Our incredible instrumental music teachers come from a range of backgrounds and possess an impressive skill set.
For more information on extra-curricular music, please contact ncc@northside.qld.edu.au or call (07) 3353 1266.

Emi Scott

Emi Scott

Percussion and Piano

Emi Scott is a versatile multi-instrumentalist who has performed and taught in the areas of percussion, piano and voice. She graduated in 2007 with a Bachelors Degree in Percussion Performance (Honours). Throughout this time, she performed with a variety of groups including The Queensland Orchestra traineeship (now known as the Queensland Symphony Orchestra), Queensland Youth Orchestras (QYS, QYO2 and QYO3), The Australian Voices, Ba Da Boom Percussion, and Conservatorium Chamber Choir.. She also serves on the Kids Worship Team at her church.

Tiana Angus

Violin

Tiana Angus

Tiana Angus began playing the violin at age four with the Suzuki Method after being inspired by seeing Itzhak Perlman playing on Sesame Street.  Her love of playing violin has never wavered.

In 1998 Tiana began studying with her mentor and violin teacher, Ms Elizabeth Morgan.  Under her guidance, Tiana completed a Bachelor of Music with Honours in Violin Performance and a Masters of Music majoring in Violin Performance and String Pedagogy, at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.

Tiana is a passionate and experienced violin teacher.  She loves sharing her joy of music with her students and seeing them reach their potential. She is so excited to teach the Suzuki method to students.

Tiana Angus also loves performing, and has been a core member of Camerata of St. John's: Queensland's Chamber Orchestra since it began in 2005, and has never missed a concert!

Paul O'Brien

Double Bass 

Paul O'Brien

Paul O’Brien is a member of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra double bass section. He has worked extensively as a freelance player performing with the Melbourne, Adelaide, Tasmanian and West Australian Symphony Orchestras as well as the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Gulbenkian Orchestra (Portugal). In 2007 he was an ACO Emerging Artist and has been a member of the SSO educational ensemble Sydney Sinfonia. Paul is also actively involved in teaching across South-East Queensland, in his home studio and at three schools. He studied with John Fardon, Dushan Walkowicz, Marian Heckenberg and Andrew Rootes and is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.

Debbie Bradford  

Debbie BRadford

Piano and voice 

Debbie’s musical experience has been rich and varied.  She holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Piano and has been teaching music for over 35 years.  With her husband, Debbie runs Brisbane Junior Theatre and Brisbane Musical Theatre and has been the musical director of over 50 musicals!  She uses her gifts to help lead worship at church and regularly performs with her grown up sons.  Debbie loves her dogs and enjoys cooking. 

Darlene Ferguson 

Darlene Ferguson

Clarinet and saxophone 

For Darlene, music has always been a part of family life.  She was born in the UK to a long line of musicians, and it was there that she completed her studies at the Royal College of Music on clarinet, saxophone and cello.  She married a musician and had five children who as adults are all pursuing careers in music with their family band aptly named The Fergies.  Darlene has been teaching instrumental music privately for over 12 years.

Peter Howlett 

Peter Howlett

Guitar and bass guitar

Peter began learning guitar at a young age.  He has been teaching guitar and bass for 26 years (20 years at Northside!).  During this time he has taught over 150 000 lessons and seen many students go on to fulfil their dreams with guitar, many pursuing careers in music.  Peter has developed a large curriculum of teaching material and courses which he houses on his website www.mastertheart.net and on YouTube.  As the music director of his local church, Peter loves being able to use his gifts to worship and express his faith in Jesus.

He also holds an engineering degree and has a keen interest in photography.

Dr Belinda Niessl  

Belinda Niessl

Strings - violin, viola and cello

Belinda began learning the violin when she was five years old.  She is passionate about music and has instilled this same enthusiasm in her four school aged children, all of whom play string instruments. Believing that the joy of music greatly enriches a student's upbringing and overall well-being, Belinda has dedicated herself to teaching strings over the past ten years.
 She sees her role as supporting students as they develop and sustain their musical skills and understanding.  Belinda also holds a PhD in Classics from the ANU. Along with her husband and family, Belinda is an active member of Mitchelton Presbyterian Church.

Leanne Rogers 

Leanna Rogers

Piano

Leanne began playing the piano at 5 years of age and taught her first private lesson at 18.  She completed a Bachelor of Education (Music) at Melbourne State College and spent some time teaching high school music, before opening her own private tuition business.  She has been teaching piano at Northside for over 20 years.   Leanne holds a TESOL Cert 4 and is passionate about helping refugees and asylum seekers in Australia and abroad.  

Leanne Sharp 

Leanna Sharp

Piano

Leanne learnt piano from her mother from a very early age.  Her mother inspired a life-long love of music which she maintains to this day.  She completed her ATCL via private tuition and has gone on to enjoy a 25 year teaching career.  Leanne enjoys attending concerts and musicals and has a keen interest in athletics.