Teachers | Mae Collard School of Music


Mae Collard

Mae Collard sitting at a piano smiling

Principal and Voice/Piano Tutor

Mae is the Principal of the Mae Collard School of Music. She is a skilled teacher of voice and piano and the lead vocalist of the Mae Collard Trio. Mae has extensive experience teaching both adults and children in private tuition settings and various schools, including the teaching of VCE Music (classroom and private voice tuition). She has facilitated many choirs throughout her career, as well as taken on the role of Musical Director for a number of productions.

Highly qualified, Mae holds a Bachelor of Music (Contemporary Jazz Voice - Monash University), Bachelor of Performance Arts (Monash University), Postgraduate Diploma of Teaching (Melbourne University), Estill Voice Training Certificate for Levels 1 and 2, has a current registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching and a current Working with Children Check.

Stewart Garrett

Head of Piano, Piano, Guitar, Voice, Drums and Double Bass Tutor

Stewart Garrett is a highly accomplished musician that has worked with theatre groups and school groups as a Music Teacher, Education Support and Production Musical Director. A highlight of Stewart's career was training under Jonathon Welsh at the School of Hard Knocks.

Stewart is an experienced music teacher in education, specifically in Special Education focusing on levels prep to year 12 and early childhood years.

Alice Woodberry

Alice Woodberry portrait - Holding a tambourine

Head of Voice, Voice Teacher and Piano Tutor

Alice is a qualified music, singing and choir teacher, a professional musician and a singer-songwriter.

She performs across many genres including in rock bands, jazz ensembles and contemporary/original music groups, as well as for musical theatre, classical and opera performances.

Alice completed her Bachelor Degree in Contemporary Jazz Voice (Monash University), Postgraduate Diploma of Teaching (Monash University), Estill Voice Training Certificate for Levels 1 and 2, has a current registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching and a current Working with Children Check.

With extensive experience teaching in both private and in various school settings, she is skilled at working with a wide variety of ages and abilities.

Through her teaching, Alice strives to guide her students toward the sense of joy and success that can be achieved through music practice and performance.

Tahlia Makunde

Tahlia Makunde smiling with a microphone

Voice Teacher and Piano Tutor

Tahlia is a graduate of the Australian National University School of Music with a degree in vocal performance majoring in jazz/contemporary and is moving to Melbourne to study her honours year at the Melbourne Conservatory of Music. She has been performing around Canberra and interstate in choirs, bands, and as a soloist since the age of seven. Tahlia has completed her Grade 7 AMEB Classical Piano examination and is an experienced and specialised Piano Tutor and Pianist. 

Tahlia has been teaching voice and piano since the commencement of her degree in 2014 and is passionate about theory games, and enabling her students to reach their full potential as musicians through a thorough understanding of their instrument.

Tegan Joiner

Piano and Voice Tutor, Children's Choir Director

Tegan is completing her final year of a Bachelor of Music Degree at Monash University, specialising in contemporary vocal and performance. An experienced performer and songwriter, Tegan developed a passion for music at a young age and enjoys exploring a diverse range of genres from music theatre and pop/rock to jazz. With a focus on Estill vocal training, vocal health and increasing students musical capabilities, Tegan has the capacity to support individuals through their musical journey and guide them through arising challenges. She strives to provide a fun and positive learning environment and assist students in achieving their desired goals. Tegan is a motivating and skilled teacher able to take her students to the next level by instilling optimal vocal technique, fundamental piano instruction, efficient practice regimes and developing performance confidence. Having a deep love for music and expression, Tegan looks forward to the opportunity to share her skills with new, evolving musicians. 

Chloe Kirkpatrick

Voice and Piano Tutor

Chloe Kirkpatrick is currently completing her final year of her Bachelor of Music Performance degree specialising in Contemporary Voice (Monash University). She has been performing, singing and playing the piano since the age of six. Originally classically trained, completing AMEB singing exams, Chloe now has a passion for a variety of genres and styles including Musical Theatre and Pop/Rock. She absolutely loves performing, songwriting, teaching voice and piano, and all things music, and is dedicated to creating a fun and joyful musical environment for all her students. She is super excited to be apart of The Mae Collard School Of Music and believes music is such an imperative and beneficial tool for human connection and growth. Chloe is also a lover of the teachings of Estill and has completed the Estill Voice Training Certificate for Levels 1 and 2.

