Teachers

 Meet our enthusiastic team of teachers

Kathleen Meakin

Director/ Singing Teacher

As well as completing her Bachelor of Music, Kathleen has recently completed her Graduate Certificate of Music Studies majoring in Vocal Pedagogy. Kathleen is always looking forward to new creative opportunities, putting her incredible energy into developing the talents of the students she teaches at Downtown Creative Studios.

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Samantha Perren

Director/ Guitar Teacher

Samantha is a Bachelor of Music Graduate who now performs professionally around Australia as a solo artist whilst writing and recording original music. She is passionate about teaching guitar and 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.

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Yuko Morrimoto

Piano Teacher

Yuko studied classical piano at Ueno Gakuen Music University in Japan. She’s been teaching music throughout her career and loves sharing her knowledge with her students. She feels so blessed to be able to teach her wonderful students every day!

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Gabriella Sabbadin

Singing/Piano Teacher

Gabriella graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. Her love of sharing music drives her passion for teaching. She believes in catering to the student’s creative spirit as well as maintaining the importance of technical ability.

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Conor Roche

Guitar Teacher

Conor has played in numerous gigging bands of various styles including rock, jazz, funk, blues, pop and metal. Having recently completed a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance, Conor is eager to pass on his musical knowledge to fellow keen ears.

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Erin Harrington

Ukulele Teacher

Erin has completed her Bachelor of Popular Music. After working at Ukulele Specialist Store, Erin grew a love of Ukuleles for their simplicity, transportable size, powerful sound and variety. Erin quickly became the expert on all things Ukulele.

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Maggie Barnes

Singing Teacher

Maggie is a young, bubbly singer who is currently studying her Masters of Voice at the conservatorium. She has a strong passion for teaching and love of music and shares this with her students.

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Valentina Ribecco

Singing Teacher

A Pop diva since the age of 5, Valentina’s passion for singing has taken her across the globe and back again. She has a Bachelor Degree in Popular Music from the Queensland Conservatorium and has some powerhouse vocals up her sleeve.

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Brendan Foster

Piano/Drum Teacher

Brendan is now a recent graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, where he received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance, and is looking to further his performance studies in the coming years with a Master’s degree.

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Daniel James

Drum Teacher

Music has been in Daniel’s life quite literally forever, having a father in an active band from birth and always being surrounded by, and having the house filled with great music.

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Irena Lysiuk

Singing Teacher

Irena Lysiuk is a classically trained, versatile singer with over 10 years of performance experience. At the age of 23, this young musician has toured nationally and internationally with Brisbane acts ‘Avaberee’ and ‘Charlie Mayfair’.

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