The Philosophy of Advantage Music Academy

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 is 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, 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.

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.

Academy Leadership

Advantage Music Academy is under the direction of a former lecturer of musicology and recipient of two university teaching excellence awards with postgraduate qualifications in Educational Leadership. 

The Mission of

Advantage Music Academy

Expand the capabilities of the minds of our students;

Build the confidence and self-efficacy of our students;

Enrich our students' experience of the world;

Ignite in our students the desire to explore what it means to be human and to share the transformative and communicative power music with others.

Unparalleled Professionalism

Advantage Music Academy offers the optimum environment for learning - better than a lounge room, better than a church building, better than a community hall. This purpose-built , professional, dedicated education centre provides students with an immersive and superior learning experience. The Academy staff have a rigorous education in music performance, history, theory, ear training and more at the tertiary level.

Unsurpassed Teaching Excellence

The Academy adopts a highly student-centred learning approach that fosters responsibility and ownership of learning through an emphasis on goals and accountability. The content, pace and method of teaching is adapted to the needs and goals of each individual student.

Uncompromising Quality Management

For Advantage Music Academy it is a great privilege and responsibility to provide education. All teaching practices are supported by recognised education research and practice and instrumental pedagogy. All content, books, methodology, goal planning and student progress is personally overseen by the Academy Director ensuring consistency of teaching standards across all teaching in all programs.

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MAE ANTHONY

Piano (WAAPA)

High-achieving graduate performer and teacher with an uncompromising work ethic ensuring the progress of every individual student through an entirely personalised learning experience. Mae consistently achieves outstanding results with young beginners.

GALINA ALADKO

Piano (Russia & UWA)

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.

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NATASHA MITCHELL

Voice (WAAPA)

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

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STEVEN ARMSTRONG

Director

Award-winning former UWA lecturer and performer with postgraduate qualifications in Educational Leadership, designing program curricula and overseeing all teaching. 

 

Previous Experience:

Associate Lecturer (Musicology)

University of Western Australia

Education:

Bachelor of Music (Honours, First Class)

University of Western Australia

 

Graduate Certificate in Education, Educational Leadership

Edith Cowan University

Awards:

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education Teaching Excellence 

University of Western Australia

Student Guild Students' Choice Award

University of Western Australia

Australian Postgraduate Award

University of Western Australia

John Hind Opera Viva Instrumental and Vocal Scholarship

University of Western Australia

Waveney Wansbrough Prize for Most Oustanding Performance

University of Western Australia

Cecilia Duff Scholarship for Most Outstanding First Year Student   

The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts

BEN GRIFFITH

Guitar (WAAPA)

Knowledgeable, adaptable and highly skilled in all areas of music - aural, theory and performance - and an experienced graduate and teacher with acute pedagogical awareness.

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CHRISTIAN MEARES

Guitar (WAAPA)

Local talent, meticulous, and a former theory student of the Academy Director dedicated to excellence and sharing the transformative power of music with infectious enthusiasm.

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Nate Wood

Violin (UWA)

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

Ciara Sudlow

Violin (UWA)

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

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JOANNA WOLNY

Cello (UWA)

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

0403 536 228

Level 1 shop 39a Cottesloe Central,

460 Stirling Highway, Peppermint Grove, WA 6011

contact@advantagemusicacademy.com

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