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Teachers

Welcome to the Musica Arioso Family.

We are a small music studio of  teachers who are dedicated to helping you and your family/school attain their musical goals, no matter what they are. 

Miss Gail Smith

Gail Smith
Singing l Guitar I Piano I Keyboard I Ukulele l Recorder l ECM

While having the foundations of guitar, piano and singing knowledge and skills, I have continued to develop my musical knowledge over the years by studying Ukulele, Recorder, African drumming, Percussion, Sound Therapy, Music for Children with Special Needs, Early Childhood Music, and Level 1 ORFF teacher training accreditation.

 

Most notably, the ORFF training has given me concrete and recognised tools for understanding the elements of music through movement, singing, playing and improvisation. It has specific strategies that suits students with different learning methods, as well as a practical approach to learning musical elements. This experience has enriched the learning experiences for both myself and my students, proving invaluable to my day-to-day teaching practice. 

 

"I love bringing not just my past experiences but also the new ones I am learning along the way to you and your children."

Miss Leonie Parker

Leonie Patterson
Piano l Keyboard l Guitar

Leonie has been playing piano since she was 8 years old, and has largely classical training in Piano/Keyboard and Guitar. She started teaching  over three decades ago and had actually retired. During Covid she returned to teaching to help out her daughter (Gail). Coming from a musical family, Leonie's mother was a concert jazz pianist and was influential in the classical nature of her musical background; however, once she commenced teaching she quickly picked up alternative styles. Leonie has experience teaching Piano, Keyboard, Guitar, Alto and Tenor Saxophone, Flute and Clarinet.

Leonie is a highly accomplished musician, and has reached Yamaha level 5 ( the highest keyboard level in Australia) among others. She has taught guitar, clarinet, saxophone and flute. Leonie has had students sit and pass 5 th   grade AMEB exams in Saxophone, and 6 th   Grade AMEB in Guitar, as well as having a student reach State championship level in Keyboard.

“ I love seeing my students do well. I don’t like performing but I get a real buzz out of teaching ” 

Miss Kirsty Erb

Kirsty Erb
Drama - Parkes

Kirsty has recently moved to Parkes from the Southern Highlands with her two children. She studied acting at Excelsior College in Sydney, graduating with a Bachelor of Creative Arts Drama (Performance).  While there, she also studied classical singing with Ron Stevens. Kirsty has run and been invovled in acting and playbuilding workshops in Australia and The Philippines.

 

She has been involved in numerous productions for the Highlands community theatre scence including performing, backstage and promotions. Kirsty became involved in the Parkes M&D immediately, performing in As You Like It last year. She loves the power of theatre to develop children's confidence and emotional intelligence. Kirsty is passionate about using acting to grow team working skills, especially communication. She holds a Masters in Primary Teaching from the University of Wollongong.

"I love seeing how theatre and storytelling can bring children together "

Miss Hannah Symonds

Hannah Symonds
Drama - Forbes l Musical Theatre l Show Choir l Singing

Hannah has had over 20 years of theatrical involvement with various companies. She has worked backstage, set design, costumes and has been acting with Parkes M&D Society since 2021 where she landed the lead role of Elphaba in Wicked. She has also portrayed Celia from Calendar Girls, Miss Tipdale Not Now Darling, Tzeitel and Chava in two seperate productions of Fiddler on the Roof, Blue Bear from Avenue Q plus so many more.

 

Hannah has also been directing with Parkes M&D Society since 2023 with her latest being Not Now Darling and is the lead vocalist in the band Subtonic Fusion who performs in the local community and beyond. She is married to a farmer in Bedgerabong and has two beautiful children who both share her love and passion for the theatre. Hannah is also an online training manager for a military contractor and has a great respect for those who protect our country. 

" Sharing my passion and love of acting is a dream come true "

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