Our Team

Singing

Bethany Bracamonte

Singing | Assistant Director

Emma Price

Woodwind | Piano | SKEPic Improv

Yazmin Cotter

Singing | Piano | Intro to Music

Bethany Bracamonte

Singing | Assistant Director

Emma Price

Woodwind | Piano | SKEPic Improv

If I am to change a students learning experience how will I do this?

Positive reinforcement, confidence-building, inspiration and well-being.Emma Price began her musical journey as an angelic music scholar in a convent school in the heart of the English countryside. Classically trained, but always with a cheeky grin, Emma has enjoyed a unique and hugely varied career as musician and entertainer: from classical concerts to dark smoky cabarets, street performing to improvised musicals, comedy podcasts to playing accordion & singing in a folk band… oh, and dancing the can-can whilst playing the flute! …You name it, she’s probably done it! This lady’s ethos is all about variety, authenticity, and above all...PLAY!

Yazmin Cotter

Singing | Piano | Intro to Music

As a music teacher, I offer a range of skills including excellent interpersonal skills, a great communicator am knowledgeable and experienced in performance and theory.In the last 12 months, I have taught a range of students in both vocal, piano, guitar and introduction to music.My goal as a music tutor is to build and develop on my learning programs, looking at the latest trends in the industryI would first seek feedback from my current students and identify opportunities for improvement based on the feedback provided. Another way I would look to change the learning experience would be to research different learning techniques through colleagues and teaching resources

Piano | Keyboard

Yazmin Cotter

Singing | Piano | Intro to Music

Tia Mcevoy

Piano | Intro to Music

Claudia Privett

Piano | Intro to Music

Dilara Aktas

Piano | Music Technology

Emma Price

Woodwind | Piano | SKEPic Improv

Jed Wilson

Guitar | Piano

Rowan Keyes

Piano

Yazmin Cotter

Singing | Piano | Intro to Music

As a music teacher, I offer a range of skills including excellent interpersonal skills, a great communicator am knowledgeable and experienced in performance and theory.In the last 12 months, I have taught a range of students in both vocal, piano, guitar and introduction to music.My goal as a music tutor is to build and develop on my learning programs, looking at the latest trends in the industryI would first seek feedback from my current students and identify opportunities for improvement based on the feedback provided. Another way I would look to change the learning experience would be to research different learning techniques through colleagues and teaching resources

Tia Mcevoy

Piano | Intro to Music

If I am to change a students learning experience how will I do this?

If I am to change a student learning experience, I would like to see the student gain a positive attitude to learning with lessons leaving them with a sense of accomplishment and eagerness rather than boredom and exhaustion. I will strive to make their experience more enjoyable by finding ways of creating a stimulating lesson through engaging them in an activity that will allow them to learn while having fun. I will do this by understanding each child's needs and goals than creating a plan which includes these elements to extend their music skills by both having aims and objectives for each child.I offer an enthusiastic approach to teaching the basics of music in a highly engaging, exciting manner. My comforting and nurturing qualities allow children to connect with me effortlessly. My exposition is young and friendly enabling me to get down to children's level, making communication clear and easily understood. This provides me with the ability to educate children and consult parents confidently, as a trustworthy and dedicated worker. 
  • 7+ years of singing experience, performing at Wollongong High School functions such as Music Nights, The Illawarra Folk Festival and local gigs. Musical Theatre/Dance performances put on by Thirroul Dance Academy at the IPAC and various eisteddfods.
  • Singing tuition through Thirroul Music Academy, Private tutors, Thirroul Dance Academy, various workshops and music camps.
  • Piano and Music Theory tuition through private tutors, teachers and university students.
  • 5 years of ensemble singing including performances at Wollongong High School, the Sydney Town Hall and Southern Stars.
  • Intermediate level of Piano, Guitar, and previously Trombone.
  • Competent understanding of Music Theory
  • High academic achievements in Music, Drama and Dance.
  • Experience using Musescore, Garageband and other composition/ recording software.
  • Coaching and Mentoring experience with children in a range of settings such as surf club training and sporting events.
  

Claudia Privett

Piano | Intro to Music

My goal is to teach young children the beginnings and focus on the fun of music as well as piano techniques.My passion is to help children to reach their goals by trialling different methods and developing their niche.

