Extra Curricular

Music is so important to life at Claremont. It provides countless opportunities to build confidence for our students. Music is proven to improve visual and verbal skills, concentration and memory. It creates opportunities for children to study and appreciate other cultures and to work as a team in group music making. Music teaches children to face their fears and to take risks. Research shows that students perform better academically when Music education is a part of their curriculum.

We encourage our students to be creative, to appreciate the power of music and to always use their talents to bring enjoyment to others through performance. We encourage every child to learn an instrument. We endeavour to make instrumental prices affordable while giving the children the best possible learning experiences. 

We are blessed to have an outstanding group of tutors who are experts in their field. This page will give you a little insight into their backgrounds, but really the truth of their experience and expertise lies in the quality lessons that they deliver each day.

Instrumental lessons begin in Year 1 and continue through to Year 6. Some instruments are not taught until the children are of a certain age. See ‘How to choose the correct instrument’ below.

Programs and instrumental lesson times are created in conjunction with your tutor, your child’s class teacher and Mrs Barr. Many factors affect this timetable but the academic needs of each child are the highest priority. Priority in lesson times are given to Year 6 students to ensure they have minimal disruption to their learning.

Did you know we have many performance opportunities at Claremont? These include:

  • Music Recital Evenings (one a term);
  • Weekly Chapel services;
  • School assemblies;
  • School events and celebrations;
  • Biennial musical production;
  • External school competitions; External school festivals; and Dorothy Boyt Nursing home visits (Year 5).

These events are currently on hold due to the NSW Government and NSW Department of Health COVID restrictions. 


We encourage all students to participate in a group ensemble to gain experience in performing as a group. These lessons take place at either recess, lunch time or after school, depending on the ensemble. These experiences provide a wonderful opportunity for your child to represent our school in the proudest way possible - through music!

Ensembles include:

  • School concert band;
  • Senior String ensemble;
  • Junior String Ensemble; and
  • Choir.
"Praise the Lord with the harp; make melody to him with an instrument of 10 strings." Psalm 33:2) 


  • At Claremont we encourage students to begin learning piano, guitar, violin or drums in Year 1. Learning the piano is a good starting point for all instrumentalists. Here you learn the foundations of music theory and other elements, which helps with all future musical ventures.
  • Woodwind and brass instruments should start once your child has a mouth full of adult teeth - typically about 7 or 8 years of age. This allows them to position their lips and teeth correctly around or in front of any mouthpiece. If your child has any dental issues or missing teeth, learning a brass instrument is not encouraged. Clarinet is a good starting point for children in Year 1 or 2 who can then move on to Saxophone in Year 4 or 5. Maturity-learning an instrument takes patience. The initial process is a slow one and requires concentration and maturity, particularly with an instrument like the violin. However learning an instrument can in turn also help develop concentration.
  • An upright piano takes up 8 square feet in a room. You may consider trying a digital piano instead, but it’s important to invest in one that has 88 weighted keys. Always check that your chosen instructor is comfortable with your choice before you purchase one.
  • Drum sets can be purchased but take up space. An alternative is to buy an electronic drum set which saves space! Consider the size of an electric guitar, cello, saxophone, or euphonium related to the space available in your car. Also consider your child and their ability to carry around a large instrument like a cello. 
  • Be sure to take into account what you can reasonably afford to rent or purchase. We encourage students to rent instruments initially when learning rather than buying straight away. 
  • Choose an instrument your child is passionate about. Watch YouTube clips and listen to musical excerpts to determine which sounds they gravitate towards. If your child is interested in that instrument, that is the best way to start.
  • Research instruments that may match the personality of your child. An extravert may instantly connect with a trumpet, guitar or drum, while an introvert may prefer a flute, clarinet or violin.
  • Make sure you can tolerate listening to the instrument being played poorly! You will be hearing this level of musicality around your house on a daily basis when you first get started. Some digital instruments have headphone inputs so that you don’t have to listen to every rehearsal.
Physical Traits
  • Breath control - children that have trouble breathing through their nose and/or are asthmatic may experience difficulty obtaining breath control in learning the flute, saxophone or brass instruments. There are, however, strategies that can be implemented to assist students in developing their breath control. Clarinet can be a much easier instrument to master if one has poor breath control. Alternatively, choose a violin.
  • Posture - good posture is needed to play the flute and violin and the ability to hold arms high at shoulder level.
  • Size - Children should be physically ready to handle large, heavy instruments such as the saxophone, trombone and euphonium. The full weight is taken around the child’s neck and small children find this difficult. 

