JMI Private Lessons

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Get private music lessons through JMI

JMI are offering private music lessons to students of all ages and abilities.  JMI’s Private Lessons are delivered by talented and knowledgeable graduates of our Bachelor program.

JMI’s Private Lessons are offered as 1-hour one-on-one lessons available in either single lesson, 3 x lesson, 5 x lesson or 10 x lesson packages.

These music lesson packages are available for all levels of music students, from whether you are a complete beginner, through to and advanced level musician.

Our teachers are all professional and practicing musicians and educators in various styles and genres of music.  Students are able to select the teacher they would like to get music lessons with from the list below.  Scroll down to read about the teachers available for private music lessons at JMI.

Face-to-face & online lessons now available

JMI’s Private Lessons are now available face-to-face or online.  You can opt for whether you would like your lessons done in-person or online when sending through the registration form.

Lesson times are arranged between yourself and your teacher. There are no restrictions on how frequent your lessons are (weekly, fortnightly etc.) – this is completely up to you and your teacher to decide.  However, the lesson package must be redeemed within a 6-month period or it becomes void.

Lesson cancellations must be made more than 24 hours prior to the arranged lesson time.  Lessons cancelled within 24 hours will not be redeemed.


Lessons cost $88 incl. GST per hour.  You can purchase a range of lesson packages:

1 x Lesson = $88
3 x Lessons = $264
5 x Lessons = $440
10 x Lessons = $880

Full payment is required upfront prior to lessons commencing. There are no refunds available.


To register for JMI Private Lessons, please complete the online registration form.  Once the form is completed, we will contact you within 2 business days to confirm your Private Lessons Package and put you in contact with your teacher.

JMI Private Lesson Teachers


tom kakanis

Tom Kakanis

Tom Kakanis is a Brisbane-based jazz guitarist, songwriter, and guitar teacher.  With a passion for a wide variety of genres, Tom is dedicated to helping his students understand the complexities of the guitar and music theory to improve their ability to improvise, write songs, and express themselves freely. He offers tailored teaching to meet each student’s individual needs and is committed to helping them achieve their musical goals through patient guidance. 

Tom’s teaching style focus’s on exploring theory, the fretboard, harmony, expression, and improvisation techniques, as well as techniques for improving as a songwriter and composer. 

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David Romain

I’ve been playing guitar for 12 years and teaching for 10 years. I started my journey as a self-taught musician playing blues and rock at venues around South East QLD. Upon graduating JMI’s Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance, I began teaching night classes at JMI as well as working in schools through the Australian Academy of Music, B Sharp Music, and the Primary Music Institute.

Learning with me, you can expect to cover everything from fundamentals to advanced concepts of improvisation. We will cover theory and practice with a focus on performance and analytical understanding. I will structure lessons with your goals in mind and tailored to your skill level.

tyler cooney guitar

Tyler Cooney

Since graduating with Honours in 2016 and studying under the renowned Ben Hauptmann, Tyler has been making a living teaching privately from his home, teaching at various music schools and regularly gigging in and around Brisbane. Tyler teaches everything you’d want to know, from beginner to advanced harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic concepts, ear training, chord voicings and accompaniment, building your chops and improving technique, composition, etc. Learn to play your favourite styles from Gypsy jazz and swing right through to more modern styles of playing!


Kimberley Hanson

Kimberley Hanson is a talented jazz & blues vocalist and passionate voice teacher with a life-long love for music. Her approach to teaching caters to the individual––aiming to spark joy, fun and inspiration with every lesson. 

Since studying at the Jazz Music Institute, Kimberley honed her skills for vocal improvisation, drawing influences from some of the greats. She is particularly inspired by vocalists, Nancy Wilson, Blossom Dearie, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Billie Holiday. 

Kimberley also enjoys applying her vocals to a diverse array of genres. A plugged-in member of the local Brisbane scene, you can catch her fronting neo-soul/psych rock project Krunj and doom-ska orchestra Boss Moxi. Kimberley would be an appropriate vocal teacher for you if you wish to enhance your ear for harmony and improvisation as well as improve upon your technical and stylistic approach to singing.

