Learne Faint, teacher, pianist and composer has had a richly varied background in music, from Scottish folk songs at her Grandmother’s knee to songs and stories from her Cornish Grandfather. Raised on a farm in the black soil plains of Brigalow, Queensland, she took her first piano lessons at age 4, later undertaking her AMEB grounding and enhancing this by association with other musicians whose fields included voice, jazz, recording, ethnomusicology, and music education pedagogy.
A victim of childhood rheumatic fever, Learne listened intently to music from ABC Classical radio during her confinement and long recuperation developing a love of the grandeur of Grieg, Chopin, and Rachmaninoff as well as programmatic music that fuelled her vivid imagination with melodies, stories and poetic images.
In 2003 she wrote and produced Turn to the Light, twenty-one tracks for a CD to raise funds for Youth Suicide Prevention. This provided many packages of ‘Help When You Need It,’ by leading child psychologist, Michael Carr Gregg, and was placed in schools around Australia.
In 2007 she was commissioned to add vocals to Celtic Whispers, a double CD of original music and Celtic favourites, also writing the only original lyrics to the Braveheart theme. In the same year she performed the National Anthems and her own Australiana Medley at the opening ceremonies of the Gold Coast Oceanic and World Roller Skating Championships.
In the Gold Coast Music Teachers’ Association Composition Competition 2008 she won the Open section with her composition for voice and piano entitled, Like Horses, and in 2014 she won ‘The Australian Music Centre Award for Vocal Work’ with Cross Rivers. In 2013 Learne presented and performed her original work Notes in Colours, Pictures in Sounds for the Australian Colour Society, Gold Coast Branch.
Many of her works are performed in Eisteddfods and AMEB examinations. Her current project is a series of advanced level pieces entitled Australian Soundscapes. Although she says her students teach her almost as much as she teaches them, many of her early compositions were based on fun solutions to their pianistic and technical needs.
As well as composing and undertaking her own innovative style of teaching at her studio, Hands On Piano, Learne is also a keen sportswoman. She currently rows with her husband from Club to National level, and has competed in the 2009 World Masters Rowing Championship.