Dilara Aktas

Piano | Music Technology

Emma Price

Woodwind | Piano | SKEPic Improv

If I am to change a students learning experience how will I do this?

Positive reinforcement, confidence-building, inspiration and well-being.Emma Price began her musical journey as an angelic music scholar in a convent school in the heart of the English countryside. Classically trained, but always with a cheeky grin, Emma has enjoyed a unique and hugely varied career as musician and entertainer: from classical concerts to dark smoky cabarets, street performing to improvised musicals, comedy podcasts to playing accordion & singing in a folk band… oh, and dancing the can-can whilst playing the flute! …You name it, she’s probably done it! This lady’s ethos is all about variety, authenticity, and above all...PLAY!

Jed Wilson

Guitar | Piano

I have a great passion for music and a desire to share it with others and encourage them on their own musical journey.My goal is to improve my teaching and offer a more in-depth approach to learning the guitar that maintains focus on the student's areas of passion in music. If I am to do so, I will do so gradually to avoid stunting the students progress.

Rowan Keyes

Piano

I have extensive knowledge of a range of AMEB syllabuses including classical, contemporary and Rockschool of which I have completed myself meaning that I have been able to develop more effective ways of teaching not only set-pieces but the aural tests, sight-reading and general knowledge components which are all important in terms of musical development. In addition, I have an in-depth knowledge of advanced music theory that is a crucial aspect of teaching.During my time teaching, I have refined my teaching methods to include a mixture of all of the skills listed above in order to ensure that my students become well-rounded musicians. For high school students, I offer a teaching method that works concurrently with the NESA Curriculum and will prepare students for HSC Music 1/Music 2 and Extension Music courses. This involves work with aural skills to be able to recognise intervals, tonality, cadences and chord progressions and define these under the concepts of music as well as choosing a repertoire that is suitable for HSC Topics.In 2021, I will further my own learning as I complete my theory and diploma exams. This will provide me not only with official qualifications but also further knowledge that I can pass on to my students. I hope to incorporate more of the AMEB Rockschool syllabus into my teaching this year as the practical, aural and theory skills provided in this syllabus are very effective. More importantly, the repertoire is interesting to the students so they will have more motivation to practice and refine their pieces. I found this to be the case as I started to teach this syllabus in late 2020.My goal is to inspire a love of music in my students as well as improve their skills across all areas of their musicianship including theory, aural skills and practice. If these skills are developed from the beginning of a student's tuition, it will benefit them greatly as they progress in their learning.Another goal is also to motivate my students to practice more effectively as this is often a problem - especially for younger students. I do this by selecting repertoire from a wide range of genres that interests students and also using a variety of platforms including Musico, musictheory.net and AMEB workbooks. The range of platforms allows me to select the most effective way for students to learn individually.

