Piano Lessons at Theme & Variations (Brisbane)

There are currently three music teachers teaching part-time at 60 Commercial Road, Newstead.  The experienced and qualified musicians offer expertise to beginners, intermediate and advanced levels. 

Brieley Cutting, Mobile 0422 226 922

Christian Gante, Mobile 0488 874 266

Dr Robert Keane, Mobile 0432 683 605 

Please contact the teacher directly to arrange a suitable time. 

The studio upstairs at Theme & Variations is air-conditioned and has a Boston Grand Piano for teaching and rehearsing. Piano for all styles, voice, theory & musicianship, composition and vocal coaching are offered.

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Brieley Cutting 

Brieley has been described as “a pianist who has at her disposal a myriad of different colours and who knows how to take the time to let the music speak” by Rae de Lisle for The Scoop Independent News, New Zealand.

Having given solo and chamber music performances in London, Europe, and New Zealand, and performances in Australia for Musica Viva, 4MBS radio, ABC radio and television, pianist Brieley Cutting is gaining a reputation as one of Australia’s foremost up and coming young pianists. Brieley has been soloist with orchestras such as The Queensland Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony, and Adelaide Symphony. Brieley’s competition successes include second prize in the international 2010 Kerikeri National Piano Competition in New Zealand and she was a Grand Finalist in the 2006 Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year Award.

Brieley holds postgraduate degrees from the Royal College of Music, London, and the Queensland Conservatorium and she has also studied on full scholarship at the Australian National Academy of Music.

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Piano Lessons with Christian Gante 

Christian Gante has been teaching for over 16 years and caters for young people, mature-age learners, primary, secondary and tertiary students. Christian Gante currently teaches at all these levels and more – people who have never learned a single musical note in their lives; people who previously have learned (and also those who wish to re-learn again; students who need a Critial Teacher to improve their Music Exam/ High School music grades/ Entrance Exams, or even simply their playing and also, their Enjoyment of playing. 

Christian Gante teaches all styles of piano, such as baroque, classical piano, romantic piano, modern piano, even that popular song you heard on the radio. If you wish to do music exams, AMEB Normal, AMEB Piano for Leisure and AMEB CPM (all AMEB methods Christian teaches), Trinity, ABRSM, and any other piano exam syllabus you need to do are no problem to teach and get you through your exam. 

Christian is sure that you will learn a lot with him and learn in the best possible way when you learn from a teacher who excels in teaching.  Give him a call on: 04.888.PIANO (04.888.74266) and book a lesson or two (or a few years) with him.  You can have your lesson here at Theme & Variations or at his studio near the old museum, Fortitude Valley.  Days/Times as mutually convenient for both parties. 

Christian is also an accomplished piano accompanist, who has accompanied at least 2,000 separate performances over last 7 years, in all styles, difficulties and all instruments/voices.  If you need a Piano Accompanist – Christian Gante can help you achieve your best.

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Dr Robert Keane is one of the most versatile musicians in Australia, equally at home in classical and popular music.

Trained academically to the highest level – a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music – he also has a Masters Degree and a PhD from the University of London.

He has worked for many years as a classical and popular Pianist, Teacher, Conductor, Composer, Arranger, Voice Coach, Examiner, Entertainer, Musical Director and Publisher.

His early career ranged from musicals with JC Williamsons, through Rock’n’Roll with Johnny O’Keefe to the Concert platform, and beyond.

He was the first Musical Director of the Queensland Theatre Company, and the inaugural Conductor and Music Director of the Queensland Theatre Orchestra.

As Artist-in-Residence at James Cook University he founded and directed the JCU Music Academy, with over two hundred students learning twelve different instruments and Theory. A former Lecturer in Piano, Voice and Composition at Central Queensland University, he teaches Piano, Voice and Composition in all styles from three studios in Brisbane – at Newstead, Carseldine and Bracken Ridge.  

Dr Robert Keane offers an extensive Voice Coaching service and Voice Coaching for Public SpeakersSinging Lessons for beginners to advanced in all styles: Classical, Opera, Music Theatre, Jazz, Popular. 

Piano Lessons  from Intermediate to Advanced & Diploma Levels in all styles: Classical (all Syllabuses, AMEB, ANZCA, TRINITY, ABRSM) SPECIALIZING IN MODERN PIANO (ANZCA)

Composition Lessons

Dr Robert Keane studied composition with Edmund Rubbra, Benjamin Britten and Einojuhani Rautavaara.

In addition to having a Master’s Degree in composition from the University of London, MMus (Lond.), he has had a life-long experience with all forms of Popular Music and hundreds of his pieces in Popular styles are on Examination Syllabuses. He offers Composition Lessons in all styles.

Teachers’ Workshops

Teachers’ Workshops are available in most areas of South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales, and elsewhere by negotiation.Workshops in Piano Improvisation and Embellishment as required by the ANZCA Syllabus are a specialty. Prices by negotiation upon Enquiry. 

From Jazz to the Peter Sculthorpe Piano Concerto
From Noel Coward to Messiaen

Student of Benjamin Britten and Einojuhani Rautavaara
Music for the Waltzing Matilda Centennial in 1995
The Opera A Celebration of Summer which played in London
A Moon of our Own for Dance North
The Old North Queensland Accent heard on ABC’s Australia All Over
Over 100 works on Examination Syllabi 

Popping the Bubble – a guide to playing Popular Piano
Making It Up– Improvisation DVDs
Aural Writer AMEB Music Craft Syllabus.

Popular and Classical Piano and Voice
Composition /Arranging

Senior Examiner for ANZCA (Australian, New Zealand Cultural Arts) 

Voice Coach
Trained at London Opera Centre
Voice Coach Queensland Theatre Company

John Bell’s Nimrod Theatre Company 
Opera, Popular & Musical Theatre

Music Director
As Conductor and Musical Director, he has a string of musical credits in Australia, UK and USA: My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof, South Pacific, Man of La Mancha, Chicago, A Little Night Music, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, The BBC’s Black & White Minstrel Show and many others, with artistes Geraldine Turner, Judi Connelli, Barry Otto, Geoffrey Rush, Julie Anthony, Graeme Connors, Jill Perryman, Bille Brown, Carol Burns, and Ian “Macca” Macnamara. 

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