Teachers

Brisbane Music Studio is very proud to offer teachers that are highly trained and have significant experience, both as teachers and performers. This ensures that the tuition you receive from Leah Bond (singing), Erin Munn (singing), Lucia Hodge (singing), Mikaela Ward (singing), Amy Michaels (singing), Ben Farley (piano), Travis Jenkins (guitar), Madi Morris (guitar), Misaki Hori (piano), Sarah Stranger (piano), Daniel Robbins (guitar), Ajhriahna Moore (singing), Kathie Ivicevic (singing) and Campbell Kelly (piano) is of the highest standard and is delivered in a fun and enthusiastic environment.

Leah Bond - Principle Teacher/Director
leah Leah (BMTheatre, BEd, MasterMusStudies) is an experienced contemporary voice teacher with a history in performance. She began her classical training when 12 years old, completing grade 7 Trinity College classical exams. After school she went on to study classical voice at university. After one year of classical voice, she transferred to the pioneering Bachelor of Music Theatre (CQCM) studying under leading contemporary voice teachers Beth Allen and Raymond Connell.After completing her Music Theatre degree, she successfully undertook a Bachelor of Education at Griffith University with specialties in teaching secondary school music and drama. With the establishment of The Singer's Studio (now the Brisbane Music Studio) and the passion to be the best contemporary vocal coach she can be, in 2006 she graduated from a Master of Music Studies, majoring in Contemporary Vocal Pedagogy and Performance from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music while studying contemporary voice under the esteemed Irene Bartlett. Her extensive studies and her ongoing commitment to research and learning ensure she is well schooled in the field of teaching contemporary voice.Leah has had a lead role in many productions including Into the Woods, and And the World Goes Round, has understudied such roles as the Swallow for The Happy Prince and has also had parts in Les Miserables and Grease. She has recorded an album, has completed a variety of solo performances, including being selected to sing with the orchestra at the Mackay entertainment centre after placing in the prestigious concerto competition, her own sell out solo cabaret show 'A Moment With Me' and various and varied professional gigs. Leah has also gigged regularly with various bands and duos.As well as the Brisbane Music Studio, Leah also owns and produces the Brisbane adults vocal ensemble 'The Sound Collective' and carries a Blue Card for working with children.
Erin Munn - Singing Teacher
Erin Munn completed her Bachelor of Music in Contemporary Performance and Pedagogy at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. Erin has always had a love of music and this has now transcended into a professional career in music with teaching and performing being at the forefront. From the age of 10, Erin has received private vocal lessons and she is continually studying vocal pedagogy to provide her students with an understanding of their instrument, healthy vocal technique as well as a passion for their own unique voice. She has experience in many different styles of music and can teach Jazz, Contemporary, Musical theatre and Classical voice.
Throughout her musical career, Erin has had opportunities to tour nationally and internationally at various international festivals such as the BBC Proms in London, Festival 500 in Canada and The Melbourne Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony. She has also had the opportunity to perform as a soloist alongside the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Erin is thrilled to be teaching at Brisbane Music Studio and to be able to share her passion for music and creative expression through singing with her students.
Lucia Hodge - Singing Teacher
 Zoe Hadok-Quadrio Lucia Medeiros Hodge was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and has been living in Brisbane since late 2006.With a background in marketing and advertising and an MBA in e-commerce, Lucia decided to follow an old passion and studied a Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium, specializing in Jazz Voice. Under the guidance of Irene Bartlett, Sharny Russell, Lisa Ryan-Mc Laughlin and David Spicer, Lucia could develop her skills as a singer, performer and musician, performing with various Conservatorium-based ensembles as the jazz choir “Raised Voices” and, the Brazilian ensemble, amongst other jazz ensembles. As a performer, Lucia has become a Latin Jazz specialist and formed in 2011 the Brazilian Jazz band “Coisa Linda”, with whom she has been performing around Queensland since then. It was in 2013 that Lucia started teaching voice and, to become the best teacher she could be to her students, she went back to the Queensland Conservatorium to study a Graduate Diploma of Music Studies in Vocal Pedagogy. The course gave Lucia the tools to guide her students towards finding their own voice and style, singing the music they love in a healthy way. Lucia believes that once you understand how your voice works and develop critical awareness towards your own singing, it is easier to become a better singer and achieve technical vocal control. Lucia can also speak (and sing in) Portuguese, Spanish and French, teaching Portuguese and Spanish to all ages and levels, besides being a talented songwriter in her field. Her song “Para de Bobeira” was a finalist in the World Music category for the prestigious Queensland Music Awards in 2015 and another composition (“Pois entao”) was highly commended in the World Music category for the Queensland Music Awards (2014).
