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Music at Loreto

Loreto Music Program

Mr Gianni Corvaia

The Music Program at Loreto is an aurally based sequential one designed to foster an understanding and love of music in a happy and relaxed atmosphere. Through Orff, Kodaly and other methodologies, the children develop their understanding of the elements of music: duration, tempo, pitch, dynamics, timbre, texture, form and style.

Students from Pre-Primary – Year Six receive 60 minutes per week of music lessons. Students in Kindy receive one 30 minute lesson per week.

Activities in the music classroom focus on performing (singing, playing an instrument), composing, moving, (folk dancing), listening to and analyzing music and the reading and writing of music (notation). Students in Years Three – Six will be learning to play the recorder. All classes will be playing the tuned percussion (xylophones and metallophones) and untuned percussion instruments (drums, triangles, tambourines, castanets, rhythm sticks, maracas).

Class Musicals

In Term Three, Years One and Two present class musicals. Year One will be presenting The Three Billy Goats Gruff and Year Two will be presenting The Princess and the Pea. These musicals will be showcased in the Loreto Performing Arts Centre as well as at the Catholic Performing Arts festival.


Catholic Performing Arts Festival

Ensembles and individuals participate in the Catholic Performing Arts Festival

  • Year Three: Choral Speech
  • Year Four: Recorder
  • Years One and Two: excerpt from Years One and Two Musicals

In Term Four both Kindy and Pre-Primary present Christmas plays.

In Term Four all classes prepare for the End of Year Gathering.


Instrumental Program

Please view the instrumental booklet for details about our program.

Mr Corvaia administers the Instrumental Program and all queries should be directed to the music department or directly to the music tutors – gianni.corvaia@cewa.edu.au.


Instruments and Tutors

Kathryn Horton (piano, string, double bass, cello, viola, violin, saxophone, clarinet, flute)

Kathryn learnt many instruments with a view to a future in composition and conducting  but it was teaching that particularly captured her interest after early years spent in orchestras and as a soloist.

Kathryn commenced at Loreto in 1999 after 20 years of teaching and performing in orchestras and ensembles in the Eastern States and overseas.

Having studied many musical styles and teaching methods, she has an eclectic approach, changing her methods to meet individual needs.

Her students have received music scholarships and bursaries to Perth’s elite high schools, with many of her former students now studying to become professional musicians. In 2010, Kathryn was given the opportunity to develop the instrumental ensembles at Loreto and since then her various String Ensembles have been awarded eight Shields for Most Outstanding Instrumental Ensemble in the Catholic Performing Arts Festival. Her students have also won Shields for Best Duet and Best Solo.

Her Beethoven Strings, Jubilee Strings as well as soloists and duettists have performed at the Perth Concert Hall.

Kathryn has composed many of the pieces for her string ensembles, and these have been warmly received.

Kathryn has a broad range of interests, including history, art, architecture and design.


Richard Braham (voice and piano)

Richard Braham studied at the WA Conservatorium of Music completing a B.Mus in Performance in 1989 and won the John and Margaret Winstanley Award as the most outstanding graduate. Soon after, Richard accepted one of three positions offered worldwide at the Royal Northern College of Music in England to complete the Studies in Advance music performance Diploma. Since then he has worked with performers such as American recording artists Ray Charles , Jeff Harnar, UK West End theatre stars Wayne Sleep, Bonnie Langford, American Actress/ Singer Kim Criswell and in many other productions locally and abroad.  Richard is also a recipient of the Syd Donovan Award as part of the WA citizens of the year awards.

Rob Corvaia (percussion/ drums)

Robbie started his career at the tender age of 15 as the resident drummer at the Bacchus, La Tenda and Romanous cabaret clubs where he accompanied many artists. From 1978 through the 1980s and 1990s, Robbie worked with large bands and orchestras as a session drummer including the Will Upson Big Band, the Greg Shultz Big Band, WASO, WAYJO, Manteca, the WA Arts Orchestra and was the resident drummer for Channel 7 and Channel 9. Robbie graduated from WAAPA in 1985 with a Jazz Degree. 


Robbie has worked with many interstate and international artists both here and abroad, including Ronnie Corbett, Max Bygraves, Renae and Renato, Danny La Rue, Phyllis Diller, Ricky May, Colleen Hewitt, Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent, Max Pelicano, Francis Yip, Andy Stewart, Karen Knowles, Dami Im, Kate Ceberano and many more. Alongside his band, Robbie was a support act for Sherbet, Dionne Warwick and Cliff Richard. 


