Our Teachers

 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.

 

Damian Crisp guitar teacher

Damian Crisp

Principal / Guitar

BA

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. 

Michelle Bull singing teacher
 

Michelle Bull

Student Administrator / Voice

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.

 
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Kathryn Spry

Piano / Guitar / Voice

Bmus

Kathryn teaches contemporary music styles, composition and technique. Recently graduating from the Australian Institute of Music with her Bachelor of Music, Kathy has three years of experience in teaching at the School of Rock in Sydney. Kathy 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 achieve their musical goals.

 
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Vashti Janna

Violin / Viola / Cello

Here’s a little bit about me...

I love all kinds of music and sharing this with others is one of my greatest joys. I’ve been teaching stringed instruments for over twenty years, both privately and in many schools around the Sunshine Coast while playing professionally in string quartets and duets. 

As the mother of three children, I have seen firsthand the many ways in which learning a musical instrument benefits students... from giving them confidence to developing their fine motor skills and improving their academic performance. Combining all of this with lots of fun is the best part of a music teacher’s day. 

Currently, I am studying a Bachelor of Education at USC as well as teaching music. I play violin and mandolin in the Americana band Bearded Betty, and have just released our first EP. 

 
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DENISE HARRIS

Voice

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.

 
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Alison George

Violin

Alison is currently studying at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music majoring in violin. She has played in many orchestras including the Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, the Queensland Youth Orchestra and principal violin in the Sunshine Coast Youth Orchestra. 

Outside of performing Alison has had experience volunteering in the string departments at primary schools and in the Sunshine Coast Youth Orchestra leading tutorials and small ensembles. 

Alison loves teaching and is working towards a career as an instrumental teacher.