Aron St Clair – Flute and Saxophone

I love teaching and my passion is to inspire people to enjoy music.

Aron St Clair

Aron has been a professional saxophone player and flute player for many years. Studying performance at Southern Cross University majoring in saxophone, Aron has studied under Ken Stubbs, Dave Ades and Richard Gawned. Aron is familiar with exam preparation to high levels. Aron is a very versatile musician who can play many styles and genres, he loves teaching and his passion is to inspire people to enjoy music.

Contact Aron directly here:

Licie Martin Ferroz – Violin and Viola

Licie moved to Brisbane from Brazil in November 2019 and is currently studying for a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Licie has over twelve years of experience as a music educator, and has a Bachelor Degree in Music Education.

Licie is experienced in working with students of all ages and builds an excellent rapport with young children. Her Bachelor Degree is in music education, and Licie has experiencing preparing students for ABRSM and other examinations.

Lee Brackenborough – Saxophone, Keyboards, Electric Bass and Theory

“I tailor lessons to each student with an underlying focus on rhythm, harmony and improvisation as I feel these concepts are essential to a musician’s freedom on their instrument and can be applied to all styles of music”

Lee is a multi-instrumentalist with over a decade of experience, having been active in the Brisbane music scene since graduating from JMI with a Bachelor of music in 2012.  

Lee has been performing, writing and recording music for 15 years, working with bands including Big Dead, Moreton, Captain Dreamboat, HRBRT and Cowbird, playing at venues from intimate cafes to The Sydney Opera house.

Lee’s experience involves playing in a variety of styles and line-ups, teaching piano, saxophone, bass and theory privately to people of all ages and ability since 2010.  Lee is currently teaching at Browning Street on Fridays.

Enquire about lessons with Lee below:

Leilani Wagner – Contemporary Voice

Bringing passion and inspiration to every performance, Lani’s ability to evoke emotion within an audience is only matched by her breathtaking vocal range. From an early age, Lani discovered her love for singing and has spent her life in pursuit of her musical dreams, including educating others and sharing the gift of music. 
Lani offers lessons to all ages and varying levels through a structured program of learning designed to guide and support her clients. Well-acquainted with all contemporary commercial music styles, Lani offers expertise in jazz, pop and musical theatre repertoire. Her teaching style is inspired by a holistic philosophy, understanding that everyone and every voice is different. Lani will help her students to develop their vocal skills and confidence with a specific focus on developing their love and enjoyment of singing and music!
Lani graduated from the Australian National University in 2019 with her Bachelor of Music. While at the ANU, she received the Christel Larko Music Scholarship for her outstanding musical ability and accomplishments as a vocalist. In 2017, Lani won the Erika Haas Prize and Bill Hyslop Prize for highest aggregate marks for her course at the ANU School of Music. During this time, Lani taught at several different music schools giving her the privilege of working with different people of all ages and backgrounds. Lani also regularly performed throughout the region with invitations to perform at Government House and the Italian, Austrian and Danish Ambassador’s Residences. 
Lani released her debut EP ‘Fallen From Grace’ in February 2018 and has since toured the East Coast. The album was featured in the Newcastle Herald (Lani’s hometown) and was Editor’s Choice in BMA magazine. In the latter part of 2018, Lani spent a semester abroad at Indiana University. While in the US, Lani was under the guidance of renowned jazz musicians including Walter Smith III, Dr Kenneth Brian Edmonds (aka Babyface) and Sachal Vasandani and performed with the IU Soul Revue and Latin Jazz Ensemble.” 
Currently, Lani is pursuing her Masters of Music Degree in vocal performance with a focus on Pedagogy at Griffith University Queensland Conservatorium, and honing her art as a singing teacher, songwriter and performer.

Browning Street Studios and COVID-19

We value the health, safety and wellbeing of our co-operative members, music teachers, their students and our entire studio community during this time. Please liaise directly with your teacher about lesson arrangements during COVID-19 restrictions. We are closed to the general public at this time, and visits to the studio premises are strictly by appointment only.

Our co-operative is rallying behind our member-owners, who are primarily musicians and music teachers. Read on to find out more about our innovative member support bursaries, teaching and learning fund and student support scholarships.

