Virtuosi School of Music is a boutique music school offering superior instruction and performance opportunities for interested students of all ages, in the belief that everyone has the potential to participate in, enjoy, create, and develop a lasting love of music.

“I can only think of music as something inherent in every human being - a birthright. Music coordinates mind, body and spirit."

Yehudi Menuhin 

 

2022 TERM DATES

TERM 1

Mon 7 Feb - Sat 2 Apr

(8 weeks)

TERM 2

Tue 19 Apr - Sat 25 Jun

(10 weeks)

TERM 3

Mon 11 Jul - Sat 17 Sep

(10 weeks)

TERM 4

Tue 4 Oct - Sat 17 Dec

(11 weeks)

About Music Lessons at Virtuosi
ABOUT US
 

Established in 2005, we aim to be one of Australia’s premier resources for providing joyful music education experiences that promote artistic excellence. All of our programs are given in easily accessible, attractive and comfortable spaces that enable maximum musical enjoyment by both participants and teachers alike.

 

We offer students tuition in a large variety of disciplines – violin, viola, cello, guitar, piano, flute, clarinet, saxophone, voice, percussion and music theory. In addition to private lessons, students are given regular performance opportunities as well as the possibility to take part in our various ensemble programs.

OUR ADMIN TEAM

Tom Penn-Davies

Director

Tom is the founding director of Virtuosi. Aside from supervising the day to day running of the school, he also coordinates our ensemble programs, masterclasses and recitals. As the lead teacher, Tom works closely with all teaching staff to ensure each student recieves the highest level of tuition. 

Errisya Marliani

Student Administrator

Errisya has been involved with Virtuosi since its inception in 2005. Errisya is in charge of the school's administrative duties and, with her background in accounting, helps maintain the school's accounts. 

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Lessons at Virtuosi
LESSONS
 

Private lessons are the cornerstone of our educational offerings, and we welcome students of all ages, abilities and levels of experience. The School strongly believes that the right match of student and teacher is vital to a student’s progress, pleasure of learning and enjoyment of music.

WEEKLY LESSONS

Private instruction is the core of music education and weekly lessons are offered for adults, teenagers, and children aged 5 and older, at all levels. Weekly lessons require a commitment from the student as well as from the family. 

 

 

EXAMS

At Virtuosi, students can choose to participate in the AMEB examinations series. This helps motivate students by giving them a goal to work towards as well as a sense of accomplishment. The AMEB exists to provide a graded system of examinations in music, speech and drama, offered nationally and internationally, by providing quality syllabuses, educative services to our teachers, examiners and candidates, and quality publications to the highest editorial standard.  Students will be given the opportunity to partake in practical, theory, musicianship and music craft examinations.

 

 

CASUAL LESSONS

We realize that for some of our students (especially adults) committing to weekly lessons can be quite difficult. We therefore offer casual lessons packages so that lessons can be scheduled at a time that fits in with life’s busy schedule. Simply phone or e-mail us to make a booking when the time is right.

 

 

DUO LESSSONS

Apart from private tuition, we are now offering duo lessons in guitar or voice. Duo lessons are offered to beginner students as a short term introduction to learning the basics. Our classes are designed for a parent and child, two siblings or two friends.

 

ENSEMBLES

At Virtuosi, we offer our advanced students the opportunity to take part in chamber music. Ensemble programs provide a special opportunity for students to socialize with one another via the language of music. Students flourish as they develop a camaraderie with their ensemble partners, a sense of responsibility to the group and pride in their accomplishments. Participants are placed with students who share a similar level of experience and ability.

PERFORMANCES

Throughout the school year, all students will have the option to perform on stage at various performance venues throughout Brisbane. This is where students, parents and teachers share and celebrate all their hard work and success!

 

In addition to our student recitals, some of our more advanced students will be invited by their teachers to compete in various eisteddfods and competitions held in Brisbane throughout the year.

Music Teachers at Virtuosi
OUR TEACHERS
 

At Virtuosi, we pride ourselves on our faculty's depth of study and professional experience. Our teachers have all studied music at a tertiary level with many achieving post graduate qualifications. Faculty members regularly perform at professional engagements and several have competed in competitions at a national and international level.

