Instrumental Music Staff


Jim Griffiths

Music Academy Director

Jim Griffiths is a guitarist, singer, songwriter and band manager of Melbourne Soul band That Gold Street Sound. He has extensive performance experience both solo and as part of his band. Music career highlights include winning ‘Best Live Act’ at St. Kilda Festival (2018), Playing the main stage at St Kilda Festival (2019), winning ‘Album of the week’ in The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald (2019), and has had a single rank number 8 on the AMRAP regional charts (2019). Jim has performed at many large festivals including; St Kilda Festival, Summer of Soul, Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival and Moomba. 

Jim has been writing and performing music since he himself was in highschool. He views this as an essential life skill where creativity, self-confidence, self-expression, and a sense of belonging evolve through performance, writing and playing music. Jim teaches 21st century skills through music, and creates a safe space for students to express themselves, connect with the community and build resilience through this art form.


Sam Bates


Sam Bates is a Melbourne based drummer/composer specialising in jazz and improvised music, as well as contemporary rock and popular music. He has worked with a variety of artists including; Mark Fitzgibbon, Scott Tinkler, Sam Anning, Katie Noonan, Ella Hooper and Christine Anu. Other career highlights include;


- Twice a finalist in the National Jazz Awards

- Recipient of the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music Fellowship

- Winner of The Alan C Rose Memorial Trust Scholarship


Bates has released three studio albums that have enjoyed critical praise, including a 4.5-star review in The Australian newspaper for Backblocks released on Newmarket Music in 2014. His late 2019 release Wolfy has also garnered a positive response, and is available at all good on-line music stores. 


Paloma Bica

Strings; Violin, Viola

Paloma has over a decade of teaching and playing experience in Melbourne, Argentina and Uruguay and is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and the Victorian College of the Arts.


Alongside playing classical music, Paloma has specialised in tango music, spending 6 years studying and performing in Argentina. She is an active performer in Melbourne, playing contemporary classical music as well as tango.


Paloma believes teaching needs to be playful and inventive, every student's way of learning is different. She likes to incorporate different styles of music in her teaching repertoire aside from classical music. Paloma also draws on her experience from teaching yoga; incorporating movement and body (postural) awareness to avoid tension whilst playing. 


Tessa Bodenham

Windwind / Classroom



Annette Eldridge

Strings; Cello

Annette studied at the Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne. She has journeyed to Italy to play early music and improvisation with world renowned violinist, Davide Monti and cellist Gaetano Nasillo. She has also developed her skills in electronic music with The Arts Centre Melbourne, who have asked Annette to present at the Ableton Workshop in April. 

Annette performs regularly with a multitude of ensembles at various venues, radio appearances and festivals around Australia. She co-founded Regional Chamber Ballet, combining a piano trio with a dance duo, touring regional areas in Victoria. Annette has vast experience performing baroque to contemporary music and owns a traditional cello along with an electric cello.  

She is currently excited to be working on her own compositions, performing with cello, synth, live looping and effects. Annette enjoys melding the classical with contemporary music in her works, which are released on Bandcamp, Spotify and Soundcloud.

Annette conducts Chamber Strings at Macleod College and is looking forward to conducting the String Orchestra again this year for the North Eastern Region concert at Hamer Hall.


John Flanagan

Voice / Guitar

Like many of our music teachers, John Flanagan is not only a fantastic educator, but also a highly regarded performer and recording artist in his own right.

Combining 60s and 70s folk singer/songwriter influences with a contemporary Americana/bluegrass sound, “John Flanagan has proven himself a songwriting force to keep an eye on” (Timber and Steel). John recently released his latest album, ‘There’s Another Way to Where You’re Going’ which was recorded in Nashville with producer Viktor Krauss and he has been playing to full houses around Australia in a double album tour with Sal Kimber. He recorded the album with the best of the best, including grammy award winning engineer Neal Cappellino and musicians who have played on records with Willie Nelson, Robert Plant and Emmylou Harris, to name a few. The album debuted in the top 10 iTunes singer/songwriter charts and has received regular national radio play and rave reviews:


