Dr Brieley Cutting is a piano teacher with 20 years of experience. She has considerable familiarity teaching beginners and has guided teenaged students to achieve the Australian Music Examination Board's 'Associate in Music' diploma (AMusA). Brieley's students have regularly received distinctions and high distinctions in performance exams, they have been recipients of scholarships, and they have enjoyed success in competitions and eisteddfods, including at the Sydney Eisteddfod. Brieley teaches Bachelor of Music and Masters level students at the Australian Institute of Music and UNSW; has given masterclasses in areas such as the Gold Coast, regional NSW, and at the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney; and she has been an adjudicator of performance competitions, such as at the Queensland Conservatorium and for Piano Sections in the 2021 Sydney Eisteddfod.
Dr Brieley Cutting's Piano Studio is in the suburb of Forest Lodge (Sydney City and Inner West). Lessons are held on a Yamaha C2 Grand Piano. Piano lessons are usually organised to work alongside the four school terms, invoiced at 9 lessons per term. Several student concerts are organised each year for Brieley's students, and regular email updates are sent to students/parents/guardians. Brieley is also set up to comfortably teach online via Zoom.
Brieley welcomes students to her studio who have a genuine interest in learning. In lessons, Brieley works to encourage her students to be the best they can be in consideration of their talents and lifestyles, and excellence is promoted. Learning to play and perform at the piano is taught drawing on the traditions stemming from the European musical art tradition, with emphasis on the acquirement of practical and listening skills combined with knowledge to inform interpretation and appreciation. Brieley is dedicated to honouring the traditions of 'classical' music whilst supporting new music and innovative forms of performance and interpretation. Aspects of technique, style, and sound production are priorities, alongside how to create notes into music unique to each player. Brieley advocates the appreciation of music in general, knowledge of music theory, and encourages discussion of music careers and the music industry.
Brieley has been fortunate to have had her piano technique, music knowledge, and performance style shaped and influenced from the intensive tuition she has received from various renowned pedagogues. Informing her teaching style are Pamela Page and Max Olding (considered by many to be classical music royalty in Australia), Timothy Young (graduate of the Nicolò Paganini Conservatorium in Italy), Rita Reichmann (student of Rudolf Serkin at the Curtis Institute), Ruth Nye (student of Claudio Arrau), and seven years learning with Oleg Stepanov and Natasha Vlassenko (graduates and teachers of the Moscow Conservatory).
Brieley's skill as a teacher also draws on the many masterclasses she has participated in when studying, such as with pianists including Angela Hewitt, Christina Ortiz, Aquiles Delle Vigne, Boris Berman, and Dominique Merlet. Also informing her pedagogy are her extensive tertiary studies in performance and research, participation in short European music academies in Brussels and Salzburg, further research and study via a Churchill Fellowship which took her to Europe and New York, and her extensive experience as a concert performer. Brieley's experience with the Australian Music Examinations Board includes being awarded her AMusA diploma when aged 11 years.
Brieley has also had piano competition successes when studying, these used to support her education and to help her to refine her skills as a performer. Experiences include a second placing in the 2010 Kerikeri National Piano Competition in New Zealand, being a semifinalist in two Lev Vlassenko Piano Competitions in Brisbane (2007 and 2001), being Keyboard Winner and Grand Finalist in the 2006 Symphony Australia ABC Young Performers Awards, and being a finalist in the 2002 Kawai Australasian Youth Piano Concerto Competition. After commencing tertiary studies at the Queensland Conservatorium (Griffith University) aged 13 years, Brieley won the Brisbane Club Award (a performance prize across all of 'classical' undergraduate), Fred Ellaway Prize, Minnie May Bussey Scholarship, Women’s Club Scholarship, Ruby C. Cooling Prize, Owen Fletcher Postgraduate Scholarship, Basil Jones Sonata Prize (for duo with a strings instrument), Griffith Awards for Academic Excellence, and the Margaret Nickson Prize (for leider performance). Commencing studies at the Australian National Academy of Music aged 18 years, Brieley was twice a winner in the in-house concerto competition, including one held as part of the International Festival Musici Artis in Brussels, Belgium. For her studies at the Royal College of Music in London, Brieley was supported by a David Paul Landa Scholarship, Tait Memorial Trust Scholarship, and an Australian Music Foundation Award.
Brieley has a current Working with Children Check and is a Full Member of the Music Teachers' Association of New South Wales.