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Kirby Campbell Music Tuition

About Us

Kirby Campbell Music Tuition was founded in 2018 by studio owner and director, Tara Kirby-Campbell. Throughout their teaching career so far, Tara has worked with hundreds of students, igniting a love of music and passion for the creative artists in each and every one. 

Kirby Campbell Music Tuition is unlike any other music tuition company as we pride ourselves on our accessible lessons. Every lesson is tailored to each student's needs, goals and creativity, with no two lessons being the same. We see what others may think of as barriers to music lessons as superpowers that enable each student to thrive. 

Studio values include accessibility, creativity, diversity, progress (not perfection) and most of all, musicality!

Our Tutors

Here at Kirby Campbell Music Tuition we have a brilliant team of tutors who bring their unique skills, talent and ability to help every student achieve their very best.

Tara Kirby-Campbell

Studio Owner/ Director 

Vocals, Guitar, Ukulele, Piano, Songwriting, Early Childhood Music and HSC Preparation Tutor

Since Tara was born, music has been part of their life.
Singing before she could talk, it was at eight years of age that Tara began to formally study music, and at twelve years of age, Tara began to gig and perform across Newcastle, Port Stephens and the Central Coast. Since 2014, Tara has played countless shows as a solo musician and was awarded Star 104.5’s Star On The Rise and has
 been involved in numerous theatrical productions.  Tara holds a Bachelor's Degree in Entertainment Business Management from JMC Academy, where they graduated with the highest band level possible.  
Beginning teaching in 2018, Tara has worked with hundreds of students through Kirby Campbell Music Tuition with the goal of inciting a love of music in every student. Tara works hard to ensure that each student has a personalised music curriculum that is tailored to their likes, needs and goals with music. Tara loves working with students of all needs, ages and abilities and has specific training and understanding of working with Neurodiverse Children and Youth. With a passion for learning, Tara is always persistent with professional development and loves to attend industry workshops. 
Specialising in vocal lessons, Tara teaches safe vocal practice, incorporating vocal hygiene and health, whilst delivering tailored lessons to each student's vocal goals. Tara has training in many vocal styles including contemporary, pop, jazz, musical theatre, folk, country, rock, songwriting and heavy vocals and is consistently expanding on their musical education. Tara also has demonstrated music industry experience of over 10 years , including with band management, live music photography, songwriting, copyright, A&R, marketing, journalism, live performance, musical theatre and venue/ music booking experience. Tara
Tara's students are involved in various Theatre Productions, Star Struck, Aspire, DioSounds, many regularly gig across the area, and countless students have been selected into Creative Arts Education Programs and Schools across the region.  

Eli Croft

Tutor 

Guitar (Acoustic, Electric), Bass Guitar

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Eli Croft is  22 year old musician who has been playing guitar for over fourteen years. In this time, he's played alongside a variety of bands and artists, and continuously refined his abilities as a musician.

 

Eli graduated high school with a Band 6 in Music and was placed on the NSW Honour Roll, and went on to complete a Diploma in Music Industry & Sound Production. Music is his greatest passion, and he strongly believes that inspiring others to find this passion within themselves is the most valuable way that he can live his life.

Eli plays both Electric & Acoustic guitar, enjoy a wide range of genres including everything from Jazz to Metal, and enjoys Hiking and Reading in his free time. 

Jacinta Portelli

Tutor 

Piano/ Keyboard and Vocals

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Jacinta Portelli is a 22 year old musician who has been singing, and playing piano and guitar for over sixteen years. She offers practical and theoretical knowledge, as well as tutoring on a variety of instruments. Her favourite instrument is her voice. She can teach multiple instruments to one student, and has a passion for teaching songwriting skills.Jacinta graduated from Hunter School of the Performing Arts in 2019 with a Band 6 in Music and was placed on the NSW honour roll. She tutored music through high school and continued post graduation.

 

Jacinta generally has a non-traditional teaching style, and creates completely individualised music curriculums for each student based on what they are interested in and enjoy learning, and what skills they already have. She can teach a range of genres and styles for all the instruments she tutors in, and can teach piano in AMEB grading style up to Grade 4/5.

 

Jacinta has ASD and ADHD and has a special interest in working with neurodiverse students, particularly students with ASD. When working with neurodiverse students, she likes to implement some studied music therapy elements into her teaching to potentially help improve on behaviour, self expression, communication, sensory-motor skills and cognitive functioning.
 

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