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Alex has lived in the Southern Highlands nearly all her life.
She started playing music at a young age and has been part of the southern highlands musical community for many years.
She also plays Cello & Viola & enjoys reading, movies and cooking.
Alex has studied a Bachelor of Music at ANU and completed the first phase of Colourstrings violin training.
By the end of 2018 Alex is due to finish her Masters in Secondary Teaching (Music) at UNE.
She is also a current member of the Southern Highlands Symphony Orchestra with regular performances across the Southern Highlands.
Scottish born and educated, Cathy's musical experience began when she was eleven, first with violin and then viola - piano and classical guitar followed in later years.
Cathy has played in orchestras in Scotland, England and Australia, continually from the age of fourteen. In recent years Cathy has played with the Kur-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra for some ten years. She belongs to the Maggini String Ensemble which performs at weddings / functions etc, She has also tutored children's string groups.
Cathy holds an Associate of Trinity college London Teachers Diploma which involved Theory of Music at Associate level and she is a member o fthe Music Teacher's Association Australia.
Cathy taught at Mudgee Primary School for a number of years and privately in Sydney until she moved to the Southern Highlands. Here she belongs to the Highlands Symphonia and regularly plays for pleasure with colleagues in quartets and in various musicals etc.
Cathy teaches Suzuki and Traditional methods, prepares students for examinations in practical and theory subjects, and encourages children through to adults to participate in musical experiences for pleasure or serious study.
Gail Bouletare is a music educator and performer..
She is an instrumentalist and vocalist, holding qualifications in education, music and music theory, and has represented Australia at an international level for in vocal harmony.
Classically trained for both piano and voice, Gail teachers both specialising in technique to a high performance level. Gail is an expert on “how” to sing and play.
Gail has been a classroom educator for many years and is often found teaching young children right through to year 12 in our local community.
Giving the “gift” of music is what she does best, from the novice beginner to the maestro! She is adept at drawing out the hidden talent in students and encouraging all to sing or play at their full potential.
Gail is also a professional accompanist, especially busy around HSC time, often working with small ensembles and soloists. Many of Gail’s HSC students go on to pursue music at at tertiary level..
Adaptable and flexible in approach, Gail is experienced in teaching toddlers to the aged…adult learners welcome!
She is also available as a vocalist and pianist for your special occasion, and can perform in any genre requested.
From an Italian aria for solo soprano, a Jazz song with piano, or a ballad from the 50’s with Karaoke, Gail is an experienced and polished performer.
Gail performs at Funerals, Weddings, High Teas, and other Ceremonies.
Geralyn Cheers is the co-owner of Powerpoint Music and has been teaching piano for the past 26 years. She loves to inspire beginners - adults and children alike - on their journey through the joy of music, as well as working through more formal grades and AMEB exams with her more advanced students.
She has a good rapport with her students and families
Geralyn completed a Diploma of Teaching, Major in Music at theUniversity of Western Sydney from 1984 -1987. She has been a primary school teacher for 12 years between 1987 and 1999, has studied piano, musicianship and violin through the AMEB and is an accredited Teacher with the Music Teachers Association.
Geralyn also plays in a 5 piece band named "Rapunzel's Party" which plays around the Highlands at various venues. In this group she sings and plays guitar as well as djembe.
Geralyn enjoys the team spirit at Powerpoint Music and sense of community between teachers, students and families. Being in a family business allows you to share in other's lives and feel you can have a worthwhile influence in some small way... and what better way than through something as wonderful as music !
Kelesi Woodhouse has been a professional musician since her 20th year. Classically trained, with an abiding interest in jazz piano and composition, Kelesi began her career in rock bands touring Australia in the 70s and 80s.
In 1988 she moved to the Blue Mountains and set up her singing and piano tuition studio.
Kelesi was secretary of the Australia and New Zealand Association of Teachers of Singing until 1994, when her second child was born, and performed with various jazz combos in the Blue Mountains until her move to the Southern Highlands in 2003.
Her first album of original compositions was published in 1991, just before the birth of her first child. A second album was created in 2002, but was not published. Kelesi has conducted large and small choirs, has taught piano and singing at Frensham, Chevalier College, THSPA, Moss Vale Public School and Moss Vale High and SHYAC, and has continued to perform as a jazz pianist and singer, as well as a session musician, accompanist and composer..
Her passion for sharing the joy and inspiration of music is one of her primary motivations as a teacher and performer.
Louise plays piano, folk harp and percussion and is a singer, composer and arranger. Favourite styles: classical, folk, jazz, blues, sacred and world music. Favourite colour: purple.
Louise has been a piano teacher since 1995, she enhances the students’ joy of musical discovery with individually tailored programs, cultivating a balance between aural and reading experiences; structure and free and fun exploration. Beginners enjoy singing, rhythm games and a gentle introduction to reading through writing out their piano music in rainbow colours. More advanced students play a rich repertoire from the classics to popular and blues. Improvisation techniques are developed and composing is encouraged.
Louise plays at ceremonies, functions, workshops and retreats and was musician-in-residence at Craigieburn from 2003-6. She is a member of Zjalu viola & harp/piano duo and Rapunzel’s Party, a seven-piece women’s group.
Louise’s CDs of original music are Troubadour d’amour, The Soul’s Dream and, in collaboration with Ganga Ashworth, Echoes of the Goddess.
Tim has had a stellar career as a pop/rock/country session musician, writing, recording and performing both with two of his own bands as well as some of Australia's best-loved and most successful artists.
He began his piano studies at the tender age of 4 and achieved Trinity LTCL at 17. A long career performing in rock, pop and country ensued.
His songs, and the groups he has performed in, have found their way into the APRA and ARIA awards – among the most prestigious gongs available in Australasian music. His own group, The Mockers (NZ), had two Gold and one Platinum album. He co-wrote the song 'Forever Tuesday Morning' which made APRA's all-time Top 100 New Zealand songs and, with Kevin Bennett's The Flood, picked up the CMAA Golden Guitar for 'Best Group' at Tamworth in 2006 and an ARIA nomination for 'Best Blues/Roots Album' in the same year.
On the road and in the studio the collaborations for Tim have been many, varied and rewarding: Wendy Matthews, Goanna, Slim Dusty, Troy Cassar-Daley, Jenny Morris, Mental as Anything, Lee Kernaghan, Gina Jeffreys, Shane Nicholson and Dave Dobbyn as well as Irish superstar Mary Black have all called on his services.
Tim lists being invited to play on the title track of Slim Dusty's iconic 100th album 'Looking Forward, Looking Back' as one of his "most treasured moments".
If that is not enough, he has also delved into musical theatre both as a player and Musical Director, won international awards for his music scores and has written and produced many jingles, including the long-running current station jingle package and News Theme on Sydney's 2GB radio.
Tim also spent many years as the Musical Director of singer-songwriter Graeme Connors' band and is a proficient piano accordion player.
In more recent years, with a less demanding touring schedule, Tim has extended his interest to music education - and with a wealth of live performance experience, composition and theoretical musical knowledge to draw on, he thoroughly enjoys sharing the joy of mastering music performance, theory and musicianship with young and old alike.