading orchestras around Australia, participated in International Congresses and competitions in Munich and London and in 1987 was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Scholarship. She has recorded many times for the ABC and performed as chamber soloist with her mother, contralto Lauris Elms, Rita Hunter, Geoffrey Parsons, John Winter and performed concertos at the Sydney Opera House and Angel Place with Richard Bonynge, Paul Dyer and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and The Sydney Mozart players. Chamber music performances have taken her throughout Australia and internationally to Vietnam and England. In more recent years she has perfomed the Mozart Concerto with several orchestras in Sydney, the Gerald Finzi Concerto with Steel City Strings and premiered a Double Concerto for Violin and Clarinet by David Periera. Recital performances, radio broadcasts and concerto performances continued throughout 2007 and included a recording for Melba records of opera and instrumental obligati with Deborah Reidel and Richard Bonynge.

Her CD recordings include; A Clarinet Collection, an all Australian CD Ulpirra, which are currently available on the Walsingham Classics label, and performances as a member of the Shirmer Ensemble on the Naxos label. Brahms – The Complete Works for Clarinet has been released as a double CD set by ABC Classics as well as numerous small label listings of Australian compositions. Two CDs of Enchanted Winds featuring Australian compositions by Kristopher Spike for flute, clarinet and piano trio, have been released in sold out recitals at the recital Hall in the Conservatoirum. New recordings featuring her solo clarinet in recital and as member of Power of Three trio (with John Martin-Piano and Leah Lock-Flute), will be available on line through the iTunes Music Store. She is regulaly broadcast on ABC FM as soloist and as part of her trio.

As well as producing recordings for Walsingham Classics, Naxos, ABC Classics, Melba Recordings and iTunes, Deborah de Graaff has developed several techniques in her wind teaching that have led her to further study and writing. She has for some years been carrying out academic research into the efficiency of practice and is now working on a PhD at NSW University. Deborah has submitted four papers for peer review journals in the last year and presented a paper at the International Conference on Music Communications Science in December 2007. She is currently a lecturer in Clarinet at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Phone: 0402 953 787

Private Studios located at Turramurra, Town Hall Station (City)

Ilse Harris A.D.M.T.
Teacher of Clarinet & Saxophone

Mature Teacher

Fully Accredited

20 Years Experience

Music for Pleasure or preparation for Trinity, AMEB, High School & HSC Exams

Lessons given in studio at North Narrabeen or Pittwater College of Music, Mona Vale

Ph Fax (02)9913 2453

Margery Smith A.Mus.A. , Dip.Mus.Ed. (Syd. Con.) , PhD (Univ. Newcastle) , Dip.Perf. & Communication Skills (Guildhall School London)
Teacher of Clarinet, Saxophone & Musicianship

Margery Smith is a Sydney-based performer, composer and improviser and one of Australia’s finest instrumentalists. She studied clarinet and saxophone at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, as well as in Europe and the USA. Past lives have been as Associate Principal Clarinet with the Sydney Symphony and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. As a composer her work includes pieces for Orchestra Victoria, Continuum Sax, PACT Youth Theatre, and Sydney Omega Ensemble and the 2006 Brisbane Restrung Festival. As an artist, Margery’s work is characterized by artistic innovation and a passion for contemporary classical music performance. At present, her career incorporates time spent composing, teaching, as well as various projects involving the use of improvisation and collaboration in educational and community contexts. Margery has taught clarinet & saxophone at Sydney Conservatorium and the University of Newcastle from beginners to post-graduate level of study.

Phone : 0413 731 726

My aims as a teacher…

To foster individual creativity…creativity is the core of my teaching practice

My goal as a teacher is to explore and facilitate the musical potential that exists in all people. I work as a mentor with my students, developing creative solutions to musical problems.

My teaching strengths are:

Developing efficient practice techniques

Creating your own great sound

Developing your musical understanding, that ‘aha’ moment!

My students have said…

“Margery Smith’s ‘relevant to the times’ approach to teaching has brought out things in my musical ability that I was told would take years to develop”

“Years after my study with Margery Smith I still benefit from her intuitive understanding of music and instrumental technique”

“Margery Smith is an encouraging, patient and dedicated teacher. Under her guidance, I built up my confidence as a performer and musician”

Saantwana Lentz B.Mus. (with Merit) , L.Mus.A.
Teacher of Clarinet

Saantwana is an experienced clarinettist, teacher, AMEB grade and Diploma examiner and adjudicator. Her students include all age groups and levels and many have achieved scholarships, gone on to successful completion of tertiary music study, HSC encore nominations and performances, local, national and international prizes and professional positions. Her students excel in their AMEB examinations and she has received awards for these outstanding results.

Studies began with Kevin Murphy, followed by a Bachelor of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium with Gabor Reeves and post graduate study as a German Government Scholar with Hans Deinzer.

