Meet Your Teachers

Alison - Ben - Dave - James - Keenan - Grace

The passion to share music led us here...

Alison Glew

DIRECTOR, GUITAR & UKULELE SENIOR TEACHER
 
Alison is the founder of Alison Glew Guitar School in Perth Western Australia and is a guitar and ukulele teacher with over 30 years experience specialising in teaching contemporary music.

She runs weekly (sold out) Ukulele Workshops, is the leader of Ukulele Jam an online community of over 500 ukulele musicians from all over the world and is the creator of the popular online courses Ukulele Evolution and Intro To Ukulele and along with her monthly online membership, Ukulele Club.

Alison has helped thousands of students become confident musicians through her school and is well known for simplifying musical concepts so that students learn quickly and easily. 

Her mother, Jan Glew, taught guitar in Perth for 30 years and now many of those students bring their children to have lessons with Alison! 
 
Alison is a mother to two teenage daughters and easily relates to children.
 
She specialises in easily solving student problems in a creative way and making lessons fun, attainable but challenging.  
 
Students often come to lessons with a song in mind that they'd like to learn. Alison can quickly listen to the piece, arrange it and start teaching it to them within minutes. 
 
Alison sings and plays with students so they can hear how guitar accompanies a singer and helps them learn to synchronise with lyrics and other band members.
 
She has a very eclectic taste in music and is happy to teach students what they want to learn. 
 
Alison teaches theory in a practical way so that it is relevant, useful and interesting.
 
Fun facts: Alison loves entrepreneurship, helping  others run their own successful 6 figure business, Sci-Fi movies, her 2 cats and a glass of  wine... and she used to be an aerobatic pilot.

Ben Lazzaro

GUITAR & UKULELE SENIOR TEACHER
 
Ben Lazzaro is a talented, relaxed and friendly teacher who has over 4 years experience teaching both children and adults. 
 
He is currently in his 4th year at WAAPA studying contemporary music, understands theory at a high level and enjoys sharing this with students to make their playing easier.
 
Ben loves rock, blues, jazz, pop and funk music but strongly encourages students to learn music they like to listen to.
 
Ben has taught about 20 students a week at Alison Glew    Guitar School for the past 4 years and has a broad and relevant teaching experience.
 
He enjoys the challenge of adapting his lessons to fit the student learning style and ability level. He believes that great lessons are those where students feel relaxed, encouraged and not afraid to ask questions.
 
He likes to help students by helping them set goals and taking lessons one step at a time.
 
In addition to teaching Ben also plays in professional bands and music outfits that perform in and around Perth.
 
Achieving many music distinctions through High School and University has been a highlight of his music career. However, one of his most memorable music moments was meeting Joe Satriani!
 
Fun Fact: Ben loves a good coffee and will travel miles for his favourite brew.

David Petchell

GUITAR, UKULELE & BASS SENIOR TEACHER

Dave Petchell is a calm and good-humoured teacher with close to 10 years of music teaching experience.

He is currently studying Sound Production at TAFE and has studied music formally completing various AMEB exams in Classical Guitar and Theory. 

He began playing classical guitar when he was 7 years old and one of his first gigs was performing at the opening of the prestigious Mandurah Performing Arts Centre in 1997.

Since then he has performed at Challenge Stadium, SOTA and other Perth music festivals, been nominated for "WAM Song of the Year".

His band "My Shadow and I" was nominated for a second time last year (2019) for the "WAM Song of the Year Award" in the Punk/Hardcore category.

He has released recordings with many different artists and supported bands such as Panic! at the Disco, Eskimo Joe, 28 Days, The Getaway Plan and Strung Out.

Dave plays predominately Punk, Rock, Blues, Classical and Pop music and enjoys producing and recording his own tracks.

He has a relaxed and fun teaching vibe and enjoys encouraging students to choose their own musical direction at a pace they are most comfortable learning at.

He shows his students how to master the key concepts of the instrument regardless of the songs or styles the students wish to learn.

Fun Facts: Dave is currently recording his bands EP at the John Butler Studio in Fairbridge, has longer hair than Alison and is terrible at guessing the movie title which corresponds to a particular song.

