About

I am a professional piano teacher and accompanist based in Brisbane. I offer private piano lessons for students of all ages, from beginner to advanced levels.

Learn for exams or learn for fun!

Lessons are conducted from my studio at Enoggera, which features a Yamaha U5 professional upright piano as well as a digital piano. All levels of experience are welcome, whether you are a beginner, undertaking advancing levels, or resuming playing after time away from the instrument.

Encore on Keys

For beginner students, I use the Encore on Keys Piano Series, which is a holistic approach involving whole-pattern learning, a strong rhythmic focus and a variety of contemporary and traditional styles. For more information on this teaching method you can visit www.encoremusiceducation.com.au

Advanced Levels

For more advanced students, repertoire can be chosen in consultation to suit your technique and learning goals. I have a strong focus on developing musicality while maintaining healthy piano technique. If you are currently experiencing physical pain or injury associated with playing come and learn some techniques to help you play with more ease and freedom.

Music Theory

Music theory lessons are available for students interested in expanding their knowledge in this area and for those looking to complete exam requirements. Theory lessons can be taken either in-person or online.

Piano Keys

I provide piano accompaniment for all instrumentalists including strings, wind, brass and voice. If you need an accompanist for your upcoming exam, recital or eisteddfod performance please get in touch for more information and to arrange a rehearsal.

Rates are those recommended by the Queensland Accompanist Guild and vary depending on the grade level. A minimum of two rehearsals is usually required before a performance.

Piano and violin

tuition fees

Tuition fees are structured according to the school term with payment in advance of the term. Casual payment options are available for adults.

Lessons are available in 30, 45 or 60 minute time slots.

Cancellations: If 24 hours notice is given, then a make-up lesson time that is mutually convenient during the term will be arranged. Cancellations with less notice than this will unfortunately forfeit the lesson fee. 

2020 Term Dates

Term 1: Monday 27 January – Saturday 4 April (10 weeks)

Term 2: Monday 20 April – Saturday 27 June (10 weeks)

Term 3: Monday 13 July – Saturday 19 September (10 weeks)

Term 4: Monday 5 October – Saturday 12 December (10 weeks)

To enrol in lessons, or for more information please email

BIO

Joanna’s professional experience includes recital engagements, adjudicating, private piano teaching, and working with the team at Encore Music Education. She holds a Master of Music and Bachelor of Music (Hons) with first class honours from the University of Queensland, and has been privileged to complete her piano performance studies under the guidance of Dr Max Olding AM. Joanna has performed in master classes with distinguished musicians, including Dr Piers Lane and has been awarded Associate and Licentiate Diplomas in Classical Piano Performance from the Australian Music Examinations Board.

Joanna approaches music from an artistic and scientific background, having studied and worked within other fields including medical imaging. She has performed and adjudicated eisteddfods both in Queensland and overseas, and was a featured performer and member of the adjudication panel at the 2018 & 2019 Kota Kinabalu Music and Dance Festival in East Malaysia. She was the featured artist at the Encore Singapore Concerts in 2017 and 2018, and has enjoyed success at local competitions including the Queensland Piano Competition and Australian National Yamaha Piano Competition.

Jo Gibson

MMus, BMus(Hons), BAppSc(Dist), LMusA, AMusA

To enrol in lessons, or for more information please email