Our mentors are passionate, skilled musicians who take pride in sharing the knowledge that they’ve aquired throughout their musical lives.
Clarient, Saxophone, Flute
Name: Caleb Colledge
Has been making music for: 15 Years
Has been teaching music for: 7 Years
Education / Qualifications:Bachelor of Music (Classical Percussion, Performance)
Performs / Has performed with:Variety of groups playing structured and unstructured music within Brisbane some include Sundown Jury, Jelly for Hands, SEA SEA.
Inspired by:The interactions I have with every human I meet, the environment in which I occupy and some other musicians I hear of course! (A small list include Bon Iver, John Coltrane, Chris Daddy Dave, Colin Stetson, Scott McConnachie, Phil Treloar to name a few!)
Loves teaching music: “As an artist/musician I feel it’s our responsibility to share our art in any way possible. Having the opportunity to pass on knowledge is incredibly rewarding and I love seeing students develop and pursue their love of music whatever that means to them! ”
Name: Emma Wilson
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.”
Name: Imraan Paleker
Has been making music for: I’ve been playing guitar for 15 years, and playing professionally for 8 years.
Has been teaching music for: 4 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: Currently playing for local artists Bec Laughton, Mark Lowndes, Jordan Rakei and a few others. Used to play in New Zealand funk/soul band Spacifix. Have also played in several contemporary theatre shows locally.
Has performed at: Toured around Australia a few times. Also played Australian festivals including Woodford Folk Festival, Island Vibes Festival, Easterfest and many local Brisbane festivals. Have also toured overseas through the UK, the USA, Holland, France, New Zealand and the pacific islands (Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Tonga)
Inspired by: Radiohead, Damon Albarn, D’Angelo, Michael Jackson, Prince, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, 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.”
Name: Louise Gill
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!
Name: Erin Murphy
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. ”
Name: Andrew Donald
Teaches: Piano and Singing ano
Has been making music for: 28 years (from the age of 5) and professionally for around 15 years.
Has been teaching music for: 10 years.
Education / Qualifications: Bachelor of music (jazz voice/piano) from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (Griffith)
Performs / Has performed with: Dozens of Brisbane bands and as a solo performer.
Has performed at: Many live music venues and festivals around Australia, New Zealand, North America and Southeast Asia.
Inspired by: Probably too many to mention but to name few, Tom Waits, Chet Baker, Bobby Mcferrin, McCoy Tyner, Oscar Peterson, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Fela Kuti, Ray Charles, Paul Simon, Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, John Coaltrain, Chick Corea, Rubon Gonzales, Buster Rhymes, Mos Def, Q Tip, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Prince .
Special interests: Martial arts, archery, photography.
Loves teaching music because: “ True. ”
Voice, Clarinet, Bass Guitar
Name: Lauren Crick
Has been making music for: 16 years.
Has been teaching music for: 6 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.
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! ”
Name: Shelise Vandal
Has been making music for: Has sung all her life, but has been taking lessons since the age of ten
Has been teaching music for: Just over a year
Education / Qualifications: Undertook an internship with Harvest Rain Theatre Company in 2013 and Is currently studying a bachelor of musical theatre at the Queensland Conservatorium
Performs / Has performed with: Has performed mostly with Harvest Rain Theatre Company during an internship but has also performed with Opera Queensland, Savoyards and other amateur theatre companies.
Has performed at: I’ve performed at QPAC, IPAC, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Treasury Casino
Inspired by: I love Idina Menzel, Fleetwood Mac, Jason Robert Brown, Tool, A Perfect Circle, The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Lana Del Rey, Marina Prior, Tom Kitt, Duncan Sheik, System of a Down, 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. ”
Name: Tenille West
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. ”
Name: Hayley Chalmers
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! ”