Dedicated experts with a proven record of success.


Executive Council

The Executive Councillors meets monthly. We welcome member input to Association processes.



Elissa Higgins

Elissa has studied piano under Max Olding, Joyce Skelton and Mitchell Leigh and has also completed the Queensland Conservatorium's Conducting Summer School with Ralph Hultgren and Peter Morris. She is currently studying flute under Janine Grantham.

Elissa currently teaches piano and flute privately and St John Fisher College. She is frequently invited to tutor flute and clarinet at primary school music camps throughout Brisbane and conducts regularly at the Albany Creek Cluster music camps. She is musical director of the Aspley East State School Marching Band.

Elissa has been a member of Queensland Wind and Brass since 2002 playing bass clarinet. She has also been a featured soloist on piano.

B.Mus (Piano Perf), A.T.Mus.A, L.Mus.A, A.Mus.A


Mark Hooper 

MA (Mus) MA (psych) ARCM, Dip. Dalcroze Eurhythmics, studied piano at the Queensland Conservatorium, Royal College of Music, London and The Banff Centre, Canada.

He taught piano at Oxford University, Piano Pedagogy at Griffith University and Psychotherapy at Middlesex University, London.

Mark has recorded 5 solo CDs.


Sarah Pointing

Sarah Pointing is an enthusiastic teacher with over thirteen years experience and specializing in the classical style. Located in Mitchelton on Brisbane’s northside. She teaches all ages; for fun and for exams.

She has completed Grade 6 Musicianship (Honours) and her Associate Performance Diploma (AMusA) and is working towards the Associate Teachers Diploma (ATMusA) and a Bachelor of Music (BMus) at UQ.


Daniel McFarlane

Daniel has taught students piano, theory and composition since 1997.  He works to create a meaningful and rewarding connection between a student and the music that they play. Great emphasis is placed on providing skills that will stay with the student and benefit them long after formal lessons have ended.

Daniel is also a composer with pieces performed all around the globe.

He conducts workshops on composition and teaching and is an experienced adjudicator.

In a previous life Daniel had a brief moment of sporting glory when he represented Australia in athletics.