Whichever instrument you ultimately choose, your child will need your encouragement to continue practising - especially in the beginning. Start with about 10 minutes of practice once a day and try to increase the time in 5 minute increments with a goal of approximately 30 minutes a day. As their competency improves, you shouldn’t need to nag them to practice, since much of the motivation to practice and advance their knowledge will come from inside. This said, it helps to have a cheering section during and after their daily practices so that they know that their musical talent is valued by their family.

Practice Tips
  • Help your child set up a special place at home to play the instrument.
  • Establish a time each day to play. Some children are at their best in the morning, before school. Some parents set a time after the evening bath when the child is relaxed, but not tired.
  • Consider using the phrase ‘playing time’ rather than ‘practice time’.
  • If possible, be a positive part of your child’s playing time. Sit with your child while they play and ask, “Show me what you’re learning.” Or, consider learning to play the instrument with your child. 
  • Praise your child for each step forward.
  • Never make negative remarks about how your child’s playing sounds. It takes time and effort to produce musical sounds. 
  • Encourage other family members to applaud the child’s efforts. Positive attention is a great motivator.
  • Remember that there are always peaks and valleys in the learning process. You and your child should expect times of discouragement, accept them, and focus on the positive fact that they are learning to make music. Remind them that everything worth doing takes time and effort. 
  • Provide positive role models. Bring your child to hear amateur or professional musicians perform. Take your child to movies that show musicians in a positive light, such as “Music of the Heart.”
  • Use stickers or wall charts to reward consistent practice.
Terms and Conditions
  1. Student are taken out of classroom lessons on a rotation basis. Please note that children may miss the occasional Maths or English lesson.
  2. Subjects are taken and payment is made for a whole semester (2 terms).
  3. Tutors provide 14 lessons during each semester. Extra lessons can be negotiated with the tutor.
  4. Lessons for children in Years 1-4 are held during school time. Lessons before school, at lunchtime and after school are generally reserved for Years 5-6.
  5. Fees are payable in full, prior to the commencement of each semester. Lessons may be withheld until payment is received.
  6. Payments must be made to the tutor directly. A receipt will be issued upon request.
  7. Fees are non-refundable except where the subject is withdrawn by the individual tutor.
  8. Where a child is absent from the school, the lesson is forfeited. The lesson will, however, be made up if the tutor is absent. Prior day’s notice of absence is appreciated. Lessons will be made up should the tutor be contacted directly prior to 9:00am on the day of the lesson.
  9. A full term’s notice in writing must be given prior to withdrawal from private tuition. Insufficient notice will necessitate payment of term’s fees. No refunds will be given for the remainder or part of the term where insufficient notice is given.
  10. Enrolments will be processed by the tutors in order of receipt of application forms. Where the number of applications exceed the number of places available, allocation will be made at the tutor’s discretion. Initially priority will be given to continuing students, but otherwise, places will be allocated on the basis of the receipt of application.
  11. Fees for Concert Band will be charged by the school directly to the student’s term account each semester. Fees for String Ensemble will be invoiced directly by the string ensemble coordinator. 
Suggested Age for Instruments
Kindy, Year 1, Year 2 (Kindy from Semester 2 onwards only)

