Teaching Staff

Our teaching staff come from all over Australia to instill our students with a love of music and the skills they need to play it

Tracey Barnier

Voice, Choirs

Associate of Trinity College London (ATCL)
Licentiate of Trinity College London (LTCL)

After studying piano for 10 years in her youth Tracey returned to music when she moved to New Zealand with her husband. She studied singing privately with Joan Kennaway QSM from 1997 till her recent passing in 2018, attaining her ATCL in 2003 & LTCL in 2006, both in Vocal Recital. Tracey was invited to perform with one of New Zealand's premier operatic groups, Opera North Inc., where her love of opera grew and she became one of their leading soloists.

Tracey has studied under many renowned singers and tutors including Dame Malvina Major, Judy Bellingham, Isabel Cunningham, Helen Medlyn and David Harper, amongst others, in Australia, New Zealand and abroad.

After moving back to her hometown of Tamworth last year Tracey has been teaching individual students and Directing Choirs at TRCM. Her vocal knowledge covers a wide range of genre from Classical to Contemporary Voice.

Deb Batley

Flute, Piano, Musicianship

Bachelor of Arts (Music), University of Sydney
Master of Education, University of New South Wales
Associate Diploma in Music (AMusA)

Debra is the current Chair of the NSW Chapter of the Australian Society of Music Education and has been a member of the committee since 2012. She has written curriculum for NESA and consulted on the development of the K-6 Creative Arts Syllabus. Debra is an experienced HSC marker in both the practical and composition components of the course.

Debra is a passionate educational researcher. In 2017, in conjunction with Carinya Christian School, she was successful in securing a competitively funded grant enabling her to lead a School-Based Research Project exploring how direct instrumental music instruction could help students with learning difficulties associated with reading. The strong results of this study have been reported as widely as the Sydney Morning Herald and led to speaking invitations from as far afield as Helsinki.

Debra has a Master of Education from the University of New South Wales, completing the course with Academic Excellence and being included on the 2019 Dean’s List. 2020 sees her begin a Doctorate of Education, also at UNSW.

From 2015 to 2019 Debra has written educational resources for Sydney Symphony Orchestra and, on occasion, consulted more broadly regarding the shape of their education program.

An alumna of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music High School, Debra studied piano with Albert Landa and Stephanie McCallum, Clarinet with Mark Walton and Neville Thomas, and Chamber Music with Gerard Willems and Kathryn Selby. Whilst at the Conservatorium High School she completed Conservatorium Level 7 in piano, Level 5 in Clarinet, and gained her ASCM in Piano.

Kym Beare

Guitar, Drums

Bachelor of Arts (Contemporary Music)
Diploma of Education

Kym studied at the Southern Cross University completing a Bachelor of Contemporary Music (composition major) and a Graduate Diploma of Education. 

He worked in secondary education for many years as a classroom music teacher and faculty coordinator. 

Kym has composed or produced music for Aleyce Simmonds, Adam Eckersley and Brooke McClymont, Loren Ryan and Steve Charles. He has been a touring guitarist for acts such as The McClymonts, Adam Eckersley Band and Victoria Avenue.

You can see him playing around town with his bands, "Power of 2", "Splashpool" and the weekly Musos Jam.

Alan Buchan

Guitar, Drums, Ukulele

Jazz Fundamentals, Sydney Conservatorium of Music (1991)
Certifcate IV in Music (Business), TAFE (2010)

Alan is responsible for establishing the singer songwriter development platform, fRETfEST, which helps put Australia's best new talent on stage and he was nominated for Australia Day Local Hero Award, Gold Coast Music Champion Award and Cultural Development Award.

In his work as guitar tutor, Alan inspired gifted students at the Coomera Anglican College and established Coona Music from where he guided special needs students at BreakTHRU and takes talented young guitarists to the Tamworth Country Music Festival every year.

In his own music career, Alan won talent quests as a teenager, formed and fronted his own Pop Band, wrote and recorded his own album and released three singles. He is an accomplished entertainer, a 20-year APRA Member, mentor to many successful young indie musicians and still performs live today.

In 2018 Alan won the Coke Cola Battle of the New Stars Golden Oldie Award and he is passionate about teaching the fundamentals of music on guitar, focussing on technique and fretboard familiarity and he actively encourages students to learn scales and explore chord progressions so they can write their own songs and express themselves through improvisation and composition.


