Who is Mark?

Mark has been a professional musician and guitar, saxophone, and bass teacher since 1980 and has taught at many music schools in Sydney, Melbourne, Newcastle, Gold Coast, and Brisbane at that time.

In 1996 he founded the Holland Park Guitar Studio and soon after took on extra teachers due to increasing demand. He also saw the need for a more concise and professional core teaching syllabus and authored two books, Contemporary Guitar Essentials, and Bass Guitar Essentials. As the school grew he took on more teachers to include piano, drums, vocals, and ukulele, changing the business name to Mark Joe Hope Music School.

In 2016 he moved into a beautiful 1950’s Art Deco Queenslander in the heart of Greenslopes where we have many spacious teaching studios as well as a welcoming waiting room and large outdoor garden and area for our students and families to enjoy. As well as individual teaching both online and face to face, Mark has also developed a comprehensive contemporary band program, currently comprised of 11 student bands of all ages and a Classical Guitar Quintet.

Live performance has always been an essential ingredient for Mark and our bands and students perform regularly at our music festival days during the year as well as playing at community events.

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Our Teachers

All of the teachers at Mark Joe Hopehave been handpicked for their amazing musical knowledge, their passion for teaching and their ability to make each lessons a fun and engaging experience. Know What skill level you're at or what music genres interest you, we have a teacher that will get you to the level that you want to be.

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Jess Spina

Jess found her passion for music at a very young age and has become an active member of the Brisbane music scene. Her experience as a performer ranges from regular local gigs to International festivals. Jess has a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Voice from the Queensland Conservatorium and she is now further developing her teaching skills through a Masters of Vocal Pedagogy. Although jazz is her specialty, she loves singing and teaching everything from pop to rock, RnB to musical theatre. Her lessons are centred around the philosophy that singing is a fun and expressive outlet, while maintaining a focus on healthy vocal technique. She strives to highlight her students’ strengths and get them excited about improving on the journey towards mastery of their craft.

Jared Berriman

Jared Berriman is an experienced guitarist and has a passion for all things guitar. He has completed a bachelor of contemporary performance at JMC Academy and is well-versed in many styles including rock, metal, funk, Celtic, folk, electronic, classical and jazz. Jared currently performs in several bands including Prog Metal act Evacuation Plan, Celtic folk group Isle of Skye, pub duo The Red Men and also pursing his solo career. As well as guitar,Jared is an experienced vocalist, banjo player, bassist and has an extreme focus on musical composition and production. Jared’s teaching style is welcoming and casual, focusing on finding the most efficient and fun way for any student to get comfortable on the instrument.

Kimberley Hanson

Kimberley Hanson is a jazz, blues and soul vocalist completing her final years of study at the Jazz Music Institute. She has a Bachelor or Creative Industries from QUT and currently studying Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance completing at the end of 2020. Kimberley is passionate about sharing, teaching and inspiring others when it comes to music performance as well as music theory and technique. Kimberley teaches beginner-advanced vocal, as well as beginner-intermediate piano.

Lachlan Doedens

Lachlan Doedens completed his studies at the Jazz Music Institute in 2018, graduating with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance. A dedicated piano teacher, he strives to teach his students to a wide range of musical styles ranging from Classical and Jazz to Rock and Pop. He engenders a good dynamic in the classroom that fosters learning. Lachlan has performed at many local venues in Brisbane from Jazz clubs to upmarket restaurants. He always gets results with all students ensuring he meets and surpasses their musical aspirations.

Chris Evans

Chris having grown up in a musical family with a music teacher as a mother, has been exposed to all different kinds of music throughout his life, including having tap danced from the ages of 6-19 which all helped make sense for him to pursue a career in music and the drums. Chris has studied at AIM, Sydney (Australian Institute of Music) in 2016 for three trimesters and completed his bachelor of Music at JMI (Jazz music Institute) in 2019, having learnt from some of the best working musicians in Brisbane and Australia. Chris creates individual curriculum suited to each student and their specific needs, with a large depth of knowledge on drumming resources available on the market.

Lee Brackenborough

Lee Brackenborough is Saxophone, Piano and Bass player with over a decade of experience and has been active in the Brisbane music scene since graduating a Bachelor of music at JMI in 2012. Lee has been performing, writing and recording music for 15 years in a variety of styles. Some of the bands he's worked with include: Big Dead, Moreton,Captain Dreamboat, HRBRT and Cowbird playing at venues from intimate cafes to The Sydney Opera House. Lee’s lessons are tailored to each student with an underlying focus on rhythm, harmony and improvisation as these concepts are essential to a musician’s freedom on their instrument and can be applied to all styles of music.

Mitch Bellert

Mitch Bellert has been performing professionally for 10 years and teaching drums since 2014. Specialising in Jazz, Mitch has a strong rudimentary background, paired with a flair for improvisation. His teaching style mirrors this, with a focus on both building a strong fundamental base in order to play and improvise in any genre. He has a Bachelor of Music majoring in Jazz Performance from Jazz Music Institute (Bowen Hills), graduating in 2015. Since then he has been working regularly as a part of ‘The Wil Sargisson Trio’, along with many other solo projects and tribute shows. Having worked in education with all ages, Mitch is able to get the best out of any student, with the goal of them becoming a great ‘musician’, instead of just a great ‘drummer’.

Wilsen Conn

Wilsen Conn is a guitarist, composer and educator within Brisbane's bustling experimental music community and is a Bachelor of Music candidate at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. Wilsen has participated in a variety of the institution’s ensembles since commencement and is currently enjoying his second year in Con Artists, led by internationally renowned jazz pianist and senior lecturer Stephen Newcomb. Alongside performances with his own trio and quartet, he continues to be a dedicated sideman in various active Brisbane projects, including the Brisbane Conduction Orchestra, Flying Nimbus and Accomplice Collective. Wilsen enjoys teaching guitar and bass and ensures his students develop good technique and knowledge of music theory while having fun playing the songs that they enjoy most.

Kieran Stevenson

Kieran Stevenson is a singer, songwriter, teacher, and performer. Graduating from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music (jazz voice, 2015) and Graduate Certificate (contemporary voice performance, 2016), Kieran has been writing, recording, performing and teaching voice and beginner piano throughout Brisbane for a number of years. With a focus in contemporary vocal styles, Kieran works in teaching beginner-advanced students with a wholehearted approach to learning and singing; inclusive of technique, vocal health, repertoire and authentic stylistic expression, to give students the foundations to explore their aspirations artistically and vocally.

Will Murphy

Will Murphy is a Brisbane guitarist who has spent the last 4 years honing his craft through constant gigging, touring, teaching and playing at festivals such as Woodford Folk Festival. Will started his guitar journey under Mark in 2011 and has since attended the Queensland Conservatorium studying a Bachelor of Music in Jazz. Will teaches a wide vary of genres however he excels in Contemporary, Blues and Rock. Will brings a positive learning environment to the classroom and always encourages his students to strive for improvement while enjoying playing their favourite pieces.

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