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Alisen McLeod


Alisen McLeod is the founding director of Jirani Singers in Brisbane. As part of this role she directs the Jirani Women’s Choir and various children's classes. Alisen also currently teaches classroom music, choir and musicianship in a Brisbane primary school. She graduated from University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Music in 2003 and has been teaching music, singing and choir for 18 years. 

Alisen's passion for developing individual musical skills and confidence in children led to the creation of Jirani Singers. Alisen began her career in primary schools running musicals, choirs and recorder bands and teaching up to 700 children each week. In August 2014 Alisen participated in the 10th World Symposium of Choral Music in South Korea with the Fusion Vocal Ensemble. Alisen has worked as an adjudicator, guest conductor, workshop presenter, teacher and professional singer.

Alisen believes in a sequential, aural based approach to musicianship and singing training.  She has completed a Kodaly certificate of music and also travelled to Hungary in 2006 to complete training within the Franz Liszt Academy of Music.  There are many opportunities in Australia to continue Kodaly Music training and Alisen continues to upgrade her knowledge to ensure best practice.

From 2007 to 2013, Alisen ran a singing school called Imogen Singing. This organisation was renamed as Jirani Singers in December 2013. Alisen has worked in 7 different catholic, independent and state primary schools as a specialist music teacher. She has sung with over 15 music ensembles and she conducted her first choir at the age of 17.


Jirani means neighbourhood and we have choirs that are open to all children in the local area. The choirs are split into ages and abilities. Each choir is also run partly as a voice lesson for the children. In the lessons we include games, aural training, vocal coaching, solos, different languages and we finish with a sticker.

Founded in December 2013, Jirani Singers is a small organisation and concentrates on giving an individual learning experience to each child. The choirs are kept small and each student is encouraged to sing a solo each week. Our rehearsals are in the St Matthew's Church Hall in Sherwood.

Jirani has 4 children’s singing classes and also a women's choir. Our women rehearse each week and anyone can join, no experience needed.

Jirani Singers was founded with 5 ideals …

Challenging - Each student works at their own pace, there is always something extra to learn.

Encouraging - The choirs are supportive environments where we always use positive language and strive to do our best.

Family - The whole family is involved and invited to watch the rehearsals, the teachers meet the family members and there is clear and frequent communication.

Playful – There is never any pressure on the children to perform or be compared to others. Our lessons have games and stickers each week.

Welcoming - Everyone can come sing with us, no auditions ever.


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