Guitar - Year 1 and Year 2

Percussion - Year 1 and Year 2

Piano - Kindy (from Semester 2), Year 1 and Year 2

Violin, Cello - Kindy (from Semester 2), Year 1 and Year 2

Vocals - Kindy (from Semester 2), Year 1 and Year 2

Saxaphone - not recommended    

Year 3, 4, 5 and 6

Woodwind, Flute, Clarinet - Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6

Brass (trumpet etc) - Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6

Saxaphone - Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6



Band is currently on hold.
$200 per Semester

The School Band perform regularly at school assemblies, recitals and Speech Day. The Band also competes in externally run band competitions and music festivals. Students are required to play at approximately Grade 1-2 AMEB on their band instrument to participate in the School Band Program. Students not having lessons with a music tutor at Claremont College are required to audition for placement in this ensemble.

Click HERE to register for Band.

Brass - Sam Golding

Individual lessons $686 per semester 
14 lessons per semester

Multi-Instrumentalist. Tutor. Composer. Band conductor. 

Working primarily as a freelance musician on brass (trumpet, tuba) and woodwind (flute, saxophone), Sam has 25 years’ experience of playing music in Sydney and overseas and he has maintained a successful teaching studio in the Inner West and Eastern Suburbs teaching students ranging from raw beginners to young (and not so young) adults. 

He has worked since 2005 with Musica Viva In Schools with the brass group The Sousaphonics and the West African group Teranga to bring their music to tens of thousands of school students around Australia and overseas. He is currently producing a new show with Musica Viva to be ready for 2021. 

Looking forward to building the Claremont College band, Sam is particularly keen to develop brass players - both on the trumpet and cornet and on the lower brass instruments the trombone and euphonium.

Click HERE to register for Brass lessons with Sam.

Drums - Percy Reddy

Individual lessons $686 per semester (Semester 1 only) 
Individual lessons $700 per semester (commencing Semester 2)

14 lessons per semester

Percy believes instilled within every child lies the ability to reach their full potential. By exploring a range of creative outlets combining modern technology and traditional percussive elements, Percy believes students are empowered to create at a greater capacity. Having unity as the culture, Percy is passionate about building an atmosphere of support and raising student's self-esteem. 

"Music is not simply playing a song, it is a powerful medium to discover who you can truly become." - Percy Reddy 

Please click HERE to register for lessons with Percy.

Flute - Visnja Kosanovic 

$686 per semester
14 lessons per Semester

Visnja Kosanovic received her Bachelor and Master degrees in flute performance at the Academy of Art in Novi Sad, Serbia.  Playing as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician - both flute and piccolo - she performed extensively in the Serbian National Opera and Ballet, M Ex Media, Ambiental Orchestra and New Art Forum chamber ensemble. Visnja also made many recordings for Serbian Radio and Television and has performed in master classes throughout Europe.  In 1999 Visnja moved to the USA and actively performed in the Washington area with groups such as the National Gallery OrchestraWashington Bach Consort, Southwest Chamber Players and Levine Woodwind Quintet. At the same time, she was teaching at Levine School of Music and International School of Music. Since moving to Sydney Visnja has joined RHH Symphony Orchestra and continues her work as a freelance musician and flute teacher. She was acknowledged as the teacher of the year 2013 at Ebenezer Mission Music School in Burwood for the excellent results that her students achieved.

Click HERE to register for lessons with Visnja.

Guitar & Rock Band - Luke Galea

Guitar – Individual lessons - $700 per Semester
14 lessons per semester

Rock Band - $350 per semester (40 min lesson) 
14 lessons per semester

Luke Galea has been teaching guitar for over 10 years. Born into a musical family, Luke developed a strong passion, knowledge and love for music. Having played the guitar for many years, Luke has gained a thorough understanding of the instrument which he has displayed through live performance all over Sydney. This includes residencies at venues such as the ‘ArtHouse Hotel’, the ‘Piano Room’, the ‘Slip Inn’, the ‘Bayview Hotel’, ‘Cargo Bar’ and the ‘Coogee Pavilion’.

