Meet the Teachers

  • Craig Rabnott – Drums & Percussion

    Drum Lessons, Teacher, Tuition

    I started drums and percussion in 1996 in primary school under the tutelage of David Bayliss. I continued through high...

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  • Murray Thomas – Guitar & Singing
  • Shayne Browne – Guitar

    Teacher

    With over 35 years in the music industry and over 30 of those as a music teacher, Shayne is the most experienced of the Learn Music teaching team. Shayne holds a degree in Jazz music from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and currently is still performing regular live gigs around South East Queensland with his band the Little Steely Brothers. Shayne's speciality is his ability to connect with his students, engage them with meaningful playing techniques and expand their creative horizons with sound knowledge and a solid musical foundation. If you are seeking a teacher to take you beyond what you thought you were capable of - Shayne's your man!

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  • Angus – Guitar, Bass, Double Bass

    Teacher

    With over ten years teaching experience and a lifetime of musical experience Angus Davidson offers students lessons on guitar, bass guitar and double bass. Angus teaches students of all ages from four year-olds to eighty year-olds, believing that anyone can learn an instrument at any age. His teaching, as well as his playing, covers many styles of music including; classical, rock, blues, jazz, metal, country, Spanish, folk and many more. Angus prides himself on his ability to shape the lessons to a student’s interests and skills whilst creating a fun and motivating learning environment. Angus started his musical journey at age four on the piano and soon after was studying violin and double bass. It was at age twelve that Angus discovered the guitar and bass guitar. During and after schooling Angus studied at the Queensland conservatorium of music with several leading, professional musicians helping to shape his playing and teaching styles. Angus has played with various bands/groups/orchestras throughout his musical career and recently found a love for music recording and engineering.

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  • John – Guitar

    Teacher

    John Boyle, manger of the Thornlands studio, has been playing and teaching guitar and music theory for over 20 years. Classically trained in rural Queensland, John brought his musical skills to the big smoke and has played in numerous bands and duos over the years. While proficient in all playing styles John particularly enjoys rock, blues and classical and is currently playing in local rock duos. With his easy going personality and hands on approach to teaching, John is an excellent teacher able to teach students of any age, from 6 to 66!

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  • Victor – Singing & Piano

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    Born in Shorncliffe, Victor moved to Russell Island at the age of five and had his first singing and piano lessons there. In secondary school he studied with the Brisbane pianist Arthur do Rozario and music theory with Dr Norbert Novotny. After high school he worked as a musician at the old La Boite Theatre and with the Oz People (children's theatre), as well as working with singers and in cabaret. After some years in the Public Service, he returned to study at the Qld Conservatorium and gained a Bachelor of Music in 1998. He has worked at the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts (1999-2006) as accompanist and teacher. He is also a composer of original music performed at the Darwin International Guitar Festival and by the Song Company (Sydney). He moved back to Russell Island in 2010 and looks forward to taking part in future musical activities here in the Redlands. Victor is interested in many different styles of music: Broadway and theatre music, blues, rock, pop, country, funk, opera, classical and contemporary art music. At present he is assembling a programme of blues music for solo piano performance when time permits. He is greatly enjoying the chance to share music-making with his students

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