Supporting Our Membership During COVID-19

The West End Music and Dance Teachers’ Co-operative Ltd provides resources, space and support for fourteen music and arts micro-enterprises on a not-for-profit basis. During the COVID-19 pandemic, co-operative members have needed to adapt to changing public health directives and move work primarily into the online space. Maintaining relationships with students, colleagues and artistic practice has been challenging during this time, but being part of a co-operative has provided an important safety net and community of care for our local musicians and artists. Musicians and arts practitioners are not strangers to housing insecurity, low and fluctuating incomes and our co-operative was established from an existing community enterprise in 2013 with a founding mission to provide economic safety and support.

During May and June 2020, the co-operative has frozen all studio hire fees, essentially removing the major business cost for our member micro-enterprises. Yet a recent in-depth engagement with all of our members has revealed that many are struggling to set-up workable home studios, with difficulty accessing good internet connections, suitable IT equipment and a quiet, private work-space. Some are struggling with housing itself. This is drastically affecting our members’ ability to adapt to new work environments, and is affecting their confidence to engage with clients and maintain positive working relationships. In response, the co-operative has established a discretional fund. This funding pool will be held in trust in the co-operative’s trust holding account with Bank Australia and funds will be distributed at the discretion of the Board based upon a set of recommendations approved by the membership. Fast turnaround on all applications will be the priority so the Board will refine processes for approvals of release of funds as soon as possible. The co-operative will establish a fund co-ordinator to promote the fund and liaise with the Board and fund contributors.

About our Discretionary Fund

The discretionary fund will have three major funding outcomes, in order of need:

  1. Member support bursary – the co-operative will initially prioritise release of funds to those members who are not yet stable in the home-work environment. Examples of funded items include home internet connections, essential furnishings or equipment such as webcams, midi keyboards or microphones, contributions to emergency home rent and purchase of mobile data. An initial limit of $350.00 per application will apply. The bursary is a one-off, discretional payment and does not provide ongoing support to members. Priority will be given to members who are unable to access other forms of government support, or are waiting for government support.
  2. Teaching and learning fund – at the approval of the membership, the co-operative will fund professional development, capital purchases and software subscriptions that benefit all members. These purchases will not be at the detriment of ensuring all members are stable and secure in their home-work environments. These purchases will provide ongoing benefit to the co-operative and enable the co-operative to effectively adapt to changing circumstances and markets.
  3. Student scholarship fund – teachers will also be able to apply to the student scholarship fund on behalf of a student or students who are unable to access lessons during this time due to family economic circumstances. The student must demonstrate ongoing commitment to their learning via a submitted learning plan for the term. Funding will be limited to one term’s tuition at the teacher’s current rates. Members will determine the amount of student scholarship funding available on a month-by-month basis. Your teacher can provide more information.

To make a donation to the fund, you can make a direct deposit to our trust account:

BSB: 313-140 (Bank Australia)
A/C: 12063600
NAME: WEST END MUSIC AND DANCE TEACHERS' CO-OPERATIVE LTD TRUST ACCOUNT

If you use your email address as the reference, we will keep in touch regarding how donations will be spent.

Alternatively you may donate to our gofundme page: https://www.gofundme.com/f/covid19-member-support-bursary

If a tax invoice or receipt is required, please email accounts@browningstreetstudios.com.au

 

 

Sacha Gibbs-McPhee: Clarinet, Saxophone and Piano

Sacha Gibbs-McPhee is a professional clarinettist and multi-instrumental music teacher, recently returned to Brisbane. Sacha learned piano from his mother from an early age, and picked up the clarinet in the third grade, inspiring in him a passion for the study of music which has not abated since.
 
Sacha began his tertiary studies at the University of Queensland, where he learned from the clarinettists of the Queensland Symphony, the first professional orchestra he would perform with. In 2016 he graduated after winning the school’s top prize for wind performance.
 
After graduation, Sacha was accepted into the Master’s program of the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he studied under the clarinettists of the London Symphony and Philharmonia Orchestras, and performed with the London Sinfonietta, ARC Ensemble, and Bloomsbury Opera. Sacha also performed as principal clarinet with the Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra and Opera, in performances conducted by Semyon Bychkov, Pascal Rophé, Gareth Hancock, and the late Oliver Knussen.

Andrew Fincher – Guitar

Music washes away the dust of everyday life – Art Blakey

Andrew is a versatile musician who has studied guitar, piano and voice up to grade 8 using the modern ANZCA method. He holds a Bachelor in Jazz Performance from the Jazz Music Institute. Andrew performs with bands and duos in and around South-East Queensland.