Luke offers a relaxed, friendly and professional learning experience covering various aspects of electric and acoustic guitar such as technique, rhythm & lead, improvisation, chord & scale knowledge and building a strong repertoire. Luke makes every effort to inspire, encourage & challenge his students.

Luke holds a Bachelor of Music and Grad. Dip. Ed and this training helps him to present engaging, well organised and fun lessons for students. In addition to Claremont College, Luke teaches guitar at St Andrew’s Cathedral School in Sydney and has been there for over 10 years. In this time Luke has taught students of all ages from Kindergarten right through to Year 12 HSC Music. He also runs a number of small ensembles and rock bands during the week.

Most of Luke’s working life has been spent performing and teaching Music. Music is his passion, and he loves to share it with his students. He teaches guitar from beginners to advanced players and demonstrates a wide range of styles of music on the guitar. Luke takes great satisfaction in seeing his students discover the joys of music and of mastering their instrument.

Click HERE to register for lessons with Luke. 

Piano - Carlson Luong

Piano - $686 per semester 
14 lessons per Semester

“I will build their self-esteem & showcase the beauty of music.”

Carlson Luong has been teaching for over thirteen years with experiences in music schools, public & private schools, and own music studio (Musics Garden). He is reputed as a passionate, engaging & patient teacher who has taught students of all ages and levels. Some of his students have performed internationally and have learned under prestigious music universities such as the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and UC Berkeley in California, USA. 

Carlson studied at UNSW, graduating with a Bachelor of Music (Sonic Arts) and has achieved his AMUS with Grade 5 Theory/Musicianship. As of now, he is continuing with postgraduate training at the University of New England, studying his Masters of Teaching (Secondary). As a performer, Carlson has performed internationally solo and with his ensemble, Suwitra Jaya at music festivals, events, accompanying, and has even performed for the Australian Consulate General at their home in Bali. 

From AMEB exams, HSC, competitions, leisure, jazz, pop, film, composition, singing, and more; he is very versatile and experienced in many fields in order to cater to the students' learning needs. Carlson’s teaching style aims for a personable approach, working together with the student and parents to help them achieve their goals. This is an invitation to go on a musical journey.

Click HERE to register for lessons with Carlson.

Singing - Lyndell Pym

Singing tuition - $686 per semester 
14 lessons per semester

Lyndell has many years of experience in singing and performance as well as in many styles of dance. Lyndell’s passion is to impart a love of singing and music to young people and equip them to perform at their very best as they discover the joy of singing and performance. She has been a dedicated vocal teacher for the past 5 years, teaching at several schools, music schools and studios, as well as teaching dance for the past 8 years. She has catered to a large age range of students, from 2-3 year olds through to high school students and adults. Her teaching is tailored for beginners through to professional singers and performers working in the entertainment and music industry, as well as training students in proficiency to sit AMEB and ANZCA exams.

Lyndell’s own life-long training in singing and music has contributed to developing her knowledge of music, singing, vocal technique and teaching. She holds a Bachelor of Music (Vocal Performance) from Wesley Institute and a Masters of Teaching in Secondary Music, completed through Australian Catholic University. Her is vision is to be an inspiring and encouraging teacher to all her students. Lyndell finds it so rewarding to witness students’ growth in their music journey as they discover the joy of singing and develop not only in their vocal skills, but finding confidence in their voice and performance. She believes within her teaching, it is important for students to develop an understanding of their voice and how it works, but to also simultaneously develop their musicality.

She looks forward to seeing all her students grow through providing positive, nurturing learning experiences for all her students in fun, engaging lessons.

Click HERE to register for lessons with Lyndell.

