I welcome students who have a genuine interest in learning. In lessons, I work to encourage my students to be the best they can be in consideration of their talents and lifestyles, and excellence is promoted. I advocate the appreciation of music in general, knowledge of music theory, and encourage discussion of music careers and the music industry. Aspects of technique and style are priorities, alongside how to create notes into music unique to each player.
My students are encouraged to sit for exams with the Australian Music Examinations Board and to perform in local eisteddfods, competitions, and concerts.
Previously, my students have regularly received distinctions and high distinctions in their AMEB exams and I have successfully guided students to achieve their Associate in Music Diploma (AMusA) from the AMEB. My students have also been recipients of scholarships and successful in local eisteddfods, including at the Sydney Eisteddfod.
I have been teaching for over 16 years and began in local music schools in Melbourne and Brisbane. When based in Brisbane, I was the Piano Teacher at St Joseph's College (Gregory Terrace) in Brisbane for two years, and I had a private studio, this building from my private studio based at the local Steinway & Sons Piano Showroom. In 2018, I was invited to Armidale in New South Wales to be the first Head of Piano at the local regional conservatorium. In 2020 I moved to Sydney to take up my current position at the Australian Institute of Music where I teach undergraduate and graduate students.
Additional experience includes teaching students through the Woodhouse Centre (now Creative Careers Centre) at the Royal College of Music in London, being invited to examine for the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, and delivering masterclasses for various NSW regional conservatoriums for students of all ages.
I currently give both face-to-face and online lessons (using Zoom).
current Working with Children Check
Full Member of the Music Teachers' Association of New South Wales.
stay home if you have cold symptoms or a temperature
all students to disinfect their hands before lessons
the studios I work in are disinfected regularly
the piano keyboards are disinfected before each lesson
only one student at a time in the studio
NSW Government COVID-19 rules
“…(student) was awarded his Amus on piano today. Yahoo! Thanks to his teacher Brieley Cutting for all your perseverance and dedication with a fifteen year old, laid-back boy…”
“…thank you so much for encouraging music back into my life…”
“…You have a wonderful way with children, I have enjoyed observing the lessons…Your future students will be blessed to have you as their teacher…”
“… I have appreciated and enjoyed learning piano from you, thank you for all your work the last year. I have confidence now that I can continue the journey towards higher qualifications and enjoyment of my instrument…”
“…we will miss your expertise, friendship and crazy sense of humour..."
“…(student) loves your piano lessons "very very much". When we told her the news, she said she would go to Sydney to take lessons! Hopefully, she will get used to having her music lessons with another teacher…”