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Rafael Abraham

Cello

Born and raised in the rural town of Gladstone in Central Queensland, performer and artist Rafael Abraham grew up surrounded by the music his sister played on the piano. After years of travelling three hours every week for lessons on the cello as a child, he graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University with a Bachelor of Music in performance in the spring of 2017. Rafael was been involved in many concerts during his time studying his degree, including Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony and Elgar’s First Symphony with esteemed conductors Natalia Rospopova and Tze Law Chan respectively. Rafael has worked with and learned from many prominent cellists throughout his years, such as Anne Svendsen, Mei-Lee Stocker, and Meta Weiss.  Rafael works closely with many local composers, and in his spare time plays music at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s hospital as a part of the Stairwell Project.

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Mika Atkinson

Clarinet & Saxophone

Mika is a woodwind specialist, currently undertaking her fourth and final year at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. During her studies at university, she began doubling on clarinet and flute in ensembles such as the Conservatorium Big Band, the Con Artists Big Band and the Queensland Youth Orchestra Big Band. She has 12 years of experience in playing the saxophone and currently performs music across various genres including pop, funk, blues and jazz with a number of small groups. Mika has a strong classical background, since completing her Certificate of Performance in 2017 as well as her AMusA in 2018. With experience in teaching the AMEB syllabus, Mika loves to share her passion by teaching and connecting with students along their music journey.

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Elena James

Violin & Viola

Hailing from Townsville, North Queensland, Elena has had many years of orchestral and soloistic experience, notably with the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Australian Vocal and Concerto Competition, and the Barrier Reef Orchestra. She currently studies a Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Arts at the University of Queensland, having previously studied two years of Bachelor of Music (Honours)/Bachelor of Arts, under the tutelage of renowned violinist, Adam Chalabi. Elena previously held the position of Assistant Concertmaster of the University of Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Assistant Principal Second of Pulse Chamber Orchestra; received the prestigious Paula and Tony Kinnane Music Scholarship; attained her A.MUS.A at the age of 15; and has attended various Australian Youth Orchestra National Music Camps, playing as a first violinist. Elena is currently playing first violin with the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Monique Evans

Piano

Monique’s musical journey started at the age of 8 in Brisbane when she played her first notes on the piano and fell in love. Since then, she took lessons in various instruments including guitar, singing and drums. She has been classically trained in piano and graduated in 2018 with an Associate Diploma of Music (Piano Performance) and Grade 6 Theory. With 5 years’ experienced in piano and theory teaching, Monique is keen to provide fun and tailored lessons to all students, no matter their age or skill level. Whether you wish to complete examinations, revisit piano after years of not playing or play for fun, she can teach you the skills you need. Monique is dedicated to sharing her passion for music with her students and making lessons fun. Her lessons are created to achieve each individual student’s goals so that everyone can share in the sense of accomplishment and enjoyment that piano playing can bring.

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Edward Johnstone

Guitar

Edward holds a Bachelor of Creative Industries degree with a major in music from Queensland University of Technology. Having the opportunity to teach, connect, and share in the experience of music with others has been invaluable to Edward. He has taught many different styles and genres, and he strives to inspire expression, creativity, and identity through music. Outside of teaching, Edward likes to write, record, and perform music.

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Kieran Kuskopf

Drums & Percussion

 Kieran Kuskopf is a drummer/percussionist currently living and working in the Brisbane music scene. Originally from North Queensland, he has moved around Australia, collecting a wide range of influences in the process. While drumming with the Brisbane based band, The Counterfeit Umbrellas, he has had the pleasure of supporting such acts as, Ash Grunewald, Busby Maru and Gangagang. In the same group he has performed in the Caxton Street Festival, Caloundra Music Festival and on the Story Bridge for its 75th anniversary.While studying at JMC academy, Kieran Kuskopf had the opportunity to expand his musical knowledge, taking notable influences from musical cultures such as Macedonian folk, Australian indigenous and Latin American. As a drummer he takes inspiration from such performers as Buddy Rich, Benny Greb and Stanton Moore.

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Zachary Lazarevski

Piano, Voice & Guitar

 Zachary Lazarevski has studied at some of Australia’s most prestigious music schools, The Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, and The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. He is an experienced pianist, guitarist and singer who loves to teach classical, jazz and pop. His students excel at music reading, improvisation, learning by ear and songwriting. He can also teach singing and piano or guitar together. He has taught music for over 10 years to hundreds of students, for thousands of hours. Zac has many outstanding five-star reviews from students, here are a few: “Zac is a fantastic teacher… the improvement in my voice is crazy.”- Chad. “Zac is an exceptional teacher that goes above and beyond.” - Cameron. “We are so happy with Zac. He is a fantastic musician and piano teacher.” - Mimi. Zac can help students achieve excellent results in AMEB exams or the internationally recognised Rock School popular music exams. Zac really gets to know each student and helps them achieve their personal music goals, learn fast, and have fun!

