Still one of the most popular instruments today, with the first piano constructed made in 1698 by Bartolomeo Cristofori in Italy. The name ‘piano’ is actually a nickname for the full Italian name of the instrument, which is ‘pianoforte’. This longer name was given to the instrument based on its ability to play notes very quietly (piano) or very loudly (forte).

The piano is known as the “King of the Instruments” because its range goes from the lowest note that you can play on a double-bassoon to the highest note that you can play on a piccolo, which means this single instrument covers a full orchestral range! It is generally considered to be a member of the percussion family because it only makes noise when a hammer hits a string. There are 7500 working parts in the body of each piano, and 230 strings required for a piano to make its full range of sound.

Digital pianos are a type of keyboard designed to be a smaller more portable option than an acoustic piano but feel and look the same, but they do not require tuning and are not affected by temperature or humidity like traditional pianos. Digital pianos can also mimic the sounds of several instruments such as pipe organs or grand pianos.

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.

Annie Lumley

Vocal, Piano, | Available - Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday

Annie is an experienced musician who performs regularly as a solo artist (vocals and keys) at a number of different venues (cafes, bars, restaurants) throughout Brisbane. She has also performed at weddings and private functions. In 2016 she completed a Diploma of Contemporary Music Performance at JMC Academy in Brisbane. 

She enjoys many styles of music however specialises in teaching pop, RnB, Jazz and Musical theatre. She is also able to assist singers who want to accompany themselves on piano. Annie is passionate about education (learning is lifelong journey) and strives to continue her growth as a teacher and musician. Her goal is to provide a fun and rewarding learning environment where students can improve their confidence and musicianship. 


Ben Bruni

Piano, Trumpet, Trombone : Available Tuesday

Benjamin Bruni is an Australian based Trumpeter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, songwriter and
teacher who has performed and recorded as a featured soloist and session musician with some of
Australia's leading Artist/Musicians.
As an improviser, he is thoughtful and thought provoking; witty and daring,
and possesses “an actively radiant trumpet tone with hundreds of brilliant ideas.” (James Morrison,
He is also an enthusiastic composer and song writer who values simplicity, beauty and humour. As
a teacher, he aims to inspire through example: to guide and impart an ethos of seriousness and
commitment to the art form, while providing a platform for creativity and self-expression.
In November of 2017 Ben completed a Bachelor of Music at the James Morrison
Academy of Music in Mount Gambier, South Australia.
While studying in Mount Gambier, Ben was a finalist twice for the James Morrison Scholarship at
the Generations in Jazz festival and recorded his own album after winning the Pat Corrigan
scholarship through Jazz Workshop Australia.
During university Ben was able to tutor some young upper brass students while completing his
studies and was successful in preparing them to complete their AMEB exams to a high level. He
has also been invited to mentor and teach students for a jazz program with James Morrison at The
Arts Centre Gold Coast. Ben has worked at Calvary Christian College as an instrumental music
teacher for brass.
Ben can frequently be heard on recordings or playing with some incredible musicians such as;
James Morrison, Wynton Marsalis, Jeff Clayton, Wycliffe Gordon, Gordon Goodwin, Darren
Percival, Matthew Jodrell, Ross Irwin, Kate Cebrano, The One O'Clock Lab Band and The
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Ben has toured around Australia playing Trumpet in the James
Morrison Big Band and the United States of America performing with the James Morrison Big Band
in locations such as; New York, New Orleans, Dallas, Washington and Chicago.

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.

Daniel Browne

Piano, Vocal & Theory | Available - Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs, Friday & Sat

Daniel has been teaching piano since 2008, instructing and inspiring students from absolute beginners through to high levels, perfecting their playing for performance and examination. Trained primarily in contemporary music and jazz, Daniel is able and willing to teach outside the bounds of traditional classical learning, but can also prepare students for classical exams. Music students under Daniel's instruction consistently achieve very good results in both contemporary and classical exams.

Daniel has also worked with choirs and conducted workshops in performance and Musical Theatre since 2008, focusing on the development of good performance as well as technique and self-confidence.

Daniel also has advanced training in Music Theory, and incorporates this into his teaching, ensuring that reading and writing music are taught as well.

