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 the AMEB 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.

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

Live Performance: Hallelujah by Cohen


Cassandra Hansen

Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano, Theory

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 Redlands Eisteddfod, Beenleigh Eisteddfod and MusicFest. Cassandra’s students also received many AMEB Honours and High Distinctions grading awards. She has taught at St Peter's Lutheran College, Sheldon College, Canterbury College, Mary Mackillop College, Chisholm Catholic College and John Paul 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 a 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, Theory, Aural, Jazz

Bachelor of Music (Jazz Performance)

Masters of Music (Composition)

Associate in Music, Australia

Daniel has been teaching in the greater Brisbane area since 2005. Before residing at the prestigious John Paul College, Daniel taught at various schools throughout Queensland including St Paul’s School and St Patrick’s College, as well as music directing for the Griffith University’s Musical Theatre department. 

Daniel's teaching highlights include students successfully auditioning for the Bachelor of Music course at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, Music Directing I love you, you're perfect, now change at the Musical Theatre, Griffith University. His students also receive Honours and High Distinctions in their AMEB exams.

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. He currently teaches at John Paul College (Daisy Hill) and Ambrose Treacy College (Indooroopilly), which allow him to educate the next generation of performers on the wonders of classical and contemporary music.