Chelle Janse van Rensburg

Chelle Janse van Rensburg is a passionate songwriter and vocalist with a diverse set of skills to share. From solo performances to playing in large groups and choirs, Chelle has been immersed in music for most of her life. For over more than a decade of experience in live performance, Chelle has been refining strategies for vocal technique within the genres of jazz, RnB, folk, soul and pop.

As a teacher, Chelle prioritizes fostering a curious approach to confident singing. She advocates for the joy of exploration in her lessons, with a focus on imparting theoretical knowledge, enhancing technical practices, and a consciousness of the body and psyche.

Lachlan Alcorn

Lachlan Alcorn is an emerging vocalist on the Brisbane jazz scene. Having recently graduated from the Jazz Music Institute, Lachlan has gained a deep knowledge of all things jazz. Beginning his musical career at an early age enabled him an appreciation for a wide range of genres, from classical to musical theatre and jazz. Having a penchant for jazz, Lachlan finds inspiration in artists such as Mel Tormé, Nat King Cole, Joe Williams, and Jon Hendricks. Lachlan enjoys performing in various groups, from intimate jazz combos to fronting big bands. His smooth, warm vocals and ease of improvisation are enjoyed by all who listen.

In addition to his performance work, Lachlan is currently studying his Master of Music Studies in Vocal Pedagogy at the Griffith Conservatorium, a testament to his passion for the art of singing. He is deeply committed to helping others achieve their goals and refine their vocal abilities, and he channels this passion into his teaching as well as his own performances. Lachlan’s enthusiasm for music is evident in everything he does, from his charismatic stage presence to his dedication to his students. He is a true lover of jazz and is dedicated to sharing his passion for the genre with others, whether on stage or in the classroom. 


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Blake Lonie

I am a 2016 graduate of a Bachelor of Jazz Music at JMI. Beginning on trumpet in primary school, transitioning to guitar and electric bass in high school and a Diploma of Music, then onto double bass at University with the renowned Brendan Clarke as my mentor. I have been playing various styles over the past 10 years, and I regularly perform around Brisbane. I am involved in numerous projects including classic and alternative rock, heavy and progressive metal, American and gypsy jazz, Latin, funk and blues. As such I can cater to any style of learning for students young and old.

With me you can learn everything from your favourite songs and solos, as well as fundamentals such as ear training, improvising, accompaniment, advanced harmonic and rhythmic concepts, and song writing techniques. I believe there is something in music for everyone and having a teacher to explore with is an invaluable experience!

elliott parker

Elliott Parker

Elliott Parker has been refining his skills on the bass for most of his life. Before graduating from JMI in 2018, he was privileged to learn underneath the tutelage of Helen Russell & Brendan Clarke.
With over 7 years of experience playing gigs, Elliott has developed a touch for bass rhythm and tone particularly within the styles of Jazz, Funk, Soul, Rock, Folk and Country. 
Elliott has also had the opportunity to perform with notable musicians such as; Barney Mcall, Jerome Jennings, Vince Gardner, Nick Hempton, Wil Sargisson, Graham Norris, Tyrone Noonan and many more. 
Elliott’s focus during lessons will be dedicated to the student’s overall playability of the instrument. He will also help with development of fine technique, improving the student’s knowledge of music theory and aims to overall have an enjoyable experience with music. 
Connor Perkins

Connor Perkins

Connor Perkins is a bassist and bandleader whose passion for musical expression drives every decision on and off the bandstand. As an in-demand bassist and recent graduate from JMI, Connor has had the opportunity to learn from some of Australia’s greatest bassists, including Andrew Shaw, Ashley Turner and Brendan Clarke, as well as from international masters Rodney Whitaker and Orlando Le Fleming. 

Connor is known for his rhythmic and energetic style, inspired by players such as Sam Anning, Paul Chambers and Ron Carter. Connor’s focus in lessons is in bringing out an innate sense of creativity and curiosity in each student through the study of the masters, as well as through the refinement of technique and comfort with the instrument. Lessons can also cover a variety of musical styles, including Jazz, Classical, Latin and Folk.


