The Mad On Music™ Team!!
Below are the people who make up the Mad on Music team. Mad on Musics' success is attributed to quality music teachers and experienced office staff. Mad on Music also have some fantastic people in our extended team who are always around to correct tests, or help at our Mad On Music concerts, or help us examine. Mad on Music are where we are today because of caring and dedicated teachers, and loyal staff who share in the belief of caring and giving your job 100% effort. What a team!!

Ashley Smith - director & teacher
Ashley has been performing and teaching music for the past 20 years. He specialises in bass guitar, guitar, and piano and has completed a Bachelor of Music at Box Hill Institute. He lectures at Box Hill College of Tafe, teaching Electric Bass, and runs classes in Theory, Aural training, & Pop History. Ashley also teaches for Melbourne Conservatorium (developed the Bass Technical syllabus in 2008). He has performed with international and national acts such as: Francais Yip, Rhonda Burchmore, Denise Drysdale, Bjorn Again, Reverend Funk, Baker Boys, Coxy and Jersey Boys. He has also made various television and radio appearances, and works with many original projects. Ashley has an excellent rapport wth young children as well as tertiary aged students and his enthusiastic, zany approach to teaching has enabled many of his students to not only learn and instrument, but to develop a lifetime appreciation for music.

Likes: Playing Musical Equipment that is way out of his price range / Telling not so funny Jokes!!
Dislikes: Early mornings, Administration work and Haircuts.

Lee Inglese Smith - director & teacher
Lee is an accomplished songwriter, pianist, vocalist, accompanist and teacher. Her career as a musician spans over 25 years, covering television appearances, recordings, hotel work and weddings. Her study of instrumental music has included piano, keyboard, voice, saxophone and drums and the completion of a Certificate in Music Performance at Box Hill Tafe. As a teacher, Lee is much sought after. Experienced in both private and classroom tuition, including Tafe college, her natural ability and thorough approach have achieved excellent results. She is currently teaching at Rangeview, St. Gabriels & Weeden Heights Primary Schools. In addition to composition, performance skills and ensemble playing, Lee regularly prepares students for exams in piano and music theory, and is very familiar with the requirements of the AMEB syllabus. Her teaching style attracts both young and old, equipping students of all ages with the skills to embark on a future musical career. Lee is also an accomplished singer and sings all styles but absolutely loves jazz, blues and funk.

Likes: Being Organized, Herbal Teas, Going to Restaurants, Anything Organic.
Dislikes: Student’s who don’t practice, coffee and doctors.


Kirsty Pittman - teacher
Kirsty was born in London but has called Melbourne home for many years after extensively travelling Australia and the world. Since residing in Melbourne she completed a Bachelor of Music at Melbourne Polytechnic and currently studies part time honours in Music Composition at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Kirsty performs as a guitarist across Melbourne in two ensembles; Samassin her original eastern fusion group and La Busca Leona a Tango sextet. Last year Samassin toured Europe and Turkey. Kirsty has also performed professionally as a vocalist and flautist and has played the piano since early childhood. She also plays electric bass and Oud; a middle eastern fretless lute. She likes to see life as an endlessly inspiring, honest and creative journey and music is a huge part of that.

Likes: Writing Music, Summer, Beaches, Reading, Exotic Travel, Sunsets, Hot Springs, Dogs, Camping, Nature, Yoga, Eating with Friends
Dislikes: Cold Weather, Television, Cold Tea, Bad Food, Lack of Imagination, Shopping Centres, Elevators

Lawson Kennard - teacher
Lawson is a studying musician, passionate for the creative arts. He specialises in Bass Guitar but is also skilled on a number of different instruments, as well as having sound theoretical and aural music knowledge. He plays in a multitude of different bands, and plays musicals, weddings and other functions. An experienced instrumental teacher, Lawson joined the Mad On Music team at the start of 2017 after graduating with his degree in Applied Music (Performance) from Box Hill Institute of TAFE. Born and raised in Melbourne, Lawson has been heavily involved in music and his local church community.

Likes: Music, Chocolate, Buying Bass Guitar’s, Performing, Long Drives
Dislikes: Brussels Sprouts, Being Sick, Freezing Cold Weather, Extremely Hot Weather

Margaret Chlebnikowski - teacher
Margaret is a high energy, talented and creative musician, singer and
entertainer with extensive experience in performing and in training others
to confidently perform in front of audiences. She plays guitar, piano, and is a singer and songwriter having written more than 500 original songs. With a wide-ranging career in the music and entertainment industry, Margaret is passionate about helping children to find their musical talents and learn how to play in a way that is fun and entertaining.

Likes: Singing in Parts, Organic Food, Positive Messages
Dislikes: Bullying, Blaming, Sloppy Work

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