An accomplished, well travelled writer and reviewer, Michele resides in Brisbane. Witty and highly articulate, her rivetting reviews show life through the eyes of a highly Gifted Adult viewing a world where she has an IQ in the top 1% of that world.
Published April 10th 2012
Realising the potential of the location, a myriad of various, busy enterprises have established themselves in the small side streets radiating from Boundary Street, West End. Veer off Boundary Street at any point and you will see colourful rows of ex homes sporting neat signs promoting the services offered within. These vary from taxation and legal to popular alternative therapies.
One such thriving West End enterprise is Browning St Music Studios located at number 17 Browning Street. Not only is the venue lovely, so is their holistic approach to music tuition by a collective of teachers. Essentially it is 'organic' music classes with no artificial colours or flavours added.
The place seems to grow as you walk inside. Maybe music can expand rooms and move walls. These workers' cottages were built to last and respond amazingly to minor renovations. The studios have revarnished the polished floors and painted the walls a refreshing white. The bathroom and kitchen are modern and there is a small caretaker's flat.
The rooms vary in size and been cleverly converted into music studios with atmosphere and ambience. There is even a grand piano and original fireplaces. The walls aren't sound proof nor are they cardboard. When the sounds of several different instruments resonate simultaneously, it is reminiscent of an orchestra tuning..
Acoustics are fine and no matter which instrument you yearn to learn, they can make it happen with a smile.
I had a partner who was a multi instrumental teacher with a studio in the Browning Street premises and so I used to spend time there. I wanted to enthusiastically decorate his studio using a music theme but he limited my efforts to the cup and tray patterned with sheet music.
One of the intriguing things about this place is the randomness of pieces of original furniture including out the back. The front waiting room is lined with red vinyl art deco chairs. I just had to have one and my then partner did a deal for $50. That's how in my lounge room, between the retro speakers there happens to be a red chair from Browning St Music Studios.
Lessons cost $66 per hour and some instruments are supplied for the lesson. Parking is available out the back. It is competitive and acrobatic but with luck and the right skills, you just may manage to back flip into something.
Parking issues aside, Browning St Music Studios offers expert tuition with a fairy tale touch.