Diego Ramirez – Cello

Diego holds a Bachelor Degree in Music from Universiad del Valle in Santiago de Cali, Colombia under the tutelage of Master Charles Fredrick Hood III. He has completed masterclasses with Henryk Sarsisky, Mintcho Vadev, Luisaviet fuentes, Ana Ruth Bermudez, Leandro Vandres, Gabriel Guzman and Andres Diaz. Between 2012 and 2014 he lived in Caracas, Venezuela where he continued his Cello studies with Master William Molina Cestari and Master Cesar Noguera at the Latin American Violoncello Academy. He has performed with Teresa Carreño ( Venezuela ) Santiago de Cali Philarmonic Orchestra ( Colombia ) National Symphony Orchestra ( United Arab Emirates ). He worked as a Supernumerary of the Santiago de Cali Philarmonic Orchestra and the Loyola Musical Group. He also taught Cello at Andino College ( Deutsche Schule ) in Bogota City. Recently he finished his work in Singapore for the Wolfgang Violin Studio as a Senior Teacher. Diego prides himself on his pedagogical work and stylistic versatility with the cello.

Sarah Collyer – Voice

(PhD. Music, M. Mus, B.Mus (Hons))
Sarah Collyer is a singer, songwriter, performer, voice coach and researcher. She holds a Bachelor of Music with first class honours from James Cook University and a Masters of Music Studies from Griffith University Conservatorium of Music, where she also received the Griffith award for Academic excellence in 2006. In 2018, Sarah completed her PhD in Music at Queensland University of Technology, which culminated in the thesis: Yoga For Singers – A Holistic Practice Tool. Currently, Sarah is in her Honours year of Psychology at Central Queensland University.

On the music front, Sarah has released an EP – This Way (2008) and an Album – Yesterday’s Blues (2012). Both receive nation-wide airplay and are distributed globally. Sarah has toured Australia, Japan and London with her music and performs regularly as an original artist and jazz and blues vocalist. Passionate about education, Sarah has been teaching contemporary voice for over seventeen years. Her teaching approach is grounded in humanistic and holistic philosophy – focused on helping each student realise their full potential. Sarah welcomes students of all levels and ages, and teaches across the full range of contemporary styles: jazz, country, rock, metal and pop, as well as teaching music theory and musicianship. Sarah is particularly enthusiastic about helping singer-songwriters hone their craft and become performance ready.

You can contact Sarah directly at sarahcollyermusic@gmail.com, call/message 0423 460 660, or visit her website http://www.sarahcollyer.com/

Samuel Nixon – Guitar

Samuel Nixon’s guitar tuition provides electric and acoustic guitar lessons that are personalized to suit the individuals’ musical goals and interests. His lessons are designed to accommodate for all ages and skill levels from complete beginners to advanced.
Samuel teaches a range of styles including Blues, Rock, Classical, Jazz etc. He is passionate in all areas of music with a focus on performance, personal development, exam preparation ( Classical AMEB and Rockschool syllabuses) and university or TAFE auditions for higher levels of study.
Whether you are aiming to further develop your skills and knowledge as a musician or just interested in learning how to play your favourite songs, Samuel’s tuition can assist in meeting your aspirations.
To make an inquiry please contact Samuel directly. Lessons are weekly and operate alongside the school term. Monthly bookings are also available.
Email: sampaul_nxn (at) hotmail.com
Ph: 0403 147 742

Siu Dea Law – Piano

Born in Hong Kong, Siu Dea migrated to New Zealand at a young age, where she received the greater part of her early musical training. A Bachelor of Music (Hons) performance graduate from the University of Auckland, she then pursued her post-graduate studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theatre in Hannover, Germany, gaining both performance and chamber music diplomas.

In her subsequent years of residence in Germany and then Hong Kong, she was active as teacher, accompanist and chamber musician in recitals, concerts, competitions, master classes and recordings.

Siu Dea recently moved to Brisbane to join family, after living for the last five years in Italy where she has obtained a music therapy diploma from the Conservatorio Dall’ Abaco in Verona.

You can contact Siu Dea by email at siudea31@gmail.com, or by phone on 0487 617 433.