Saantwana continues to perform regularly as a soloist and with a number of ensembles.

Mobile : 0415 251 322

Studio located at Thornleigh

Cathy Wainwright MMus, GCertMusTech, FTCL, LTCL, AMusA

Cathy began learning the piano as a child and has pursued her passion for the flute for the last 34 years! Over this time she has played in many community concert bands and orchestras, including the Hornsby Concert Band, Lane Cove Concert Band, Blue Mountains Musical Society and Strathfield Symphony Orchestra.

Following a period as a full time flute and piccolo player in the Royal Australian Air Force Band, Cathy established a private music teaching studio at her home in Castle Hill, in the north-western suburbs of Sydney, combining this with teaching in local schools. In the past Cathy has also run classes for adult beginner flute students in evening colleges.

For the last ten years Cathy has been a flute and piccolo player in the Royal Australian Navy Band, and has performed with the Band at international military tattoos in Brunei, the United Arab Emirates and China – and in 2012 at the prestigious Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Scotland. Cathy has also travelled to Hawaii with the Band and in 2013 was honoured to perform in Gallipoli and Ankara in Turkey as part of the ANZAC Day commemorations.

Cathy is also a keen chamber music player and has been a member of the New South Wales Chamber Music Society for many years.Cathy does voluntary work for the Society assisting in managing its extensive music library and organising a series of concerts at Sydney’s historic Independent Theatre.Cathy enjoys offering elegant and tasteful music programs for weddings, ceremonies and other functions. In the past Cathy has also been Secretary of both the Australian and the New South Wales Flute Societies.

Cathy holds the Fellowship Diploma of Trinity College London, and an AMEB Associate Diploma in Flute Performance, as well as a Master of Music Degree specialising in Instrumental Pedagogy from the University of New South Wales. Cathy is accredited as a teacher of Flute, Theory and Musicianship by the Music Teachers’ Association of New South Wales Cathy regularly undertakes further professional development activities, most recently completing a Graduate Certificate in Music Technology.

Cathy enjoys playing and teaching all styles of music and caters for students who want to play the flute as a hobby, as well as those who wish to prepare for AMEB, Trinity College, ANZCA and HSC exams. Cathy encourages all students to develop performance skills in concerts and eisteddfods. Cathy’s philosophy is that learning music must be an enjoyable experience resulting in a sense of achievement for students, parents and teacher.

Phone : (02) 9894 7623

Mobile : 0408 024 771

Dr. Micaela Nathan B.Mus. (Syd. Con.), MA, Ph.D , A.S.C.M. , Grad.Dip.Music Therapy , RMT , Cert. Guided Imagery & Music
TEACHER of Clarinet, Saxophone, Piano & Flute

Dr Micaela Nathan is a professional orchestral and concert performer, Music Therapist, examiner for the Australian
Music Examinations Board (AMEB), composer, and artistic director. After attending the Sydney Conservatorium high
school, she gained her BMus (high distinction), MA (music therapy), and PhD at Sydney University, with adjunctive post-
graduate research through Melbourne University and the Sydney University of Technology. Her doctorate research
addressed the sociological foundations of Performance Dysfunction in career musicians and music students set in the
cultural environment of higher music education. This has contributed to her expertise in the areas of performance
anxiety and music therapy.

Over her 40-year career as a concert musician, Dr Nathan has worked regularly with the major Australian symphony,
opera, and ballet orchestras in NSW, QLD, and Victoria, and held principal positions with many music theatre
productions in Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Korea.

Dr Nathan has been a music educator for 40 years at primary, secondary, and tertiary levels, including lecturer in
woodwinds and piano at the Northern Rivers Conservatorium, Penrith Conservatorium, the University of NSW, and
Sydney University of Technology.. She is regularly sought for specialist instruction for HSC, undergraduate, and post-
graduate music students.

As a registered Music Therapist, Dr Nathan provides music learning programs for children who are neurodivergent, and
have cognitive differences and physical disabilities. She has undertaken specialist post graduate training and has 25
years’ experience teaching these unique children.

Dr Nathan has composed five albums of structured music therapy sessions, presented at International Music Therapist
Association conferences, and published for the International Journal of Music and Imagery. As an adjunct to performing
and teaching, Dr Nathan spent many years facilitating workshops combining music psychology and music therapy for
community events, cancer patients, and post-graduate students of music therapy.

Mobile : 0402 283393

Studios located at Thornleigh, Penrith Conservatorium & Orange.

Linda Jane Stacy B.Mus. (NSW Con.) , Grad.Dip.Mus. (VCA) , MTeach (Sydney Uni)
Teacher of Oboe & Recorder

Jane graduated from the NSW Conservatorium of Music in 1987 with a Bachelor of Music Degree. In 1989 she finished a Graduate Diploma of Arts in Music at the Victorian College of the Arts with a HECS scholarship and, in 2009 she completed a Master of Teaching Degree at Sydney University.

