Most people think they can’t sing because they aren’t “naturally gifted”.  

It is true, some have more gifts than others, but singing is like walking. Almost everyone can walk if they try.

The voice is a muscle, and like any muscle in the body can grow and get stronger even into your 70’s when trained correctly. Most singers have no idea what their “true” vocal range is, and many resign themselves to “lower” vocal registers because they do not know how to access their upper register, another contributing factor is that due to “panicking” they quickly “squeeze off the air in the throat” which seriously impedes and inhibits range. 

There is a false idea that people are supposed to “sing without stress”. That would be like telling the athlete he is supposed to perform without stress. There will always be stress. It’s the management of stress and the overcoming of stress we condition for to keep us at our maximum. 

According to the operatic system of classification, there are six basic approximate voice types:

Soprano: the highest female voice.
Mezzo-soprano: a female voice between A below middle C and 2nd A above middle C.
Contralto: the lowest female voice. 
Tenor: the highest male voice.
Baritone: a male voice two Gs below middle C to F above middle C.
Bass: the lowest male voice.

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.

Amy Thompson

Vocal, Piano, Guitar, Violin: 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.


Lelia- Maree Rider

Vocal: Available Friday and Saturday

Lelia-Maree has achieved the ATCL Singing Recital Diploma from Trinity College London. She loves singing all styles of songs from Musical Theatre to Contemporary and Commercial Music. Lelia-Maree loves teaching students the skills to achieve Musical theatre roles. Contemporary  and commercial music is also a style of singing Lelia-Maree teaches. She looks forward to teaching contemporary voice students voice projection so they can lead their next big music projects. Lelia-Maree influencers include Adele, Renee Flemming and Barbara Streisand. Lelia-Maree is an active member of the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing Ltd and enjoys learning about contemporary and classical singing teaching techniques. Lelia-Maree sees every student as unique and works to foster their individual vocal talents and love of singing. 

Amelia Kase

Vocal, Guitar, Ukulele, Piano | 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.


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Jessie Stringer

Vocal | Available - Monday and Wednesday

Jessie Stringer loves to sing and has been singing from the minute she learnt to talk.


Jessie has performed onstage in over 30 theatre productions, for acoustic gigs, and she passionately leads music at her church. Jessie has completed a musical theatre internship with Harvest Rain Theatre Company, a Bachelor of Arts degree (majoring in drama), as well as a Diploma in Musical Theatre. She has been teaching with the Australian Academy of Music since mid-July 2016.  


Jessie's teaching experience includes private vocal lessons in all genres as well as working with young performers, developing musical theatre skills in theatre workshops. Jessie specialises in marrying story telling with vocal technique to help students bring each song to life, musically & emotionally.  


Jessie is keen to help individuals develop both their vocal musicality and ignite their passion for story telling through song.

Caitlin Weal

Violin , Viola, Voice | Available - Saturday

Brisbane based Australian performer, Caitlin Weal, has been an active member of the performance industry from a young age. As a singer and violinist, Caitlin has performed in venues such as the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Queensland Conservatorium Theatre, Old Museum Building and the Queensland Parliament House Senate Chamber. In 2020, she performed her first principle role from Dido and Aeneas by Purcell.

Starting her career on violin, Caitlin has played in Queensland Youth Orchestra, won and placed in many eisteddfod’s and was awarded her AmusA on violin at sixteen years of age.  

Caitlin has been trained and mentored by opera professionals and has worked alongside many esteemed conductors. As an opera chorus member, she has sung in Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor by Nicolai (2019) and La Finta Giardiniera by Mozart (2019). Her choral experiences include Mahler 8th Symphony, Beethoven 9th Symphony and Donna Nobis Pacem by Vaughn Williams.

Caitlin has been the recipient of the Hugh Campbell Award (2018) and the Donald Penman Voices in Combination Award (2019) for her contribution to the Liebeslieder Quartet.

Caitlin is excited to share her passion of music and strives for her students to have the same love and excitement towards music as she does. 

Megan Kendrick

Woodwind & Vocal | Available - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Megan has been involved in music since she could hold an instrument. After learning woodwind she moved to voice and discovered her true love of music.

Even before completely her Bachelor of Music she started to teach and share her love of music. Megan believes that every student should feel comfortable and should never feel pressured to do anything they don’t want to. If a student feels comfortable and accepted then their learning will be more enjoyable and have the opportunity to excel easier. 

Megan has been teaching for 5 years however has experience will all styles, genres and ensemble types. 

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. 

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