Teaching Studio

My teaching studio is based in Armidale, New South Wales, and welcomes students who have a genuine interest in learning. My students are encouraged 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 are front and centre, alongside how to create notes into music unique to each player.

Every year I hold several Studio Concerts for my students. My students are also encouraged to sit for exams with the Australian Music Examinations Board and to perform in local eisteddfods, competitions, and concerts. My students regularly receive 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 own experience was to receive this Diploma at the age of 11 years. 

My more advanced students are encouraged to apply for scholarships provided by the NSW Department of Education and facilitated via the local regional conservatorium. These offer opportunities for students to play for pianists and piano teachers who visit the local area. For my more advanced students, I also arrange private lessons with other teachers who are based elsewhere for alternate perspectives on their playing and opportunities to build industry connections.

I have been teaching for over 16 years and began teaching in local music schools in Melbourne and Brisbane. When based in Brisbane, I was piano teacher at St Joseph's College (Gregory Terrace) in Brisbane for two years, and from 2011 to 2018 I had a private studio, this building from my teaching at the local Steinway & Sons Piano Showroom in Newstead. Additional experience includes being invited to examine for the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and delivering masterclasses for students of all ages.

My teaching style is influenced by

  • my many mentors (the most influential being Pamela Page, Oleg Stepanov, Natasha Vlassenko, Timothy Young, Rita Reichman, and Stephen Emmerson)

  • my many years studying at the Queensland Conservatorium in Brisbane, the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne, and the Royal College of Music in London

  • studies enabled by scholarships and fellowships, such as a 6 week research trip to London, Netherlands and New York courtesy of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

  • the many masterclasses I participated in as a student (with leading pianists such as John Perry, Aquiles Delle-Vigne, Mamiko Suda, Boris Berman, Angela Hewitt, Dominique Merlet, Yonty Solomon, Christina Ortiz and more)

  • festivals I have attended (including the Salzburg Summer Festival and International Festival Musici Artis in Brussels)

  • my experiences and successes in piano competitions throughout my student years (including being the keyboard winner in the ABC Young Performers Awards)

  • my extensive work as an accompanist for musicians, beginner to world-class, and being employed in this role at institutions such as at the University of Queensland 

  • my continuing and varied portfolio career

  • my many inspiring and  wonderful musical colleagues.

You are welcome to contact me for further information. Click here for my latest Studio Email Newsletter. 



Music Teachers' Association of New South Wales

Armidale Eisteddfod

Tenterfield Eisteddfod

Tamworth Eisteddfod

Coffs Harbour Eisteddfod

Sydney Eisteddfod


  •  Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMA). Teaching & Learning. Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, Brisbane (Griffith Scholarship and Australian Postgraduate Award) (2017)

  • Churchill Fellow. 6 weeks research in London, Amsterdam, New York. Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (2013)

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Music (PGDip). Performance, with Distinction, Royal College of Music, London (2009) (Tait Memorial Trust, Australian Music Foundation & David Paul Landa Scholarship)

  • Master of Music (MMus). Performance, Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, Brisbane (2008)

  • ANAM alumnus. Advanced Performers Program, Australian National Academy of Music, Melbourne (2002-05)

  • Bachelor of Music (BMus). First Class Honours, Intensive Performance & Preparatory Program, Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, Brisbane (2001)

  • Associate in Music (AmusA). Australian Music Examinations Board (1995)

Dr Brieley Cutting is a Full Member of the Music Teachers' Association of New South Wales. 


December 6, 2019

Congratulations to Will Mackson for being awarded his Associate of Music Diploma (AMusA) from the Australian Music Examinations Board.

AMEB Exam Results

November 30, 2019

Well done to all those who performed in the Term 4 end-of-year Studio Concert! 

Term 4 Studio Concert

August 3, 2019

Well done to all those who performed at the Term 3 Studio Concert!

Term 3 Studio Concert

May 29 & 30, 2019

Congratulations to all of my students who played in the Armidale Eisteddfod!

Some of the amazing results from the week:

  • Piano Solo Years K-4,  Novice:

      Ariella Vilczko, 1st place

  • Piano Solo Years K-6, Novice:

       Matthew Myers, 1st place

  • Piano Solo 11-14 years, Restricted:

       Felix Hruby, 1st place

  • Piano Solo 9 Years and Under: 

       Britney Tarrant, 1st place

  • Piano Solo 14 Years and Under:

       Nicole Tarrant, 1st place 

  • Piano Solo 15 Years and Under:

       William Mackson, 1st place

  • Piano solo, popular or jazz, 16 years and under:

       William Mackson, 1st place

  • New England Piano Age Championship 13-15 years:

      William Mackson 1st place

      Nicole Tarrant 2nd place

Armidale Eisteddfod

December 5, 2019

Terrific that two students from my studio, Will Mackson and Nicole Tarrant, have been granted 2020 scholarships from the NSW Department of Education. 

2020 Scholarships

August 21, 2019

Congratulations to Britney and Nicole Tarrant for receiving High Distinctions for their AMEB Exams - Grades 2 and 6.

AMEB Exam Results

June 1, 2019

Congratulations to William Mackson for being awarded 3rd place in the Sydney Eisteddfod Recital Award 15-16 years. 

Sydney Eisteddfod Success

May 11, 2019 

I had a lovely time in Inverell, giving a day of masterclasses to young students. Thankyou for inviting me Peta Blyth OAM.

Inverell Masterclass

© 2019 by Brieley Cutting