LEANNE - SCHOOL DIRECTOR
Leanne has been coordinating the Buzz Music School since it commenced operation in 2016, and has been teaching voice since 2004. She has completed a Bachelor of Music majoring in Contemporary Voice. She has been performing in various rock/pop bands for the past 15 years.
Leanne teaches voice and guitar, as well as some of the social groups we offer at the Buzz Music School.
When not organising your lessons, Leanne is the front woman for Whiskey - a 3 piece original rock act.
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ANDY - GUITAR
Andy Mack is a Guitar Teacher, Photographer, Photo Editor, Wedding DJ and MC, and Sound Engineer who originally hails from Melbourne.
Andy has a Diploma of Music, a Diploma of Sound Engineering, and a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Media Design).
Helping beginners to advanced guitarists with acoustic and electric repertoire, Andy has earned a reputation as one of Cairns' premier guitar teachers over the past 14 years. He has also published 'The GuitarGenius.com Reference Book - the world's finest book of chords, scales and arpeggios for guitar', which still sells copies across the world.
Andy's teaching style is relaxed and flexible. He is more than willing to help you with whatever you want to learn!
NAOKI - DRUMS
Naoki was born in a suburb of Tokyo (Matsudo,Chiba) and moved to sunny Cairns 11 years ago. He has been playing drums for over 25 years and in that time he has played styles including Jazz, R&B, Latin, Rock, Metal, Reggae and Electronica.Besides playing for many local Cairns and Japanese bands, he also enjoys teaching drumming and being a session drummer.
Some of his favourite bands include Frank Zappa, Chick Corea, Sting/Police, Santana, and Tool.Naoki offers lessons from beginner level to advanced master class. If you are looking to either start from basic rudiments; advance your timekeeping; improve your 4-way coordination, perfect your double bass drumming, learn odd time signatures or refine your solo drumming, Naoki is your man!
ELOISE - VIOLIN
Eloise has been playing violin since she was seven years. Since 2016 Eloise has been teaching music theory and violin in various styles including:
Classical, Tango and Pop music. Eloise completed her Grade 8 AMEB violin studies in 2019. Eloise plays violin in Cairns High School’s award winning symphony orchestra and chamber strings ensemble.
With a deep passion for teaching music, Eloise can assist beginner to intermediate violin students in developing their technique, music theory, and performance skills in many styles of music. She teaches in a happy and relaxed learning environment that is catered to all student’s needs and abilities.
AMANDA - PIANO
Amanda has been teaching piano and music theory for over 10 years and joins the Buzz Music school in 2019 with an amazing recommendation and accolades including her Grade 8 Piano certificate (merit) from The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) examination (2010); an Advanced Professional Diploma in Music Performance (piano) (2015); and a Professional Diploma in Music History and Theory (2013) from The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
She has participated in various performances of previous piano schools in Hong Kong and looks forward to performing in Cairns during this year. She enjoys teaching students of all different personalities and nationalities and especially enjoys discovering her student’s individual strengths to design a lesson plan specifically for them. Amanda can speak English, Mandarin and Cantonese.
SANDY - VOICE
Sandy’s Marland’s first public performance was made in Sydney Australia at the age of nine years. By the age of 18, Sandy was gigging regularly whilst she completed a Diploma in Dramatic Arts from Sydney Acting School. Her gig highlights include the Cairns International Jazz Festival, Jazz under the Stars, support gigs for the Australian legends INXS.
Sandy has also worked in Duo and Cabaret acts in Jakarta, Japan, Middle East and London where she performed with the Mike Smith Orchestra. Sandy has a deep passion for helping people discover their voice. Sandy also works as a coach and councillor where she implements vocal workshops in therapeutic settings, and is an accredited drumbeat facilitator.
KYLE - GUITAR, BASS & TRUMPET
Kyle Rohan is a guitar and bass teacher who has a Certificate III and IV in music and is currently studying a Bachelor of Music (Musical Studies Major) at CQU. He began playing clarinet and trumpet at the age of 9 before picking up the guitar and bass in his late teens.
Kyle has been performing live in local alternative outfits for the past 6 years, adopting the bass for bands such as Salacious (Progressive Metal), Odius (Thrash Metal) and guitar in his current band; Forest (Progressive Rock/Alternative).
Kyle can assist both beginner and intermediate guitarists and bassists in developing their songwriting, theoretical knowledge and performance skills in a variety of styles within a relaxed learning environment, with lessons catered to each individual student.