|Daniel McFarlane was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1979. After moving to Brisbane, he commenced music lessons at age four. He studied initially under Mark Gibson and later went on to further study at the University of Queensland under Bevan Crabtree. For the last fifteen years Daniel has taught students piano, theory and composition in Brisbane. His first series of compositions, Supersonics, was released in 2008. This was followed by the release of Soundwaves and Soundscapes in 2011. Daniel's compositions are listed on the St Cecilia, ANZCA and Australian College of Music piano syllabi.In addition to his musical activities Daniel has excelled on the sporting field, representing Australia in athletics.
The over-riding goal of Daniel's tuition is 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. Whilst exams and other formal means of grading students are important, Daniel recognises that not all students respond to a purely traditional approach and lessons are tailored to their individual tastes and goals.
Daniel prepares students for exams through the AMEB and St. Cecilia examination boards. Practical piano, theory and teaching exams are offered. Students regularly achieve high marks and Daniel has successfully prepared students for Associate and Licentiate Diploma exams through both examining boards. Preparation for senior Music Extension is also offered.
Each year students participate in an end of year Gala Concert. For the last ten years this has been held at Brisbane Girls Grammar School. Regular concerts are also held at Daniel's studio. Students also compete very successfully in local eisteddfods and competitions including the Brisbane, Ipswich, Redlands and Enoggera Eisteddfods and the Bernstein Competition.