Jessica Hort – Clarinet and Saxophone

Jessica Hort was born in Wollongong, NSW and began playing the clarinet at the age of 12. During her final years of high school, Jess was a member of Wollongong’s Bluescope Youth Orchestra and Camerata Chamber Ensemble, as well as The Sydney Youth Orchestra Philharmonic and Flagship Orchestras. After graduating from The Illawarra Grammar School In 2012, Jess relocated to Melbourne to study the clarinet with renowned musician, composer and educator Paul Dean. During her time there, Jess was a member of the Hopkins Sinfonia and The University of Melbourne Orchestra and Wind Symphony. She was awarded a music scholarship at St Hilda’s College and in 2014 was a Semi-Finalist in Melbourne Youth Music ‘Virtuosity’ Concerto Competition. Jess graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the University of Melbourne in 2015 and attended the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute in Hobart, Tasmania. Jess has since moved to Brisbane where she has completed a Masters majoring in Performance at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University. Jess has recently returned from a month long tour to China with the Australian International Opera Company and she is an active member of the newly formed ‘Aquilo’ Quintet.

 

 

Maddilyn Goodwin – Flute and Piccolo

“I address a wide scope of performance practices and techniques to encourage a well-rounded and confident musician, with an emphasis on building and maintaining a healthy mind and body between all the notes. I believe in a flexible, adaptable teaching philosophy, tuning in to the needs of my students as individual artists.”

As a classically trained flutist and piccoloist, Maddilyn explores the application of tried-and-tested performance methods, yoga, jazz, and performance psychology strategies in her teaching and own performance.
After studying in three capital cities in Australia, Maddilyn moved to Belgium where she freelanced, advanced her music research, enjoyed exploring the musical culture outside of Australia and broadened her perspective on life as an artist.
Most significantly, Antwerp provided the opportunity to study the piccolo on an intensive level. She graduated in 2017 with a Master in flute and a Master in piccolo with high distinctions.
Maddilyn continues to develop herself as a specialised piccolo performer and educator, being particularly passionate about providing piccolo tuition to flute players in Australia.
Maddilyn teaches beginners to advanced flutists. She aims to set up students for injury-free futures, implementing postural awareness and development techniques in her class. Piccolo lessons are appropriate for high school or conservatory students who play flute regularly and wish to improve their fundamentals on the instrument.

 

Jennifer Rumbell – Piano

Jennifer has been teaching piano for 10 years and has been with Browning Street Studios since 2015. In 2020, she received her PhD in musicology from The University of Queensland, and in 2014 she was awarded a BA in music with First Class Honours. She currently enjoys teaching several courses in music history and analysis at the tertiary level.

Jennifer has over 15 years of experience in both learning and teaching the AMEB and ANZCA syllabuses, and has successfully assisted students in preparing for exams from preliminary to grade 8. She is an experienced performer, having worked as an accompanist and played in the percussion section of the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra.

First and foremost, Jennifer endeavours to foster a love of musical discovery within her students by encouraging them to play and listen to a broad range of music. She strives to assist them in unlocking their musical potential through combining equally important elements of correct technique, creativity, theory, and aural skills in addition to an appreciation for knowledge about style and genre from a historical perspective. With a particular interest in adult education, Jennifer firmly believes it is never too late to take up music.

Whether playing for fun, leisure and relaxation, or to prepare for exams and auditions, Jennifer is a dedicated, patient and encouraging teacher and would love to help you on the road to achieving your musical goals.

Email: jennifer.rumbell@gmail.com
Phone: 0401 006 194

Xana Chambers – Guitar and Bass

Xana tailors her lessons to suit the unique needs and interests of each of her students. Xana brings to her teaching ten years experience as a Singer/Songwriter and guitar teacher and a Bachelor of Music (Music Production, QUT). She is a friendly and patient teacher, committed to helping her students gain full enjoyment from the guitar. In addition to teaching guitar, Xana works extensively as a Singer Songwriter (e.g., Triple J, SBS) and Sound Designer/ Composer (Red Stitch Actors Theatre, Vic; Polish Cultural institute, NY; Melbourne and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals). Her performance highlights include supports for Kate Miller Heidke, Ember Swift and collaborating with Robert Davidson (Topology). She is currently completing a Graduate Diploma of Music Technology at the Queensland Conservatorium.

Contact Xana directly, she looks forward to hearing from you!

Sarah Gall – Piano and Piano Accordion

“One of the joys of playing the piano is chasing sounds – sounds that are sublime, that take you somewhere else.”

Sarah Gall has been teaching piano since 1999, sharing the art of playing this beautiful instrument with students ranging in age from preschoolers to adults. With a solid grounding in both classical piano pedagogy and the contemporary music industry, Sarah combines solid training and ability with years of experience touring, recording and performing with a wide variety of artists. Sarah loves the piano and loves to perform, bringing this passion into her teaching work.

