Meet Your Teachers

Alison, Ben, Dave, Grace, James, Keenan, & Bayley

We look forward to teaching you!

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 businesses, 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 graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) Contemporary Music Degree in 2021 with Honours.

He is a highly versatile, contemporary guitarist with over 13 years of performance experience and 8 years experience as part of the local music scene in Perth. He has cultivated a wide range of skills across multiple musical genres including, Blues, Rock, Funk, Fusion, Soul Folk and Modern R&B, which he happily teaches to his students.

Ben has won multiple music awards the latest being 1st prize for Best Original Creative Work in The Royal Overseas League (ROSL) music competition in 2021.

He is a patient, relaxed and friendly teacher with over 6 years experience teaching both children and adults at Alison Glew Guitar School. He has successfully prepared students for auditions who successfully gained entrance to WAAPA and John Curtin College of the Arts.

Ben has taught over 20 students a week at Alison Glew Guitar School for the past 6 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. Lessons are goal orientated and skills are taught one step at a time.
 
Fun Fact: Ben loves a good coffee and will travel miles for his favourite brew. A highlight of his music career was meeting Joe Satriani!

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.

>>LISTEN TO DAVE BAND "MY SHADOW AND I" ON SPOTIFY<<

>>WATCH DAVES BANDS' VIDEO CLIP ON YOUTUBE - JUSTIFY <<

James Lilly

GUITAR & UKULELE SENIOR TEACHER
 
James Lilly is a friendly and relaxed teacher who with over 4 years teaching experience. He has is great with children and adults of all ages and levels.
 
James is a Jazz inspired Rock and Blues guitarist who graduated in 2021 from Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) Contemporary Music Batchelor Degree. He has also completed a Diploma and an Advanced Diploma from in Music Performance at TAFE.

His powerful and expressive guitar playing is inspired by his passion for guitar legends and bands from the late 60s and 70s.

He loves teaching Rock, Blues, Funk, Pop and Jazz and is dedicated to helping students develop great technique, rhythm and aural skills so they can become confident musicians.

James has been regularly performing in Perth for the past 6 years with various original groups, outfits and at events, including Wamfest and Morning Melodies at His Majesty's Theatre. 

James remembers working hard as a child to build his musical skills and is compassionate and understanding when students struggle with timing or techniques. He is the perfect person to break concepts down into bite size pieces and teach practice techniques that get students to their goals.
 
His definition of a great lesson is one where the student is engaged with and immersed in the music. James enjoys involving students in the learning process and adapting lessons to suite the their individual needs.
  
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 vocals, 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 playing guitar for the past 6 years and is one of Alison’s most talented students. She can play a wide range of styles, techniques and genres and happily shares her passion for music with her students..

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

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

She is very good at teaching music 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.

 
 

Bayley Pearl

***ONLINE ONLY***
SENIOR GUITAR & UKULELE TEACHER 
VOCAL COACH
 
Bayley is a singer songwriter who is passionate about sharing her gift of music. Making the trek from East to West in 2021, Bayley joined the WAAPA community to study Contemporary Music (Vocals).
 
Bayley is currently living in Queensland and teaching students online via zoom. She plans to return to Perth in mid 2022 to complete her Bachelor Degree.

Bayley is an accomplished vocalist as well as playing guitar and ukulele from a young age. She brings years of experience of performing, writing, recording, sound engineering and teaching her craft. Never one to be stuck in a particular genre, Bayley has an excellent understanding and appreciation of all music styles.

Bayley’s teaching style is fun, relaxed and focused on telling the story of the song, as well as bringing out the best in her students.

Bayley has written many original songs and is working on her own EP release. She has a string of awards and music accolades including a "Highly Commended" for an original song at the Queensland Music Awards.

Bayley is a working musician and has performed both original and covers tunes at various venues and festivals throughout Australia, including a performance at the 2018 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony in front of a 35,000 strong crowd!

Fun facts: Bayley has a love for country music and has travelled to Nashville to write and record at the infamous Blackbird Studios.

>>LISTEN TO BAYLEY ON SPOTIFY<<

 
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