Teaching Studio


  • Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMus). Teaching & Learning. Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, Brisbane (Griffith Scholarship and Australian Postgraduate Award) (2011-17)

  • 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 (2008-09) (Tait Memorial Trust, Australian Music Foundation & David Paul Landa Scholarship)

  • Master of Music (MMus). Performance, Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, Brisbane (2006-08)

  • 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 (1997-2001)

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

My private studio is based in Armidale, New South Wales, and welcomes students who have a genuine interest in learning. My performing and academic activities inform my teaching, and vice versa. I find this to be an important aspect of how I work and beneficial to both me and my students.

My students have always been of all ages and experience, and this is my preference. I have taught 5 year olds and 80 year olds, beginners through to tertiary level. In lessons, 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. 

My students are encouraged to sit for AMEB exams (Australian Music Examinations Board) and to perform in eisteddfods and competitions and in my studio concerts. 

I have coached students to prepare for tertiary level music and successfully guided students to achieve their goals, such as gaining their AmusA from the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB). Many of my students have sat for exams run by the AMEB and they regularly receive distinctions and high distinctions. My own experience with the AMEB was to receive my Associate in Music Diploma (AMusA) at the age of 11 years.

I have been teaching for over 15 years. I started in local music schools in Melbourne and Brisbane; received students and guidance via the Woodhouse Centre at the Royal College of Music in London; was the piano teacher for two years at St Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace, in Brisbane; and for 7 years I ran a private studio of 20 students in Brisbane, which started at the local Steinway & Sons Piano Showroom in Newstead. On several occasions I have worked as an examiner for the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, and I have experience running 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)

  • the numerous 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.

AMEB Exam Results

21 August, 2019

Congratulations to Britney and Nicole Tarrant for both receiving an 'A+" for AMEB exams, 2nd and 6th Grades.

Studio Concert

August 3, 2019

Well done to all those who played at my Term 3 Studio Concert!

Sydney Eisteddfod

June 1, 2019

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

Armidale Eisteddfod - Piano

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

Inverell Masterclass

11 May, 2019

Thankyou to all the Inverell piano students for performing your pieces for me, and to all the Inverell piano teachers for looking after me. A lovely day! With thanks to Peta Blyth OAM.

© 2019 by Brieley Cutting