Sarah’s teaching begins with revealing the sound, touch and potential of the piano, and then laying a solid musical and sensory foundation to allow imagined sound-worlds to come into being. Aims are to develop a student’s self-confidence, curiosity and pianistic skill-set. Sarah’s conceptual focus is on theory that supports creative music-making, and students will be exposed to music from a wide range of historical periods.

Sarah’s background as a pianist has included classical study with Lynne Jordan and Dr Diane Selmon. She has also had a successful academic career, undertaking research, teaching and course convenorship with Griffith University, The Queensland Conservatorium, QUT, University of Western Sydney and RMIT and on a range of independent academic projects. Sarah is a professional member of the Queensland Music Teachers’ Association and the Accompanists’ Guild of Queensland as well as being a songwriting member of APRA.

Sarah is also the ABRSM Representative for Queensland, and can assist students to prepare for ABRSM and other examinations at all levels. Please also make contact if you are a teacher looking to learn more about this international and growing music assessment board – Sarah will be happy to help.

Sarah is currently taking a limited number of new students on Wednesdays. Contact Sarah using the contact form below.

Anita Parakh-Morgan – Classical Voice

Classical Voice

“My lessons are informative yet fun-focussed. Emphasis is placed on the musicianship and awareness singers need to have to be the “full” package on the stage.”

Anita Parakh-Morgan is an experienced performer and voice teacher. Her music dramas demonstrate her creativity and her talent in bringing the theatre into all styles of song.

You may contact Anita directly : info@divaproductions.com.au

Tashka Urban – Piano & Voice

I am a creative enthusiast who lives and breathes music.

A creative enthusiast who lives and breathes music., Tashka is a strong advocate for youth through community workshops and her private teaching endeavours of almost twenty years.

In the past ten of these years Tashka developed her own music career-path curriculum, with the most successful of these streams guiding young artists (aged 12-16) through writing/recording their own CDs, receiving radio play, engaging in live performance and cross-art collaboration with theatre productions.

Tashka’s lessons are packed with musical games with a focus on teaching for individual needs rather than a set model for all. A strong base in Classical Music (10 years of study and AMEB examinations), a passion for jamming (ranging through many styles) and an unending thirst for composition makes for a well-rounded platter.

You can contact Tashka directly : 0400 299 523 or via the form below:

Emma Kate Wilson – Contemporary Voice

Emma is an accomplished vocalist who has always held a passion for performing and teaching voice. Her teaching centres around helping her students express themselves through music and singing, to get the most out of their voices and establish sustainable vocal habits. Emma has worked with singers from beginners to professionals, of all ages. As a trained Vocologist (NCVS), Emma also offers consultations for singers who have concerns about their vocal health, and post-rehabilitation work for singers who have experienced voice injury. 

Emma holds a Masters Degree in Vocal Pedagogy from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, where she studied under the respected voice researcher Dr Irene Bartlett, as well as a Bachelor of Music Performance from the Queensland University of Technology. She recently completed training in Vocology at the National Centre for Voice and Speech Summer Vocology Institute.

In addition to delivering one-on-one singing lessons and vocal health consultations at Browning Street Studio, Emma is a Lecturer in Voice and Music at JMC Academy, where she has been teaching in the Bachelor of Contemporary Music and Performance since 2016. She runs regular workshops for singers and singing teachers, has been a guest presenter at numerous professional development events for singing teachers, and is the head of the vocal department at Browning Street Studios, South Brisbane.

Emma is heavily involved with the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing (ANATS) as the National Membership Secretary, QLD Chapter Vice President, and a member of the Board of Directors.

Although experienced in a wide variety of musical styles, Emma’s speciality is in Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM), especially Pop, Rock, R&B, Jazz and Musical Theatre, with a particular interest in helping you to develop the skills necessary to be a successful contemporary vocalist in an holistic and healthy manner.

You can contact Emma directly at info@emmakatewilson.com or 0438 159 410. More information available at emmakatewilson.com. 

Cameron Bower

Guitar and Keys

“Through my guitar lessons, I want to get you playing any style or particular material you like. I insist on tailoring lessons to individuals.”

Cameron has extensive experience as both performer and teacher. With primary interests across jazz, electronic and rock music, Cameron has also taught across Brisbane for the past five years. His teaching style is relaxed with a particular focus on tailoring lessons to the needs of each student.

Cameron’s qualifications are in jazz performance and he has an excellent knowledge of jazz theory which he is willing to share with anyone willing to make the plunge

You can contact Cameron directly: 0412 009 496