Guitar

Scotty Burford

Corey McCrossin

Drums | Guitar | Sound & Lighting

Jason McHugh

Drums | Guitar | Sound & Lighting

Jed Wilson

Guitar | Piano

Scotty Burford

Scotty Burford is a guitarist/singer/multi-instrumentalist

Highly experienced (over 3,500 professional gigs to his name, hundreds of recording sessions across a range of projects), he has worked at all levels of the music industry, both across Australia and the US. Scotty has performed in rock, pop, jazz, blues, country, folk, funk, and classical settings everywhere from backyard weddings to national TV appearances, and from small pub gigs to significant festivals with thousands of people in attendance. And in doing so, he has played with musicians from some of Australia’s biggest bands and shows.A Few HighlightsThere are too many gigs, sessions, and accomplishments to mention here (if they could all be remembered anyway), so let’s pull out a few highlights:
  • Opening for the ‘Greats Of Australian Guitar’ shows at Sydney’s famous music club, The
  • Basement, in 2002.
  • He was the runner-up for ‘Best Original Jazz Composition’ twice, in the national MusicOz songwriting competition.
  • He was the runner-up in the ‘Best Arrangement’ category of the same competition one year.
  • Being a Final Five finalist in the ‘Australian Guitarist of The Year’ Competition in 2007, as part of the Sydney Guitar Festival.
  • Being a finalist in the ‘National Fingerstyle Guitar Championships’ in 2004, held as part of the Frankston International Guitar Festival, in Victoria.
  • Playing in front of an estimated 250,000 people as part of the Country Rocks music celebration held on Australia Day at Circular Quay in 2005.
  • Playing in front of who knows how many people under the Harbour Bridge on NYE in 2016. It is estimated there were 1 million people in the vicinity.
  • In 2019, he played in Kiama as part of the Red Hot Summer tour, featuring Suzie Quatro, Baby Animals, Moving Pictures, Screaming Jets, and The Angels.
 Given the above experiences and recognition, he does. Drum Media, in a review of an early CD of Scotty’s, declared ‘this is one guitarist you must see and hear’. Kirk Lorange, the guitarist for Richard Clapton, said this his approach to blues guitar was as ‘authentic as it gets’. Legendary guitarist Phil Emmanuel personally asked Scotty to open for him, after Phil heard his playing. And Australian jazz great George Golla said that his fingerstyle playing was ‘exquisite’. And he made International news in 2018 with his guitar! Scotty firmly believes in the power of music to change lives for the better. He has volunteered for music therapy programs at St.Vincent and Wollongong Hospitals, performed at Ronald McDonald House, in prisons, homeless shelters, and at his annual Movember events, run in Wollongong.But the most significant thing he has ever done was play the guitar continuously for 125 hours (that’s five days and 5 hours) for the Musicians Making A Difference Charity, who use music, dance, and mentoring, making the lives of kids in need so much better. In doing so, he set a new world record for longest continuous guitar playing, raised thousands of dollars for the charity, and featured in news stories around the world.That was pretty damn cool!In 2020 he had planned to teach the world’s longest guitar lesson to raise money for the Sydney Children’s Hospital. Covid-19 saw those plans put on hold until June 5-6, 2021. Over the course of 25 hours he taught the guitar continuously to 27 different students, beating the previous record of 24 hours and 6 minutes, and more importantly, raising over $4,000 for the Sydney Children’s Hospital. So, what’s his playing like?It’s a real mixture. Iconic guitarists Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Tommy Emmanuel, Joe Satriani, Kenny Burrell, Robben Ford, Larry Carlton, Chet Atkins, and Eric Johnson (amongst many others) have all shaped his approach to the instrument and music.When he performs vocal tunes, Scotty loves the great songwriters from the rock, pop, and folk-blues traditions. His repertoire is heavily influenced by people such as Bob Dylan, Paul Kelly, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Eric Bibb, Midnight Oil, The Beatles, Cat Stevens, Steve Kilbey from The Church, and Bruce Springsteen. And like Dylan and Young, Scotty often mixes acoustic guitar with harmonica.The two aspects of his playing he is most known for are his intricate fingerpicking and improvisational abilities. Scotty’s knowledge of guitar tone also allows him to produce a very polished and multi-faceted sound.It’s not uncommon for people to tell him his playing sounds like a recording, or to accuse him of miming!His sense of humour is well-known, and never far away. Scotty has a quick wit and loves a bit of banter with the audience. Some clubs have been happy for him to talk and tell stories as much as he plays, because they can be quite funny and engaging.At a gig, Scotty wants to connect with others, help them enjoy themselves and whatever company they are in, but also be moved by the music in some way that so it heals them.

Corey McCrossin

Drums | Guitar | Sound & Lighting

I offer a fun, laid back style of teaching allowing the students to engage in the music and peaking their interest without forcing anything or driving them away. I have played the drums for around 10 years, bass and guitar for around 8 years, piano/synth for 6 years and recently have started learning Saxophone and the EWI (Electric Wind Instrument). I have always found myself interested in musical instruments which may stray from the norm.If I am to change a students learning experience how will I do this?One of my goals as a teacher would be to improve my own abilities as it is the profession I would like to see myself in later on down the line. The other would be to see the students learn and grow throughout the years and to watch them enjoy and master their instruments.

Jason McHugh

Drums | Guitar | Sound & Lighting

Jed Wilson

Guitar | Piano

I have a great passion for music and a desire to share it with others and encourage them on their own musical journey.My goal is to improve my teaching and offer a more in-depth approach to learning the guitar that maintains focus on the student's areas of passion in music. If I am to do so, I will do so gradually to avoid stunting the students progress.

