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Music at Loreto

Music at Loreto

Mrs Sarina Davey 

MEd., BMus.

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

All Students from Pre-Kindy – Year Six receive at least 60 minutes per week of music lessons. 

Activities in the music classroom focus on performing (singing, playing an instrument), composing, moving, playing, listening to and analyzing music. Also reading and writing of musical notation through playing tuned percussion (xylophones, metallophones and glockenspiels) and untuned percussion instruments (drums, triangles, tambourines, castanets, rhythm sticks, maracas and much more). Students learn important life skills and well-being strategies through partaking in the Performing Arts.


ISPHA Performing Arts Festival
In Term 2 Year 5 and 6 students in the Choir will perform at Penhros College along with other private schools in the ISHPA Performing Arts Festival.
Catholic Performing Arts Festival
Ensembles and individuals participate in the Catholic Performing Arts Festival.
In-School Performances
Students have many opportunities to perform in our fabulous Performing Arts Centre.
  • Grandparent’s Day.
  • In Term Two, there will be a Soirée concert to showcase the instrumental and choir students.
  • In Term Three, Year 5 & 6s put on a fabulous Musical.
  • In Term Three, the Year 1 & 2 will perform a Christmas in July Musical – Gnome Alone.
  • In Term Four, both Kindy and Pre-Primary present a Christmas play.
  • In Term Four, all classes prepare for the End of Year Showcase.

Instrumental Program

Please view the instrumental booklet for details about our program.

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

Mrs Sarina Davey administers the Instrumental Program and all queries should be directed to the music department or directly to the music tutors – sarina.davey@cewa.edu.au


Instruments and Tutors

Amber Day - Cello



Ashan Weerasooriya

Ashan Weerasooriya is a Voice Coach and Piano Tutor. He has been singing and playing piano for over 10 years and teaching music since 2018.

Ashan graduated from WAAPA ECU in 2020 with a Bachelor of Music (voice) in the Jazz course.

In addition to teaching, he writes and produces original music under another name.


Ben Griffith - Guitar



Cathi Olivieri - Violin and Viola

I started violin at the age of four. As a teenager I transferred my studies to the viola and I currently play both instruments. I graduated from WAAPA in 1996. I love teaching and have been watching students develop their skills for over 25 years now. I also perform regularly in classical chamber ensembles, bands and an arts collective where I have composed a short film soundtrack, improvised in swirling fog and contributed live music to dramatic performances based around local histories. 


Daniel Corvaia - Violin



Dom Papa - Guitar

I have been teaching guitar both privately and at schools for over 30 years specialising in Rock Contemporary electric style guitar. 

During my career in the music industry I have been fortunate enough to work in some of Perth’s most popular bands and currently the guitar player for Tod Johnston and Peace Love. 


Gianni Corvaia - Piano



Lisa Ray

Lisa is a primary school music teacher and teaches piano and group music at a private music studio in Perth. She has been playing piano since the age of 7 and has completed all Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (UK) performance exams up to and including Grade 8 and Grade 6 music theory. She completed her ABRSM Diploma in Instrumental Education (Piano) in 2014.

Lisa is passionate about the positive impact music and instrumental playing can have on children’s wellbeing. She believes that the presence of music in one’s life and engagement with an instrument can be therapeutic and can support the holistic development of children and adults alike.
Lukas Murphy - Guitar

Lukas Murphy is a music graduate of the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts and an accomplished performer in the Perth music scene. As a sought-after studio musician, Lukas has recorded albums and demos for several Perth bands and artists across a variety of genres and instruments.


As a teacher, Lukas has fostered an inclusive learning environment and thrives on helping his students reach their goals. With a strong foundation in music theory and instrumental practice, Lukas enjoys unearthing passion for music within his students and seeing them achieve success in their individual music journey.


Natalia Turkovskaya - Piano

Natalia is a musician and artist of outstanding accomplishment. Her music career began in the renowned Conservatory of Kiev. For her entrance exam she played 12 Preludes and Fugues by J. S. Bach which in itself is a rare achievement. Natalia joined the class led by a notable musician Professor Oksana Holodnaya who was a pupil and close friend of Genrich Neigaus – one of the founders of Russian piano school of 20th century.

In 1983 she was Laureate of the First Ukrainian Chamber Music Contest.

In the 1989, together with her late husband Victor, also a winner of the First Ukrainian Chamber Music Contest, Outstanding Artist of the Ukrainian Artist and Winner of the Lisenko Prize, she left Kiev for Mexico, where she performed with the Ukrainian Quintet.

In 1991, Natalia and Victor left for Japan, where they founded a Chamber Music Ensemble Kiku. The Ensemble gained prominence in Japan, USA and Mexico. In 1993 Ensemble Kiku was invited to perform in the countries oldest and one of the most prestigious Summer Chamber Music Festival in Connecticut, USA.

During the time in Japan, Natalia exhibited her drawings, watercolour and pastel paintings in the International Gallery of Kanasawa and Niagari. She also taught piano, gave master classes and was a notable guest in the concerts for children. One of her pupils Roko Hayahi was a winner of the Young Performers Contest of Kanasawa City.

Natalia was awarded the Cambridge Exellentia International Order of Merit medal and the 20th Century Award for Achievement by the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge England.

She became an internationally renowned concert pianist and artist.

Richard Braham - Voice and Piano



Robbie Corvaia - Drums

Robbie Corvaia (drummer) 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 80’s and 90’s, Robbie worked with big 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.

He 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 Cebrano 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 “Chicago”, “Pirates of Penzance” (with John English and Simon Gallagher), “Jesus Christ Superstar” and Ben Elton’s “We Will Rock You”.

Robbie is currently working with The Carpenters Tribute Show and works regularly with Normie Rowe and Johnny Young. He works regularly at The Crown Casino and at the Ellington Jazz Club.

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

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



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 2021

In 2021/2022 the following Instrumental Ensembles will be operating. These ensembles are by invitation only. Choir is auditioned in Term 1, Week 3 and start in Term 1, Week 6.

Rehearsal Times coming soon:

LORETO CHOIR      –  Tuesday 7.45am-8.30am