Miguel Mendoza

Miguel Mendoza

Miguel Mendoza is a young Brisbane based drummer who has had passion for music his entire life. He started his musical journey on guitar in primary school before turning to percussion and drums just before high school. After realising his love for drumming, Miguel continued to pursue drums by studying at JMI and graduating in 2019.

For the past couple of years Miguel has been gigging and making a name for himself in the Brisbane music scene, working in a range of musical styles such as jazz, funk, metal, soul, punk rock and improv. As a result, he will be able to cater to your musical interests.

Miguel’s teaching style aims to deliver a technical approach to drumming to give students an overall grasp of the instrument. But also formats his lessons to suit his students skills, experience and learning style.

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Mitchell Bellert

(Also available to teach Piano)

Mitchell Bellert is a Brisbane-based career instrumentalist specialising in jazz and contemporary styles. Graduating from Jazz Music Institute in 2015 with a Bachelor Of Music (Jazz Performance, Drum Set), He has been tutoring drum set since 2014, and performing professionally since 2012. Having studied with some of Australia’s finest educators, Mitchell’s approach to teaching covers all grounds of developing both a technical facility, and a personal ‘sound’ on the drum set.

He takes pride in structuring lessons to students’ individual requirements; albeit due to ability, experience, and musical interest. With a keen interest in jazz musics (improvised to traditional), fusion, funk, motown, hip-hop, and rnb, Mitchell pulls apart the building blocks in each style, allowing learning the music in a fluid and natural manner.

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Sam Castan

Sam has gained many of the skills and drive he has for music through his own gigging life. Playing with incredible local and international talents such as Graeme Norris, Nick Hempton, Dale Barlow and Wil Sargisson helped fuel and inspire his passion. Since completing his degree at the Jazz Music Institute, along with a Diploma, Sam has been working as a teacher at Independent Music Academy and Downtown Creative studio where he has discovered a love for sharing knowledge with his students. Sam has had ample experience with students from the age of five through to forty plus and is comfortable tailoring each lesson to suit the individual. As a teacher, his goal is to share with and encourage this passion in his students.


Ben Henshaw

Ben Henshaw has been playing piano since the age of eight and, as is common with many young piano students, his early tuition was primarily focused on a broad range of classical repertoire. He proved to be a diligent student and, at the age of 13, won the “Best Performance Award” at the QLD Piano Festival. 

In his teenage years, Ben started to develop a passion for arranging heavy rock and pop songs for solo piano – much to the delight of his peers. After school, Ben started formally studying classical piano at Central Queensland University and it was here, when his lecturers perhaps wanted him to focus on classical repertoire, that he began to develop his passion for jazz music. He decided to change majors to study jazz and also started to perform with small and large ensembles playing both jazz and other styles of contemporary repertoire. His professional performance experience has included private and corporate events and multiple short-term residencies on Hamilton Island.  

Ben began teaching in 2007 and, though is highly competent at teaching technique, style, theory, and repertoire across a wide range of genres and contexts, he discovered that he has an innate talent for developing the musical imagination of his students. He prides himself on being able to tailor lesson plans that meet the diverse goals and skill levels of all individuals that enter his teaching room. His students have gone on to complete high-level exams, obtain entry into tertiary education, and begin successful careers in performance, composition, and teaching.

Jordan Stitt

Jordan Stitt is a Brisbane based pianist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Television (minoring in music production) from QUT (2018) and in Jazz Performance from JMI (2022). Stitt began performing in 2017 as a live accompanist for improvised theatre companies around Brisbane and since then has had the opportunity perform with various musicians and groups within the jazz idiom such as Dan Quigley, Charlotte Mclean and Travis Jenkins, as well as work in a range of other styles including neo-soul, pop, Latin and cabaret. In addition to performance Stitt also has extensive experience composing soundtracks for short films, videogames and other media.  

