Music & Music Tuition

St Philip's is blessed with many talented musicians, singers, actors and dancers, both in our student body and our staff.

Every year there are many opportunities for our students to perform and to show the College community their skills.

Through extra-curricular activities, the College musical, performing arts events, assemblies, and special music events such as the Music Soiree and Evening of Song everyone has an avenue to perform.

Community events such as the Centralian Eisteddfod, the Alice Springs Desert Festival, Desert Song and many other events regularly feature St Philip’s students and staff.


St Philip’s College Music Tuition Program was established in the early 1990s and has a fine reputation for producing talented musicians. Students take their lessons during school hours, however, the program is run separately to the College’s normal curriculum. Music Tuition lessons are complimentary to the College’s Music Curriculum, with students using what they have learnt in their Music Tuition lessons in their normal music classes. Most lessons are one-on-one and are catered to each student’s individual progression. Whilst graded tuition is not standard, those students who wish to complete AMEB grades or similar can do so.

Tuition fees are competitively priced, in fact, the costs are less than learning privately. Fees are $220 per term.

Lessons are offered on the following instruments:
Brass – trumpet, French horn, trombone 
Strings – violin, viola, cello, double bass
Woodwind – clarinet, flute, saxophone
Pop Band instruments – guitar, drums, electric bass
Voice plus
Music Theory

Throughout the school year there are many opportunities for music students to perform. There are two ensemble bands, strings and guitar groups, the Musical band and an annual Soiree Evening, showcasing our top music students. Students are also encouraged to form their own bands, and many have successfully done so in the past.

MUSIC TUITION MUSICAL TIMETABLES (all instruments) click here.


Our qualified Music Tuition teachers are committed to help students reach their full musical potential. They are experienced at teaching students of all ages and at all levels of proficiency.

Kristina Kidd – Music Tuition Co-ordinator / Voice Teacher
Mrs Kidd studied voice privately at the Victorian College of the Arts, the NSW Conservatorium, and the Melba Conservatorium. Before completing her Diploma of Teaching, she worked professionally as a singer in both opera and music theatre in Sydney and Melbourne. Since moving to Alice Springs in 2000, Mrs Kidd has taught singing both privately and at the College. In 2009, she took over the role of Music Tuition Co-ordinator. Mrs Kidd uses the Estil Method of voice training which teaches how to safely use the voice in a number of different ways.

Peter Gilham – Senior Music Teacher / Brass Instrumental Teacher
Mr Gilham studied French Horn at the Victorian College of the Arts, gaining a Diploma of Arts. He played French Horn professionally in the Melbourne theatre circuit for 15 years, in addition to teaching, before coming to St. Philips in 1999. Mr Gilham has had a varied musical life, playing in ensembles from orchestras to rock bands, as well as performing as a soloist. Mr Gilham also holds a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Education. Not only does Mr Gilham play French Horn, he also plays trumpet, viola, guitar and drums.

Ed Nicholson – Classroom Music Teacher / Violin and Guitar Teacher
Mr Nicholson studied violin from the age of seven and continued through the AMEB grades. At 14, he took up playing drums and guitar at school. His formal music training includes a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Music from Monash University. He has extensive and varied experience playing in symphony orchestras and rock bands, twice travelling overseas for different tours. With a repertoire ranging from classical to experimental rock to jazz and folk, he can cover most bases.

Nicola Gilham – Piano / Brass / Strings Teacher
Mrs Gilham has taught instrumental music at St Philip’s College for the past 12 years. She brings a vast wealth of experience and knowledge to the Program, having studied piano to AMEB Grade 8. She can teach, and play, a wide variety of instruments, including trombone, fiddle, banjo, electric bass, double bass and cello. Mrs Gilham is regularly seen around Alice Springs playing as part of a jazz band.

Bill Pechey – Guitar
Bill’s qualifications include a Diploma of Teaching (NTU) and a Bachelor of Education (UNE). He taught for several years in primary schools, before working in remote area Indigenous communities around Alice Springs. Music has always been a part of his life, using it extensively in his classroom teaching and has been part of many working and community music groups. For most of the last decade he has been teaching guitar and in 2014 joined the Music Tuition program at St Philip’s College. He performs around town and can be found most Saturdays at the Watertank Café performing with the trio “Malarkey”. He was an accompanist musician with the play, “The First Garden” touring to Darwin and Sydney.

Bill loves teaching guitar, and is fascinated by the psychology of learning music. As a guitar teacher, he aims to develop a love of music in his students, but also an awareness that learning an instrument requires focused and persistent application to succeed.

Charles Luchetti – Woodwind
Charles graduated from the NSW Conservatorium of Music, with a Bachelor degree in Classical Saxophone Performance in 2010, studying under James Nightingale and Michael Duke. He then continued his education studying at the Conservatorium of Music in Milan, Italy under Daniele Comoglio until 2012.Charles has many years’ experience teaching music to primary and high school students in a wide range of schools throughout Sydney. He moved to Alice Springs last year with a view to teach, inspire and provide performance opportunities and ensembles for as many young musicians as possible.

Karen Jackson - Strings Teacher
Karen graduated with a B Mus in Composition and Performance from Canterbury University in NZ in 1991. She then toured for 20years throughout NZ and Australia performing at many schools, festivals and concerts. Through her passion to engage students in the wonderful diverse world of strings, she  founded and is the director of “The Sunshine Fiddle Camp” an annual camp run in QLD each summer. She followed her husband to Alice Springs also a keen musician and she is thoroughly enjoying concentrating on teaching and passing on her love of all things Strings.