The Hobart College of Music - Our Teachers
The Hobart College of Music - Dare to be great
Sean Richardson - Guitar
Sean first started playing the guitar when almost 11. Was lucky enough to have Carey Lewincamp for 18 months before starting to have lessons at The Hobart College of Music, the business he now owns. By 12 Sean was playing classical gas and stairway to heaven. By 15 Sean was awarded a scholarship in classical music and continued advancing in this genre before doing a BPA in Launceston studying blues and Jazz.

Sean first taught at The Hobart College of Music at 18 and returned again in 2001 whilst also Managing at a local bar. In 2005, Sean bought the Hobart College of Music and made teaching his full time profession teaching between 45 and 60 students a week ever since.

Sean teaches all styles with very strong knowledge of alternate turnings, classical music and song writing.

His main influence are Pink Floyd, John Butler, Tool, Tommy Emmanuel, Metallica, Guns and Roses, Dir straits, Jack Johnson and Eric Clapton, to name a few.

Sean is a passionate teacher tutoring anyone from the age of 5 to 85. He can teach Ukulele and Banjo as well and has presently 15 students studying for their CPM exams (contemporary guitar exams through AMEB). Sean is patient and caring and is forever trying to help each student reach their potential whilst enjoying the positive experience of music.
 
 
Mark Bradshaw - Drums
Mark has been playing the drums for 37 years, andteaching for 24 years.
In the 80s he was playing with popular Hobart band ‘Chain Reaction’ and in the 90s he was playing with the very popular Fred Bradshaw cover band ‘Rock Steady’.
He is currently gigging with a pop band and a blues band and has also played with ‘Manhattan’.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sam Kearney- Guitar
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Aleks Folvig - Guitar
Aleks is a multi-instrumentalist (bass guitar, guitar and vocalist) with his main instrument being guitar. He is well versed in many different styles and genres of music such as; blues, rock, metal, and jazz. He is the vocalist and guitarist with the alternative rock band Art School Bullies (ASB), who, in 2015 released their debut EP titled Even Duct Tape Can’t Fix This and supported bands such as I Know Leopard, The Hunted Crows, High Tails, and Verticoli. In 2014 ASB played at the Marion Bay Falls Festival. He was also the vocalist and guitarist with the Rock and Reggae band Bermuda Rhombus, who have played the Love Living Locally Festival in Kingborough and the Spring Festival at the Botanical Gardens. Aleks has also played in the orchestra for the musicals Jesus Christ Superstar, Our House and The Addams Family, and won a 2013/14 scholarship for guitar from the Department of Education and the 2015 scholarship for Male Vocals awarded by the Clarence City Council and will perform at the 2016 Clarence Jazz festival.  He is in his second year of college which involves undertaking studies at The Conservatorium of Music, University of Tasmania and plans to undertake a Bachelor of Music degree at the Conservatorium next year.
 
Paul Sharp- Bass 
Paul has been playing bass guitar for 16 years.  This time has seen him involved in many local bands ranging from jazz to death metal.  Currently studying at the Hobart Conservatorium of music, under local legend Nick Haywood, Paul has gained a broad knowledge of a variety of genres, music theory and studio technology.  He has been privileged to be a part of local professional productions like the Uni Revue and Carols by Candlelight as well as performing at Falls Festival.  Paul is passionate about music and bass and would love to pass on his knowledge and passion to you or your child so that they may express themselves and find their joy in music. 
 
Xinyu Gou- Violin
Xinyu began musical studies on violin at the age of 4, gained the certification of violin performance from the Beijing Central conservatory in sixteen.
Graduating from UTAS Conservatorium Master of Music, Postgraduate Diploma of Music Performance, and also winning the Hobart Conservatorium Paganini competition.
In early 2012, She was awarded D&MV McDonald scholarship to study music in the UK, and in 2014, enrolled in the Mater of Teaching.
With over 10 years of experience in teaching the violin to students of all ages and abilities, highly qualified and experienced professional violin tutor.
Young, enthusiastic and extremely passionate about the education and performance of music, she tutored in UTAS Conservatorium Strings Alive program for young violinists, and recently study music and violin teaching at UK
She can provide bilingual violin teaching lesson (English and Mandarin)
Experienced, friendly, reliable and professional violin teacher.
 
 
Jim Verrall - Trumpet
Jim Verrall has been playing trumpet on the Hobart music scene for the last 10 years. In 2012 he completed a Bachelor of Music in contemporary performance at the UTAS conservatorium.
During his time at university he studied under Yoram Levy (Principal Trumpet) and Mark Bain (2nd Trumpet) from the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. He developed a greater knowledge in jazz theory from his time at the Conservatorium and his passion for improvisation grew as a member of various groups such as The Conservatorium Big Band and The Matthew Ives Big Band.
Jim has had a lot of experience performing and playing trumpet in many different styles of music around the state including performances at the Falls Festival, Taste of Tasmania, Mona Foma and Salamanca Arts Centre Courtyard (Rectango).
For the past year he has been a member of The Royal Australian Navy Reserves Band playing bugle for ceremonial events and trumpet in their rock/pop band.
 
Kathryn Dimond - Drum
Kat’s love of drumming started at age 2 when she would drag her mum’s pots and pans out of the cupboard to bang on and started lessons at age 5. She continued this until age 11 when she got her first kit and from then on has been honing her skills with some of Australia’s best drum teachers including, Dead Letter Circus’ Luke Williams, Queensland’s master drummer and clinician Grant Collins and Tassie’s own Steve Marskell.
Kat has had many music achievements including winning drum solo competitions, Music Dux of the Brisbane School of Education and has toured to China and USA for music exchange programs.
Kat has played in many bands in Hobart and has in turn gained experience in many genres; Rock, Metal, Prog, Soul, Funk, Fusion, Pop, Blues, Indie, Country, Folk and Jazz being only a handful.
Kat completed her Bachelor of Music in 2014 and has established a career as a professional musician, gigging every weekend in multiple professional cover and function bands and aims to be as inspiring a tutor as her teachers were to her when she was learning.
 
Bek Andrews - Guitar
Bek has been a passionate performer since age 4 when she started dancing competitively, achieving placings in regional, state and national competitions until age 12 when she secured a Performing Arts Scholarship and moved from rural NSW to board at Collegiate.
Collegiate helped Bek develop a love of music. She performed in every school musical and had the opportunity to learn guitar and singing.  
After school she was accepted to the Utas Conservatorium of Music where she studied a range of vocal stylings.
Bek has been performing locally and interstate as a solo cover artist over the last few years and has recently started a Cover band with some of Hobart's best musicians.
Bek teaches all popular music styles and all ages though she is specifically trained in early childhood music and dance tuition.
Bek is all about helping you find and use your own voice while still learning control and proper technique.
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