About Us

Our Teaching Philosophy

The Hansen Grindrod School of Music prides itself on providing students with well-rounded musical education, encompassing a variety of styles and methods. 

We provide a nurturing and comfortable environment for students to reach their full musical potential. Every music lesson is individually tailored to the student's goals and musical endeavours, thus achieving success.

We teach students from beginner up to diploma level. Our resources cover repertoire from Classical, Piano For Leisure, Contemporary, Jazz and Pop.

Our students receive many awards with Honours (A) and High Distinctions with Music Exams and have gained entry into the Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University. 

Our studios are clean, safe and we provide a welcoming environment for our students to learn in. Parents are more than welcome to sit in on their child's music lesson.

Semester Recitals are also offered as a performance opportunity for all of our students.

Live Performance: Hallelujah by Cohen

Cassandra Hansen

Cello Teacher


Bachelor of Music (Advanced Performance)

Associate in Music, Australia


Cassandra holds a wealth of music performance and teaching. Her teaching expertise allows students to strive for their goals with her friendly and supportive teaching approach. She knows the importance of setting the correct technical facility to help make playing effortless and enjoyable. Cassandra's dedication to music education allows her to create a nurturing environment that inspires her students to love music and learning as much as she does.

Her teaching highlights comprise of her students winning eisteddfods at the Gold Coast Eisteddfod, Redlands Eisteddfod, Beenleigh Eisteddfod and MusicFest. Cassandra’s students also received many Honours (A) and High Distinctions (A+) grading awards for their music examinations. She has taught students from Brisbane Grammar School, Anglican Church Grammar School and St Peters Lutheran College.

After graduating from Brisbane State High School, Cassandra received the prestigious Sir Samuel Griffith Academic of Excellence Scholarship to study a Bachelor of Music (Advanced Performance) at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University. She graduated as a Griffith Honours College Scholar (Academic Excellence, Leadership and Community Engagement) and attends Professional Development Conferences at AUSTA (Australian Strings Association), holds membership with Griffith Honours Society and Golden Key International Honour Society.

Cassandra began her musical studies on piano at the tender age of five, then she very quickly expanded her abilities by taking on the violin and cello. This led to forming the highly successful trio with her sisters, The Hansen Trio www.hansentrio.com which was established in 2004 in Brisbane. From the international stages of Germany, Russia and China, Cassandra has performed as a soloist receiving many standing ovations and stunning reviews. She also regularly performs as an electric string trio with Maske Trio www.maskemusic.com as a guest entertainer across luxurious international cruise ships as well as launching new products overseas in Hong Kong, Malaysia, French Polynesia and America.

You'll see Cassandra performing on her beloved handmade violin and cello by Ilja Grawert, and she still regularly performs with her sisters in The Hansen Trio


Daniel Grindrod

Piano Teacher | Piano Accompanist


Masters of Music (Composition)

Bachelor of Music (Jazz Performance)

Associate in Music, Australia (Classical Piano)


As a versatile musician with a background in Classical, Jazz and Musical Theatre, Daniel inspires his students with his friendly and warm teaching manner. As a Music Director and Piano Accompanist, he has worked for Griffith University Queensland Conservatorium. Daniel's speciality is nurturing young students into developing a love for playing the piano. He achieves this by tailoring each lesson to suit their specific goals and repertoire requests. His aim is to make every piano lesson fun and engaging, while also pushing students to reach their full musical potential. 

Daniel's teaching highlights include students successfully auditioning for the Bachelor of Music course at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. His students also receive Honours (A) and High Distinctions (A+) in their music examinations. Daniel has taught students from Somerville House, St Pauls College and Ambrose Treacy College. 

Daniel is also a proficient accompanist capable of accompanying soloists to a very advanced level, including AMEB diploma exams and ABRSM. He has excellent sight reading skills and the ability to accompany in a variety of musical styles.

Daniel holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Piano from Griffith University and a Masters in Composition from QUT, as well as an AMusA diploma in classical piano. Daniel believes his diverse background has given expertise in a variety of musical styles. It is his belief that students should be given a well rounded combination of classical and contemporary repertoire in their lessons.

Daniel currently performs as part of The Hansen Trio with Cassandra, which is held in high regard as Brisbane’s premier wedding ensemble. He considers himself very fortunate that he has a collaborator as knowledgeable and hard working as Cassandra.

Daniel loves to perform on his Nord Electro when out and about and on a Yamaha Grand when in the comfort of his home. 


Melissa Hansen

Violin & Piano Teacher


Bachelor of Music (Performance)
Bachelor of Education (Secondary)


Melissa Hansen is a professional musician and music educator, specialising in Strings and Piano Tuition. Since graduating with a Dual Degree in Music and Education from The University of Queensland, Melissa has taught Instrumental Music in a number of schools around Brisbane, and has nurtured a love and passion for music in the hearts of many students over the years. Her main instruments are violin and piano.

Throughout Melissa's life, she has performed in various orchestras, which include: Brisbane Symphony Orchestra, Tagiev Chamber Orchestra, The University of Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Gothic Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Korean Orchestra, Brisbane Regional Symphony Orchestra (Concert Master). This has led her to travel the world and perform in several countries, Russia, Germany, Finland, China and Hong Kong.

With her two sisters, Melissa performs professionally as a violinist and pianist, The Hansen Trio (est. 2004), at private weddings and corporate events around Australia.