Music Program

Lorne P-12 College Music Program

Your child has expressed interest in learning a musical instrument this year. The school currently offers private tuition in piano, guitar, ukulele, bass guitar, voice and drums.

Fees are set at $30 per 30 minutes for students in years F – 10. The school has also introduced a “Siblings Policy”. This policy states that if you have more than one child learning an instrument, you will pay a discounted rate of $25 per 30 minutes per student. Group lessons can also be arranged subject to teacher approval.

VCE/VET Instrumental Music lessons fees are set at $50 per 50 minutes. This will coincide with student timetables and supports the requirements of the VCE/VET study.

The following form also includes guidelines for cases where your child may be sick or absent from school, and when events and excursions fall on a lesson day.

For further information or any questions, please contact John Waller at the main office.

Instrumental Music Enrolment

John Waller is the Head of Music and classroom teacher at Lorne P12 College.  He has worked as a professional musician for over 18 years and is actively involved in the independent music scene as a songwriter, guitarist and composer.

He has performed with international touring artists, at festivals and to sold-out crowds in Australia and overseas. He is passionate about creating a culture of music and creates real life opportunities for students to play gigs. He is dedicated to building young people’s capacity to experiment, play, write, record, perform and engage with music through the Lorne P12 College music program.

Leah (Piano)

Having recently moved to the south coast, renowned songwriter and educator Leah Senior will be joining P-12 as our new piano teacher.

After graduating from a Bachelor of Music Performance, Leah has spent the past decade performing her music, teaching and facilitating songwriting workshops. She has released three albums and toured nationally and internationally, playing festivals including Queenscliff Music Festival, Golden Plains and Port Fairy Folk Festival. She has been nominated for the Australian Music Prize and The Age Music Victoria awards multiple times.

Leah has spent the past 5-6 years sharing her passion for music with her students at Coburg High School. Previous to this, Leah taught at various primary schools, worked as a songwriting facilitator for organisation Wild At Heart and a guest lecturer at Melbourne Polytechnic.

Leah enjoys playing a variety of genres and loves fostering curiosity and creativity in her students.

Immanuel Dreesesn – Drums

From the age of 11 Immy has drummed in various bands throughout Geelong and the Surf Coast including Icky Sticks, Children Of the Sun, The Larson Effect and Finalfinal. He has played at a wide variety of events around the country including Woodford, Port Fairy, Dark Mofo, Darwin, Mullum, and Queenscliff Music Festivals.

He is best known for his work drumming with indigenous artist Yirrmal and performing with his own solo project under the name “Immy Owusu.”Immy is a multi-instrumentalist music maker who comes from a great line of professional performers and teachers.

At the age of 3 he directed his first African Drumming workshop at the Warrnambool Fun 4 Kids Festival. As an adolescent he spent a great deal of time in his father’s homeland Ghana learning traditional and contemporary drumming. He is currently working on his debut album with Hopestreet Recordings.

Roger Turner – Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele.

Roger has run his own business as a private music tutor since 2003. He completed a Advanced Diploma in Music Performance at University of Ballarat and has worked for 11 years in music shops including Allans Music, Billy Hyde and Guitar Paradise. Roger runs his own recording studio and has worked as a consultant for studio builds, recordings and live sound performances.

Roger has been playing and writing original music in bands/duos and solo since the early 2000’s.  He is currently playing in a 10-piece funk band as well as his solo electronic music project called “Dao Kapow” where he creates live dance music with synths and drum machines.

Tara grew up in Co Derry, Ireland. Coming from a musical family she played the violin and sang from an early age. Tara went on to study a Bachelor of Music (Hons) at the University of Ulster in Belfast specialising in vocals. Then she went to Manchester England to complete a post graduate certificate in Education.

Tara taught Secondary Music in England before deciding to travel. While travelling she fell in love with Lorne and decided to stay. As well as teaching vocal lessons at Lorne P-12 she is the Performing Arts teacher at St Catherine of Siena Primary School in Armstrong Creek.

For the past 6 years Tara has also run the Lorne Kids Performing Arts group showcasing annual musicals such as Annie, Aladdin, We will Rock you and Grease. Watch this space for this year’s Musical!

Some of our students performing at the Barwon Club