MEET THE TEACHERS!!

Amber is our newest member of staff in 2017.  Amber is a treasured ex Box Hill student  recently graduating from Monash University  with a Bachelor of Music Performance. She has a string of professional performance and recording engagements and  is sort after around town for her accomplished vocal skills.  Amber is now putting together a new project that will be performing at venues around Melbourne  in the near future.

 

 

 

 

 

Amber Ferraro

-Voice Teacher-

Nick began percussion studies at a young age and played in orchestras,

concert bands and brass bands through his school years and completed

his Year 12 Music Performance on Orchestral Percussion. He has a

particular enthusiasm for rock music, performing and recording with various original and corporate cover bands over the years. His most recent original

project is “The Conch” an eleven piece political band which plays a variety

of styles including Latin, Reggae, Ska, Funk and Rock.

At the completion of his tertiary education he decided to specialise in instrumental music tuition.He has been teaching drums and percussion now for over 20 years and still has a passion for helping musicians achieve their best. He also teaches at Doncaster Secondary College and Thornbury High School, which gives him a balance of contemporary and concert band experiences. He has four young children and is passing on the love of music to them.

NICK  DEAN

- Drum and Percussion Teacher-

Peter Ryan

-Head of Music  and Classroom Teacher-

Greg  MACMILLAN

- Guitar and Bass Teacher-

Pete has been a member of over 18 bands during his career, including highly successful Melbourne band The Hep Cats in the 80’s and the globally successful Abba show, Bjorn Again, in the 90’s –playing the role of ‘Benny’.  

During this time, Pete relocated from Melbourne to the UK due to his hectic European touring schedule, where he also enjoyed chart success (Bjorn Again scored a top twenty hit with the Erasure cover ‘A little Respect’). Pete has experienced sell out performances at The Royal Albert Hall in London, as well as breaking box office records at the Dublin Olympia theatre and performing to a staggering 250,000 people at a Gay Pride event.

Pete is currently playing with acclaimed Melbourne ska band Shanty Town as well a The Andy Layfield Sound, (recently No.3 on the Blues and Roots album charts).

Pete taught at Camberwell High School and at CRC Sydenham upon his return to Melbourne. Since 2000 he has coordinated the Music Department at Box Hill Senior Secondary College. 

 

‘I love teaching at Box Hill Senior Secondary College’ ... ‘it gives me the opportunity to work with a wonderful team of professional musicians who are dedicated to bringing out the best in talented young contemporary performers’.

Greg is an experienced guitar teacher with well over 40 years’ of playing, performing and studying and 30 years teaching guitar and bass. He is currently the longest serving member of the Box Hill Music Department, after Peter Ryan, as well as being instrumental in setting up the music studio in the current music area. 

As well as taking classroom music and  being head of Music at Swinburne Senior Secondary College in 2001 -03, Greg has taught at many primary and secondary schools including Whitefriars,  Assumption College Kilmore, Sandringham, Mooroolbark, Monbulk, Eltham College and also in private music schools and at home.

From early beginnings learning fingerstyle blues, jazz and ragtime alongside more traditional notational based approaches to learning Greg has played many styles including rock, folk, classical, and jazz, electric and acoustic/classical guitars and much more, later completing a degree in improvisation at the Victorian College of the Arts followed by a Diploma of Education at Monash.  In more recent years Greg has been interested in Afro Latin music making two trips to Cuba for a total of four months intensive study of Tres Cubano, Congas and Timbales and drum kit. Greg has a keen interested in recording and music production running a popular recording studio in Christmas Hills, echidnastudio.com.au providing one of the best value music recording services on the North East side of Melbourne. Greg’s most recent project has been founding the “Change the World with Your Song” national community song writing competition, changetheworldwithyoursong.com ,  which aims to give people of all ages a chance to write songs about important social, environmental and political issues that affect us all and also have their songs recorded.