Mentors

What’s the difference between mentoring and teaching?

All our music teacher are also Mentors!

Meaning that in your music lessons, they won’t give you information and expect you to work it out by yourself. They will help you identify your musical goals, your needs and then help get you there, as fast as you can go.

Meaning in no time you will be making great music.

Our Music Teachers

We take time interviewing and training prospective teachers. This is To see if they have what it takes to be an IMA Mentor.

If you are looking for an excellent Guitar, Piano, Double Bass, Bass Guitar or Singing Teacher. Even a Clarinet, Flute or Saxophone Teacher. Viola or Violin Teacher, Drum Teacher, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium or Tuba Teacher ….

We can do even better than provide you with an excellent music teacher!

Our mentors are the most passionate, skilled musicians. They take great pride in sharing their knowledge.

Alexander Price

Teaches: Saxophone, Flute , clarinet

Has been making music for: 10 years
Has been teaching music for: 2 years
Education / Qualifications: bachelor of music in jazz performance from the jazz music institute
Inspired by: Jazz and blues saxophonists from the early 20th century to now.
Loves teaching music because: Music is a huge part of society and entertainment. Individuals who learn music get a deeper understanding of how to have fun and be creative with other people.

Sam Caston

Teaches: Drum-kit/Percussion

Has been making music for: 8 Years
Has been teaching music for: 5 Years
Education / Qualifications: Diploma and Bachelor degrees in Jazz Music Performance.
Inspired by: Tony Williams, Chad Smith, Billy Cobham, Thomas Haake, Matt Gartska, Larnell Lewis, Thomas Pridgeon, Elvin Jones. (THE LIST NEVER ENDS)…(AND THATS THE DRUMMERS)
Bio: “Sam has gained many of the skills and drive he has for music through his own gigging life. Playing with incredible local and international talents such as Graeme Norris, Nick Hempton, Dale Barlow and Wil Sargisson. All helped fuel and inspire his passion. Sam has ample experience with students from the age of five through to forty plus. He is comfortable tailoring each lesson to suit the individual. As a teacher, his goal is to share with and encourage this passion in his students.”

Keita Neralic

Teaches: Guitar – Bass – Ukulele
Has been making music for: 19 Years
Has been teaching music for: 12 Years
Inspired by: Bruce Lee – Michael Jackson

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Has performed at: Festivals including Woodford Folk Festival, Island Vibes Festival, and many local Brisbane festivals. Local venues including The Triffid, The Zoo, Black Bear Lodge, Max Watts and many more. Have also toured overseas throughout the UK, the USA, Europe, New Zealand and the Pacific islands.
Inspired by: Radiohead, Pearl Jam, Bjork, Prince, D’Angelo, Michael Jackson, Steve Vai, Charlie Hunter, John Scofield…
Loves teaching music because: “I love being able to share music with others and to show them that playing music is a hugely enjoyable experience that is available to absolutely everyone.”

Louise Gill

Teaches: Piano
Has been teaching music for: 9 Years
Education / Qualifications: BMus (Composition), GradDipMusicTech, Grade 8 Piano AMEB, Grade 8 Voice TCL, Currently Studying Grad Dip Music with a major in music education.
Inspired by: Inspiration is an interesting word, but I admire people like Daniel O‘Brien, Michael Nyman, Mozart, Dario Marianelli, J.S. Bach, Alexandre Desplat, Amanda Palmer, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, all musicians I come in contact with. I admire anyone who enjoys sharing music or art.

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Special Interests: Playing music with my friends in the living room, Composing music, Travelling, learning more about everything, Biology Conservation, Animals, Music Education, Education, Teaching, Piano, Cello, Films and Film Music, Harry Potter, my cats (Harry Potter and Maggie Smith), my dog Georgie, the list could go on for days!
Loves teaching music: I love the breakthroughs – when a client “gets it”, completes a song, or overcomes a challenge — “it‘s just great to witness those moments”. I also love sharing music, I say get rid of TVs, put a piano in the living room and share the fun!