As a tutor, Stitt works with students to cultivate a relaxed and personalised learning environment that inspires and equips them with the tools to enable a greater depth of musical expression. Stitt aims to deliver a holistic approach to jazz piano, integrating a range of key musical concepts like ear training, music theory, rhythm, improvisation and practice strategies. Ultimately Stitt hopes to instil in students the same love and passion for jazz that has driven his own musical journey.

Lee Brackenborough

(Also available to teach saxophone)

I’m a multi-instrumentalist with over a decade of experience and have been active in the Brisbane music scene since graduating a Bachelor of Music (JMI) in 2012.

I’ve been performing, writing and recording music for about 15 years. Some of the bands I’ve worked with include: Big Dead, Moreton, Captain Dreamboat, HRBRT and Cowbird and I’ve performed at venues from intimate cafes to The Sydney Opera house.

I’m experienced at playing in a variety of styles and line-ups, teaching piano, saxophone and theory privately to people of all ages and ability since 2010. I tailor my lessons to each student with an underlying focus on rhythm, harmony and improvisation as I feel these concepts are essential to a musician’s freedom on their instrument and can be applied to all styles of music.


Lachlan Alexander

Lachlan Alexander

Lachlan Alexander began playing the saxophone 12 years ago although didn’t get mesmerised by the art of jazz until 2015. During his studies at JMI, Lachlan has acquired a love for both traditional and bebop styles while studying the masters such as Charlie Parker, Johnny Griffin & Sonny Stitt. Lachlan also takes influence in his clarinet playing from the likes of Buddy DeFranco, Artie Shaw, Sidney Bechet & Giacomo Smith.

Currently, Lachlan is completing his Masters in Performance at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University whilst integrating his learning in practice by contributing as an emerging talent within the Brisbane Jazz scene.

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Alex Price

Originally from the UK Alexander Price started out playing saxophone in community concert bands and jazz orchestras. In 2016 Alexander graduated from JMI (Jazz Music Institute), since then he has been working on his craft, performing in various ensembles and teaching around Brisbane. Influences include the sounds of Stanley Turrentine, Dexter Gordon and Hank Mobley


dan quigley

Dan Quigley

Dan Quigley’s early childhood was enriched by the presence of jazz legends Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Joe Henderson, John Scofield, Randy Brecker and many more. His father Greg Quigley also plays the trumpet and toured these jazz greats to Australia for concerts and workshops while Dan was still an infant.

Dan’s trumpet playing displays a rich heritage of the jazz tradition. He has been a professional trumpet player since he was 17 and since has performed with some of Australia’s biggest names including James Morrison, Dale Barlow, Tina Arena, Anthony Warlow, amongst many more.

It wasn’t until his early 20′s did the impact of early exposure and connection to jazz legends spark the passion to pursue a career as a jazz musician, educator and advocate.

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Sharon Nobs

Sharon Nobs is a trumpet player born and raised in Sydney who discovered her love for music at a young age. She started her journey at 6 years old and was introduced to jazz when she was 10 through school big band. After graduating high school she immediately moved to Brisbane to study at the Jazz Music Institute where she grew her skills in performance and learnt a deeper and richer understanding of jazz and music as a whole.

Throughout her journey during and post graduation she has found joy in teaching students with the goal of helping other people find their passion in music. She understands that not everyone is the same and adjusts lessons to best suit the style and level of her students by making the lessons fun and achievable but still with a challenge and gradual progression.


Patrick Atkinson

Patrick Atkinson

A recent graduate from Brisbane’s Jazz Music Institute, Patrick Atkinson is a tenor and bass trombonist emerging in Brisbane’s music scene. With his roots in big band music, Patrick has had the opportunity to perform a wide range of musical styles with high caliber groups such as John Morrison’s Swing City Big Band and the Australian National Youth Jazz Orchestra. 

Patrick is passionate about all things brass, playing regularly with a community brass band and being a competent tuba, euphonium, baritone and sousaphone player. Patrick is confident in teaching music through a mix of notated and aural methods to suit a student’s needs and interests.