Jane is an AMEB examiner and has more than 25 years of experience teaching privately and at schools in Sydney, Melbourne and England including MLC, Trinity Grammar, SCEGGS and St. Catherine’s.

As a performer Jane has worked with many orchestra’s including the State Orchestra of Victoria, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Phantom of the Opera, Cats, and with a variety of chamber music ensembles.

Phone: (02) 9567 5119

Mobile: 0416 983364

Studio’s located at Brighton-Le-Sands and Lugarno in Sydney.

Naomi Halls BA , ASCM , Grad.Dip.Psych. (with Distinction CSU) , B.Soc.Sci. (Psych.) (Hons.)

Naomi Halls is a graduate of The New South Wales Conservatorium (1983), Macquarie University (1987) and Charles Sturt University (2009) and has majors in Flute, Piano, English, History, and Women’s Studies. Recently she has completed a Graduate Diploma in Psychology and will commence postgraduate research linking music and psychology in 2010.

She was appointed as an AMEB Examiner in 1988; Senior/Diploma Examiner in 1995 – current and has examined at the Licentiate Diploma level in 2004 and 2006, 2007,2008 and 2009.

Naomi has performed internationally; and has featured on Irish Television and has participated in The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In recent years she has become involved in the popular sphere, performing as a guest soloist with The Feathered Frog Jazz Trio and in 2006, 2007 and 2008 directed an innovative jazz fusion concept with brother Dave, and son Tarquin as part of the Winter Series at the Joan. Her CD, Moon Over the Ruined Castle was released in 1997 and is in its second print run. She has been Principal Flute with the Sydney Youth Orchestra(1982-1985) and Penrith Symphony Orchestra (1995-2001).

Naomi has presented papers at The National Flute Convention (2005), The Flute Teacher’s Forum of NSW (2005, 2006, 2007), Wollongong Conservatorium(2006) and has adjudicated for Armidale, Coffs Harbour, Hawkesbury, Macarthur, St George, Penrith, Hawkesbury and Sydney Flute Eisteddfods.

Naomi’s recordings of the flute music of Amanda Handel are held in The Australian Music Centre and in 2006 Amanda composed a new work for Naomi ;The Vapours Of Delphi. Naomi premiered this work at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre on July 2nd 2006 .

Naomi teaches performance majors studying at the University of NSW and the University of Western Sydney and University of New England . Naomi has also taught in private practice for over twenty five years (Naomi Halls Studio Faulconbridge; Penrith Conservatorium; and Blue Mountains Grammar School). Her students have been presented with Exhibitions and Top of the State awards from Trinity College, London.. Naomi’s Studio has held the Penrith Conservatorium’s Allan Mullins Scholarship (Junior and Senior categories) since 2000 and Penrith Eisteddfod Most Outstanding Performer Award (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009).

Phone : 0409 519985

Kellie Grennan B.Mus. (Hons.) , LTCL , DipABRSM

Having studied music since the age of 3, Kellie went on to graduate from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in 1995 with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) studying flute with Gerhardt Mallon. Since then, she has undertaken further flute studies with Geoffrey Collins, James Kortum and David Leviston and has taken lessons and master classes internationally with renowned flautists including John Wion, Peter Lloyd, Alexa Still, Paul Edmund-Davies, William Bennett, Aldo Baerten and Elena Duran.

For the past 2 decades, Kellie has been teaching flute privately and at several state and private schools throughout Queensland and for NSW. She currently teaches flute and chamber music at The King’s School and UNSW, and has a large private teaching practice based in Summer Hill. Her passion for pedagogy and chamber music led to her establishing several award-winning flute choirs around Sydney. Many of her students have achieved HSC Encore nominations, success in AMEB and Trinity College grade examinations and Performance Diplomas, and entrance to tertiary music institutions and local youth orchestras. Kellie was president of the Flute Society of NSW from 2002 to 2008.

Phone : 0419 624462

Studio located at Summer Hill.

Anne Plummer B.Mus. (Syd. Con.)
Teaching Flute and tutoring small ensembles.

Teaching locations: Sydney (City); Penrith Conservatorium of Music, Blue Mountains. Other locations by appointment.

Anne took up the flute when she was 14 years old. Within two years, she had passed AMEB Grade 5, performed Vaughan-Williams’ Fantasia on Greensleeves at the Sydney Opera House and gained entry to the Conservatorium High School.

Anne has a lively chamber, orchestral and solo career. With the Windbags Wind Quintet she performed for Musica Viva’s Education Performance Project and Regional Touring Program and supported Dire Straits at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. She played in the professional productions of Les Miserables, A Little Night Music (Sydney Theatre Co), The Sound of Music, Porgy and Bess and the Bolshoi Ballet Australian tour. She plays with Penrith Symphony Orchestra and performs regularly with classical-guitarist husband, Alan Plummer.

