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Stephen Bull

Steve Bull

Head Teacher of Music

BMus(Syd) MA(Hons)(UWS) GradDipVET(UTS)

Steve has had a varied career over 30 years in the Music Industry, featuring performance, composition, songwriting, producing and teaching. He is a muti instrumentalist but specializes in bass.

He is currently the bass player for Icehouse as well as performing a with a variety of other artists and performers in Sydney. Other artists he has performed or recorded with include Wendy Matthews, Jenny Morris, Jeff Duff, David Beniuk, Mel Horsnell, Andy Gordon, Ana Christensen, Floyd Vincent, Damien Lovelock, Rex Goh, John Schumann, Doug Parkinson, the Living Daylights, Magic Hour, Sister Madly, Vicent Stone, Absolute 80s among many others.

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Andy Jenkinson

Andy Jenkinson

Head Teacher, Entertainment Production & Performing Arts

What qualifications do you have?

BA, Grad Dip Ed, Tonmeister, Dip Audio engineering

What do you teach?

Sound Production, Live Sound

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Michael Rohanek


Teaches Performance, Music Theory, Logic Pro X composition, Ableton Live & Push, Native Instruments, Maschine, Arranging with Sibelius, Piano and is the department TVET Coordinator.

B.Mus.Ed (Syd. Con), Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE), Ad.Dip. Music for Screen (AFTRS)

Michael currently plays piano, key and is MD for Todd McKenney, Rhonda Burchmore, and countless local Sydney bands. Michael has performed onstage for many artists including Deni Hines, Christine Anu, Michael Crawford, John Waters, Monique Montez, Tamsin Carroll, Jenny Morris, Darren Percival, Shannon Noll, Jess Mauboy, and local bands such as Gotham city horns, Funkstar, Brown Sugar amongst others.

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Ross Stagg

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Bachelor of Contemporary Music (SCU), Bachelor of Education (UTS) and Diploma Audio Engineering (cert4) (SAE)

Performance, Songwriting, LOGIC Composition, Music industry Skills.

Ross has been a teacher of music for the Music Industry performance courses in TAFE for over 20 years. With a background in rock bands stretching back to the 1970’s in London where he recorded 4 albums for EMI to recording on BMG Mercury label in Sydney Ross has first hand experience of the industry.

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Peter Contini

Peter Contini

Peter Contini (aka The Count)

BA(Dist), Grad Dip VET

Teaches Studio Recording and Mixing including Protools, and Filmsound

Peter has over 40 years experience in the Australian Music Industry. He designed, built and operated the legendary Sun Studios in Sydney’s Surry Hills for 20 years, recording thousands of albums, films, and commercial soundtracks.

He has worked with many great Australian artists from all genres and styles of music, including: Marcia Hines, Tim Finn, Dein Perry, The Rockmelons, CDB, Leonardo's Bride, Girlfriend, Sean Kelly, Jenny Morris, Tom Burlinson, Doug Parkinson, John Waters and Stewart D'arrietta, Tommy Emmanuel, Chrissie Amphlett, Billy Thorpe, Richard Gill and The Sydney Philharmonia, The Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Tina Turner, Jackie Orzasky, Rick Price, Gary Beers (Inxs), Mark Williams, Vanetta Fields, Kerrie Biddell, Julian Lee, Ricky May, Graham Jesse, Jim Conway, Idris Jones (The Mixtures), Glen Shorrock (LRB), Max Merrit, Air Supply, Mark Moffat, The Reels, The Angels, Tony Mitchell (Sherbet), Jeannie Lewis, Paul Terracini and heaps more!

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Tony Merrick

Tony Merrick

Advanced Diploma in Music Industry (Technical Production) with Distinction, TAE40110 Certificate 4 in Training & Assessment

Sound Production, Live Sound & Lighting, Industry Safety

Tony began work as a freelance bass player in 1980. Since then he has toured nationally and internationally (UK & Europe) as both a musician and audio technician including two extended West End seasons.

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Ryan Van Gennip


Advanced Diploma in Music, Certificate 4 in Training and Assessment.

Teaches Bass, Performance, Music Tution and Music Business online.

Ryan Van Gennip has been working in the music industry wearing many hats over the past 20 or so years. Co-director of Australian Music Week (AMW), Ryan currently fulfills the position of marketing manager and production manager for the event. AMW is Sydney’s leading Music industry showcasing event featuring over 100 performing artists over 5 days, across 9 stages every year.

Ryan and fellow TAFE teacher Jon “Howler” Howell are also business partners in the music business Rhythm Section Management (RSM). RSM has been operating for 10 years now and specializes in tour bookings, PR and Marketing services as well as dabbling in international tour promoting. More recently, RSM has embarked in a money pit in the guise of a recording studio based in the lower blue mountains, producing records for Chase The Sun, Claude Hay and the ‘Back In Blue’ charity project which revisited AC/DC’s Back in Black album and raised over $10k for depression sufferers via the Beyond Blue charity.

Ryan also has had an extensive career as a studio and touring musician. Performing nationally and internationally with artists such as iOTA, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Chase The Sun, Charlton Hill, and Claude Hay to name a few.

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Neil Beaver

Neil Beaver

Technical Officer

Neil has been working in the music industry for over 20 years as a musician, songwriter, sound engineer, producer, and teacher. He plays several instruments but mainly plays bass guitar these days.

He is currently playing bass for Spy V Spy and Paul Greene & the Other Colours.

He has toured all over Australia with both groups, and done five tours of Brazil with Spy V Spy. In 2012 he engineered, mixed and played bass on a Paul Greene & the Other Colours album (Behind The Stars) which was nominated for an Aria award.

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Jon Howell

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Teacher of Drums, Performance and Music Business.

Jon Howell is the co-director of Sydney-based artist services company Rhythm Section. Rhythm Section specialises in publishing, artist management, tour bookings, publicity and promotion, and has strong connections in the Australian festival market.

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Paul Berton

Paul Berton

Guitar and Performance teacher

As well as teaching at TAFE Paul regularly performs with many top Australian and International artists, he played guitar in The White Album Concert Tours in 2010 and 2014 featuring Chris Cheney, Tim Rogers, Phil Jamieson and Josh Pyke. You may have seen him onstage at the Opera House as Musical Director of Let It Be with legendary singers Leo Sayer, Jon Stevens and Glen Shorrock. He has also played guitar for Jimmy Barnes, Renee Geyer, Guy Sebastian and Lee Kernhagan to name just a few.

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Tania Bowra

Tania Bowra

Advanced Diploma of Music

Vocal teacher

Tania Bowra first came to attention with the release of her 1989 debut "Heaven and Earth" (ABC Records/Polygram) which won her an ARIA nomination for Best New Talent. Many years on Tania’s unmistakable voice continues to leave indelible imprints on those who hear her.

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Christine Mitchell

Music theory and woodwind teacher

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Cameron Lees

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Peter Loney

Lighting Teacher

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