Our Experienced Music Teachers
All of School of Rock Sutherland’s music teachers are experienced musicians devoted to helping students attain musical proficiency. Our instructors guide students one-on-one to personalize learning, inspire confidence and build social skills.
Josh Lofberg Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Josh been a full time Music Teacher for the past seven years and is now bringing all of his previous experience to School of Rock Sutherland! Josh is currently the Music Director for seasonal shows as well as a one-on-one guitar and bass teacher. Josh has been playing guitar and bass for 15 years and playing professionally for about 10 years. Josh studied Music at university and has a full knowledge of music theory. Josh has a deep passion for all things classic rock and his knowledge is second to none!
Stef Billimoria Drum Teacher
At the age of eight, Stef was drawn to music and drumming after discovering his father's extensive record collection. With the purchase of a drum kit by his supportive parents, the bashing out of beats began along with volume to shake the whole neighbourhood. Interestingly enough the police were never called to stop the noise.
After countless jams and performances throughout his teenage years, Stef was quickly picked up to fill in and later and join many local Sydney and Melbourne-based bands. Touring quickly ensued and frequent travelling up and down the Australian East Coast was now the norm. Never one to stop learning about drumming, Stef attended many drum clinics and, in doing so, met and learned from some of the world's most talented drummers such as Dave Lombardo, Ryan Van Poederooyen, Virgil Donati, John Tempesta and Dom Famularo. With a progressive interest in drum tuition, Stef continues to study under the watchful eyes and direction of some of the world's greatest drum teachers.
Jasmin Nunez Vocal Instructor
Jasmin is an exceptional vocalist and teacher who has been with School of Rock Sutherland since 2017, firstly as a student and now as a respected vocal instructor and piano teacher, as well as assistant show director. Jasmin’s love for music and singing started when she was just six years old singing opera, and now throughout the years she has increased her repertoire to include R&B, rock, blues and jazz. Jasmin’s sound has and will continuously evolve as she is currently studying for a Bachelor of Music at the Australian Institute of Music. Jasmin’s love for singing and performing shows comes out through her passion for teaching.
Chris Smithson Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Born and raised in the Sutherland Shire, Chris’s love for music started with bass guitar at the young age of six, but he soon progressed to other instruments like drums, piano, guitar and vocals. Chris has played and toured extensively around not only Australia, but Europe as well. He's notched up several tours over his 10 years of playing with bands that include The Kava Kings, which he plays in with his brother Tom! Caravana Sun, Yeti Calzone, Lola Scott and Jackson Carroll. Chris draws his musical influences from musicians such as David Bowie, Tame Impala, Pond, The Gorillaz, Foals and Pond. He is a guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher at School of Rock Sutherland.
Kelly Miller Drum Teacher
Kelly Miller is a young drummer and educator and has recently graduated from the Australian Institute of Music, Sydney. After playing the drums and percussion for 12 years, Kelly has built up experience in playing at various Sydney venues whilst also playing gigs outside of Sydney such as in Melbourne and the Gold Coast. Kelly plays all genres of music but specializes in rock, funk and jazz. Kelly is involved in various bands, including the wedding band Birthday Cake, Gabbi Bolt's Band From Bathurst and Holiday Sidewinder, who is currently on tour around the US and Australia. Some of these bands formed out of The Australian Institute of Music and have been gigging together for the past few years. Whilst being involved in these bands, Kelly also helps Australian Institute of Music students with their projects and session work. She is a drum teacher at School of Rock Sutherland.
Jake Maaka Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Jake Maaka is a multi-instrumentalist with a primary focus on guitar and bass, with a proficiency that includes drums and vocals. Jake grew up with a guitar in his hand. His love for music started at a very early age. Growing up in a musical house, his father, his biggest musical influence, played in many bands in his homeland of New Zealand. It wasn’t until the age of 11 that Jake started seriously thinking music was his dream in life. Jake joined his first high school band at 12, and his passion didn’t stop there. He played in many bands throughout his teens and early adulthood. Jake played in well-known Sydney band Point Below Zero, where he turned his talents to recording and released his first album. He is currently sharing his time between two bands, Noisetank and Bloodbomb, in which Jake plays guitar as well as sings.
Jake’s biggest musical inspirations have always been Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Def Tones. His teaching style is energetic. He is a guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher at School of Rock Sutherland.