Academy Leadership

Advantage Music Academy is under the direction of Steven Armstrong, a former lecturer of musicology and recipient of two university teaching excellence awards from The University of Western Australia Faculty Arts, Business, Law and Education, and from the student guild of the same institute. Read what the students at UWA has to say about Steven: Nominators' Statements. Steven holds a Bachelor of Music (Performance) with First Class Honours and received several awards and scholarships across undergraduate and postgraduate studies. He was accepted into the PhD program at UWA but withdrew after 3 years abandoning academia to focus on education and has now completed postgraduate studies in Educational Leadership.

Student-centred Philosophy 

We understand that by enrolling yourself or your child(ren) in our programs, you are making an investment and we take that seriously. We consider our role as educators a great privilege and responsibility. At the centre of everything we do are the best interests of every student.

Learning at Advantage Music Academy is not just about casually taking some classes or getting an A, or racing to eighth grade or winning competitions, but about the pursuit of the enrichment of the capabilities of the mind, personal growth, learning how to learn, striving for excellence, being the best you can be and having an encounter with even just a little of the incredibly complex and beautiful language of music and its transformative and communicate power.

That’s what Advantage Music Academy is really about.

Student-centred Mission

Through a culture of support and celebration, of persistence and patience and of growth through success and failure, in every lesson we pursue opportunities to:

  • expand the capabilities of the mind,

  • facilitate exploration and discovery,

  • build confidence and self-efficacy,

  • foster value of excellence,

  • enrich our students’ experience of the world,

  • encourage the desire to explore what it means to be human,

  • connect better with ourselves and with others,

  • encounter the transformative and communicative power of music.

Student-centred Vision

Our vision is to be widely recognised for our standards of excellence, the care and responsibility we take for every individual student’s learning and for adding further value and meaning to our students’ and their families’ lives.

Student-centred Pedagogy

We are informed, intentional and responsive in how we deliver every lesson. We facilitate learning through scaffolding, setting high expectations, teaching effective practice techniques, fostering ownership of learning and creating opportunities for exploration and improvisation. We develop highly capable autonomous learners who are able to apply skills and knowledge from past learning experiences to new challenges. We continuously improve our pedagogy through research, critical self-reflection, professional learning and challenging our own assumptions and attitudes.​ Through respectful and reciprocal relationships with students and their families we respond to the expectations and context of each family to achieve improved outcomes for each student.

Grace Chen


A highly experienced teacher with an exceptional depth of pedagogical understanding.



Highly conscientious and experienced teacher with a tertiary musical education from Russia, specialising in performance, teaching and conducting, and a second degree in music from UWA.



A versatile UWA graduate committed to teaching excellence with experience teaching in range of contexts.

Teaching Team

All Academy teaching staff have had at least 3 years of a tertiary music education or at least 10-years' teaching experience and a demonstrated high work ethic. Our staff is a community of practice that collaborates, collectively forms pedagogical strategies, shares ideas, experiences and research.


Music Therapy

Compassionate and person-centered therapist, and experienced teacher, with a Master of Music Therapy from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Arts (Music) from UWA. 



A versatile performer, talented composer, meticulous teacher and WAAPA graduate with an acute ability to understand and respond to the students' individual needs.



Gifted and well-rounded local singer-songwriter and WAAPA undergraduate with a strong background in the performing arts including dance, drama, and classical violin, committed to facilitating the realisation of every student's potential. 

Nate Wood


High-achieving UWA undergraduate musician and composer and a thorough pedagogue from a line of some of Perth's most distinguished musicians.

Ciara Sudlow


Empathetic, passionate, and mindful UWA graduate pedagogue and multi-award-winning performer.



Knowledgeable, resourceful and a highly conscientious pedagogue and award-winning UWA graduate performer. 

Advantage Music Academy Pty Ltd Level 1 Cottesloe Central, Peppermint Grove, WA 0403 536 228  


ABN 77 623 119 773

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