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Sophie Li

Piano

 Sophie is a talented pianist with over 15 years of experience playing as well as experience tutoring. Originally from Hamilton, New Zealand, she attained her DipABRSM in 2018, has won multiple competitions and has had the opportunity to play with Aotea Youth Symphony orchestra in New Zealand. Her strengths lie in teaching both kids and adults and she believes that success is born through fostering a passion for music. 

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Felicity Mohr

Cello & Piano

 Felicity Mohr graduated from the University of Queensland in 2019 with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) majoring in composition under Dr. Robert Davidson, having studied cello performance for her first two years of university. At UQ she was awarded a Dean’s Commendation for Academic Excellence and a Dean’s Scholar Award. She has studied cello and piano since age eight and studied harpsichord extensively. Her cello teachers include David Lale, Matthew Kinmont and Patrick Murphy. She achieved her AMusA (cello) in 2014 and is currently studying for her AMusA (piano). Felicity is an active orchestral and chamber musician and has played cello, oboe and cor anglais in various Queensland Youth Orchestra groups for ten years with 2020 being her seventh year playing cello in Queensland Youth Symphony. She was Associate Principal cellist in the UQ Symphony Orchestra and will continue playing with them as an alumnus. She has five years’ experience teaching students from age 4 to 75. Felicity’s especial interests are music theory, aural skills, musicology and music technology. She spends all her spare time composing electronic music and chamber music.

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Lyoko Meyers

Flute

Lyoko holds a Bachelor of Music from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and has been playing classical flute for over 20 years. She has a love of teaching and has worked with an array of flute students from beginner standard to university level. She also has extensive experience in teaching the AMEB flute criteria. Prior to the pandemic, Lyoko was completing a Post Graduate Diploma at the Sydney Conservatorium where she was Principal flute player in the University Orchestra. Lyoko has also studied the Alexander Technique which she uses with students to combat performance anxiety, harness technique and musicality simultaneously and, more importantly, nurture a student's unique playing stye.

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Alexandra Mison

Piano

 Originally from Lismore, Alexandra moved to Brisbane in 2018 to commence her studies at the University of Queensland, where she is undertaking a Bachelor of Music (Honours)/Bachelor of Science dual degree. In 2015, she completed her Certificate of Performance for piano and in 2019 she completed her AMusA. Alex has studied piano under the tutelage of Dr. Anna Grinberg and Mr. Max Olding, and is currently studying composition. She is also a member of the UQ Chorale.

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Tom Penn-Davies

Violin & Viola

 Tom graduatated from the University of Queensland in 2001 where he studied violin with Spiros Rantos and was first violinist with the UQ Symphony Orchestra.  Tom holds dual degrees in Commerce and Arts as well as an Associate Diploma in Violin.  As a university student, Tom began teaching the violin both privately and at a number of schools in Brisbane. After graduation, Tom's passion for teaching led him to further his studies in pedagogy in both violin and viola. A keen orchestral musician, Tom has held principal positions with the Queensland Youth Sympnony Orchestra and Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra. Tom has also performed with the newly formed Brisbane Chamber Orchestra which is comprised of former students and staff from the University of Queensland's School of Music. Apart from teaching, Tom has a particular love for chamber music and mentors several string ensembles at Virtuosi. With over fifteen years of teaching experiennce, Tom has successfully prepared students for orhestral, high school and univesity auditions and his students constistently achieve excellent results in AMEB examinations.

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Yedda So

Voice & Piano

 Yedda So is currently in her last semester of the Master of Music program at The University of Queensland, under the tutelage of Mr. Shaun Brown. She has studied piano for more than 10 years, passing the Grade 8 ABRSM piano examination. She began her classical vocal training in Hong Kong in 2011 and gained a Distinction in the Grade 8 ABRSM singing examination. She has participated in many musical performances and competitions, winning awards in Composing, English Folksong, and Vocal Solo. As a member at the Anglican Little Singers of The Diocese of Eastern Kowloon (HK), she performed in Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Yunan Province (China). Since graduating in 2015 of a Bachelor degree, Yedda has worked as a private tutor in both vocal and keyboard, students’ ranging from preschool to adult, using English, Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese. She also has experience in working with students with special needs.