Julia Cain

Flute, Recorder

Bachelor of Music (Double Performance), University of Newcastle
Associate Diploma in Music (AMusA)


Hannah Caterer

Piano, Flute

Bachelor of Music, University of Newcastle

Hannah has completed AMEB 8th grade in Flute and the Certificate of Performance in Piano. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Newcastle, where she studied modern and baroque flute with Sally Walker and was the recipient of the Vaslasi Bleazard Memorial Scholarship.  She was selected for “Study Abroad” at the Luleå University of Technology, Sweden, studying for one semester with Sven-Erik Sandlund and researching/performing traditional Swedish Folk Music.  She has participated in masterclasses and workshops with other notable flautists, including: Georgia Browne (UK/Australia), Jonathan Henderson (Australia/Estonia), Tim Munro (Australia/USA), Esti Rofe (Israel), João Carlos Santos (Brazil/Holland), Kristen Stoner (USA) and Anna Svensdotter (Sweden).

A committed teacher, Hannah is currently completing a Masters in Teaching (Primary) through the University of Newcastle and finds this a satisfying challenge as she continues to develop her teaching career. She is currently the classroom music teacher at Oxley Vale Public School.

Tammy Clark


Tammy has grown up on the stage. She started dance lessons at the age of 5 and singing lessons at 8 years of age. After leaving school Tammy studied and then worked as a nurse. Music and musical theatre remained her passion and so in 2014 when an opportunity was offered for her to teach vocal and musical theatre at Gunnedah Conservatorium she was quick to snatch it up and start sharing her experience with others.

Her vocal training includes AMEB exams to grade 7 and completion of the teacher AMEB training in the musical theatre syllabus. Tammy has gained most of her knowledge through performance opportunities both rurally and on the coast of NSW. She has worked with both groups and vocal soloists. In 2018 Tammy played the lead role of Velma Kelly in the Gunnedah Conservatorium’s sell out production of Chicago. In 2019 she joined the Tamworth musical society playing Babette in Beauty and the Beast and also performing in the cast of Boy from Attunga.

Tammy has been a vocal and musical theatre teacher at Gunnedah Conservatorium since 2014 and even after moving to Tamworth in 2017 her dedication to her students lead her to travel to Gunnedah for 3 years in order to continue their tuition. Tammy made the difficult decision at the end of 2019 to say goodbye to her Gunnedah students and move her studio to Tamworth.

Tammy teaches individual and group vocal lessons. Lessons involve working with each student as individuals and using their interests as a foundation to commence their musical journey. She exposes students to a variety of music genes including; art songs, pop, jazz, and country, folk and musical theatre. Students are encouraged to perform and offered the opportunity to complete AMEB exams. Tammy believes each voice is an instrument and with guidance and support students can learn to use their vocal gifts to their fullest potential.

Tammy is currently completing her Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary).

Diane Cork

Diane Cork

Musicianship, Music Craft

Bachelor of Arts/Diploma in Education, University of Sydney
Diploma in International Education, Monash University
Certificate in Gifted & Talented, University of NSW

Diane has recently retired from teaching music in secondary schools after 40 years and also has extensive experience in preparing students for AMEB exams, both in instrumental and theoretical studies, with excellent results. Diane also has a wide range of experience with performance groups, both choral, instrumental and musical theatre and at various times has been a member of groups such as Tamworth Clarinet Choir, Regional Youth Orchestra and Salon Orchestra. Her involvement in Arts activities has also included the TRCM Board, Arts Council, Musica Viva and ABC Concerts Committees, amongst others. She is at present enjoying specialising in teaching Theory, Musicianship and Music Craft through all levels to music students at the Conservatorium.

James Craswell

James Craswell


Bachelor of Music, University of New England

A former student of TRCM, James Craswell is one of the region’s most prolific and in-demand guitarists and vocalists. He has performed on stages big and small with a wide variety of acts, including Jimmy Craz Band, The O Trio, SumAssault, Merchants of Venice and the UNE Jazz Band

He started teaching guitar in his late teens while studying music at UNE and prides himself on versatility, teaching a great many styles of music across a large range of age groups.

Brett Dallas

Brett Dallas

Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele

Golden Guitar winner, 2018 (Producer of 'Lighthouse' - Ashleigh Dallas)

Brett has been a professional musician for 35 years and has been sharing his craft at the Tamworth Regional Conservatorium of Music as a guitar teacher since 2005. With a world of music industry knowledge, musicianship skills and a strong understanding of the importance of music theory, Brett encourages all of his students and enjoys watching them grow as musicians. As a professional session musician Brett has played on countless Albums offering his creativeness and letting his guitar do the talking, making him an extremely popular guitar player within Australia. Brett has also produced and engineered several albums, and one of his proudest productions and full-time commitments is his daughter's (Ashleigh Dallas), producing her albums and playing full-time in her band and creative leader as Musical Director. Along with the fundamentals and important techniques, Brett also teaches the necessary skills and attributes to play and succeed in today's music business.

