Teaching Studio

Dr Brieley Cutting is currently Academic Lecturer in Classical Piano at the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney (Surry Hills, next to Central Train Station). As well, Brieley teaches privately from AIM's newly built, double grand piano studios. To make enquires, please contact Brieley from here.


In her private studio, Brieley welcomes students who have a genuine interest in learning. She encourages them to be the best they can be in consideration of their talents and lifestyles, and excellence is promoted. Brieley advocates the appreciation of music in general, knowledge of music theory, and encourages 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.

Brieley's non-tertiary students are encouraged to sit for exams with the Australian Music Examinations Board and to perform in local eisteddfods, competitions, and concerts. Previously, her students have regularly received distinctions and high distinctions in their AMEB exams and she has successfully guided students to achieve their Associate in Music Diploma (AMusA) from the AMEB. Her own experience was to receive this Diploma at the age of 11 years. Her students have also been recipients of scholarships and successful in local eisteddfods, including at the Sydney Eisteddfod. 

Brieley has been teaching for over 16 years and began teaching in local music schools in Melbourne and Brisbane. When based in Brisbane, she was piano teacher at St Joseph's College (Gregory Terrace) in Brisbane for two years, and from 2011 to 2018 ran a private studio, this building from her teaching at the local Steinway & Sons Piano Showroom in Newstead. Additional experience includes being guided by 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 students of all ages.

Brieley's teaching style is influenced by

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

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

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

  • the many masterclasses she 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 music festivals she has attended and participated in as a student (including the Salzburg Summer Festival and International Festival Musici Artis in Brussels)

  • her experiences and successes in piano competitions throughout her student years (including being the Keyboard Winner in the ABC Young Performers Awards)

  • her 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 

  • her continuing and varied portfolio career

  • her many inspiring and  wonderful musical colleagues.


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


  •  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)


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