As a new piano teacher, Renée brings innovation, creativity and musical expertise to Browning Street Studios.
Before coming to Browning Street, Renée has performed on numerous occasions including Mansfield State High School’s production of Beauty and the Beast (euphonium, tuba), the Queensland Pops Orchestra’s Celtic Celebration (choir) and Creative Generation – State Schools Onstage (featured choir).
Renée has experience in instrumental conducting and primary school music teaching. She is currently further developing her music teaching ability under the supervision of Browning Street Studios piano teacher James Vincent.
“I take a modern and innovative approach to my teaching across all levels of playing”
In her teaching, Renée believes in encouraging the potential within each of her students. She does this by achieving a delicate balance between technique and creativity, always seeing music as a special means of expressing ideas and emotion.
Margaret Francis is a singer and music teacher based in the South Brisbane area. Completing her studies in Classical Voice Performance in 2016 under international soprano Sarah Crane, Margaret had the opportunity to perform as a soloist in Handel’s Messiah for St John’s Cathedral and play The Juggler in UQ Vocalists’ tour of children’s opera Sid The Serpent Who Wanted To Sing in Regional Queensland. Margaret has also performed with singers such as John Farnham, Josh Groban, Kate Ceberano, Katie and Maggie Noonan, and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
Specialising in vocal, piano, flute and music theory tuition, Margaret has extensive experience teaching students of any age in many different genres across her various instruments. Currently studying vocal pedagogy under Emma Kate Wilson, Margaret has been keenly expanding her vocal specialisations to encompass opera/classical voice, musical theatre, jazz and popular/contemporary styles.
Margaret has an immense passion for the importance of music education and its transformative power to everyone’s lives and is constantly excited to be sharing her ever-expanding knowledge of music with her students through her home studio in Kangaroo Point and through Browning Street Studios teaching internship program in West End.
“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.
James Vincent is a music educator, audio engineer, entrepreneur, composer and performer for over 20 years.
He is Head of the Piano Department at Browning Street Studios where he continues his own piano teaching practice and also a member of the Board. There he has recently established the Instrumental Teaching Training and Intern program where he works as a coordinator, writes curriculum in piano pedagogy and teaches and supervises as a mentor practical piano teaching methods.
James is also the Director and Founder of Home Piano Teacher (Est. 2013) providing quality piano teaching in homes for over 100 students around Brisbane and employs 12 teachers.
James completed his Bachelor of Arts (Music) majoring in classical piano in 1996 and double majoring in French Horn.
James is a professional member of The Music Teachers’ Association of Queensland and the Accompanists’ Guild of Queensland.
James has over 10 years experience in sound for video games including composing, sound design, dialogue production and foley recording. As a full time audio engineer for both Sega Studios Australia and The Creative Assembly he has honed his production and mixing skills under the audio direction of internationally acclaimed and BAFTA winner, Jeff Van Dyck. He is known for his work on Impossible Odds for recording, mixing and engineering on their Q Song award winning track “ Soul of a Troubadour” in 2010.
“With music, I believe that it’s like having a conversation; a question asked and an answer in return. The flow of melodies can be something beautiful, the drive of the harmony powerful and intriguing. It is something that I wish to instil in my students; people who see and hear the sound not as black and white, but a mirage of colours that dances and plays with their senses…”
As a practitioner of musical expression, Kai endeavours for his students to employ feeling into their playing, advocating musical creativity through self-inspiration and personal learning.
An aspiring classical pianist with more than 15 years of tuition from some of Queensland’s finest teachers, Kai has qualified and walked-through much of the examination syllabus within the Australian Music Examination Board, able to guide and prepare students from preliminary to Grade 8. Endeavouring to guide his pupils on the art of romantic playing through their own personal experiences, Kai places a strong focus on individual reflection and self-visualisation, encouraging students to feel and connect with their performance.
Graduating from a Cert III in Music from TAFE and currently undergoing a Bachelor in Audio Engineering at SAE Quantm Creative Media Institute, Kai is also well-versed in musical production, sound design and composition, using Digital Audio Workstations to create contemporary tunes, explore and experiment with environmental soundscapes, and complement indie gaming projects with his accompaniment scores.
Regardless of learning piano for leisure, preparing for exams, connecting with your performance, or exploring the art of music-writing, Kai is laid-back and carefree teacher, ready to give a helping hand for any aspiring musician.