Manduway Dutton

Piano, Guitar, Didgeridoo

Advanced Diploma in the Performing Arts, Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts
Bachelor of Music (Piano), Central Queensland University

Manduway completed an Advanced Diploma in the Performing Arts at the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts in Brisbane studying piano, songwriting and recording technology in 2014. In 2016, he went on to complete a Bachelor of Music degree (specialisation jazz and pop) at the Central Queensland Conservatorium of music where he majored on the piano. He has performed at the Boomerang Festival in 2017, The Sydney Opera House’s Homeground Festival in 2014 and 2015. He also has performed at Brisbane Festival, The G20 summit, Clancestry, the Yarrabah Band Festival, the Matilda Awards as well as performances with Jazz virtuoso James Morisson, trombonist Dan Barnett, saxophonist Andrew Robertson and has worked with renowned stage directors Leah Purcell ,Wesley Enoch and Rhoda Roberts.

Brooke Gillett

Early Childhood Music

Diploma in Children's Services

Brookie Gillett is passionate about Early Childhood Music education. She has twenty years' experience working with young children and families and understands the profound positive effects that musical opportunities have on all areas of a child's development and growth. She holds a Diploma of Children's Services, and is currently studying a Bachelor of Music part-time. Brookie studied AMEB Pianoforte and Classical Voice, and also enjoys playing the ukulele. She is a member of the Victorian Orff Schulwerk Association and is keenly interested in pursuing further qualifications in her Orff  Levels and Kodaly Method in the future. Brookie has been involved in local musical theatre for many years, her most recent role being Glinda the Good Witch of the North in Wicked, a dream come true. She has toured interstate in a folk duo with her husband, performing many years at the incomparable Woodford Folk Festival. They have three young children who are all showing early signs of being musical geniuses!


Sarah Gollan

Piano, Accompanist

Sarah has experience tutoring school students in both classical and contemporary music. Sarah is currently completing a Bachelor of Music at the University of New England and is studying at an AMusA standard. Sarah is passionate about developing healthy piano techniques, helping students overcome performance anxiety, and equipping students to become independent musicians. It is Sarah’s goal to foster a lifelong love of music in children and create a lesson environment that is social, engaging and relevant to 21st-century education.

Colin Gutteridge

Woodwinds, Schools Program

Colin teaches clarinet and saxophone as well as working in our school’s programs. Colin was a member of the Royal Australian Navy Band where he was trained in many different styles of music, Classical, Concert Band, Swing, Dixieland Jazz, etc. Colin has worked in the Music Industry and Music Shops for 39 years, in that time he has also been teaching privately for 36 years and doing musical instrument repairs.

Annette Hamilton

Piano, Junior Children's Choir

Annette completed her secondary schooling at the Conservatorium High School where she attained the Associate of the State Conservatorium of Music in piano and level 5 in violoncello. Following this she completed a Bachelor of Arts (Music and History) at Sydney University and a Diploma of Education at Sydney Teachers College. Annette has taught music in several public high schools around NSW and has been selected to accompany the Combined Choirs at a number of Opera House Choral Concerts. Since 1998 she has taught at Calrossy Anglican School, including ten years as Head of Music. During her career as a high school music teacher, Annette has directed several choirs, orchestras, musical theatre performances and eisteddfod performances. She is delighted to be using her diverse experiences in piano performance to guide current students of Tamworth Regional Conservatorium of Music.

Ian Hocquard

Ian Hocquard

Brass, Schools Program

Diploma of Music
Bachelor of Arts (Music)
Diploma in Education

Ian brings several years of primary school teaching experience to the Conservatorium including 11 years conducting primary school concert bands and teaching individual and group music classes. Ian’s qualifications include a Diploma of Music, Bachelor of Music (French Horn major) and a Diploma of Education (Primary). Ian is teaching Brass at the Conservatorium and has worked in our Schools programs.


Jacquie Langston

Woodwinds, Ukulele, Musicianship, Music Craft

Bachelor of Music Studies (Performance), University of Sydney

Jacqueline Langston has had a long association with the Tamworth Regional Conservatorium of Music, beginning her musical education here before moving to Sydney for her tertiary studies. At the Sydney Conservatorium of Music she completed her Bachelor of Music Degree majoring in performance on the flute under the instruction of James Kortum, Margaret Crawford and Mark Walton.