Drums | Percussion

Youhan Avraham Dermo

Drums | Percussion

Corey McCrossin

Drums | Guitar | Sound & Lighting

Ethan Ferguson

Drums | Guitar

Jason McHugh

Drums | Guitar | Sound & Lighting

Youhan Avraham Dermo

Drums | Percussion

I was born in 1984, started drumming at the age of 8 and been drumming internationally for 29 years and performed in different bands, a great variety of genres. Thought drumming to multiple students around the world andCurrently, I am a drum line and music composer.Everybody's job in a band is to keep the time, is the drummer's job to make the time interesting. Therefore my aim as a drum teacher is to create able drummers who play to any sort of music and make the time interesting.

Corey McCrossin

Drums | Guitar | Sound & Lighting

I offer a fun, laid back style of teaching allowing the students to engage in the music and peaking their interest without forcing anything or driving them away. I have played the drums for around 10 years, bass and guitar for around 8 years, piano/synth for 6 years and recently have started learning Saxophone and the EWI (Electric Wind Instrument). I have always found myself interested in musical instruments which may stray from the norm.If I am to change a students learning experience how will I do this?One of my goals as a teacher would be to improve my own abilities as it is the profession I would like to see myself in later on down the line. The other would be to see the students learn and grow throughout the years and to watch them enjoy and master their instruments.

Ethan Ferguson

Drums | Guitar

Jason McHugh

Drums | Guitar | Sound & Lighting

Woodwind | Brass

Matthew Bell

Brass | School Bands

Emma Price

Woodwind | Piano | SKEPic Improv

Matthew Bell

Brass | School Bands

Experience in playing and teaching Trombone, Euphonium and Tuba at a high level. Also, experience teaching trumpet at a beginner/intermediate level.I also offer a passion for providing quality music tuition to foster the next generation of musicians.My goal is to develop students to a good level whilst getting them excited about music. Through this process, I also aim to improve my own teaching. By getting them excited about music by showing them recordings/videos of amazing players on their instrument. I also would do this by reacting to where they are at and not pushing them beyond what they are currently capable of.

Emma Price

Woodwind | Piano | SKEPic Improv

If I am to change a students learning experience how will I do this?

Positive reinforcement, confidence-building, inspiration and well-being.Emma Price began her musical journey as an angelic music scholar in a convent school in the heart of the English countryside. Classically trained, but always with a cheeky grin, Emma has enjoyed a unique and hugely varied career as musician and entertainer: from classical concerts to dark smoky cabarets, street performing to improvised musicals, comedy podcasts to playing accordion & singing in a folk band… oh, and dancing the can-can whilst playing the flute! …You name it, she’s probably done it! This lady’s ethos is all about variety, authenticity, and above all...PLAY!

Strings

Matthew Tsalidis

Strings

Matthew Tsalidis

Strings

Hailing from Wollongong, Matthew Tsalidis is a professional freelance violinist, whose performance experience spans solo, orchestral, and chamber music repertoire.Commencing his violin studies at the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music, Matthew was a recipient of the Bessie Foskett Memorial Scholarship, studying with Scott Taggart.Furthering his studies, Matthew completed a Bachelor of Music (Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (University of Sydney), studying with Dr Evgeny Sorkin.Matthew currently plays with the St George Chamber Orchestra (Sydney), performing alongside members of the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, as well as Steel City Strings (Wollongong), the Illawarra's premiere chamber ensemble.He has appeared as guest concertmaster with the Illawarra Choral Society and has also played with the Sutherland Shire Symphony Orchestra.As a soloist, Matthew has appeared with the Beecroft Symphony Orchestra (Sydney) and has both led and directed a performance of Vivaldi's Four Seasons at Wollongong Art Gallery.Matthew collaborates regularly with pianist Emelia Noack-Wilkinson, and together they have presented many recitals in Wollongong (Church On The Mall) and Sydney (Macarthur Music Club).Matthew tutors the string ensemble at Smith's Hill High, and teaches violin both independently and at The Illawarra Grammar School (TIGS).

Intro to Music

Avril Ferguson

Intro to Music

Claudia Privett

Piano | Intro to Music

Tia Mcevoy

Piano | Intro to Music

Yazmin Cotter

Singing | Piano | Intro to Music

Avril Ferguson

Intro to Music

Claudia Privett

Piano | Intro to Music

My goal is to teach young children the beginnings and focus on the fun of music as well as piano techniques.My passion is to help children to reach their goals by trialling different methods and developing their niche.

