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.


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 throughout his studies received several awards and scholarships. 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.



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.


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.


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. 




Previous Experience:

Associate Lecturer (Musicology)

University of Western Australia


Bachelor of Music (Honours, First Class)

University of Western Australia


Graduate Certificate in Education, Educational Leadership

Edith Cowan University

Diploma of Languages (Russian)

Macquarie University


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

Teaching Team

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


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.



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.


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.


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

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