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Matthew Teakle

Guitar

 Matthew Teakle graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium with first class honours and the university medal. He is an enthusiastic educator and guitarist with a performance profile ranging from symphony orchestras to rock bands and jazz duets. Some personal highlights include opening for Australian rock icons The Choirboys and winning the People’s Choice Award in the inaugural Queensland International Chamber Music Competition. Drawing on a rich experience of playing both the cello and the guitar at a high level, Matthew always aims to impart on his students a broad appreciation of music in its various forms as well as a multifaceted understanding of its inner workings.

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Anna Yang

Violin

Anna was awarded her AMusA in violin in 2016 and is currently in her fourth year of study at the University of Queensland where she is completing a dual degree in Music (Honours) and Education. Anna is majoring in violin performance and studies with the renowned violinist and pedagogue, Adam Chalabi. Anna has been a member of the Queensland Youth Orchestra and currently performs with the UQ Symphony Orchestra and Pulse Chamber Orchestra. 

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FEES & POLICIES
 

Virtuosi follows the Queensland State School term timetable. We are closed on Public Holidays however we operate as usual on Student Free Days. Please let us know If you are interested in attending lessons over the school holidays as many of our teachers are still available for lessons.

WEEKLY LESSON FEES

Private Lessons

20 Minutes: $29.00

30 Minutes: $41.50

45 Minutes: $60

60 Minutes: $76.50

Duo Lessons (voice or guitar only)

30 Minutes: $23 per student

45 Minutes: $33.50 per student

60 Minutes: $42 per student

 

Ensemble Lessons (currently on hold)

45 Minutes: $19 per student 

60 Minutes: $24 per student

 

 

CASUAL LESSON PACKAGE

Casual Lesson Package (5 Lessons)

30 Minutes: $220

45 Minutes: $325

60 Minutes: $415

 

(Lessons must be used within 6 months from date of purchase.)

GIFT CERTIFICATES

Give the gift of music with a Virtuosi Gift Certificate:

 

2 x 30 Minute Lessons - $75

4 x 30 Minute Lessons - $150 

 

Please contact us today to purchase this wonderful gift for the aspiring musician in your life!

 

(Cannot be used in conjuction with the free trial lesson.)

 

DISCOUNTS

Additional family members who enrol in weekly lessons will receive 5% off their tuition fees. Discounts are offered to all immediate family members including parents.

 

Students who enrol in two or more weekly private lessons will receive 5% off their tuition fees for each additional lesson.

ENROLMENT POLICY

All tuition fees are billed in advance at the beginning of each term with payment due within seven days. (Alternative payment plans may be arranged on a case by case basis).

 

Mid-term enrolments are billed for the remaining weeks in the term.

                      

All invoices are sent via email and can be paid via direct deposit, cheque, cash of EFTPOS (credit card payments can also be made over the phone).

 

Payments cannot be refunded once a student has commenced their enrolment.

 

Upon completion of a term, a student will be re-enrolled at the same lesson time for the subsequent tern unless the school is notified otherwise.

CANCELLATION POLICY

If a student’s absence is recorded by 5pm on the day before the scheduled lesson, a make-up lesson will be provided.

 

If a student's absence is recorded on the day of the scheduled lesson, but before 9am, a make-up lesson cannot be guaranteed; however you will be placed on a list and we will offer you a time should one become available.

 

Notification of an absence after 9am on the day of the scheduled lesson will most likely mean the lesson will be forfeited although your earliest notification would be appreciated. 

 

Students who are enrolled in weekly lessons are afforded two make-up lessons per term while students who are enrolled in casual lessons, or commence lessons mid-term, are entitled to one make-up lesson. Make-up lessons are not available for ensemble lessons.

 

Make-up lessons cannot be rescheduled and do not roll over into the subsequent term.

 

In the unlikely event that a teacher cannot attend a lesson, a substitute teacher may be called in. If a substitute teacher is unavailable, a make-up lesson will be provided at an alternative time.

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BOOK A FREE TRIAL
 

All new students are entitled to a free 30 minute trial lesson in the instrument of their choice. Please complete the form below and we will be in touch shortly to arrange a convenient lesson time. Please note that only one free trial lesson is offered per student.

CONTACT US
 

Virtuosi School of Music - Kenmore

880 Moggill Rd

Kenmore

Queensland 4069

 

Ph: (07) 3378 4524

Virtuosi School of Music - Grange

11 Days Rd

Grange

Queensland 4051

 

Ph: (07) 3352 3639

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITES

Virtuosi School of Music is looking for energetic, experienced teachers with a proven track record and a passion for sharing the gift of music.

 

If you are interested in becoming a member of our team, please send your CV to employment@virtuosi.com.au