TEACHERS

COURTNEY TEIXEIRA

FOUNDER & DIRECTOR

HEAD VOCAL & PIANO COACH 

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Courtney Teixeira first starting singing and performing by the ripe age of 9, with vocal coach and mentor, Nella Magnente.

Graduating from Wollongong High School Of The Performing Arts, she placed 1st in the state in Music. Courtney was a featured artist in Wollongong’s Win Entertainment, Arena spectacular, ‘Southern Stars’. In 2014, the directors & panel placed her very own rendition of ‘Battle Scars’ in the arena show. Allowing her rendition to be played on the grand piano, and sung just as she had arranged it herself.

 

Within the same year, Courtney won the title of the Australian National Urban Star, in which she met her current music producer and mentor, Niten Divalia. This was a MAS Presents event, created and brought to Sydney Australia by Marco Selorio owner of Record Label, Sovereign Hill Records. Courtney then went on to writing, composing and recording her own original music. She released her Debut Single ‘Try’ which charted 72 on the Australian Pop Charts, with her Music Video reaching hundreds of thousands both nationally and internationally.

 

In 2016 she was Support Act to Cyrus Villanueva in the city of Wollongong’s ‘Run Wollongong’, entertaining a crowd of thousands, in support of Ballarat Health Services and the Children’s Ward. Courtney has been performing and gigging around the Illawarra region for several years, and continues to promote and support live entertainment. She has taken part in Radio promotion on i98 several times, to support live and local artists like herself. She most recently had the honour of performing the National Anthem for the Queens Baton Relay, in the City of Wollongong. Courtney is also a committee member of ANATS, the Australian, National, Association of teachers of singing.

Courtney has also spent her time working within the education system at catholic primary schools. Leading many choirs, but as of recent, a choir of 60 students.

In early February of 2019, Courtney performed in the heart of Sydney Harbour, headlining for Portugal’s singing sensation Miro Freitas, on his Australian Tour, with a band of very talented musicians.

In September of 2019, Courtney was nominated and became a finalist for Business Person Of The Year at the Illawarra South Coast Business Awards. A pivotal moment in her career. 

At the awards, Courtney did honourably accept Grand Tuitions award for winning 'Education Service Of The Year'. 

 

In 2020, she released her follow up single 'Remedy' alongside her highly cinematic music video.

 

Amongst her love and passion for teaching, she believes strongly in finding the artist in every singer and performer, and truly does live and breathe music.

HANNAH GARBO

VOCAL & PIANO

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Hannah Garbo has been a performer for over 2 decades and has been working as a vocal/performance tutor within the Wollongong region for over 8 years. Miss Hannah is currently studying a Bachelor of Music Education with the University of New England. Hannah has been working in the industry since she was 9 years old, in both film and stage. 

 

Hannah has also been a previous committee member with The Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing (ANATS) and is heavily involved in the community theatre circle from anywhere between Sydney and Nowra, having played leading role’s such as Belle in Miranda Musical Society’s production of Beauty and The Beast, Mary Magdalene in 'Jesus Christ Superstar', Rumpleteazer in 'Cats', Mary Lane in 'Reefer Madness’, Sally Brown in ‘You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown’ and Betty Schaefer in ‘Sunset Boulevard’.

 

Miss Hannah was the 2020 recipient for the award of Best Leading Actress in a Musical at the Canberra Amateur Theatre Awards for her role of ‘Glinda’ in Wicked an award she was previously nominated for for her role as Eponine in the Roo Theatre's production of 'Les Misérables'. Hannah has directed, choreographed and produced numerous theatre productions in the ilawarra, most proudly of her production of ’13 The Musical’ Which was staged at the Roo Theatre’. 

 

In addition to her work and collaboration with local theatre companies, Hannah is the founder and director for the production company ‘Crystal Clear Productions’,

The company allows Hannah to combine her passion for creating and the arts and was created to allow aspiring performers to have a platform to showcase themselves and to be given unique and inclusive performance opportunities. Crystal Clear production’s are housed in the Bridge Street Theatre in Coniston.

 

Miss Hannah feels incredibly grateful to call Grand her home and to be able to do what she loves for a living. Miss Hannah is especially passionate in helping students find their sparkle and helping each student develop into genuine, unique and humble performers with a passion for all things music and arts

 

IZAAK WASLEY

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Izaak Wasley is an Australian Institute of Music alumni completing his Bachelor of Music (Contemporary Performance)  through the Sydney Campus. Since then he has been continuing his playing and performing of the guitar in various projects and groups since the completion of his studies (EROS Big Band, Sammy Honeysett, Fetching Pharaoh).

His journey started at the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music where he learnt Classical Guitar from the ripe age of 7, before diving into focussing his study to Contemporary Music and Jazz. While playing in large ensembles through the Conservatorium, this gifted him the opportunity to play alongside specialists such as both the Morrison brothers (John Morrison and James Morrison), and Jazz Guitarist James Muller. Izaak is also a past member of the Southern Stars Orchestra, performing at stadium arena levels, giving him the opportunity to work with professional gear in a professional environment from his teenage years.

 

Prior to his musical studying years, Izaak has always been an all round performer. Learning Ballet from the age of 3 through ‘Beverly Rowles School of Dance’. With the blending and passion for both music and dancing, Izaak has also branched out further into the realm of theatre, performing the role of Sky Masterson in his senior year in Smiths Hill High School’s production of Guys and Dolls. In 2018 Izaak performed in the Illawarra On Pointe Productions of Peter Pan in the role of Captain James Hook.

 

Izaak is a firm believer that every human is born with a creative mind and when presented with the opportunity, music is a phenomenal way to feed that creativity while doing something productive for the mind.

 
 
 

GUITAR

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Jesse Buchanan began her singing journey at age 8, and has taken vocal lessons for over 15 years of her life. She graduated from Barham High School with a band 6 in Music and continued on to complete a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Music) at the University of Wollongong, with distinction, in 2019. Jesse was awarded with the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts 2019 Dean’s Merit List for her outstanding academic performance.

 

In her last semester of study at UOW, she joined the team at Grand Tuition, and is consistently finding moments of teaching that are incredibly rewarding for both herself and her students. Jesse is very familiar with the student mentality from her many years of study, and understands that in order to grow and progress, there has to be a moment (or many!) of difficulty. She takes this mindset into her lessons and guides her students through their own challenges, to help their skills progress throughout the year.

 

Jesse is endeavouring to share her spark and passion for music with all of her students, with the hope that she can inspire and challenge a generation of future musicians in the beautiful Illawarra area she now calls home.

 
 
 

VOCAL & PIANO

JESSE BUCHANAN