Meet Our Teachers

Alison, Ben & Dave

The passion to share music led us here...

Alison Glew

Alison Glew is the founder of the school and has been teaching for 30 years. 
She started her music training on piano around the age of 8 and started learning guitar through her mother's guitar school when she was about 10. 
Alison is a laid back and friendly teacher who easily problem solves student issues in a creative way. Her goal is to make lessons fun, attainable but challenging.  She has many tricks and tips to make the process of learning easy.
She is extreamly patient and understands that everyone learns at their own pace. Each student is treated differently to adapt to their learning style.
Alison sings and plays so students can hear what the song sounds like. She has a very eclectic taste in music and is happy to teach you what you want to learn. 
Alison teachs theory as it becomes relevant as most people just want to play a song first! 

Ben Lazzaro

Ben Lazzaro is a very talented, relaxed and friendly teacher who has over 3 years experience teaching both children and adults. 
He is currently in his 3rd year at WAAPA studying contemporary music. This is a massive bonus for students wanting to learn guitar because not only can he play exceptionally well but he also understands theory at a high level which makes explaining guitar easy.
Ben loves rock, blues, jazz, pop and funk music but strongly encourages students to learn music they like to listen to.
Ben has taught many students over the past few years and 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.
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!

David Petchell


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

He has studied music formally at TAFE and sat 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", released recordings with numerous 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.


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