Chris Mackenzie

Expert Guitar and Drum Tutor

Chris is the newest addition to the Mae Collard School of Music, and is now available as our expert guitar, bass and drum tutor. Chris is a graduate of the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts where he completed an Advanced Diploma of Contemporary Music. Chris has performed alongside touring acts from The Lumineers, Gang of Youths, The Delta Riggs, Stonefield, British India, Hanson, Newton Faulkner, Elli Schoen, Tash Sultana. He has worked with various award winning producers Joel Quartermaine, Charlie Young, Andy Lawson and
James Newhouse. Chris has a vast knowledge of various styles of music from Country to Jazz and is looking forward to inspiring the next generations of musicians through his teaching.

David Youings

Portrait of teacher David Youings

Voice Tutor, Piano Tutor and Percussion Tutor

David is a music director, pianist, conductor, composer, arranger/orchestrator and vocal coach, and is thrilled to be a part of the Mae Collard School of Music team. After early music training with the National Boys Choir of Australia, he has studied voice (Helen Jackson), Piano (Adrian Portell, Siegfried Franke) and Percussion (Justin Olson, Dave Davis). He has completed ANZCA Modern Singing Exams with First Class Honours, as well as AMEB Piano exams. 

David was recently Musical Director for Top Gun! The Musical (Salty Theatre/Chapel off Chapel) and The World Premiere of Hashed Out: A Kansley and Lidert Song Cycle, and other past creative credits include Music Director for La Vie Broheme (MC Showroom), Altar Boyz (PEP Productions), People Suck (Salty Theatre/Butterfly Club), High School Musical (Fab Nobs Theatre), and Bookends (SLAMS MTC), as well Assistant/Associate Musical Director for Les Misérables (Associate Conductor), Violet and Witches of Eastwick. Highlights as a pit musician/keyboardist include Bring it On (Melbourne Professional Season), Les Misérables, Wicked, Mamma Mia, We Will Rock You, In the Heights, Little Miss Sunshine, and Legally Blonde. He is a pianist with countless experience accompanying auditions, rehearsals, concerts, exams, and cabaret. 

Stephanie John

Portrait image of teacher Stephanie John

Voice Teacher and Piano Tutor

Stephanie studied Music Theatre at APO Arts Academy and is currently part of the A capella group ‘Ginger and Tonic’. Other recent performances include StageArt’s ‘NINE’ and the ‘The Pied Piper’ with the Victorian Opera, where she sang the role of the Piper’s sweet-talking Cat. 

She won the 2017 Guild Award and Lyrebird Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Millie Dillmount in ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’; and the Lyrebird Award for her role as Mary Poppins in the Disney classic ‘Mary Poppins’. Other theatrical roles include Violet Karl in ‘Violet’ and Mary Flynn in ‘Merrily We Roll Along’ directed by Pip Mushin.

She believes there is no greater love than music, and is so lucky to be able to share that with others!

Jessica Foot

Jessica Foot violin and oboe teacher

Violin & Oboe Tutor

Jessica is a friendly, highly skilled and talented violinist, oboist, teacher and composer/arranger. She performs professionally around Australia for orchestras, chamber music projects and recordings. She regularly plays in spaces as diverse as concert halls, jazz venues, music festivals, folk clubs and house concerts. 

In her violin teaching, Jess explores classical, folk, early music, improvisation, and contemporary styles. She really enjoys sharing her passion for music with her students! Jess firmly believes that music is for fun and to get your imagination going, to bring on the feels and stir the emotions. Her lessons are engaging and educational and she is focussed on each student’s individual journey of their learning discovery. She guides students to develop a strong technique and really hone their listening skills. 

Jess teaches in school music programs around Melbourne, has private students, and tutors at music camps and festival workshops. She has a Bachelor of Music Performance from the Victorian College of the Arts, and she was a stipend recipient in the advanced performance program at the Australian National Academy of Music. She has a Master of Music Performance from the Hochschule für Musik, Karlsruhe, Germany, and a Masters in Early Music Performance from the University of Melbourne Conservatorium. She is delighted to join the teaching staff at the Mae Collard School of Music.