Mikaela Ward - Singing Teacher
Mikaela Ward Mikaela is an experienced jazz/contemporary singer, and is currently undertaking her fourth year in a Bachelor of Music in Performance and Pedagogy at the Queensland Conservatorium. She began her music studies at age 8, and has many years of classical piano and clarinet training, and music theory, as well as contemporary vocal training.With such a comprehensive background in music, Mikaela has branched into many different styles and performance opportunities, including touring Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, and most recently Israel and Germany with world-class choir, The Australian Voices. She has performed in many Conservatorium-based ensembles, such as the elite jazz vocal ensemble Continuum, the ConKlezmer Orchestra, the Brazilian Ensemble, and the New Music Ensemble to list a few. Mikaela performs regularly in small jazz ensembles around Brisbane, and in 2013 created the New Chamber Music Society, comprising a string quartet and a jazz band playing contemporary jazz music together.With her extensive musical education and range of performing experiences, Mikaela is passionate about teaching students to be all-rounded musicians, who can read, write, perform, understand, and love the music they sing.
Amy Michaels - Singing Teacher
Amy Michaels has been performing around Brisbane professionally for the past 10 years, in that time working with some of the best musicians in South East Queensland. Amy has been teaching over the past four years and brings her studies in Pedagogy and practical experience to Brisbane Music Studio in Contemporary Music, Music Theatre and light classical songs.As a lead singer, Amy has forged a career that is already established at corporate functions, resorts, weddings and many venues around Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Amy is already well known by her current guitar/vocal duo Two Darn Hot, funk/soul band ‘Garage D’or’, Rock band ‘Le Groove’, and previous work with bands such as Powerplay, *amiss duo and session work for advertising and musical groups around SE Queensland.Amy was as finalist in the ABC 612 Jazz Vocal Competition in 2007, and received a high commendation for her song ‘A Moment To Myself’ from the MusicOz awards, 2008.Also achieving no less than honours standard for her AMEB classical vocal exams, Amy has also achieved a Diploma of Classical Voice.
Ben Farley- Piano Teacher 
 Ben Farley Ben Farley is a Brisbane born pianist who started learning piano at the age of 8. He has a Bachelor of Arts (Music) from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music majoring in Classical Piano. After finishing university he has worked on many different musical endeavours. He has worked as a private piano teacher for over 15 years have a great deal of success with both beginner and advanced students. His students have always achieved high results with examinations and most of them found exams and enjoyable experience (mixed with some nerves of course). He has also worked as an accompanists for many exams, musicals and even has accompanied high profile artists such as Silvie Paladino. He has been able to mix his love of music with his love of all things technical to work as a professional music transcriber and typesetting, taking many singer-songwriters recordings and transcribing them into print music.Beyond his musical career he has worked extensively in the events industry as an event manager for large and small scale events including being the Event Manager for the Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Carols in the City for 5 years. As well as playing piano he also plays alto saxophone and is currently learning guitar. Ben is married with 4 children and when not working enjoys time with family, anything technical or computer related, fishing and getting his 4WD dirty!