At the TRCM and in their Schools Programs Jacquie has taught Flute, Musicianship, Clarinet, Recorder, Early Childhood Music, Oboe, Bassoon, Ukulele, Percussion and Beginner Piano. Jacquie has also been a Conductor of the Tamworth Regional Youth Orchestra, TRCM Flute Ensemble, TRCM Concert Band and a Musical Director for Tamworth Musical Society, performing in over 20 musicals. Jacquie loves to see students of all ages and from all across the state have access to musical education, and in addition to Tamworth she has travelled to towns around the region to teach students from Gunnedah, Quirindi, Nundle and Woolomin.


Emily Lysaght

Early Childhood Music, Piano, Woodwinds, School Programs

Emily Maslen

Cello, Violin, Poco a Poco Strings, Preschool Program

Emily previously studied cello at the Tamworth Conservatorium before undertaking a Bachelor of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium.  Emily has a particular interest in early childhood development and is very keen to establish cello programs with young students in primary schools throughout Tamworth.

Noelene McGrane

Noelene McGrane

Brass, Woodwinds, Regional Youth Orchestra

Bachelor of Creative Arts
Diploma in Education

Noelene has been teaching brass at the TRCM for 22 years. Over those years at the TRCM Noelene has held the positions of Head of Brass and Woodwind, Coordinator of Teaching and Learning and Program Manager. Noelene commenced her role as Director of TRCM at the beginning of 2016. Prior to working at the TRCM Noelene was a member of the Australian Army Band Sydney and worked as a brass teacher in Grafton, Toowoomba and Sydney, as well as having been a member of staff at the University of New England, Armidale teaching brass.  Noelene has travelled throughout the state to tutor for the Department of Education Regional Instrumental Camps as well as travelling internationally as a tutor for Department of Education Combined Band tours.

Rick Mead

Piano, Brass, Accompanist, Junior Keyboard, HSC Music

Bachelor of Education (Music), University of Sydney
Graduate Diploma in Education

Rick completed a Bachelor of Music Education at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, majoring in Piano under the tuition of Stephanie McCallum. For the past 27 years, Rick has been the Music Teacher at Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School and has had involvement in several of Tamworth's musical ensembles including the RSL Brass Band, Tamworth Musical Society, local high school musical productions, Church groups and Capers. Over the past few years Rick has accompanied many students in the Brass school for Conservatorium concerts and AMEB exams and he is now enjoying the chance to teach Piano at the Tamworth Conservatorium.


Matthew Parnell

Percussion, Regional Youth Orchestra

Bachelor of Arts (Contemporary Music), Southern Cross University
Diploma in Education, Southern Cross University

Matthew commenced employment in the Tamworth Regional Conservatorium as a Drums and Percussion teacher in 1996 and since this time has also been employed as a Music teacher at Oxley High School. Matthew has performed in a wide variety of styles and ensembles and is regularly called upon to perform and record with local artists.


Yvie Povea-Roworth

Early Childhood Music, Schools Program

Bachelor of Arts (Music), University of Newcastle
Graduate Diploma in Education, University of New England

Yvie received a scholarship which allowed her to travel to Chile for three months to research Chilean music. Yvie has performed with numerous bands and ensembles and has over 15 years' experience in instrumental and classroom teaching.

Todd Power

Todd Power

Piano, Accompanist

Bachelor of Music (Performance & Creative Production), University of Newcastle (2010)
Master of Design Science (Audio and Acoustics), University of Sydney (2012)

Todd has a long history with the Tamworth Regional Conservatorium of Music, beginning piano lessons with Janette Woodbridge at the age of five. Since receiving degrees in Music and Audio Engineering, he has returned to Tamworth and commenced teaching in 2013. Todd is an active member of the Tamworth Musical Society, performing in shows such as WickedSunset BoulevardMary Poppins and Annie, and was the Musical Director for Rock of Ages (2017) and Disney's Beauty and the Beast (2019). He also frequently accompanies the Tamworth Choral Society during rehearsals and performances. Since 2016, Todd has been a Convenor of Music for the City of Tamworth Eisteddfod Society.

Samara Redman

Samara Redman

Strings, Regional Youth Orchestra, Tamworth Youth Philharmonia, Sinfonia, Poco a Poco Strings, Junior Violin, Schools Program

Associate Diploma in Music (AMusA)

Samara began learning the violin at the age of six and was awarded her AMusA in 2010, whilst a student at the Tamworth Conservatorium. She was a member of the Tamworth Regional Youth Orchestra for many years and now considers it a great privilege to conduct the same ensemble. As a teacher, her passions include sharing the love of music and developing transferrable skills to help students make music with friends.


Jordann Wett

Piano, Accompanist