Fun, friendly, expert tuition… at the Queensland Conservatorium!

I am now part of the amazing team at Queensland Conservatorium's ‘Open Conservatorium’.

Lessons and ensembles run on Saturdays throughout school terms.

YOUNG BEGINNER – a group guitar class for children aged 5-7. It’s an introduction to group playing and a chance for kids to enjoy playing guitar in a group with fun ensemble games and easy pieces. This class is for absolute beginners. Saturdays 9:00-9:45am.

GUITAR ENSEMBLE – the guitar ensemble offers an opportunity for guitarists to develop musicianship and ensemble skills. Our musicians, who range in age from teenagers to retirees, learn challenging and exciting repertoire, with a focus on playing together with style and enthusiasm. The ensemble enjoys regular workshops from visiting artists (such as Chrystian Dozza and Karin Schaupp), and has the chance to perform at Open Conservatorium events, as well as in concerts with the Riverside Guitar Ensemble.

  • Open Con Ensemble is suitable for players of any age (AMEB grade 3-6+). Saturdays 12:30-1:30pm.

GUITAR LESSONS – individual classical guitar lessons at ‘The Con’. These lessons are open to players of all abilities. I work closely with Brisbane’s very own guitar super star, Karin Schaupp. Secondary students might see this as a natural stepping-stone to a tertiary music degree in classical guitar at the Queensland Conservatorium. Saturdays by appointment.

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Learning through Open Conservatorium has many advantages, from regular performance opportunities at 'The Con' and Lady Cilento hospital, plus scope for collaboration with other musicians, to learning in world class facilities and much more. All lessons take place at the Queensland Conservatorium, South Bank. Lessons and ensembles run on Saturdays throughout school terms.

My students will learn to:

·         play beautifully, rhythmically and energetically.

·         learn engaging music with refined technique.

·         read music and understand theory.

·         discover chords, strumming patterns and percussive effects.

·         enjoy playing solo, and with me.

·         develop confidence.

I have been teaching classical guitar for the over 15 years. I have taught one-on-one lessons, group classes, ensembles and workshops and performed music education concerts across the world. I have taught children to read music before they could read words, taken students successfully through AMEB graded exams (including Diploma examinations), guided students into music courses at universities and helped children and adults alike realise their creative potential.

'Professional Member' of the Music Teacher's Association of Queensland. Queensland Blue Card holder.

What you get is expert instruction from a seasoned professional.

"Duncan is passionate about teaching classical guitar. He is an extraordinary music educator and a wonderful human being."

"Excellent! Duncan is a passionate, joyful and very experienced guitar teacher. My son Oliver and I always look forward to Wednesday lessons. We enjoy every lesson. I am thrilled with my son's progress. I can only speak very highly of Duncan."