Guitars have been around for 3,000-4,000 years all over the world, but didn’t gain major popularity until the late 1800’s or early 1900’s. The range of an average guitar is almost four octaves. Most guitars have four, six, or twelve strings. However, there are some rare instruments with seven, eight, nine, or ten strings. No other instrument has impacted the evolution of music since the 20th century as much as the electric guitar.

Most consider guitar to be easy to learn, hard to master. But there’s more to it than that:
When you first start playing it will be a challenge. You won't be able to play an entire song for a while, and your fingers will be a little sore. But you will learn some familiar Riffs to get you started. A Riff is usually played at the beginning of a song as well as throughout the song. It is a sequence of notes or chords that are repetitive, simple to play and memorable. Think Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple or Satisfaction by the Rolling Stones.
The best way to overcome sore fingers is to practice several times a day for 5-10 minutes rather than once a day for 20-30 minutes. Once you get over the hump, you can play a ton of songs, mainly because most of the famous songs aren’t actually that hard to play – you just need to develop the basic skill-set first.

To book in, or for extra information, please call us on (07) 3889 9400 or drop in and see us at 302 South Pine Road, Brendale.

Alex Kosenko

Guitar, Bass, Harmonica,Banjo, Uke, Drums | Available - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday

Alex is a Musician, Songwriter and Performer from Brisbane. He has a Certificate 3 in Music Industry and has been performing all over Australia for the past 2 Years. When Alex picked up the guitar at 9 he was taught at the Australian Academy of Music and found his passion. In his graduating year at school he was awarded the Head of Music, Head of Music Extension and Juble Award for Performance.

In 2017 he began teaching privately to students of all ages and ability, striving to better their technique, understanding and inspire them in their musical travels. His teaching focus is to help students learn in a positive and enjoyable learning environment so they can achieve their goals.

Ben Mackay

Guitar, Bass & Drums | Available - Mon, Wed, Thur, Sat

Ben ‘beneb’ Mackay picked up a guitar at the age of 12 and has been on a musical journey ever since. Now at the age of 29, Ben has toured the country relentlessly in pursuit of his passion to entertain and experience music to his fullest. Ben has played all roles in the rock band setting and does session work for touring and locals artists as a bass player, drummer and front man and more recently has been contracted as a songwriter seeing many of his original and collaborative efforts played on local, national and international radio stations such as Triple J and Brisbane’s 4zzz. 

Ben has completed a Diploma of Music at Southbank Institute of Tafe, Certificate 4 in New Small Business and is currently deferred from a Bachelor of Business at QUT due to his music demanding more attention. Ben has been teaching privately and publicly for 6 years.

Ben offers his brand of music tuition and coaching in musical performance with a heavy focus on using and training your ears, to play what you hear and connect emotionally. This was the method of Ben’s first attempts at learning guitar and experiencing a connection with music. Theory will be taught through accompanying workbooks and personally made resources as it is necessary and important to learn, but can be a huge deterrent and struggle to any beginner. Ben will be accommodating, accepting and patient with all personalities, as he is passionate about seeing results in his student’s progression and musical journey.

Rita Fiorello

Piano, Guitar, Accordion & Theory | Available - Tues, Weds,Thurs & Friday

Rita teaches piano, guitar, theory and piano accordion to children and adults.


Rita has been teaching at the Australian Academy of Music for over six years and has been a teacher for over 40 years. She believes that there is no progress without practice and believes in building a strong foundation of music knowledge and technical skills. This will lead to the student musician achieving all their goals.

Nick Kirkpatrick

Guitar, Bass, Banjo, Ukulele | Available - Tues, Weds, Thurs, Friday and Saturday

Nick has been studying and teaching guitar for 14 years across the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane. Playing weekend shows regularly with cover outfits and original groups, he has a wealth of experience across all styles of music.Playing and teaching a range of other instruments including bass guitar, banjo, and ukulele, Nick can offer a very flexible tuition style to suit individual needs. Lessons are available for all levels and practical guitar and theory exams are available as well.

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Amelia Kase

Guitar, piano, vocal, ukulele | Available - Monday, Tuesday & Thursday

Being in love with music her whole life and playing many different instruments including piano, guitar & ukulele, Amelia found her true passion studying the human voice. She achieved her Bachelor of Music in Jazz and Popular Vocals at the CQ Conservatorium and later completed a GC Creative Enterprise to further study creative industry and performance.

Seeing the need to help young musicians get a head start with live performance, Amelia tutors for music programs across the state and has taught students to perform & sing with others and perform self-accompanied since 2012. She performs regular cover gigs around Brisbane in Amelia & The Grizzly and occasionally you'll see her popping up in original music lineups with her Electronic/Alternative pop band Huska.

Amy Thompson

Guitar, piano, vocal, Violin | Available - Friday, Saturday

Amy studies a Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium. She was awarded a Bursary for an Outstanding Audition for her Bachelor of Music Classical Guitar, then auditioned and successfully changed her major to Jazz Guitar. On entry to university Amy was completing a Diploma of Piano. She is also a fully trained Vocalist who completed Grade 8 AMEB and a Classical Violinist. Through her advanced Music Theory training, Amy provides teaching in both reading and writing music. Amy’s teachings offer a versatile range of  flamenco, classical, jazz and contemporary genres. She strives to provide an engaging, positive and enjoyable environment for her students on their learning journey. Amy is thrilled to be teaching with the Australian Academy of Music at Brendale.

Samantha Salter

Piano, Guitar & Cello | Available -Weds & Sat

Driven by a love for music a from an early age, Sam begun piano at age 7, which inspired her to also undertake other instruments cello and guitar – amongst others – over the past 10 years.


As a student who was heavily involved in music throughout her schooling, Sam has a deeply instilled love of music that has seen her constantly performing and learning. Now a first year law and business student at QUT, Sam is no stranger to balancing music with other commitments.


Sam was a student at the Australian Academy of Music for six years prior to teaching beginners, and believes that nothing is more rewarding then learning and instrument. She hopes to share her passion for music with students and support them through their own musical journey.

Karl Keelaghan

Bass, Guitar & Drums | Available - Mon,Tues, Wed, Thurs

Karl is a well rounded musician & music teacher with a passion for all styles of music. Starting out with Guitar and Drums at an early age and then later developing a long interest in Bass, Karl has kept an open approach to music and teaching. He has taught group and private lessons in Ireland and at Yamaha music school in the UK as well as mentoring at student workshops and performing at school concerts. 


With an upbringing in Sri Lanka, Ireland and the UK he has developed an ear for all types of music and is always keen to blend genres and styles. He is a fan of creating music and is particularly interested in Funk, Jazz, Blues and Rock. Currently he is playing in a funk/covers band and is continuously seeking new and exciting musical projects.


Karl is passionate about helping his students to play music to their best ability and get them out into the music world. Whether it is creating, recording or gigging, or simply finding the right musical instrument, he offers a broad range of skills.

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