Our highly qualified teachers are dedicated to providing students with an exceptional music education and bring a wealth of both teaching and performance experience to their practice. Our teachers understand the need for a personalised and unique approach to learning and so tailor lessons specifically to suit the individual needs of each student.
Principal / Guitar Teacher
Tempo Allegro’s guitar teacher Damian Crisp has been teaching in Brisbane and on the Sunshine Coast for the past 10 years. During this time Damian has worked as a primary school instrumental teacher, has taught at some of Brisbane’s premier music schools as well as working with students of all ages in his private studio.
Damian has over 20 years professional performance experience having been involved in various bands and duos supporting some of Australia’s biggest acts such as The Whitlams and Mental as Anything.
Student Administrator / Voice Teacher
BMus (Classical Voice), GradCert (Creative Production/Arts Management)
Tempo Allegro’s vocal teacher Michelle Bull has been coaching aspiring singers for over 12 years. Since graduating from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music in Classical Voice, Michelle has worked with singers of all ages throughout Queensland helping them to discover the joy of singing and their own unique sound.
Michelle has taught both in a private studio setting as well as at schools and workshops throughout Queensland. Combining her love of teaching with a varied performance career, Michelle has performed at many events throughout Australia, Europe and the Middle East, highlights being the Italian Australian Film Festival Gala dinner with Sophia Loren’ in Sydney and the opening of ‘Reemalum Aluminum’ in Abu Dhabi, UAE. She has also performed at various Australian Festivals and events with Brisbane vocal ensembles ‘belladiva’ and ‘Babushka Cabaret’.
Combining her love of teaching voice with performing, she continues to work as a vocal soloist for various corporate and private functions and events across Australia and overseas.
Piano / Songwriting / Ukulele Teacher
BMus (Performance and Production)
Shari's love for music began as a small child. Her stage debut at the age of 5 was the beginning of a life long love for music performance and teaching. Some performances include lead roles in Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamboat, High School Extravaganza, Standard Bank Arena, Christmas Carols and weddings. Shari has lived and taught music in South Africa, England and Australia, teaching private piano, voice, songwriting and ukulele lessons. She has a strong belief in finding musical expression through an emotional connection to music performance. Shari always encourages her students to develop a personal love and enjoyment for their instrument.
"I am passionate about developing the talents and skills of my students. My teaching enables students to feel safe to express themselves and flourish. I believe that everyone can be great with the right kind of guidance! Music is fun! Music is inspiring! "
SEBNEM (SHABO) AK
Violin / Piano Teacher
Tempo Allegro's violin teacher Sebnem (Shabo) Ak has taught in Turkey and Australia for over 17 years. Since graduating with a classical music degree from the Gazi University in Turkey, she has taught violin, piano and voice to students of all ages and levels of experience, in both a private studio setting and in various primary and high schools.
Alongside her teaching career, she has performed in various concerts, festivals, weddings, special events and made numerous TV appearances.
Shabo aims to educate and inspire her students, to make their study of music a lifelong and joyful experience.
Piano / Guitar / Voice Teacher
Kathryn teaches contemporary music styles, composition and technique. Recently graduating from the Australian Institute of Music with her Bachelors of Music, Kathy has three years of experience in teaching at the School of Rock in Sydney. She has now moved to the Sunshine Coast to further her studies and continue her goals to become a secondary music teacher. In addition, Kathy plays guitar, mandolin, piano and sings.
Her aim is to inspire, help and support others to reach their music goals.
Violin / Voice / Composition Teacher
BA (Music Theatre)
Composer and multi-instrumentalist Joel studied composition at the Sydney Conservatorium, after which he got accepted into WAAPA to study a Bachelor of Arts, Musical Theatre, graduating in 2013.
In 2014 he worked for ‘Perform!’ educational musicals touring NSW, then in November worked as an ensemble member for New Theatre’s production of Sweeney Todd.
Joel has tutored music (Violin, Viola, Voice) at schools in both Melbourne and the Sunshine Coast, performed as a Violinist on P&O cruises, and has teamed up with ‘On The Day films’ as a composer.
In 2015, his musical ‘Stealing Picasso’ was selected to be workshopped through the VCA new musical theatre development program, and in 2016, he was selected to be viewed at the Hayes Theatre by New Musicals Australia, and through the Grassroots initiative in Melbourne later that year.
Contemporary voice teacher Denise Harris brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her teaching practice. While living in New Zealand, she worked extensively as a performer for Radio New Zealand and Television New Zealand, toured with various overseas artists including Julian Lee, Mike Walker and Bobby Shew, worked as a session vocalist and performed at Jazz festivals in Auckland, Wellington, Hawkes Bay, Tauranga & Christchurch. In addition she has worked throughout Australia both in television (Channel 9 – Ernie & Denise Show) and performed regularly at various music venues and festivals such as Ronnie Scott’s, Soup Plus Sydney, The Basement Sydney, International Jazz Festival Gold Coast International Hotel, Brisbane Bicentennial Jazz Festival, Blue Note Mooloolaba with the late Vince Genova and more.
Her teaching experience includes Master classes in contemporary voice and performance at Christchurch Polytechnic NZ, Workshop and master classes in contemporary voice and performance at Griffith University Conservatorium of Music (Jazz), University of New England Northern Rivers – Lismore campus NSW. She also worked at Stuartholme Girls College, Brisbane where she taught contemporary voice and performance, preparing Year 12 students for entry to the Queensland Conservatorium of Music Brisbane.
Clarinet / Flute / Woodwind teacher
Jennifer has recently joined the Sunshine Coast, after moving from Texas USA last year. She graduated from Texas Tech University, with a degree in Music Education and a specialisation in Clarinet. She also loves teaching all woodwind instruments, especially at the beginner level. Jennifer has been playing clarinet for over 12 years. She has worked with woodwind students and band students all across Texas in both classroom and private lesson settings, and is excited to bring her love of teaching and music to Australia.
Jennifer believes that anyone of any age or background has musical potential, and will adapt her teaching to fit the needs of the individual student. Whether you are just starting out, or you are a school student wanting to further your instrument skills, Jennifer will help you fulfil your musical potential and develop a passion for music and learning!