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Steve Smillie

Guitar Teacher, Director (Guitar Ensemble)

Steve’s solid professional guitar career reaches back to the early 70’s with origins in Country music. Over time he has branched out and now specialises in many styles including:

  • Pop Standards
  • Blues
  • Rock classics
  • Funk
  • Country
  • Reggae
  • Jazz 

Steve’s speciality is Finger Style Acoustic Guitar:
Finger Style guitar
What is Finger Style guitar?
Best Finger Style guitarist in the world

Steve’s career highlights include accolades and an impressive list of acts that he has supported over the years. These include:

  • Best Instrumentalist at Tamworth’s Country Music Festival (1978 and 1979)
  • Ian Moss (Cold Chisel)
  • Daryl Braithwaite (Sherbet)
  • Tim Freedman (The Whitlams)
  • Rick Price
  • Renee Geyer
  • Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House (2016)
  • Mainly Jazz Festival with Kath Morrison (2017)

Steve currently plays in the well know duo “Open Fire” with Danelle Kelleher (vocals) and has recorded solo and collaborative instrumental albums of original music including:

  • “Speechless” (2000)
  • “After Glow” (2007)
  • “Happy to be Alive” (2012)
  • “Deeper Shade of Blue” (2015) including his wife Kath Morrison on trumpet

Having had an illustrious teaching career since 1980, Steve is one of only a handful of high calibre performer/teachers of the guitar living on the Coast. His ability to connect with his students whilst making learning fun is key to his ability in teaching many different techniques and skills whilst allowing his students to fully understand how music works.

We are delighted to have Steve Smillie on our Guitar Faculty at the Central Coast Conservatorium.

Enrolments  Click or tap on In-school program to enrol in guitar lessons at school or click on one-to-one lessons to enrol in guitar lessons at the Conservatorium. 
For more information call us on (02) 4324 7477 or email

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Term Dates

The Central Coast Conservatorium operates to NSW Department of Education School Gazetted Term dates

Term 1
1-1 Lessons Wed 27/1 to Thur 1/4
Sat Strings Ensembles Sat 6/2 - Sat 26/3
CCYO & Ext program Tue 9/2 - Tue 30/03
PWE & SWO Wed 10/2 - Wed 31/03

Term 2
Monday 19/4 to Saturday 26/06 

Term 3
Monday 12/7 to Saturday 18/09

Term 4
Monday 05/10 to Saturday 18/12

Mission Statement

We seek to inspire our Central Coast community to engage in and value music as an integral part of life through comprehensive music education and artistic endeavour.