our mentors

MENTORS

Our mentors are passionate, skilled musicians who take pride in sharing the knowledge that they’ve acquired throughout their musical lives.

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ALEXANDER PRICE

Clarient, Saxophone, Flute

Name: 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.

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SAM CASTON

Drum Kit

Name: 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 JUST 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 helped fuel and inspire his passion. Sam has had ample experience with students from the age of five through to forty plus and 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.”

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EMMA WILSON

Voice

Name: Emma Wilson
Teaches: Voice
Has been making music for: 15 Years
Has been teaching music for: 8 Years
Education / Qualifications: Masters of Music Studies (Vocal Pedagogy) – Queensland Conservatorium; Bachelor of Music (Vocal Performance) – QUT
Performs / Has performed with: Hummingbird – a Brisbane acoustic covers duo with Lauren Crick, Thumbtack – alternative originals band, Various local musicians and corporate bands, and as a solo performer.
Has performed at: Brisbane Riverstage, Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane Festival Spiegletent, The Globe Theatre, The Zoo, restaurants, cafes and function venues throughout Queensland.
Inspired by: Eva Cassidy, Janelle Monae, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Ella Fitzgerald, Beyonce, John Legend, Billie Holiday, Mel Torme, Natalie Cole, Etta James, Sarah Vaughan, Carole King, Dusty Springfield, Barbra Streisand, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake.
Special interests: Pop, Soul and Jazz music, voice science and vocal pedagogy, keeping the voice healthy.
Loves teaching music because: “I love the feeling when a student realises that they can make an amazing sound using just their voice, that they never thought they would be able to make! I am super passionate about contemporary singing technique, and helping people find their own voice, sing with freedom, and keep their voice healthy and strong.”

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KEITA NERALIC

Guitar

Name: 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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IMRAAN PALEKER

Guitar

Name: Imraan Paleker
Teaches: Guitar
Has been making music for: I’ve been playing guitar for 15 years, and playing professionally for 8 years.
Has been teaching music for: 7 years
Education / Qualifications: Studied guitar with private tutor for 6 years. Otherwise self-taught and learning along the way by playing with others.
Performs / Has performed with: Performs as Imraan and as Street Rat. Perform/performed with Jordan Rakei, Mark Lowndes, Noah Slee, Inigo, Mahalia Simpson, Hamilton Band, Hanlon Brothers, Bec Laughton, JSQZE, Spacifix and other local acts. Have also played in several contemporary theatre shows locally.
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.”

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LOUISE GILL

Piano

Name: 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.
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!

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ERIN MURPHY

Piano

Name: 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. ”

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KEITH ANDREWS

Piano

Name: 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.

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BEN VAN JOLE

Piano

Name: Ben Van Jole
Teaches: Piano
Has been making music for: 10 years +
Has been teaching music for: 2 years
Education / Qualifications: Bachelor of Jazz Performance
Inspired by: Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Tommy Flanagan, Tigran Hamasyan, Cory Henry, Robert Glasper

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JAY KLEINSCHMIDT

Piano

Teaches: Piano
Has been making music for: About 7 years.  I play music in various rock bands around Brisbane.
Has been teaching music for: 4 years
Education / Qualifications: AMEB Contemporary Popular Music Keyboards Certificate of Completion
Inspired by: Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Metallica, Mötley Crüe, Poison, Nuno Bettencourt, Baby Animals, Screaming Jets, Jimi Hendrix, Limp Bizkit, N.W.A., Body Count, Alanis Morrisette, Cannibal Corpse, Chopin, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Khaled Hosseini, Louise Allan.
Loves teaching music because: Helping people play music is fun and rewarding.  It keeps me one lesson ahead of the student.

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LAUREN CRICK

Voice

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.
Has Performed at: Darling Harbour Jazz Festival, Movieworld, Brisbane Riverstage, Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane Festival Spiegletent, Eat Street Markets, South Bank Regional Flavours Festival, Southbank River Quay Sessions, and many other venues around South East Queensland.
Inspired by: Joni Mitchell, Tori Amos, Fleetwood Mac, Lauryn Hill, Chaka Khan, Eva Cassidy, Sara Bareilles, Tracy Chapman, Sarah McLachlan, Jeff Buckley, Carole King, Stevie Wonder, Sting and Kate Bush.
Special interests / Achievements: Writing music, playing guitar and exploring other artistic ventures like drawing, painting, graphic design and cooking.
Loves teaching music because: “I love the moment when a student realises that they have achieved something they never thought possible. Whether that be singing in front of someone, singing a whole song in tune, getting up on stage, or even writing a song. I believe anything is possible if you love what you are doing. I share my own love of music with all of my students so that they feel motivated and inspired to learn, enjoy and have fun in each and every lesson! ”

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SHELISE VANDAL

Voice

Name: 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
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. ”

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TENILLE WEST

Voice

Name: 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.
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. ”

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HAYLEY CHALMERS

Voice

Name: 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.
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! ”