Tania McIntosh deeply believes in making music come to life. She doesn’t want students to just perform a piece. She strives to help students to create expression and emotion into music. She wants to push students to think and develop different ways on how to make a brilliant performance or an awesome composition than just ‘playing the piano’. Her belief is that a person who performs ‘what’ is on the piece is a good musician; a person who learns ‘how’ to perform a piece is a great musician.
Tania McIntosh has been doing piano performance for the last eleven years and over the course, has developed many different musical skills. She specialises in improvisation, especially in the minimalistic style. She has also good experience in composition and music production. She has good knowledge of different music production software such as GarageBand and Pro Logic. She has recently completed all her grades for ABRSM and has recently been learning ABRSM grade 6-theory. At this moment, she is preparing to complete the ABRSM music-teaching diploma sometime in the future. Furthermore, she has been learning how to efficiently teach different areas within music at Browning St Studios. These areas include performance, sight-reading, scale work, and more.
“One of the most rewarding things for me as a teacher is seeing that moment when things fall into place for a student and in that moment they just love their instrument and making music.”
Renee Edson is a cellist currently studying under the tutelage of Meta Weiss at Griffith Conservatorium. Piano was originally Renee’s primary instrument and has remained integral in her own learning and playing. Renee received her LMusA on piano, and AMusA on Cello before beginning her degree. Her pedagogy experience began with teaching music theory classes to primary school kids and expanded to individual lessons of all ages and working with small string ensembles. Renee loves working with a student to not only assist with establishing good technique and practice habits, but also to foster a love of musical discovery. No matter when or for what reason someone would like to develop their musical potential Renee believes there is an individual and creative approach that will make their endeavours truly rewarding. Renee is dedicated to help each student in this way and prepare them for whatever goals they would like to achieve.
Samantha is a violinist from Sydney, currently studying a Bachelor of Music (Violin) under the tutelage of Michele Walsh at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. Samantha was awarded her AmusA Diploma with Distinction in Violin at the age of 16, and since graduating with NSW State Ranks in Music, she has continued her avid engagement in musical initiatives and orchestral programs from Sydney to Brisbane. She also holds a CmusA (Performance Certificate) in Piano.
As a prominent member of the Sydney Youth Orchestras from 2007-2015, Samantha led several orchestras, performed in commercial concerts at venues including the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Town Hall, and toured frequently throughout NSW, notably holding the Associate Concertmaster post in the 2015 SYO Flagship Orchestra. She has also performed yearly in programs with the prestigious Australian Youth Orchestras since 2013, allowing her to work and engage with other young colleagues and renowned professional musicians.
Samantha hopes to share her love, passions and experiences with her students, fostering a teaching environment that is encouraging and exciting while instilling discipline and a strong foundation of technique. She specialises in string pedagogy, but also has widespread experience in piano, piano accompaniment and musicianship. Whether you are interested in guidance through AMEB and ABRSM exams or simply to play for leisure, Samantha is experienced, very enthusiastic and passionate to guide in any way she can.
Contact Samantha directly at email@example.com for a lesson today!
First and foremost, Jennifer endeavours to foster a love of musical discovery within her students by encouraging them to both 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 general knowledge about style and genre from a historical perspective.
Jennifer graduated from her honours year of a BA in music with First Class Honours from UQ in 2014, and is currently in the initial stages of a doctorate degree (undertaking research in musicology). She has over 15 years of experience with both AMEB and ANZCA syllabuses, and has successfully assisted students in preparing for exams from preliminary to grade 8. At present she is preparing to sit her AMusA exam. Jennifer regularly undertakes work as an accompanist and as of 2015 has played in the percussion section of the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra. She has a particular interest in adult education and 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.
Claire studied at the Queensland Conservatorium completing both her Bachelor of Music in Performance and Pedagogy and a Diploma of Opera in 2010. In 2011, Claire was a Developing Artist at Opera Queensland. She then studied a Masters of Music in vocal performance at the Guildhall school of music and drama in London, and spent 2 years studying and performing in the UK.
Claire has performed in Master classes with international musicians such as Graham Johnson, Eugene Astid, Yvonne Kenny, Malcolm Martineau, Clive Timms, and Edith Wiens. She has performed in London venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, and LSO St Luke’s. Claire is currently a member of The 7 Sopranos, Australia’s most exciting young vocal group, a high impact classical spectacle combining glamour and intense vocal virtuosity.