Tia Mcevoy

Piano | Intro to Music

If I am to change a students learning experience how will I do this?

If I am to change a student learning experience, I would like to see the student gain a positive attitude to learning with lessons leaving them with a sense of accomplishment and eagerness rather than boredom and exhaustion. I will strive to make their experience more enjoyable by finding ways of creating a stimulating lesson through engaging them in an activity that will allow them to learn while having fun. I will do this by understanding each child's needs and goals than creating a plan which includes these elements to extend their music skills by both having aims and objectives for each child.I offer an enthusiastic approach to teaching the basics of music in a highly engaging, exciting manner. My comforting and nurturing qualities allow children to connect with me effortlessly. My exposition is young and friendly enabling me to get down to children's level, making communication clear and easily understood. This provides me with the ability to educate children and consult parents confidently, as a trustworthy and dedicated worker. 
  • 7+ years of singing experience, performing at Wollongong High School functions such as Music Nights, The Illawarra Folk Festival and local gigs. Musical Theatre/Dance performances put on by Thirroul Dance Academy at the IPAC and various eisteddfods.
  • Singing tuition through Thirroul Music Academy, Private tutors, Thirroul Dance Academy, various workshops and music camps.
  • Piano and Music Theory tuition through private tutors, teachers and university students.
  • 5 years of ensemble singing including performances at Wollongong High School, the Sydney Town Hall and Southern Stars.
  • Intermediate level of Piano, Guitar, and previously Trombone.
  • Competent understanding of Music Theory
  • High academic achievements in Music, Drama and Dance.
  • Experience using Musescore, Garageband and other composition/ recording software.
  • Coaching and Mentoring experience with children in a range of settings such as surf club training and sporting events.
  

Yazmin Cotter

Singing | Piano | Intro to Music

As a music teacher, I offer a range of skills including excellent interpersonal skills, a great communicator am knowledgeable and experienced in performance and theory.In the last 12 months, I have taught a range of students in both vocal, piano, guitar and introduction to music.My goal as a music tutor is to build and develop on my learning programs, looking at the latest trends in the industryI would first seek feedback from my current students and identify opportunities for improvement based on the feedback provided. Another way I would look to change the learning experience would be to research different learning techniques through colleagues and teaching resources

Drama | Musical Theatre

Anna Jahjah

Drama

Emma Price

Woodwind | Piano | SKEPic Improv

Wylie Lucas

Drama

Anna Jahjah

Drama

Anna Jahjah studied theatre in Paris where she performed in both classical and contemporary plays. Her directing career began after this, with comedia dell’arte plays and Anglophone theatre. In addition, she worked as a story-teller at the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris, performed in radio plays, and made documentaries about life in Lebanon.Whilst directing, she also worked as a drama teacher at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique and gave drama workshops for children and adults all around Paris. Since her arrival in Australia, she has been eager to share her multicultural experiences, directing non Australian plays with her theatre company Théâtre Excentrique, and running drama workshops for adults and students in English, French and Arabic. She still works overseas as an actor and has recently toured the USA with The Lesson by Ionesco.

Emma Price

Woodwind | Piano | SKEPic Improv

If I am to change a students learning experience how will I do this?

Positive reinforcement, confidence-building, inspiration and well-being.Emma Price began her musical journey as an angelic music scholar in a convent school in the heart of the English countryside. Classically trained, but always with a cheeky grin, Emma has enjoyed a unique and hugely varied career as musician and entertainer: from classical concerts to dark smoky cabarets, street performing to improvised musicals, comedy podcasts to playing accordion & singing in a folk band… oh, and dancing the can-can whilst playing the flute! …You name it, she’s probably done it! This lady’s ethos is all about variety, authenticity, and above all...PLAY!

Wylie Lucas

Drama

Theory & Composition | Music Technology | Sound & Lighting

Corey McCrossin

Drums | Guitar | Sound & Lighting

Dilara Aktas

Piano | Music Technology

Jeremy Boulton

Nicolas Serray

Music Theory & Composition | Guitar

Corey McCrossin

Drums | Guitar | Sound & Lighting

I offer a fun, laid back style of teaching allowing the students to engage in the music and peaking their interest without forcing anything or driving them away. I have played the drums for around 10 years, bass and guitar for around 8 years, piano/synth for 6 years and recently have started learning Saxophone and the EWI (Electric Wind Instrument). I have always found myself interested in musical instruments which may stray from the norm.If I am to change a students learning experience how will I do this?One of my goals as a teacher would be to improve my own abilities as it is the profession I would like to see myself in later on down the line. The other would be to see the students learn and grow throughout the years and to watch them enjoy and master their instruments.

