Music Programme



St Ambrose offers a very comprehensive music programme. In addition to a weekly music lesson with a specialised music teacher, the school has bands, choirs, drum lines and a variety of musical arrangements that students can join. These students rehearse every Friday and the program is coordinated by our music teacher Mr Cenda.

In addition to our school music programme, private music tutoring is available. Students are able to be tutored in virtually any instrument by an array of very talented music tutors who operate from within the school.

Music tutoring at St Ambrose is arranged by parents contacting the music tutor directly. Music lessons and pricing is discussed directly with the tutor (see below).

To support  the development of music within the school,  St Ambrose has a leasing arrangement for a number of instruments – these include flute, clarinet, trumpet, saxophone and trombone.  For further information, contact the school music teacher, Mr Cenda.


Mark Payne  –     guitar, bass guitar, drums and ukulele

Mark teaches guitar, bass guitar, drums and ukulele at St Ambrose. Ive been tutoring instrumental lessons for 15 years. My passion for music started when I was given the great opportunity to learn multiple instruments as a child in school. It was through learning at school that I took ahold of every opportunity to play in different performances. 

Since finishing school and university I have tutored in 10 local schools and played in many different band projects, recordings, musicals, corporate events, Christmas carol productions and sit in player for artists in the local live music scene. I’ve taught students from all ages 4years old to 70 yeas old and my passion is seeing students achieve their musical goals and find their own creative voice on their instrument. 

I am registered to accept the Creative Kids Vouchers towards lesson fees. For more information my contact details are 0447381985

Paul Robinson –   Strings

Mr Paul Robinson from Pottsville Beach was born in Murwillumbah and grew up in Palm Beach on the Gold Coast. He has played stringed instruments since he was two years old. Being a third generation instrumentalist Paul played in the Gold Coast Youth Orchestra before being selected to play in the Queensland Youth Orchestra at the age of sixteen touring England, Scotland, Germany, and Italy. Manu years of teaching and performing with bands and artist has lead Paul to win four Golden Fiddle Awards in Tamworth at the Country Music Festival. One of the awards is for best fiddle teacher in Australia.

Two consecutive awards for best fiddler featured in a band for his work with the Round Mountain Girls. Mr Robinson is a registered teacher with the A.M.E.B. (Australian Music Examination Board). Student can elect to sit for graded A.M.E.B. annual exam which is a national recognised qualification.  Classical lessons will be directed towards playing in an orchestra.  Fiddle Fun lessons focus on playing popular tunes and learning techniques for performing in a band. Both lesson styles have music reading and theory included.

Mr Robinson has conducted string lessons and string ensemble at many schools including Mt St Patrick’s in Murwillumbah, St Andrews primary school in Kingscliff, St Andrews Lutheran college in Tallebudgera, Gold Coast Christian College in Burleigh Heads.He has also played with bands and acts including the Round Mountain Girls, the Leaping Lizards Bush Band, the Bale ‘em up bush band, Lee Conway, Digger Revel, Julie Anthony, and many more…

Music lessons give skills and enjoyment that can last a lifetime…


Contact details

Mr Paul Robinson

Phone 0400574309


Jo Rohewer – Singing

Jo Rohwer Buckley is our very talented AMEB certified (Australian Music Examination Board) singing teacher.

Placements are available for all students from Yr 2 – Yr 6 in group sessions or 30 min individual lessons. Gain confidence and skill from beginners to stars!

Jo is in the final stages of completing her B. Music/Education and has a tertiary qualification in Voice and Performance. She recently celebrated her 10th anniversary as Singing Teacher at Kingscliff Performing Arts. 

For more information and to enquire about enrolling, please call Jo 

on 0405 368 871. 

Jake Bryant  –   Brass and woodwind

Jake Bryant is our Brass and Woodwind tutor teaching Flute, Saxophones, Clarinet, Trumpet and Trombone.

Jake studied a Bachelor of music in Jazz saxophone and a graduate Diploma in secondary music education.  

He has taught in various schools throughout Australia and abroad and joined us at St Ambrose in 2016

Jake is passionate about music education and thoroughly enjoys showing students the joy of playing and performing music

He continues to perform in the professional music scene with bands of all genres to show students the importance of playing 

Please direct all enquiries to Jake  or     0408831127


Jocelyn  McLennan – Keyboard / Piano

I’m very happy to be teaching keyboard/piano lessons to your children

at St. Ambrose. I have been playing and studying the piano from the age of seven. I have

completed a Bachelor of Creative Industries in Music and I am now studying a Master of

Teaching degree with QUT.

I would describe myself as a passionate musician and artistic individual. I specialise in

teaching students sight-reading music, piano theory knowledge and skills they can utilise in piano performance. My goal for my students is to be challenged as they learn the beautiful craft of piano playing and to find enjoyment that can nourish them into their adolescents and beyond. This instrument has given me a keen awareness of the rich beauty of music and expression through music. I would love to help my students to nurture and grow in this area.

If your child would like to begin lessons, please get in touch.

NSW Creative Kids Vouchers accepted.

Jocelyn McLennan

0478 693 379