Sandringham College Music Staff
Classroom Teaching Staff:
Kylie De Niese
Classroom Teacher / Instrumental Coordinator / VET Trainer / Flute
Kylie has been working at Sandringham College since 2007 and is currently teaching years 7-12.
She began her musical career at age 4 starting with the Kodaly method. At age 5, an excursion to see the MSO practise Peter and the Wolf saw Kylie fall in love with the Flute, which she started learning through the Suzuki method then changing to AMEB at age 9. Through these early years Kylie has performed at numerous concerts and competitions Australia wide. In Year 12 Kylie completed Music Solo Performance and was later selected to perform at the Top CATs showcase at the Iwaki Auditorium. By 2002 Kylie had completed her BMus/BEd at Monash University and was teaching full time in London where she stayed for 2 years before returning to Australia. Throughout the years Kylie has been performing at weddings, functions, musical orchestras, community bands, busking, has taught in various schools and music schools, taught classroom as well as instrumental lessons in flute, clarinet, saxophone, piano, voice, guitar and drums.
Classroom Teacher / Vet Trainer / Drum Kit
Instrumental Teaching Staff:
Guitar / Electric Bass
Robert has been an adviser to VCAA in setting up the VCE Contemporary Guitar Syllabus, and has taught at Secondary Colleges as well at tertiary level institutions including Nedlands Teachers College and Melbourne University Institute Of Education. Robert has played professionally having worked with people such as; "Shirl" Strachan, The Seekers, The Australian Showband and Ricky May as well as sharing the stage with people such as James Reyne and Billy Thorpe.
Contemporary Voice/ Piano
Milan is a singer-songwriter, who performs Solo, acoustically, between three-five times a week all throughout Melbourne venues and sings and plays keyboards for his groove/funk/roots band ‘The Milano Express’. He has written, recorded and produced various albums and EPs with his and other bands since 1992. Milan has been a singing teacher and vocal coach at Sandringham College since 2007, although his musical and singing tuition stem back over fifteen years. Also a trained actor, (VCA) Milan and his music have featured in Feature films and TV series and he has had great success in the Voice Over field.
Drum Kit / Percussion
Peter has been a professional drummer for over 40 years and has been the principal drum teacher at Sandringham College for over 25 years. Peter's playing experience covers a wide variety of musical situations and styles, including rock, jazz, latin, Big Band, Fusion (including odd times) to name but a few. Peter has worked with the Victorian State Orchestra, Tommy Tico and has been the drummer on various television recordings for Young Talent Time and the Ray Martin Show. Along with Sandringham College, Peter has also taught drums at the tertiary level including the prisitgous Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. Peter is generally a all round "nice guy", is a renowned drum teacher in Victoria and we are very lucky to have him as a part of the Sandringham College Music Team.
My name is Simon Wood and I am delighted to be a part of the music team at Sandringham College, teaching drums and percussion alongside Peter Blick.
I am an ex student of Sandringham College myself and perform in a number of bands with ex-Sandy students, including the Flamenco band Malcura, the progressive rock band Kettlespider and also drumming for Matt Katsis. I have been playing drums since I was a toddler and it is my greatest passion.
When I’m not drumming, I love going to see gigs, supporting my football team the mighty Bulldogs and taking in the sights travelling.
I am looking forward to the year ahead, sharing my passion for drumming and music in general with my students at Sandringham college.
Don’t forget to practice those rudiments! Right, left, right, right, left, right, left, left...
Chelsey has been learning woodwind instruments since she started high school and wants to inspire students in the same way she was. For her VCE Music she did group performance on clarinet and saxophone and was in the top 30 acts for that year. She has been teaching instrumental students since she was in Year 12 and continues to do so throughout her tertiary study. Chelsey studied her Bachelor of Music at the James Morrison Academy of Music, where she majored in Jazz Performance for saxophone and Composing/Arranging. During her time there she has had the opportunity to play as the opening act for The Big Phat Band on their Australian East Coast Tour in 2014, and has played in touring bands for James Morrison. She is currently completing her Masters of Teaching at Monash University and is excited to continue her instrumental teaching journey with Sandy College.
Musical Theatre Singing