Dilara Aktas

Piano | Music Technology

Jeremy Boulton

A former recipient of the Opera Australia Student Scholarship and graduate of the Talent Development Project, Jeremy has featured as a concert soloist for the Opera Australia Benevolent Fund, Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Early Music Ensemble, Chamber Choir), Argyle Orchestra (Hobart, Australia), Opera Projects Sydney, con voci Chamber Choir (Wollongong, Australia) and Fiori Musicali (Armidale, Australia).Jeremy has also been engaged professionally by the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Gondwana Choirs with The Muffat Collective as Aeneas in Dido & Æneas (Purcell), St. Paul's College in King Arthur ​(Purcell) and by The Co-operative as the Secret Police Agent in The Consul (Menotti) and Death in Savitri (Holst). Additionally, Jeremy has featured in the ensembles of Don Giovanni (Mozart) and I Pagliacci (Leoncavallo) for the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.Winner of both the Margaret Olive Stewart Bequest Scholarship and the PATIM Fund Scholarship, Jeremy studies with Maree Ryan AM. In the 2018 Sydney Eisteddfod, Jeremy was the Runner Up in the Intermediate Vocal Scholarship (Dame Joan Sutherland Memorial Award). Jeremy received joint first prize at the 4th Fresno State Art Song Festival, (California, USA) and was awarded the Demant Dreikurs scholarship upon winning the Lieder Competition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music for 2020. He also received artist assistance from the Sidney Myer Fund & The Myer Foundation's National Assistance Program and an Italian language merit scholarship to L'Università Per Stranieri di Perugia (The University for Foreigners Perugia, Italy) through L'Istituto di Cultura (Italian Cultural Institute, Sydney).Jeremy is currently reading for a Masters of Opera Performance on the John Holt Todd and Florence Todd Scholarship at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, having completed his Bachelor of Music (Performance) in 2020 at the same institution; also on a merit scholarship. Masterclasses include that by Jessica Pratt, Gerald Finley OC, CBE and Dr Graham Johnson OBE.​Jeremy’s other work includes scoring for short films (Absence - Best Film, Martini Awards 2017) and stage productions of The Tempest (Shakespeare, Phoenix Theatre Company), Blood Wedding (Lorca) and Ash Girl (Wertenbaker). He is a Full Member (Arranger) of the Music Arrangers’ Guild of Australia (M.A.G.A.) and an Ambassador for ClassikON. Jeremy is also the Manager of APRA Art Music Award Winning ensemble, Steel City Strings Chamber Orchestra.Orchestral commissions include The Curious Story of the Bushy-Tailed Drop Bear (tone poem for orchestra) for the Illawarra On Pointe Orchestra.

Nicolas Serray

Music Theory & Composition | Guitar

Nicolas started learning guitar at the age of 7 after completing the Children Music Education (ChiME) program at the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music.He completed all of his guitar AMEB exams, receiving an A - Honours for his final 8th Grade exam.Now, he is studying a Bachelor of Music (Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under the tutelage of Russian Guitar virtuoso Vladimir Gorbach.

Admin @ The Academy

Bethany Bracamonte

Singing | Assistant Director

Rowena Gibbons

Administration

Brett Lucas

Director | CEO MBL Creative

Bethany Bracamonte

Singing | Assistant Director

Rowena Gibbons

Administration

Brett Lucas

Director | CEO MBL Creative

CONFIDENCE AND CREATIVITY: MUSICIAN FINDS KEY TO REINVENTING PERFORMING ARTS SCHOOL

Brett Lucas continues to expand The Academy of Music Dance Drama through increased enrolment and growing curriculum

