Teaching Studio

Dr Brieley Cutting is currently Academic Lecturer in Classical Piano at the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney. As well, Brieley teaches privately in the Sydney suburb of Glebe. 


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 in local music schools in Melbourne and Brisbane. When based in Brisbane, she was the Piano Teacher at St Joseph's College (Gregory Terrace) in Brisbane for two years, and ran a private studio, this building from her teaching at the local Steinway & Sons Piano Showroom. In 2018 Brieley was specially invited to Armidale in New South Wales to be the first Head of Piano at the local regional conservatorium, and Brieley also ran a sought-after private studio whilst based in this regional area. In 2019 Brieley moved to Sydney to take up her current position at the Australian Institute of Music. 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 at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, and delivering masterclasses for students of all ages.

​Dr Brieley Cutting is a 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 (hand washing and gel provided)

  • tissues are available for students when they sneeze and a bin provided for disposal

  • the studio is disinfected regularly

  • the piano keyboard is 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…” 


  •  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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