Meet The Team

MADELINE STRATFORD

Madeline has over 20 years worth of musical knowledge and studies behind her.
She has performed at many venues around the Central Coast, and has recorded on multiple albums from funk to classical to metal. She has provided short films & animations with original compositions and was an awarded Finalist in the 2011 APRA National ProfessionalDevelopment Awards (Classical Category.)

Madeline can play a wide variety of genres and is focused on creating lessons for the individuals needs to inspire creativity & excitement.

As Stratford Music’s Director she quotes:
“We wanted to create a place that was homely but also unique. We’ve designed the new school to offer the highest standard of tuition whilst still being a comfortable place that students of all ages will enjoy visiting.”

  • Piano
  • Theory
  • Musicianship
  • Composition
STUART ' CAT' CORK

Stuart is a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience. He was very fortunate to have been raised by parents and grandparents who were professional musicians as he was able to absorb a great deal of musical knowledge from them at quite a young age.

He started his formal musical studies at age 6, progressing through AMEB piano and theory to 7th grade. At 15 he switched his focus to the guitar.

He continued his music studies at Sydney University as part of his Bachelor of Arts degree. Over the years, Stuart has performed and recorded with a number of Sydney bands, and as a solo artist, in a variety of styles.

He’s recently released an album titled “Feet in the Dirt”, where a portion of proceeds have gone towards StreetSmart Charity.

  • Guitar
  • Piano
  • Theory
  • Bass
  • Ukulele
BRYCE SAINTY

Music is the biggest part of Bryce’s life. He has been playing guitar since he was a little kid and has been teaching for 8 years. He has studied at the Australian Institute of Music as well as attending the CMAA Academy of Country Music.

Bryce is also an Artist himself. He has recently released his debut single, which peaked at #6 on the Australian iTunes Country Charts as well as having the video clip for the single regularly played on The Country Music Channel. He has played in many places in Australia including The Song Factory in Sydney, The Central Coast Country Music Festival, The Optus Gympie Music Muster, Tamworth and many other local clubs and café’s.

Bryce has been working on developing a fresh and modern country sound and in 2016 released a brand new single ‘Status’. This quickly became his biggest success reaching #2 on the iTunes Country Chart and cracked the top #100 iTunes Australia Pop Chart. The video clip also featured on the CMC (Country Music Channel) top 30 chart. Following these achievements, Bryce earned a nomination for New Artist Of the Year at the 2017 CMC awards.

Bryce has dedicated his life to music and loves being a part of the Tuition experts at Stratford Music.

  • Guitar
  • Performance
  • Vocals
  • Songwriting
DANIELLE WILSON

Danielle began learning the violin in 1990, completing AMEB studies in eighth grade violin in 2000 and fifth grade musicianship in 2001, and was awarded honours in both.

Danielle has many years of experience with ensemble playing, leading the string orchestra during her time at Hornsby Girls High School, as well as playing the guitar in the school jazz band and singing in the chamber vocal ensemble. Studying HSC music extension with a focus in performance, Danielle also played in the Schools Spectacular Orchestra, and the SBS Youth Orchestra. She has also played the violin for a variety of musicals with community musical societies, in string quartets and duo’s, and performed as a back up musician at the 2003 Annual Aria Awards.

She enjoyed teaching the violin between 2002 and 2012, when she moved from Sydney to the Central Coast, and is excited to bring her musical knowledge to the students at Stratford Music School.

  • Violin
JON FOX

A native of New Jersey, Jon was born to a concert pianist and music teacher mother. He first became enthralled by the drums at 7 years of age whilst watching the 1970s lounge band that rehearsed at his house. His mother bought him a second hand kit from the band’s drummer, and sent him for lessons.

Jon was the youngest ever first string drummer on the cadence team of Fork Union Military Academy marching band. He began playing in New Jersey clubs with a variety of local bands when he was 15. After graduating high school he went to The Institute of Audio Research in New York City and studied engineering before moving to Texas where he had a very successful run as a founding member of alt/grunge era band Truck (Truckasaurus), opening for such bands as Infectious Grooves and Fishbone.

He moved to Australia in 1998 and continued his audio engineering career and after a 15 year hiatus Jon happily bought another drum kit – and is currently having more fun than should be legal.

  • Drums
  • Percussion
LARA DENNES

Music for Lara Dennes has played a big part her life, enjoying all genres of music, both listening to and singing. Lara has been studying both classical and contemporary singing for over 10 years and piano for 9, with a line-up of AMEB grades completed.

Whilst studying at the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney, Lara performed in many concerts and obtained Certificate 3 in Music performance. She is currently completing a Bachelor of Music.
Lara has performed in many musicals, choirs, Eisteddfods and Australia Day events.

“I believe music lessons should be fun while still being productive.”

  • Vocals
  • Piano
SCOTT SOUNNESS

Scott has been playing guitar for over 23 years and professionally teaching for 15.
Having studied at The Australian Institute of Music, he has a passion for teaching and helping students grow as musicians.
He has played guitar, bass and sang in his originals band throughout Sydney and interstate, also supporting international acts.
Scott’s patient and friendly approach to teaching helps make music theory and the general fun of playing music accessible to all.

  • Guitar
  • Bass