I have been involved in Music Education for the past 30 years, having taught in a variety of school settings: secondary, primary, early childhood, large and also relatively small schools, independent, public and private school systems, as a Consultant in the Arts for Qld Ed., overseas exchange postings and most recently in an International school in China, where I was in charge of a thriving music department and Head of the Senior School. I am passionate about teaching and I believe that is evidenced through my teaching of music. I have always provided opportunities for all students to access the joys of music, dance and drama, regardless of their individual musical ability! I am excited that Athena College, a lifelong dream is being realised and is on the Gold Coast, providing quality education in the arts. Please feel free to call in and see our school in progress: we are all very proud of this new direction in arts education and look forward to sharing it with you. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi, my name is Zoe Madrers and I joined Athena College as a foundation student in 2005, studying theatre, singing and piano. My passion for the arts started when I was four years old through dance, choirs, eisteddfods and performances. I have been fortunate to have been able to study at Athena College under some amazing teachers, so it's very exciting for me to now be on the other side as a teacher myself. I have been successful in many eisteddfods over the years and have achieved excellent results in mime, poetry, improvisation, monologues and group drama. I have played a number of roles in both the Music Theatre class and Teen Theatre. I'm looking forward to sharing my love of drama with my students at Athena College.
Piano is Ve's first love. She is an accomplished piano teacher who works and studies tirelessly to expand on her knowledge, bringing fresh approaches as well as tried and true methods to her lessons, always with the objective of helping her students achieve their potential. Ve believes that a solid foundation at an early age is the key to musical success and has put alot of time into developing methods for teaching very young students. Ve also teaches to the most advanced levels and has had successful AmusA and LmusA candidates.
Ve is one of the most experienced Theory teachers to be found, being taught herself by the late Dulcie Holland (author of the well respected Master Your Theory series of workbooks). Ve runs group theory classes for students at similar levels, these classes are open to anyone from any musical background, even if you are learning trombone at school you can come along to Ve's classes for theory. Subjects such as 4 part vocal harmony, melody writing and aural training are all thoroughly covered as students progress to the more advanced levels of musical theory.
Hi, my name is Dale and I am one of the guitar teachers at Athena College. I have been playing music since the age of 9 (21 years of experience on the guitar as well as 15 years on the bass guitar). I am intensely passionate about music and art and I think that shows in my teaching of the guitar. It gives me great pleasure and pride to see my students learn and flourish at their instrument. I have been teaching professionally for close to a decade and playing professionally for about the same in numerous bands such as Mourning Tide (a hard rock band, we have released two full length albums, the last one which was mixed and mastered in the USA as well as countless tours around Australia) and Mescalito Blues (a power blues duo that plays all over the coast and occasionally internationally). These experiences playing professionally in the industry inform my teaching practice and give me a unique tool to use when teaching students with an eye for performance in the future as well teaching them to be creative on their instrument but most of all, to have fun doing it!
Liam plays both french horn and trumpet and is a member of the Gold Coast Youth Symphony as well as being the Stage Manager. He has recently completed his senior school studies. Liam also plays and teaches guitar and happily shares his musical skills and knowledge with young guitar students. Liam is currently in high demand in the theatre world, as a Musical Director.
Tatsuki has been playing the cello for over 11 years, and has recently completed his Licentiate Diploma in Music. He is a current university student studying Law at the University of Queensland. He hopes to continue playing the cello throughout his life and share his musical skills and knowledge with young students.
Hi, My name is Melissa Bedser. Playing piano from age 8, music has played a huge role throughout my life! Over the years I've accumulated extensive knowledge in the field of piano theory and practice to the higher levels of AMEB. During this time, I'm honored to say I've also had the luxury to attend improvisational workshops with the famous Christopher Norton- Music Composer. My goal is to discover my students’ passion, to help them express their stories and emotions through music and singing, and help them be the best musicians they can become.
Jazmin Fehr is 20 years of age and has a passion for musical theatre and teaching children. She has been singing, dancing, acting and playing the piano ever since she can remember. Jazmin completed a Cert IV in Music Theatre at Gold Coast Triple Threat in 2011 and has performed in many musicals including Grease, Beauty and the Beast, High School Musical Two, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Oliver playing the role of ‘Bet’, All Shook Up playing the role of ‘Lorraine’, Camp Rock playing the role of ‘Peggy’, and choreographed ‘Kids in Space’ at All Saints Anglican School in 2012. Currently, Jazmin is in her third year of university studying a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education at Southern Cross University, works at Kool Kids Early Learning Centre, and is choreographing ‘Aladdin’ for All Saints Anglican School.
Anita began her music education at the age of six with Yamaha music school.
In 2005, she began studying with Ve Helgeson and has since achieved her AMusA in piano and Grade 5 theory of music.
She enjoys not only solo performance, but also participating in accompanying, chamber performance and ensembles.
Hi, my name is Gemma Howard and I am thrilled to be one of the dedicated piano teachers at Athena College. It was my keen desire to learn piano when I was six years old – because of my love of music. After what seemed like an eternity I began piano lessons when I was seven and as I knew I would, fell in love with the piano. Over the past several years I have completed the required AMEB practical and theory exams, receiving Honors and a Credit for the exams. I am currently (2014) studying for my Grade Eight exam, and plan to continue my music studies further after completing this level. I am excited to be joining the Athena College teaching team and look forward to encouraging my students with their own musical journey through Athena.