Personally, Daniel writes and arranges music, with interests in how it works with technology. He has written music for video games, and arranges music from all genres. He is also available as an accompanist for instrumental and vocal exams.

Coral Keogh

Piano, Theory | Available - Thursday

Coral started learning piano at age 8.
She passed her grade 8 at age 11 and was accepted into the Royal Academy of Music, London junior exhibitioner programme at age 13. She started learning flute at age 11 and quickly progressed to grade 6.

On leaving school she was awarded a scholarship to study at Trinity College of Music, London, but soon decided to pursue a different career.

After the birth of her children, she completed a diploma of music through the Open University UK and continued teaching the piano to old and young alike. As her family grew up, she taught recorder at primary school level, keyboard in small groups through the Croydon school of music, UK, and she played in church. She also visited pre-school groups to run music programmes and she learnt clarinet.

More recently, she has formed a church band which performs much celtic and light folk music. She has been able to utilise her flute skills here as well as her piano. She has also been successful in arranging and composing small pieces for this band, which she is thoroughly enjoying.

She performs at weddings and parties and accompanies soloists, groups and choirs for concerts and exams.

She believes that good technical habits are best learnt from the outset, and that the secret to success if practice and more practice.

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Amy Thompson

Piano, Guitar, Vocal, Violin| Available - Fri, 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 & Saturday

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.

Samantha Thompson

Vocal & Piano | Available - Sat

Singer, pianist & songwriter Samantha Thompson is a Brisbane based musician and performer. Having completed a Bachelor of Music specialising in Jazz Voice at the Griffith Conservatorium in 2018, Samantha pursued further study and is currently completing her Masters in Secondary Education at UQ. From an early age, Samantha was drawn to music, and developed her skills through private music lessons on multiple instruments such as piano, guitar, percussion and voice. Samantha also completed AMEB examinations in piano, guitar, theory and voice.

Samantha has played at numerous venues scattered on the Sunshine Coast and North Brisbane. The unique blend of alternative, pop, rock and soul in her original music, along with her classical and contemporary training in AMEB and current Jazz training at the Conservatorium, Samantha is provided with the knowledge and technique to be versatile with her sound. She is very passionate and dedicated to providing a fun and fulfilling learning experience, and strives to boost confidence and skill in her students of all ages.

James Bovill

Piano | Available - Mon, Wed, Thurs, Friday

James is a Redcliffe-based pianist and composer. He is the resident accompanist and, since 2018, the assistant conductor of the Redcliffe City Choir. He is also highly active as a freelancer in musical theatre, working with clients including the Pine Rivers Musical Association and the historic Brisbane Arts Theatre on Petrie Terrace. He has served as music director and orchestrator for shows including The Little Mermaid, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, and Barnum. He has also taken to the stage as a lead and supporting actor and vocalist in shows including Jesus Christ Superstar, Mary Poppins, and Wicked.

James is a graduate of Griffith University’s Queensland Conservatorium (Bachelor of Music, Keyboard – Class of ’14), majoring in piano performance, with elective studies in composition and harpsichord performance. In his spare time, he is furthering his own studies of graduate-level music theory, jazz performance technique, and electronic music production.

James joins the academy as a piano tutor, and as a vocal tutor specialising in performance preparation. His mission statement is to make sure that students who work with him have the opportunity to improve not only their skills, but their peace of mind.

Amelia Kase

Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, Vocal | 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 Hus

Tiffanni Walton

Piano | Available - Fri

Tiffanni has three passions in life – teaching, creating and performing music. Originally from Melbourne, she has recently moved to Brisbane with 11 years experience teaching students of varied ages and learning capabilities. Tiffanni has studied music in Australia and internationally, and holds an Honours of Music Performance specialising in Jazz piano from Monash University and a Bachelor of Performing Arts from Bishop’s University (Quebec, CAN).


Tiffanni is a professional and active musician, and has extensive knowledge of the Jazz and Blues language; this supports her ability to perform and create in other styles of music such as pop, gospel, soul and folk., Tiffanni is excited to be able to share with students her piano techniques and arranging knowledge, all supported by a solid foundation of music theory.

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