James Lilly

GUITAR & UKULELE SENIOR TEACHER
 
James Lilly is a friendly and relaxed teacher who has taught guitar students of various ages and levels.
 
James has completed a Diploma and an Advanced Diploma from in Music Performance at TAFE. He is currently in his 3rd year at WAAPA completing a Bachelor of Contemporary Music.
 
This study has enabled James to combine both technical skills and music theory into a great learning experience for students.

James enjoys involving students in the learning process and adapting lessons to suite the their individual needs.
 
James aims to teach practical music skills that develop  students in various musical styles and genres.
 
His definition of a great lesson is one where the student is engaged with and immersed in the music.
 
James loves Rock, Blues, Funk, Pop and Jazz. However he teaches students the music of their choice.
 
James has played a variety of gigs with original rock bands and cover groups. One highlight was playing at the 2017 WAMFest at “The Court”.
 
His most memorable “groupie” moment was meeting Mark Evans from AC/DC at a grocery store and getting his autograph on a store receipt.
 
Fun Facts: James is known for teaching rhythm with scat singing (improvisation with wordless vocables, nonsense syllables) and turning up to lessons in his Doc-Martins and Deadpool T-Shirt... which all the kids love!
 

Keenan Levis

GUITAR & UKULELE SENIOR TEACHER

Keenan Levis is an easy-going, relaxed but passionate musician and tutor who has experience teaching guitar students of all ages.


He enjoys teaching in all areas and levels of guitar, but is especially interested in working with people who are passionate about gaining entry to school and university music programs. He is dedicated to  helping them fully prepare for the audition process so they can have the best chance at being accepted.

 

Keenan completed his final semester in WAAPA's 4 year Music Bachelor in Contemporary Music at the end of 2019.

He's been a music student since the age of 9 and a proud guitar-nerd since 11 years old!

After switching to electric guitar from piano, the world of contemporary music from rock 'n roll to soul; hip jop; jazz and pop has been a central part of Keenan's life and future career goals, with a few of his favourite artists including John Mayer, Jimi Hendrix, Anderson .Paak and Stevie Wonder.

His passion for all things musical, his experience learning advanced guitar technique and music theory at WAAPA and his desire to help students to work towards their own personal goals on the guitar has allowed Keenan to be a fabulous contemporary music teacher.

Keenan prefers to design unique lessons for individual students, taking into account their musical experience, personalities and interests

Fun Facts: Keenan is a huge AFL (Essendon Bombers) and NBA (Houston Rockets) fan and has been a long time lover of video games. He is always happy to teach students how to play their favourite movie/video game song!

Grace Brady

GUITAR & UKULELE TEACHER
 
Grace has been studying guitar with Alison Glew for the past 5 years’ and easily transferred her skills to ukulele 2 years ago.

She is one of Alison’s most talented students who can play a wide range of styles, techniques and genres. Her understanding of music, rhythm and musicality is inspiring and in 2020 Grace was invited to teach beginner pupils so she could develop her skills further and share her passion for music with young people.

She loves listening to pop, alternative, and indie music and enjoys playing and singing acoustic cover arrangements on guitar.

Grace specialises in teaching beginner students and focuses on ensuring they enjoy their lessons and develop a lifelong love for music.

She is very good at teaching guitar and ukulele fundamentals such as correct playing technique, basic music theory, rhythm and strumming and playing acoustic covers of songs in chords, finger-picking and riffs.

Families and students love her because she get great results, is friendly, relaxed and relates easily to young people.

Grace is calm and patient and loves to instil in students the qualities of hard work, personal best, perseverance and the value of life-long learning.

Fun facts: Grace is an accomplished ballroom dancer and has been awarded numerous ballroom dance awards, including placings at Dance Masters International Association events and Australian Institute of Dance events, as well as awards such as Penny Dennis Dance Most Enthusiastic Student 2017. She received the MMADDD High School Award (Music, Media, Art, Design, Dance, Drama), Graduated year 12 with an ATAR score in the high 80’s and is currently studying a Bachelor of Design in Graphic Design.

 
 
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