GUITAR AND BASS TUITION


Biography

 

  • 1978- Studied classical guitar with Bob Oort (http://www.users.bigpond.com/boboort/)
  • Played in the school stage bands and rock bands, both on electric guitar and bass. Also became proficient at playing drums.
  •  1983 Started playing bass professionally in jazz bands with such Sydney based notables as Daniel Barnett, Dr Martin Hardy, Brenda Gifford (Mixed Relations), and Joern Harris (The Moods).
  •  Studied musicianship at the NSW Conservatorium of Music in Sydney.
  •  1986 Bachelor of Music degree, studying performance on electric and double bass at the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem, Israel, studying with Jean Claude Jones, Boris Gammer, Dan Gottfried, Steve Horenstein, Nahum Pervakovich, Slava Ganelin and Jerry Garval.  He became part of the jazz scene there, performing with Itsik Shetrit, Boris Gammer, Amos Hoffman, Steve Horenstein, Jerry Garval, Steve Pascoff, Shai Bachar and Avner Strauss.  Simon recorded on Avner Strauss's CD On A Slow Flame. 
  • Became involved in Israeli and Jewish music, performing in wedding bands and tourist show bands. 
  • 1990 to 1991 Resident bass player at the Jerusalem Khan Theatre www.khan.co.il/home_english.php 
  • 1992 to 1993 Resident bass player in the internationally acclaimed tourist show Horah Israel, an Israeli dancing troop spectacular that toured internationally every year. Simon toured with them in France and Germany, and recorded a souvenir video of the show entitled "We Are Here" Ensemble Presents: HORAH ISRAEL.
  • 1989 Started to give guitar lessons, as well as directing youth bands in an after-school music centre. 
  • 1994 Returned to Australia
  • Played mostly bass and doubling on guitar in various covers bands, including Vogue (formally Princess), On Heat, and a concept band called Sister Act performing hits from the movie, performing in pubs and clubs around New South Wales. 
  • 1996 Tour to Papua New Guinea with Princess.
  • Continued to teach guitar in a music store and in his private studio at home.
  • 1997 Completed the Master of Teaching Degree, University of Sydney.
  • 1997 to present - Classroom music teaching in both secondary and primary schools, whilst continuing to teach guitar part-time.
  • 2002, Completed Level 1 of The Australian Kodaly Certificate in Music Education.  
  • 2008 Completed the Drum Circle Music Course (DCM) presented by Kalani Music. See www.kalanimusic.com Teaching guitar and bass at Masada College on Sydney’s North Shore, as well as directing the Guitar Ensemble, the Jazz Ensemble and Klezmer Ensemble.  Also teaching guitar at Wahroonga Preparatory School and leading the guitar ensemble there.  Simon also continues to teach at his home studio, five evenings a week. 
  • 2009 Completed Level 3 of the Orff Schulwerk Music and Movement Teacher Certification Course. He is member of the Orff Schulwerk Association of NSW Inc., and contributes lesson ideas to the quarterly bulletin. See www.ancos.org.au 
  • Continues to gig with the Vogue Trio, a retro/dance/covers band that performs in upmarket clubs and corporate functions. 
  • Freelances with other Sydney musicians and bands, too many to mention, however, notable names include Daniel Weltlinger (violin) and Nigel Date (guitar).
  • 2011 Resident bass and guitar player of The Northern Jazz Band, a traditional jazz group, which performs at clubs, outdoor public events and jazz festivals, private and corporate functions. 
  • 2011 Stage Manager, "Stars Of The Future Stage" Manly Jazz Festival.
  • 2013 Resident double bass player of The Rockin Eddie Band, a rock n roll and rockabilly music dance band, performing 5 to 7 times per month.
  • 2014 Completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Special Education.