He has worked in many musical productions including ChicagoPirates of Penzance” (with John English and Simon Gallagher), Jesus Christ Superstar and Ben EltonWe Will Rock You. 


In 2019 Robbie will be working with The Carpenters Tribute Show. He works regularly with Normie Rowe and Johnny Young. He also works regularly at The Crown Casino and at the Ellington Jazz Club. 

Later this year he will be performing in the musical “Cats”. 


Robbie is married with three children. He is very committed and passionate about his teaching at Loreto Nedlands and other private schools around Perth.  


Robbie continues to enjoy performing and teaching and looks forward to seeing the growth of young musicians at school. 

Craig Pinkney (guitar)

Craig has a wealth of musical experience and has performed professionally all over the world.

As a teacher, Craig has mentored and guided students who have won Western Australian Music Assoc Awards and have achieved international success with Top 40 pop songs.  Craig is in demand as a specialist school music teacher who is recognized as bringing out the best in his students, especially in the area of performance and composition.

Craig’s own song-writing skills have been recognized with a ‘Sounds’ (British Rock Mag) Top Twenty hit.  Other song-writing awards include winning the Millenium Song Writing Competition and The Songs of Solidarity Australia-wide competition and more recently 2nd prize in the Australian Songwriting Assoc song contest. 

Craig is passionate about the positive influence of music in young lives and aims to inspire every student.

Natalia Turkovskaya (piano)

Natalia is a musician and artist of outstanding accomplishment. She attended the renowned Kiev Conservatory from 1969 – 1974, and graduated with the qualifications of Concert Preformer, Soloist of Chamber Ensemble, Teacher-Concertmaster (Piano Major). In 1983 she was Laureate of the First Ukrainian Chamber Music Concert and she has been awarded the Cambridge Exellentia International Order of Merit Medal for services to Music and Arts, and the 20th Century Award for Achievement.

She has developed her own unique method of teaching piano, based on the rich traditions of the celebrated Russian School of Music, founded last century by Genrich Neigaus, Professor of Moscow Conservatory. Her programme focuses on realising the potential of each individual student by developing musicality and creativity, and advancing technique and memory.

She has taught piano to students of all ages and grade levels in Europe, Japan and Australia, and incorporates various musical pedagogies, including the Suzuki Method, to create an atmosphere conducive to acquiring difficult musical concepts quicky and easily. Natalia’s students are exposed to a wide range of music. The music is carefully selected to suit each student’s personal character, giving them the opportunity to expand their repertoire and truly enjoy their musical journey.

During her time at Loreto Nedlands, Natalia’s students have achieved notable success in AMEB examinations, frequently receiving prizes and Honourable Mentions in The Fremantle Eisteddfod, the Catholic Performing Arts Festival and the WA Young Pianists Competition. Several of her past Loreto students in early high school have moved onto International success. One of her students won the prestigious Golden Key Festival in 2013 and 2014, gaining them the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall and the Vienna Concert Hall. More recently, another of Natalia’s students was selected from thousands of aspiring young musicians to be one of 50 pianists to play alongside internationally acclaimed performer Ylang Ylang at the Singapore National Celebration Concert for their 50th Anniversary of Independence.


Music lessons are taught from Week Two in Term One.

During Terms Two and Four there are Class Music Workshops for individual performances by students who are learning instruments.


Instrumental Ensembles and Choir

In 2018 the following Instrumental Ensembles will be operating. These ensembles are by invitation only. All ensembles commence Week Two Term One.


Rehearsal Times

CHORALE                                             Tuesday                               8.00 – 8.40am                     Music Room

ROCK BAND                                        Tuesday                               12.45 – 1.15pm                   Music Room

JUBILEE STRINGS                              Wednesday                        8.00 – 8.40am                     Music Room

PRELUDES                                           Thursday                             8.00 – 8.40am                     Music Room

CELTIC BAND                                      Friday                                    8.00 – 8.40am                     Music Room

JUNIOR CHOIR                                  Friday                                    8.00 – 8.40am                     LPAC

Download the Loreto Nedlands Private Instramental Program Enrolment Form.
Download the Loreto Nedlands Discontinuation of Lessons and Instrument Hire Form.