Claire has been a private tutor of voice and piano for the past 5 years. Most recently she worked full time teaching voice and piano in schools and at a private studio in the Cayman Islands Musicians Ltd. Claire has much experience preparing students for exams in Trinity Guildhall and ABRSM, as well as AMEB syllabus. Claire has experience teaching students of all ages and many styles of voice including contemporary, pop, jazz, musical theatre as well as classical and opera.
Specializing in Vocal Pedagogy, Claire understands the inner workings of the voice and the tailors her teaching methods to the individual to achieve the best results for her students. Claire understands that every voice is unique, and will help to get the best out of your individual sound. Claire imparts an understanding of the technical aspects such as breathing, support, phonation, articulation, tone, posture, as well as the stylistic elements and performance aspects. This knowledge empowers the student to develop and self-assess to ultimately improve in practice outside the lesson environment.
Rachel found her passion for music pedagogy at a young age when she was assisting instrumental music teachers in her high school. After she was awarded the Associate Diploma in Music (AMusA) at the age of 15, she has been teaching violin and piano in her home studio. She is currently studying violin at the Queensland Conservatorium with Michelle Walsh.
As an innovative and enthusiastic teacher, she provides enjoyable lessons by engaging students in interesting and wide-ranging activities. Her teaching philosophy is to plant a love of music in each student by being positive and encouraging. Nevertheless, she also focuses on teaching the required discipline and fundamental techniques to nurture them into a better musician.
From preparations for AMEB and ABRSM exams to playing as a hobby, Rachel is experienced with all types of students. She aims to optimise student’s success by designing the lesson to suit each student’s personal goals.
Also, as an active performer, Rachel has performed with a number of nationally recognised orchestras, leading tours to many parts of Australia. She was the finalist of the International Animato Violin Competition and the 1st prize-winner at Eisteddfod Music Competition. She was also appointed as the concertmaster of the String Ensemble at the State Honours Ensemble Program in 2013
Contact Rachel today to arrange a free trial lesson!
I am totally committed to facilitating excellence, artistry and a life long love of music in young cellists.
Braxton Neate is a cellist, director and teacher. Braxton is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Ensemble Fabrique, one of Brisbane’s leading new music ensembles and is a member of the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra. Braxton completed his studies at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University where he studied under Mei-Lee Stocker.
Braxton is an extremely dedicated and passionate teacher, totally committed to facilitating excellence, artistry and a life long love of music in young cellists. He currently maintains a busy private studio, teaches at a number of independent schools around Brisbane, is a registered teacher with the Suzuki Talent Education Association of Australia, is a state committee member of the Australian Strings Association and regularly gives group/orchestral tuition and workshops throughout Queensland.
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 to arrange your FREE trial lesson, she looks forward to hearing from you!
“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’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 loves the piano and loves to perform, bringing this passion into her teaching work.
Sarah is not currently taking new students. Sarah is not currently maintaining a student waitlist. Contact Sarah by emailing sarah (at) ecojamming.net
“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 11 years.
In the past five 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 (three short filmscores completed already for 2011) makes for a well-rounded music platter.
Although still new to Brisbane, she has fallen in love with its community and lush green landscapes and looks forward to calling it her musical home.
You can contact Tashka directly : 0400 299 523 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Emma holds a Masters Degree in Vocal Pedagogy from Griffith University Conservatorium, where she studied under renowned vocal guru Irene Bartlett; as well as a Bachelor of Music (Performance) from Queensland University of Technology. In addition to her private voice studio, Emma is currently a lecturer and voice teacher in the Bachelor of Contemporary Music Performance course at JMC Academy Brisbane. She is also the Secretary of the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing (ANATS) Queensland committee, which is responsible for providing professional development opportunities for singing teachers.
Emma has been actively performing throughout Queensland for many years, as a lead and backing vocalist in a range of contemporary styles. Highlights include performances at the Brisbane Riverstage, the Brisbane Festival Spiegletent, the Globe, the Zoo, the Brisbane Powerhouse, and many other venues throughout Queensland.
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.
“I offer my students the opportunity to learn in a guitar-dedicated tuition studio from a professional with over a decade of industry experience.”
Cameron provides guitar tuition in a range of electric and acoustic styles. Students are offered the opportunity to learn in a guitar dedicated tuition studio from a professional with over a decade of industry experience.
Cameron Burridge started playing guitar in his early teens, studied Jazz and Contemporary Performance at QUT and since has worked as a performer, teacher and sound engineer with some of the biggest names in the industry. Cameron’s teaching style places the emphasis on the aspirations of the student and welcomes all ages and ability levels.
Mobile no:- 0401 921 314
“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