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Music at Loreto

Music at Loreto

Mrs Sarina Davey 

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. Lower years may even have 2 lessons of music per week, dependent on the timetable. 

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.

  • Soirée concert to showcase the year 6 instrumentalists, Orchestras, Rock Bands and Choir.
  • Kindy and Pre-Primary present a Christmas play.
  • Whole School will put on a Show for Grandparent’s Day.
  • Lunchtime Concerts – Running 2 over weeks in the year where children will showcase what they have learnt instrumental lessons
  • End of Year Christmas Showcase
  • Choir Perform at Old People’s home and Claremont Quarter

 

Instrumental Ensembles and Choir 

In 2022 the following Instrumental Ensembles will be operating. These ensembles are by invitation only.

  • Loreto Choir
  • Chorale
  • Rock Bands
  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Sinfonietta

 

Instrumental Program

Please view the instrumental booklet for details about our program.

Download the Loreto Nedlands Private Instrumental Program Enrolment 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.auInstruments and Tutors

Head of Music - Sarina Davey MEd., BMus

Mrs. Sarina Davey has lived and breathed music her whole life. She holds a Masters in Teaching (Primary) and Bachelors of Music (Performance) majoring in violin, both from the University of Western Australia. Sarina has always loved Music and the Performing Arts and her music journey started from learning violin from when she was 5 years old. Growing up, Sarina’s passion was always the Performing Arts as she immersed herself in Violin, Ballet, Jazz Dance, Calisthenics, Drama, Piano and Vocals. 

Sarina has taught Music and Performing Arts for over 15 years and has taught in many elite schools in the Western Suburbs. Sarina has a bubbly, positive and energetic personality and loves having fun so she would love for students to have fun learning Music and develop a love of music too. In Music lessons, she fosters the children to have a life–long love for Music and the Performing Arts and to build life skills and a passion for life through performance.  

Sarina’s teaching style is very hands–on, fun and of a play–based approach and foster important life skills such as risk-taking, grit, confidence building, teamwork skills and general wellbeing.   

Every child needs Music as there are a myriad of benefits to children’s brains from playing and performing music. Research shows, learning Music creates strong pathways between the left and right side of a children’s brains which supports academic excellence.  

 

Ashan Weerasooriya - Voice and Piano

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

Ben has been teaching guitar for the last decade to students of all ages specialising in contemporary and jazz. He loves encouraging students to find the joy of practising guitar and music.

Ben regularly performs as a freelance musician in original contemporary bands, jazz groups and music theatre. He holds a Diploma of Contemporary Music and a Bachelor of Music (Jazz) from the Western Australian Academy of the Performing Arts.

 

Teresa Vinci - Violin and Viola

 

Teresa Vinci is a professional violinist and performs with a wide range of ensembles, working primarily with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO), Perth Symphony Orchestra (PSO) and freelancing with several local ensembles. Internationally, she has performed with the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra (Singapore) and the Orchestre de la Francophonie (Montréal), where she was Concertmaster for their 2016 and 2017 seasons. In 2018, Teresa was invited to perform with the Orchestre de la Francophonie at the Busan International Music Festival (South Korea). In 2016, Teresa travelled to Abu Dhabi and China with WASO for its International Tour and has also performed with WASO on several of its Regional Tours. 

Teresa performs with local ensemble AQUILA which specialises in pop/rock music and she is also a founding member of Flamingo Strings, which is an educational string quartet that provides school workshops and performances. Teresa also has a strong interest in Hungarian and Romanian folk music and performs with the band Hot Paprika at Western Australian cultural festivals and events, as well as nationwide conventions and concerts. In 2017, Teresa travelled to Hungary to expand her knowledge and repertoire of folk music and in 2011, she travelled through Eastern Europe, including Transylvania, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia, having lessons and learning traditional folk music from village musicians and prominent folk bands. 

In 2019, Teresa completed a Master of Arts (Performing Arts) at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) where she studied with international soloist Alexandre Da Costa. She also had the opportunity to learn from several world class musicians during a Masters study trip to Hungary and Belgium in 2017. 

Teresa has been teaching violin privately for 15 years and is enthusiastic about inspiring the next generation of musicians. 

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.
Miah Smith

Miah is in her final semester of Honours in Music Performance at the University of Western Australia, having completed her Undergraduate in Music Specialist Studies at the end of 2020. She began learning the cello when she was 3 years old with the Suzuki Method, and music has continued to grow into something that she am very passionate about. One of the things she loves most about music is that it is something that can be shared with absolutely anyone, it is its own language that everyone can interpret in their own personal way. Music is so creative, and the performer can express their own emotions and personality in the way that they play, in the hopes of awakening a response from the audience members.

As a performer, she has participated in many solo, chamber and orchestral performance opportunities which shaped her musical journey and influenced her musical career greatly. She was the recipient of the Royal Schools of Music Anniversary Scholarship (2020), Australian Youth Orchestra’s Ernest V. Llewellyn Scholarship (2020), and the UWA Wesley Scholarship (2020). In 2020, she was fortunate enough to be invited to perform as a member of the Darlington Quartet in their performances of Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir De Florenceand Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht for sextet which was an incredible experience of extraordinary chamber music making. Chamber music is also a huge passion of Miah’s, because the teamwork of working with other musicians to create something magical is so much fun. She was one of the founding members of the St George’s String Quartet (2016) where she developed my chamber skills with the other members of the quartet through the mentorship of Paul Wright.

 

Natalia Turkovskaya - Piano

About Natalia

Natalia is a musician of outstanding accomplishment. She attended the renowned Kiev Conservatory, and graduated with the qualifications of Concert Performer, Chamber Ensemble Soloist and Teacher-Concertmaster (Piano Major). In 1983 she was Laureate of the First Ukrainian Chamber Music Contest and in 1994 she was awarded the Cambridge Exellentia International Order of Merit Medal for services to Music and Arts. Recently, Natalia received a Diploma of Recognition for extraordinary dedication and achievement in the field of teaching music and presenting students for performance at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Teaching Philosophy

Natalia has developed her own unique method of teaching piano, based on the rich traditions of the celebrated Russian School of Music, that helps students acquire difficult musical concepts quickly and easily. This method is based on the development of the individuality of the student, the realisation of potential through musicality and creativity, and the development of technique and memory in an inspiring, but relaxed atmosphere. Natalia has also pursued world-wide trends in musical pedagogy, including the Suzuki method, based on the traditions of European and Japanese culture.
Natalia’s lessons are spontaneous, joyous and enlightening. They are a partnership between teacher and student sharing the best music has to offer.

“Each individual is an unexplored universe ready to absorb the best already existing. An uncreative environment hinders the development of potential. Each child contains the seed of talent, needing nurturing care to flourish.”

Student Achievement

During her time at Loreto Nedlands, Natalia’s students have achieved notable success in AMEB examinations, received annual prizes and Honourable Mentions in The Fremantle Eisteddfod, the Catholic Performing Arts Festival and the WA Young Pianists Competition. Several of Natalia’s past Loreto students have moved on to 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. More recently, another of her 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. Many of her students have achieved success in AMEB Grade Level, AMUS and WACE Music Exams.

Students of all ages and grade levels, in countries as diverse as South America, Japan and Australia, have benefitted from Natalia’s expert teaching methods. Her pupils are exposed to a wide range of music which is carefully selected to suit their unique personal character, giving them the opportunity to expand their repertoire, while developing exceptional technique and truly enjoying their musical journey.

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.