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.


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
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
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 
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 

Leanne began playing 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

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.


Rowan Yates 
Brass - euphonium, trombone, trumpet, tuba and French horn 

Rowan has been playing for 19 years, and teaching for 7. After completing his Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium he has recorded on albums, performed in movie soundtracks and toured internationally. Rowan attends at St Andrews Anglican Church and enjoys serving at Sunday School.