Erin Murphy

Teaches: Piano
Has been making music for: 37 years.
Has been teaching music for: 14 years.
Education / Qualifications: Dip. Mus.
Performs / Has performed with: bands, theatre companies, a cappella quartets, choirs.
Has performed at: Woodford, QPAC, Sydney Opera House, etc
Inspired by: Seriously good musicians.
Special interests: Learning new things
Loves teaching music because: “ I get to learn while I teach. ”

 

Keith Andrews

Teaches: Piano & Voice
Has been making music for: 35 years
Has been teaching music for: 15 years
Education / Qualifications: AMEB 6th grade
Inspired by: Some of my favourites are Jamie Cullum, George Duke, David Paich. Any Classical Piano…
Loves teaching music because: Passing on my knowledge and watching my students grow as musicians is a wonderful thing

Lauren Crick

Teaches: Voice
Has been making music for: 16 years.
Has been teaching music for: 8 years.
Education / Qualifications:Bachelor of Music (Vocal Performance) QUT,Trinity College Dip RSL (Perf), SBIT Diploma of Performance.
Performs / Has performed with: Alphabet Street — a Brisbane based funk & soul quartet, Hummingbird — an acoustic covers duo with Emma Wilson and previously worked as vocalist of Queensland Youth Orchestra Big Band. With any spare time I also enjoy performing my original songs.

Shelise Vandal

Teaches: Voice
Has been making music for: 13 years
Has been teaching music for: 5 years
Education / Qualifications: Graduated from a Bachelor of Musical Theatre from the Griffith Conservatorium in 2017
Performs / Has performed with: Opera Queensland, Queensland Pops Orchestra, Harvest Rain Theatre Company, Savoyards Theatre Company
Has performed at: QPAC, IPAC, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sydney Dance Company Theatre, Chapel Off Chapel Theatre in Melbourne and various other small venues across Brisbane

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Inspired by: Idina Menzel, Fleetwood Mac, Jason Robert Brown, Tool, The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Lana Del Rey, Marina Prior, Tom Kitt, Duncan Sheik, Nina Simone.
Special interests: I love teaching and singing all styles but my real passion lies in musical theatre and jazz. I also love indie, heavy rock and progressive metal.
Loves teaching music because: “I love teaching music mostly because I love seeing passion in people and turning that passion into real progress. I love seeing people accomplish things that they seriously doubted they would be able to and seeing confidence grow in their performance and in their personality as well. Music is great for expression and I love giving people an outlet for their creativity. ”

Tenille West

Teaches: Voice
Has been making music for: All of my life, but performing in public for 5 years.
Has been teaching music for: 1 year
Education / Qualifications: Diploma of Jazz Performance. Currently studying a BA of music/ Jazz performance.
Performs / Has performed with: Ladi Abundance Project, an 8 piece original soul band with power vocals and harmonies, also performs with various jazz ensembles for private and corporate events.
Has performed at: Woodford Folk Festival, The Powerhouse, Earth Frequency Festival, The Press Club, Studio 188, The Motor room, Island Vibe Festival, various local restaurants and private function venues.

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Inspired by: nita O’day, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Etta James, Sarah Vaughan, Amy Winehouse, Duffy, Sia, James Vincent Mcmorrow, Highasakite, London Grammar.
Special interests / Achievements: Jazz and soul, improvisation and making a song your own. Working with self belief and a holistic approach..
Loves teaching music because: “As someone who was always too shy to sing in public , singing lessons really enabled me to come out of my shell . Now I work as a musician and a teacher and music has completely transformed my life. I love encouraging and helping my students find their voice, and unlocking the unique qualities that we all have. If you suspect you have a song in you, you’re probably right. I love coming along with all of my students on that journey. ”

Hayley Chalmers

Teaches: Singing
Has been making music for: 10 years.
Has been teaching music for: 4 years.
Education / Qualifications: About to graduate with a Bachelor of Creative Arts, majoring in contemporary singing out at USQ (2017). Studied under Dr Melissa Forbes. Has also studied with Jeanie LoVetri, learning principals of Somatic Voicework, the LoVetri Method.
Performs / Has performed with: Dozens of Brisbane bands and as a solo performer.
Has performed at: Has worked as a musician in a number of high profile contexts, including doing stage and studio work for Rick Price, Lior, Wendy Matthews, Mark Sholtez and Damien Leith. Regularly performs as a solo act across the region.

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Inspired by: Joni Mitchell, The Beatles, First Aid Kit, Fleetwood Mac, Daughter, Carol King, Fleetwood Foxes, Simon & Garfunkel… Really any good music!
Special interests: Folk, country, pop, and music theatre. Contemporary yodelling. Vocal Heath and technique.
Loves teaching music because: “ I love taking students on a journey of self discovery; learning about their voice, body, and how it all works. Being someone who would avoid singing in public at all costs, I really sympathise with how nerve racking taking lessons can be! I like to get to know all of my students really well and earn some trust before we begin to tackle any real challenges. I love watching all of my students grow in confidence, and find it so rewarding helping people discover new things about their voice! ”

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