“Whether your goals are to sit an AMEB or HSC exam or play for family and friends, I can help you improve your music skills and build on your talent and self-confidence as a musician. Beginners to advanced, ages 9 to 90 are welcome !

Phone: 0415 533 195

Mike Maher Aldo B.Mus. (Iceland)
Teacher of Clarinet – Specialist in Chamber Music & Solo Performance

During the last 20 years Mike studied and performed in Europe with classical experts like e.g. Daniel Barenboim, Sabine Meyer, Karl Leister and Walter Boeykens. Through their vision and successful teaching methods he developed a wide repertoire to help students from young age grow not only in their technical and musical understanding , but also in the cultural values that shape and enrich their character for life.

Mike brings his European standards of professional music performance and music teaching to Sydney and is now taking on new students that want to develop in all aspects of the clarinet.

Phone : 0426 436 001

Teaching is possible in Mike’s studios in Neutral Bay or Ryde or at student’s home.

Jared L.S. Mundell B.Mus. (Perf. – Syd. Con.) , M.Mus. (California State Uni.) , L.Mus.A. , FTCL
Teacher of Clarinet

Jared Mundell began clarinet at 15, while entering the Conservatorium High School. He graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of music in April 2007 with his Bachelor of Music in Clarinet performance and on the dean’s list. In that time, he played in the Sydney Youth Orchestra, and on the radio several times, including two one-hour Fine Music FM Young Performer broadcasts, and ABC “Rising Stars.”

Later that year, he moved to Southern California for a Masters in Clarinet Performance, with a particular clarinettist and teacher, on scholarship, graduating in January 2010. In April that year, he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area for two years, where he combined freelance performing, with studying Alexander Technique. Jared has taught clarinet privately for many years, as a student in Sydney, at a high school in Southern California,.at a music and dance academy in San Francisco, and in Sydney after returning again.

Since moving back to Sydney in April 2012, Jared has given numerous concerts. Including in 2013, for Willoughby Spring Festival Series, Manly Jazz Festival, 2014 conservatorium recital, 2015 at Camelot Lounge, and for an Australian Opera Awards Committee fundraiser.  2016 at Sydney Dance Company Cafe Lounge, as part of his music accessibility project, for which he had received a city council grant.


2019 was the next project concert, with Musical Theater singer Melody Beck, and Orava Quartet along with crossover pianist John Martin, and Folk singer Dahlia Dior as before. Other recent highlights are 2017 Avoca Beach Picture Theater, 2018 Belgian Clarinet Academy and 2021 St. Jude’s Bowral as part of their concert series, chamber music and several recordings with piano.

Phone : 0438 211133

Carmelia MacWilliam
B.Mus. (Perf.)

Carmelia MacWilliam Music

  • Internationally trained, J. Baker, M. Moyse, A. Marion, J-P. Rampal
  • BMus (performance) Ottawa U.
  • Frequent solo & chamber music performer
  • Passionate & dedicated teacher (>45 years experience) will tailor tuition to individual needs & interests of each student, while maintaining a balanced musical ‘diet’
  • Comprehensive syllabus from AMEB, ABRSM ANZCA & Leisure
  • Year 12 Curriculum for NSW & QLD
  • young beginners 8/9 years start on fife
  • start flute from 9/10 years old
  • adult beginners, adult returning players, school age students, conservatory/tertiary entrance prep
  • lessons include elements of note-reading, music theory, aural, sight-reading etc as appropriate
  • I come to you. Servicing the Northern Rivers region from Lismore north to Coomera on the Gold Coast.

Phone: 0418 119 687

Justin Buckingham
B.Mus. (Ed.) (Hons.) , B.Mus. (Perf.)

Justin Buckingham is a multi-instrumentalist based in Canberra. Having played in outfits such as the Divergence Jazz Orchestra and afro-fusion band Lyre Byrdland, he currently leads swing band Rhythm Capital and plays in accordion/clarinet duo Groove Tango, the Australian Wind Orchestra on Baritone Saxophone and trad-jazz band Zackerbilks. Possessing degrees in both Music Education and Jazz Performance from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Justin has many years’ experience teaching saxophone and other woodwinds to beginners through to tertiary in individual settings and in small to large ensembles. This teaching practise is informed by a deep experience playing and composing in a wide range of styles such as jazz, classical, funk, reggae, afrobeat, contemporary wind band, musical theatre doubling and more. Justin currently teaches woodwinds and conducts ensembles at three schools in the ACT and is the MD of Spectrum Big Band and Connexion Big Band.

Phone: 0415 444871

Natalie Wong A.Mus.A (paino), ATCL (flute), LTCL (flute), B.Mus. (hons) (harp), M.Mus (harp)
Teacher of Flute

Phone : 0411 046 480