 Travis Jenkins - Guitar Teacher
Travis Jenkins Travis Jenkins is a Brisbane based guitarist, composer, arranger, teacher and performer.  He has been studying and playing the guitar for 16 years and has an extensive knowledge of western music theory, as well as a keen interest in the music of other cultures.  He is a prolific composer and has written and arranged music for a variety of circumstances including film music, video game sound tracks, small and large string ensemble arranging, big bands, and choir.As a Brisbane-based musician of more than a decade, he has had experience in a variety of performance situations; from small café/lounge settings, to weddings and private functions and has played in contemporary outfits at major festivals such as “Sounds of Spring”, “Island Vibe”, “Woodford Folk Festival” and “Big Day Out”.Trav has played guitar in a very eclectic mix of bands; rock, metal, reggae, funk, blues, jazz, R‘n’B, hip hop, and other more experimental ventures into sound.  Currently he plays regularly in Captain Dreamboat, HRBRT, and 1Dragon2Dragon as well as other jazz ensembles and solo gigs.  Travis currently holds a “Bachelor of Music” (BMus) that he acquired from JMI (Jazz Music Institute in Bowen Hills) in 2013 and has studied guitar under Bruce Woodward and Ben Hauptmann.
Madi Morris- Guitar Teacher
 Madi Morris Madi is a passionate, contemporary guitarist based in Brisbane currently in her second year at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University completing a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Guitar (Performance). She was originally accepted into the Conservatorium for Classical Guitar and after six months moved to the Jazz Department due to personal preference.From a young age Madi always loved listening and playing music and started to play an instrument from the age of five. Madi began playing piano and continued to do so until the age of thirteen and also played cello and participated in many choirs over her schooling years.From the age of nine, Madi has played guitar and it's been her thing​ ever since. Her love of rock music initiated her love with guitar and the ability to play relevant music in her life. Since Madi started playing, she has progressed through many different genres including classical, folk, metal, rock, country, punk and now jazz. She has completed the Rockschool London’s syllabus and has a Rockschool Diploma in Performance (DipRSL (Perf)). Madi has also completed many AMEB Music Theory and Classical guitar exams.As a musician and teacher, Madi believes it is important to never stop learning and progressing on her craft, so she will always be improving and learning, as you or your child is too. Lessons with Madi are all about learning and playing music that is fun, challenging and rewarding.
Misaki Hori - Piano Teacher
Misaki Hori is a classically trained pianist and a dedicated educator who is passionate about imparting her musical knowledge with others to make a difference. Misaki has completed her Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours, majoring in Piano performance, at the University of Queensland. To follow her passion in teaching, she completed her Graduate Diploma in Education at the University of Queensland, earning her qualification in music education.Misaki has 10 years of experience teaching the piano. During these years, she has continued to develop her skills as teacher in various aspects in order to achieve her fundamental goal as a piano tutor, which is to foster individuality, creativity and a love for music. Her dedication and love for piano teaching has also guided her to study various genres of music as well as pedagogical approaches to become a flexible teacher who is capable of catering for each individual student’s needs and interests.Misaki’s recent performance highlights include appearing as a guest collaborative pianist at the Piano Duo Festival in 2012 and at the Tyalgum Festival of Music on two occasions in 2012 and 2013.Misaki is also a professional-level piano accompanist who is a member of the Accompanists Guild of Queensland. She has worked as a repetiteur for Cecchetti Ballet exams in 2013, an accompanist for the University of Queensland, Australian Youth Choir, St. Peters Lutheran College, and continues to accompany for various other recitals and exams.
Sarah Stranger- Piano Teacher 
 DPP_0351 Sarah has completed a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance with Class I Honours at the University of Queensland. She is continuing study; commencing Masters in Piano Performance in 2014 and studying under Dr Anna Grinberg. She started learning piano from the age of seven and continued learning privately, during which time she chose to pursue a career in music. Throughout the duration of her Bachelor degree she studied piano under Dr Liam Viney and Dr Anna Grinberg. She has also achieved her LMusA Diploma in Classical Piano from the Australian Music Examinations Board.In 2011 and 2012, Sarah performed as part of the ‘Nocturnes’ series held at St John’s Cathedral in Brisbane. She also had the opportunity to perform in a masterclass held during the Piano Duo Festival in 2012. In 2013 she performed in a masterclass by Duo Pianists Sivan Silver and Gil Garburg. Sarah is an experienced accompanist and often accompanies for AMEB exams.Sarah enjoys sharing her love of music with her students through teaching both piano and music theory.
