Meet our enthusiastic teachers…
Kathleen Maloney – Director/Singing Teacher
Since the age of six, Kathleen has trained in the Arts completing lessons in classical singing; dancing – jazz, tap and ballet; Speech and Drama and musical instruments – piano, guitar and flute.
She participated in eisteddfods, talent quests and sat AMEB exams. Kathleen was accepted into the Creative Industries Faculty of QUT, Brisbane, Australia and graduated with a Bachelor of Music.
Kathleen currently is co-owner and principle Vocal Coach at Downtown Creative Studios where she provides Private Vocal Training to students of all ages. Her focus is on singing for performance and students strengthen their technique with an aim to perform confidently in front of an audience.
Samantha Perren – Director/Guitar Teacher
From a young age Samantha has embraced and loved learning music. She started with piano at age 7 but when she discovered the guitar at age 12 she formed an unbreakable bond with the instrument.
She continued on to study at Queensland University of Technology where she graduated with a Bachelor of Music. She now performs professionally around Australia as a solo artist and has worked with Grammy winning producer, Mike Howlett. Samantha has now been playing guitar for 9 years and teaching for 4.
Samantha believes that while technical ability is important, it is equally important to teach the student to love and appreciate music and their instrument as a whole.
Elissa Finn – Singing Teacher
Elissa is a contemporary singer with a passion for teaching and performing. Approaching lessons with a nurturing attitude, Elissa encourages students to achieve their personal and professional goals, whilst ensuring they develop an efficient technique to suit their vocal and performance needs. Coaching contemporary styles of singing (Jazz, Pop, Music Theatre) she enjoys working with all ages and levels. Elissa also teaches actors, lawyers and public speakers to improve vocal stamina and performance skills. Elissa prides herself on being thorough and thoughtful in her approach, utilising up-to-date voice science and teaching models.
Elissa has completed a Bachelor of Music (Jazz & Popular) at Central Queensland University and a Master of Music Studies (Vocal Pedagogy) at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. Elissa continues her love for learning through regular professional development, most recently travelling to to Salt Lake City, Utah to study Principles of Voice Production with highly esteemed researcher Ingo Titze. Other areas of study include Accent Method Breathing and Science of the Singing Voice (Australian Voice Association).
Jack Williams – Singing/Guitar Teacher
As a musical artist, I exercise my craft as a composer, performer and producer. My education is a mix of the formal training of both formal vocal coaching and university and the invaluable knowledge gained through extensive performance experience. My studies have enabled me to develop the gift to create, perform, and educate. My experience allows me to passionately and effectively share this gift with others. It is my goal to use my talents, training, experience, and versatility to reach as many people as possible with music.
A part of sharing the music is to educate others about the motivation, inspiration, and technique required to create, record, and perform.
For me, it is more than a desire. It is the need to reach as many people as possible with music, and to release the sensitive and powerful emotions from within.
Yuko Morrimoto – Piano Teacher
I started learning piano since I was 5yrs old. My teacher was 70yrs old and she used to study in Germany. I’ve never skipped lessons, even under the rain or snow, every Thursday I didn’t know where I would go except to my piano teachers house until became teenager! In my early adulthood I joined a rock band and sang with the keyboard late night. We spent 3 hours in the studio twice a week. We copied trendy music and played in the high school festival, YAMAHA concerts, and I got best vocal award at YAMAHA music contest when I was 17yrs old! My mum loved music so much and strongly recommended me to go to University to study Music, where I completed my study in Classical Piano. Graduated Ueno Gakuen Music university as a top student as an accompanist and in the 5th position as a solo pianist and played in front of Japanese Emperor. That is when I first started my piano tuition. I have had the opportunity to play jazz and pop in various piano bars and resort hotels. I have had my own compositions used by contemporary artists in TV commercials, films and exhibitions in Paris. After moving to Australia I met my husband who plays worship music in church. I am now a member of the worship team and am able to play piano all the time. I love teaching my knowledge and passion for music to children. Every time I drive home from the studio after teaching my wonderful students I feel so blessed!
Benjamin Shannon – Drum Teacher
Benjamin Shannon is making a serious indent into the Australian music scene as a percussionist, educator and composer. Hailing from Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast, Ben began lessons under the guidance of Luke Williams (Dead Letter Circus) at age 10.
Throughout his early teenage years Ben began performing in a multitude of styles with local groups; Sunshine Brass and South Brisbane Federal Brass Band were the impetus for Ben’s early musical development and spearheaded his progression. Ben played in various original projects from a young age, varying from indie rock, classical, funk and brass band, all through to heavy metal. Ben has studied with world renowned percussionists Dave Elitch, (The Mars Volta, Justin Timberlake, The 1975) Jeff Friedl, (A Perfect Circle, Puscifer) Tim Firth, Andrew Gander, Simon Barker, John Parker and Paul Hudson just to name a few.
Jonathan Kinmont – Guitar/Piano/Cello Teacher
Jonathan Kinmont is a multi-instrumentalist from Brisbane. Since he was young, he has been exposed to music and has been trained in cello and piano from a very young age and went on to complete numerous AMEB exams.
In high school he discovered bands like Red Hot Chili Peppers and Radiohead, where he discovered his passion for guitar and studied classically for several years.
Jonathan is currently in his final year of studying animation at university, where he hopes to combine his visual art and musical interests. He is interested in atmospheric, progressive music that uses instruments in unconventional, unique ways.