About Hope Performing Arts Centre

Educationally informed, age appropriate and creative are words that are often used to describe the teaching at Hope Performing Arts Centre.  We value attaining excellence and seek to promote a life-long love of the performing arts. Our teachers love the performing arts and strive to know and understand how children learn best.

Every child in our studio is supported to reach his or her potential. Every lesson is structured to provide children with the skills to take charge of their own learning and to become better at their art form.

Emma Collyer – Director and Piano Tutor

I hold a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Teaching as well as an Honours degree in Music with a major in composition.  I have studied under some of Australia’s leading composers including Nigel Butterly, Colin Spiers and Christian Heim.  I am passionate about providing young children the opportunity to engage with and create music.  Every child deserves the chance to be musical; this is why I have spent years developing researched-informed music programs for children as well as compositions for piano students that provide solid musical foundations in a way that has our students wanting to know more,  wanting to engage more and  wanting to create their own music.

John Collyer – Piano Teacher, Violin Teacher

I completed a Bachelor of Music (Honours) and a Graduate Diploma in Education, and then devoting further time to postgraduate study in piano performance. I have taught practical and academic studies at secondary and tertiary levels and am currently Head of Music and Performing Arts at St George Christian School. I am interested in seeing students attain excellence in performance at the highest possible levels, encouraging them to utilise quality feedback to improve their musical skill and insights, and become lifelong learners and musicians. 

Mirabel Collyer – Dance teacher, Vocal Coach.

I am currently completing a Bachelor of Performance at Wollongong University, I have also completed my RAD Intermediate dance exam and am currently studying toward my 6th grade classical singing exam with Patricia Johnson. 


Hope Performing Arts Centre holds classes at Hinchinbrook Community Centre on Tuesdays and Middleton Grange Monday to Saturday.