String Ensemble and Cello - Margaret Machamer

Individual lessons $686 per semester
14 lessons per semester

String Ensemble – fees on application
14 lessons per semester

Margaret was a Student of legendary Cellist, Barbara Woolley. She was awarded a 2 Year Orchestral Scholarship with the ABC Sinfonia and Sydney Symphony Orchestra Scholarship at Age 18 Years. A great reward after growing up in the rich musical history of the Sydney Youth Orchestra (Principal Cellist), Australian Youth Orchestra and Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra.

The Lindsay Trio, with Sisters Maria & Angela won the 2MBS Young Performers Scholarship and had many interesting engagements offered to them in their early twenties. Margaret then embarked on a Freelance Career including Tasmanian Symphony, Sydney Symphony and the Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra and many shows in Sydney. In 1989 she moved to London taking lessons at the Royal Academy, and again freelancing Chamber & Orchestral work and a regular Principal with Les Miserables and the National Symphony Orchestra. 

Since returning to Sydney she has toured Asia many times with Professional Theatre, had popular success with Album and Ensemble, ‘Impromptu Car ice and over almost 3 decades has continued to develop talented Cello Students. She currently teaches at Claremont College and also teaches and Conducts Orchestras in various Schools; St Mary’s Cathedral College, St Clare’s College, Reddam, Christian Brothers Lewisham and Waverley Boys College.

Margaret continues to perform, rehearse and record in Professional Orchestras, and Studios on a regular basis in Sydney.

Click HERE to register for lessons with Margaret. 

Violin - Dominique Guerbois

Individual lessons $686 per semester 
14 lessons per semester

Dominique is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, having gained a Bachelor of Music in performance. A Big Brother Foundation scholarship enabled her to further her studies in London where she also performed as a member of the Salomen Ensemble.

Since returning to Australia, Dominique has played with many orchestras including the ACO and Sydney Philharmonia. She has performed for many years as a member of Crisantemi string quartet, regularly touring for Musica Viva in schools and country wide programs. With the Bravura Ensemble, Dominique has presented concerts in Sydney and as a guest entertainer forCrystal and P. & O. Cruises. Other professional engagements have included many musical theatre productions in Sydney and Australian and overseas tours. She is in demand as a session musician recording for numerous film and television scores as well as albums for various artists. As concertmaster of the Metropolitan Orchestra Dominique performs in a wide range of concerts which varies from the Met Concert series to touring with artists such as the 2Cellos, Basement Jaxx & Joy Division as well as the annual Bravo Cruise of the Performing Arts.

Dominique’s years of performing to school audiences encouraged her to begin teaching violin 11 years ago and she joined Reddam House School as violin & ensemble tutor where she continues to teach and perform in the busy music department. She is also the string tutor for the Lane Cove Youth Orchestra and is often engaged as specialist violin tutor for school music camps and workshops around Sydney.

If you are interested in learning more about your child receiving violin or viola lessons, please complete the attached LINK.

Before School & After School Activities


Thursday 3:10-4:45pm

Artisan at Home have been running Art and Craft workshops to primary aged children since 2017. Each week our mini creatives explore, play, enquire and work on small Art and Design projects. We believe that emotional regulation requires the use of all our senses and helps to slow down busy minds. Fostering confidence early with tactile arts will be an investment into future health and wellbeing. 

Founder Phi Morton has two children currently attending Claremont and has crafted with her mother since she was young. Her passion for design, nature, traditional crafts and responsible use of resources, translates to designing small projects and teaching art for creative minds. In considering the future skills needed in our sophisticated society, Art helps develop resourcefulness, community, creativity and invention.

At Claremont we offer Art on Thursday afternoons between 3:10pm - 4:45pm.

Each term consists of 7-9 weeks and works out to be $29 per class. Enrolment is term based and paid prior to the term commencing to allow for resource planning. 

We accept the NSW Creative Vouchers.  All we need is a valid Name, Date of Birth and voucher code when you enrol online.