Daniel Robbins- Guitar Teacher  
Daniel Robbins Daniel Robbins is a 28-year-old professional performing artist and educator.  He is primarily a guitarist, but plays a host of instruments, and has performed and recorded for artists in numerous styles throughout the SEQ region, from jazz to metal to musical theatre.  Daniel is currently devoting his time to teaching instrumental music and ensemble conducting in several of Brisbane’s top performing arts schools.Daniel came from a background as a fitter and turner, and motocross racer.  He then studied a Bachelor of Music (Jazz Guitar) at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and went on to complete his post-graduate studies in education.  Daniel has also learnt from some of the best instrumentalists both locally and internationally, including Jim Kelly, Jamie Clark, Doug deVries, Jeff Jarvis, and John Scofield.Daniel Robbins has taught classroom studies in music, drama, English, and mathematics.   Through the running of school musical productions he has provided opportunities for his students to collaborate with outside artists and directors from professional musical theatre companies.  Mr Robbins also loves working with singers and dancers; training and incorporating performances in zouk, forró, samba, and capoeira styles.  He has also been guitarist for theatre companies playing such musicals as Boy&Girl, Fame, Hairspray, and West Side Story.Daniel has a clear love of the arts.  He has even managed to perform Brazilian music in England, folk music in Ireland, and jazz in Scandinavia.  Daniel constantly seeks any opportunity to explore as many artistic avenues possible and thrives on being challenged.
Ajhriahna Moore- Singing Teacher  
 Ajhriahna Moore Ajhriahna Moore has always had a passion for singing and performance.  She began solo vocal performances when she was only six years old and hasn't stopped since.  Ajhriahna began her training as an early childhood teacher in 2007 and since then has moved on to teach people of all ages and skill levels.  She began studying her Bachelor of Music (Jazz Voice) in 2008 and has had experience learning, teaching and performing in many styles including Jazz, Music Theatre and classic and contemporary popular music styles.  Ajhriahna has collaborated on many eclectic musical projects and has had the opportunity to arrange for bands, sing in small and large vocal ensembles, perform and tour in small ensembles and most recently collaborate with musicians during her stay in Nauru.  She is currently performing in a Jazz duo project and an Andrews Sisters Tribute Band in and around Brisbane, writing original tunes and working on an instructional book aimed at singers who would like to learn how to accompany themselves on piano.
Kathie Ivicevic- Singing Teacher
Kathie - Version 2 Kathie has recently graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium in classical voice and vocal pedagogy. She was heavily involved in Performing Arts at a young age, and has pursued her passion and love for music through performing and teaching. From school choirs, musical shows, opera performances, to being a lead vocalist for bands and managing her previous children’s band, Kathie has had vast experience in the majority of field in performing.Kathie’s chameleon ability to switch from opera to popular music also allows her to assist each of her students in finding their own unique and individual singing voice. She enjoys teaching all genres of music to those of any age, and from all sorts of backgrounds. Above all, her aim is to promote, inspire, and encourage a love of music, through safe and healthy singing.
Campbell Kelly- Piano Teacher
Campbell Kelly Born and raised in Rockhampton, Campbell Kelly was exposed to music from a young age by his father, a successful musician. He realised his strong desire to study piano at the age of 7 and from there has gone from strength to strength, working towards further study overseas and a concert career. Campbell began his piano studies under the tutelage of Terrence Mercer and Veronica Berry OAM. He gained experience and success at local eisteddfods, where his performances were often noted for their high standards of musicianship. During his final year of secondary education, Campbell completed his AMEB AMusA Diploma in Classical Piano and was awarded the opportunity to participate in the National Gondwana Composers School convened by Stephen Leek. On entry to the Queensland Conservatorium, Campbell was offered the University's Sir Samuel Griffiths Scholarship and is now a participating member of the University's Honours College. Campbell is currently completing his BMus, majoring in Classical Piano Performance under the guidance of Oleg Stepanov where he has gained many insights into the methods of Russian pedagogy and artistic tradition.