Thirroul, NSW - Brett Lucas, the reinvented founder of The Academy of Music Dance Drama, runs his school with this in mind: “I am on a mission to empower the creative minds and create more creative markets.” Brett has run The Academy of Music Dance Drama since 2018 and has continuously worked to transform it into the South Coast’s leading performing arts school, refusing to let a global pandemic stand in his way. Brett has increased student enrollment despite the standstill that COVID-19 has created for most people. In his three years of owning The Academy of Music Dance Drama, Brett took enrollment from 75 to over 250 students, with most new additions within the past year.Before he took over The Academy of Music Dance Drama, Brett was a performer himself, freelancing with the Melbourne Symphony, State Orchestra of Victoria, Australian Ballet, Australian Opera, and other professional arts organizations. He graduated from Victoria College of Arts with a performance degree and soon after got his teaching degree. Following a few years in the corporate field, he felt he wasn’t getting enough value from the work he was doing so he turned to social work. There he learned all about how he could make a difference for people and he went on to complete his MBA with a focus on social impact.Brett’s background in performing, teaching, and working as a social worker provided him with a wide range of knowledge and tools necessary to run a performing arts school and take it to the next level. Brett works, not just to teach students how to perform, but also to have confidence in their ability and creativity in their product.
“I believe in the difference to encourage and nurture community spirit by having a safe place to grow and create skills and confidence without judgment,” said Brett. “Not everybody will become the best performer but the soft skills and presentation certainly give the student a competitive edge in their school and potential working lives.”
Participation in the arts is proven to help children develop their motor skills, grow their imagination, and improve their academic performance. Brett acknowledges that while not everyone is destined to be a great artist, taking part in the arts can help students to develop a variety of life skills off the stage.
“As the leader of The Academy of Music Dance Drama, Brett brings not only his experience to the mission of enriching our children’s lives through creative expression, he also cares about families and community,” said Danielle Dobson, author, speaker, and parent to three students at The Academy of Music Dance Drama.
Brett is currently completing his Master of Laws at the University of New South Wales, which he hopes to use to add more curriculum to The Academy of Music Dance Drama by including the legal side of the arts in classes.Running The Academy of Music Dance Drama with a focus on confidence and creativity is what helps set Brett’s worldview apart from any other performing arts school. He sets his students up for success in many different aspects of life, helping to prepare them for whatever their future may hold. For more information on Brett Lucas and The Academy of Music Dance Drama, visit the social links below. Media Contact:Olivia Bowyer | brands@deadhb.com | (864) 504-8892 About Brett Lucas:Brett Lucas has been involved in the arts since he was a child, attending Victorian College of the Arts and performing as a freelancer performing with the Melbourne Symphony, State Orchestra of Victoria, Australian Ballet, Australian Opera and many other professional Arts organizations, all before the age of 19. After getting his degree in performance, he went on to complete his teaching degree, where his passion for performing soon developed into inspiring and encouraging the next generation to go after their dreams.In 2009, Brett realized the corporate lifestyle didn’t give him any value and he didn’t feel like he was helping people to the best of his ability. He put his MBA on hold and began working as a social worker, where he was able to develop a better understanding of social change and how he could be a part of that change. Brett went on to complete his MBA but this time with a focus on social impact. With such a broad range of experience, Brett is able to use his skills to create a well-rounded experience for his students.Since taking over The Academy of Music Dance Drama in 2018, Brett has completely reinvented the school. Enrollment has more than tripled, class offerings have expanded, and a large focus has shifted on growing the confidence and creativity of each student. “I am on a mission to empower the creative minds and create more creative markets,” says Brett. “It’s not just the promise of the ‘belting out the ballad’ Celine Dion-style or making it on X-Factor. I want performers to make a difference to their own happiness whatever it may be, through developing their own values and being part of the community.”Now that the success of The Academy of Music Dance Drama has taken off, Brett is in the process of completing his Master of Laws at the University of New South Wales in order to grow the school even more and help the students understand all of the legal aspects of the performing industry. Brett is not only growing his school but also assisting other businesses and individuals in expanding their strategies in the arts. This multifaceted man is always learning, not just from his schooling, but from his students, and is always trying to be the best that he can be. About Dead Horse Branding:Dead Horse Branding (DHB) is a one-stop-shop branding machine that can: design, develop, market, publicize, license, and manage entertainment entities. Custom plans for unique brands such as legendary producer Tony Brown, bright artists EmiSunshine, Baha Men, and various others who have made their mark on pop culture! Visit deadhorsebranding.com for more information. Brett Interviewed by Nick Rheinberger ABC Radio - Wednesday 21st April 2021