All our Art Educators hold valid WWCC and classes have a maximum of 10 students.

For more information please contact Phi Morton (/faɪ/) on 0403 377 420 via phone, text or whatsapp. Bookings are taken online  at any time. We look forward to being a part of your child’s creative arts journey! 


Learn to be a chess champion! Coaching for students at Claremont College is held on Friday mornings from 8:00am – 8:40am. The cost for the coaching is $12 per lesson per child. There are approximately 8-10 lessons during each term.

Learning and playing chess helps children develop their logical thinking and problem solving skills, improves their concentration and focus, while also being a great source of enjoyment.

Our classes begin with an interactive lecture by one of our experienced coaches. During the second half of the lesson, children play games against each other, putting newly learned strategies into practice. As the term progresses and the children become proficient in all the basics, the lectures will move on to more complex ideas such as strategy, middle game ideas and chess technique.  

Students earn merit awards by making checkmates, or by displaying skills and positive
qualities like good behaviour and sportsmanship, which all good chess players strive to

The cost will be a Term fee based on $12 per student per lesson.  The Term fee varies each term, depending on the number of weeks.

To enrol please pay online with your credit card at

Enter the code 85DUQIENP1 and fill in the electronic form, with your child’s details.


Commencing in Term 2. More details to come.


$315 per semester
Wednesdays 3:30pm onwards (times to be confirmed)

Curtain Call is a group class that focuses on everything that is Musical Theatre. Students will explore the art of musical theatre and performance through combining vocal skills, acting techniques and movement. Our Curtain Call classes are not competitive but are geared towards giving students the opportunity to develop and refine skills involved in musical theatre and develop confidence as young performers. These classes would be suitable for those who have good vocal ability, have a good sense of rhythm, have a natural dance ability and of course are ready to collaborate and work as a team. Some examples of skills that may be developed through these lessons are vocal projection, developing group performances for an audience, the art of telling a story through a song, following direction and characterisation. Students will have various performance opportunities throughout the year, to further their confidence and skills in performance and to show off what they have been learning in class.

These classes will be led by Lyndell Pym. Through Curtain Call, she aims to inspire and educate her students of the world of Musical Theatre, while encouraging them to strive to do their very best in sharpening their performance skills.

Depending on enrolment numbers, there will (most probably, depending on enrolment numbers) be three age group classes. Infants (Years 1-2), junior primary (Years 3-4) and senior (Years 5-6).

Please feel free to call or email the office to organise a chat with Lyndell, to discuss if this class is suitable for your child.   

About Lyndell Pym

Lyndell’s own life-long training in singing, dance and acting has fuelled her love and passion for musical theatre and performance. Along with many years of training in these areas of creative performance, she holds a Bachelor of Music (Vocal Performance) from Wesley Institute and a Masters of Teaching in Secondary Music. Her vision is to be an inspiring and encouraging teacher to all her students. Lyndell finds it so rewarding to witness students’ growth in their creative journey as they discover the joy of performance and develop not only in their performance skills, but finding confidence in their self. 

Some of her recent accomplishments involve directing various productions including her latest highlight, Into The Woods Junior. Lyndell regularly performs herself in Musical Theatre productions such as Cats and taking on lead roles such as Lois in Kiss Me Kate, as well as in venues across Sydney as a vocalist/performer. 

Click HERE to register for lessons with Lyndell.  

Greek - John Sotiropoulos

$350 per Semester 
Thursday 3:15pm-5:00pm

John Sotiropolous studied Modern Greek and Italian language and literature, Classics and Ancient History at the University of Melbourne. Upon completing his studies, he moved Cyprus and had the opportunity to extend his studies at the Universities of Athens and Cyprus. After spending two decades teaching K-12 Greek language & Literature and History at private British schools in Cyprus, he returned to Australia. John is currently teaching Greek at various schools in the Greek Communities of Sydney and together with adult classes also.

Click HERE to register for Greek lessons.