Anthony Hicks


Tony, a sought-after saxophonist covering many genres, studied classical saxophone in Melbourne with Dr Peter Clinch, reaching the national finals of the ABC Concerto and Vocal competition in 1984. In 1981 he travelled to New York for further study of composition and improvisation at the Eastman School of Music, saxophone with Joe Allard and Carmine Caruso, and flute with Harold Bennett. Throughout his career he has been involved in numerous jazz groups, classical and avant-garde music ensembles (Peter Clinch Saxophone Quartet 1976-1988, Elision 1993-4, Heretics Brew 2007-), and many commercial music projects including over 70 professional theatre productions, recordings for film, television and major events, and live performances with international artists including Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Billy Cobham and Randy Brecker. He is also a leading member of the Australian Art Orchestra. Recent post-graduate research at the Victorian College of the Arts has included documentation and analysis of the music of the Wagilak clan, incorporation of microtonality, extended techniques and electronic sound processing into his performance practice with avant-garde Australian sound artists David Tolley, Ren Walters and the Bent Leather Band, and a concurrent examination into the various philosophical perspectives of the emergent improvisation process. Tony teaches in several Melbourne high schools where he is a keen proponent of improvisation within the music curriculum, and tutors at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University, and NMIT.


Matthew Hovell


Matthew is a Pianist, Songwriter, Composer, Arranger & Producer, whose musical predilections extend from jazz improvisation and formal classical studies to soul, rnb, rock, hip hop and electronic beat production. He has performed at local music festivals such as Splendour in the Grass, Meredith Music Festival and WOMAD, and international festivals such as Secret Garden Party (UK), Glastonbury (UK), Fusion Festival (Ger) and Sziget (Hun). 


Declan Jones

Brass / Classroom 

Declan Jones studied jazz and classical trumpet at Victorian College of the Arts and Monash University and is teaching brass instruments at Macleod College. He is a versatile performer and plays regularly with many ensembles including New Orleans Brass Band, Colombian Salsa, Mexican Mariachi, Nigerian Afrobeat, Hawaiian Exotica and Indian Bollywood. 


Declan has toured extensively with the bollywood/Indian funk band Bombay Royale, some highlights include Glastonbury festival, Sziget (Budapest), WOMAD in Australia, New Zealand and England and GlobalFest at Webster Hall (NYC.) He has performed with touring artists including Nashville soul singer Charles Walker, indie rock band from Austin, Texas - Spoon, and the New Jersey metalcore band - Dillinger Escape Plan. Declan’s afrobeat ensemble The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra is collaborating with the Nigerian artist Femi Kuti in August.


Antonio Mazziotta


Antonio began his professional life as an Electric Bassist at the age of 14 in the Melbourne cabaret scene.  Two years later he also began to perform Original rock bands..  Nemesis .

Then began to explore Latin, World, Jazz and Fusion music…Black Sun 

At 20 he took up Double Bass got into playing Jazz …David Jones, Gary Norman, Virgil Donati, Joe Chindamo etc  and Classical Studies at Victorian College of the Arts for 5 years

Since then he has performed thousands of professional performances at most major venues, festivals, Television and Radio stations in Melbourne and across Australia  ( Hammer Hall, Rod Laver Arena, Victorian Art Centre, Sydney Recital Centre, Channel 7,9,10,31,ABC SBS with local and international artists. Such as Australian Theatre Orchestra, The Australian Showband, Australian Pops Orchestra, Malvern Symphony Orchestra, Lion King at the Regent theatre, Don Burrows Big Band, John Foreman Trio, Yvette Johanson Quintet, The Four Tops, The Drifters, John Farnham, Deborah O’Connor and many others 

Antonio’s enjoys the challenge of performing a large variety of musical styles from Classical through to contemporary styles 


Andrew O'Connell




Paul Van Ross


Paul has toured and performed around the world. Also studied in New York & Cuba, playing with some of the world's leading musicians including George Garzone, George Coleman, Barry Harris, Dave Valentin, Andrew Sterman, Rob Schepps, Lawrence Feldman, Keith Underwood & Helen Campo. He has played over 25 International Tours & recorded numerous commercial release CDs.


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