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Federal Budget

Music teachers from Perth to Melbourne are paying close attention to the 2016 Federal budget. While we don’t feel many in this year’s model care anything about musicians or music, some of their policies will actually benefit a few of us. Here are the winners and losers from the Federal budget.

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Home Recording DIY

Whether you are a seasoned musician or someone who is looking for singing lessons in Brisbane, if you are serious about music, you will eventually want to make a professional recording.

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DIY Home Recording

Whether you are looking for guitar lessons in Perth or you are a seasoned professional, if you are a serious musician, it will be time to think about recording. There are a lot of reasons to record your music. First, it can be used as a demo for promoting your music and finding gigs. This can be done on your own website or on websites such as Bandcamp, Soundcloud and ReverbNation.

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Most In-Demand Studio Musician In Australia

If you are taking drum lessons, guitar lessons, bass guitar lessons or piano lessons in Sydney, you may already know about Dave Jenkins Jr. If you don’t, pay attention. It could be a life-changer.

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Self Service Beer: a New Trend in Music Bars?Friday, July 17, 2015 1:25pm

Self Service Beer in Brisbane

If you are looking for guitar lessons or singing lessons in Brisbane, you should be really interested in this. A new bar in which patrons pour their own beer, called Taps Brisbane, has just opened.

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Whether you are taking guitar lessons in Perth or you are a seasoned musician, you have probably heard of Tame Impala. What started as a home recording project by Perth musician Kevin Parker and drummer Luke Epstein in 2007 went viral on MySpace and attracted so much attention that Tame Impala signed a deal with Modular Records, which was a solid label, in 2008.

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Are You on YouTube Yet?Friday, June 26, 2015 5:08pm


Not only do we provide guitar lessons and singing lessons in capital cities such as Perth and Melbourne, we also like to educate people here on our blog. We like providing information that can help people after they take their lessons and are trying to make it in music.

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Promoting Yourself

So, you have taken guitar lessons and singing lessons and you sound great. You are ready to take over Perth or Brisbane before breaking out nationally. Unfortunately, you aren’t making any money yet so you have to work for a living.

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Support Australian Music Scene

If you are looking for singing lessons, guitar lessons or piano lessons in Sydney, Perth or across Australia, you may want to pay close attention to the label “Rice is Nice.” The label, based in Sydney, consists of local artists of many different genres. It is the brainchild of Julia Wilson, whose mission is “...raising awareness and supporting Australian artists and our current culture.

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What You Need to Know to Write Your Own SongsTuesday, April 28, 2015 6:12pm


We provide a lot of piano lessons, singing lessons and guitar lessons from Sydney to Melbourne to Perth. Plenty of our students end up playing in bands or performing solo. But there is one big factor that separates performers who are going somewhere from those who never make it too far outside of town: the ability to write compelling original material.

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Our guitar teachers and piano teachers from Perth to Sydney to Brisbane hope that you read this very carefully and understand what we are trying to tell you. If you have any thoughts about “making it” in music, keep reading, because we are going to tell you why you should be excited about the recent APRA Songwriter of the Year Award.

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Record First Album

Our network offers guitar lessons, piano lessons and singing lessons across Australia, including the Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane areas. We are always happy to see our former students succeed.

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Music Hub In Brisbane

Whether you are a seasoned musician or just getting started on guitar lessons, piano lessons or singing lessons, if you live in Brisbane, you will have a great reason to get excited about music.

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Why All Guitar Players Should Learn BassThursday, February 19, 2015 7:12pm

Guitar Players Should Learn Bass

Something you may not know about Monster Music: we offer bass guitar lessons in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and everywhere across Australia. As someone who has played guitar seemingly forever, I feel strongly that all guitarists should learn how to play bass. Here are the main reasons why.

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Is BitTorrent the Distribution Channel of the Future?Thursday, February 12, 2015 5:37pm


You may be taking your first singing or guitar lessons in Perth, Melbourne or Sydney. You may be a seasoned musician. Whatever the case may be, you should pay close attention to this because your future may depend upon it.

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New Radio Station Plays Only Unsigned BandsFriday, January 30, 2015 3:27pm

Radio Station Plays Unsigned Bands

After you have taken your share of piano, voice or guitar lessons in cities like Perth, Melbourne and Sydney, you will probably either start a band, join a band or start performing solo. Unfortunately, it can be really hard to get started. It can be tough to find gigs and tough to get “heard” enough to advance your career.

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More Tricks for Guitar Players Stuck in a RutWednesday, January 21, 2015 3:31pm

Guitar Playing In A Rut

Our network provides guitar lessons in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and across Australia. But sometimes, the best students and even experienced players can find themselves stuck in a rut.

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Writing Songs

Now that you have taken your guitar lessons and singing lessons and you are wowing the open mic scene in Brisbane or Sydney, it’s time to think about writing songs. According to an ever-increasing number of songwriters, it is possible to write a song a week. In fact, it is becoming a bit of a trend in some circles in the US.

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Amazon mp3 Loophole

This has nothing to do with guitar lessons, bass lessons, drum lessons or singing lessons, but readers from Perth to Melbourne will be thanking us for the information you are about to receive.

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Sonic Variance

If you have already taken your singing lessons and guitar lessons and are ready to make a dent in the live market around Sydney, Perth or really anyplace, you need to present yourself live in the best way possible. Due to the “magic” of reverse-engineering, we are going to use Neil Young as an example of how to do it.

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CD's and Music Records

As a network offering guitar and singing lessons in Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne and other areas, we want to see as many opportunities for musicians to make money as possible. We have been firmly convinced that the old model of looking for a major label is no longer relevant for most musicians. Instead, we have advocated the indie DIY promotional model as the fastest way for the “little guy” to make it in the music business.

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Band Audition

We have provided guitar, bass, piano and singing lessons in Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Adelaide and other areas across Australia. All of these lessons have taught us that the one thing that is the most important to make it in the music business is professionalism.

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Music Grant

If you are taking bass, guitar, piano or singing lessons in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney or anywhere across Australia, you should be very happy for someone on 8 October. One band is going to win a $50,000 grant, courtesy of the Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR).

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Create a Great Repertoire and Setlist for Playing Clubs

So, you’ve taken all the guitar lessons you need to be a force on the Perth, Melbourne or Sydney music scene. Congratulations! Now, what are you going to play?

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Huge Win for Melbourne’s Live Music SceneThursday, September 18, 2014 1:08pm

Live Music Scene in Melbourne

Whether you are a seasoned musician or a beginner taking your first singing, guitar or piano lessons in Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane or Sydney, you should take great interest in recent news out of Melbourne.

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Songs for Beginners: Songwriting TipsWednesday, August 27, 2014 3:12pm

Songwriting Tips

Whether you are taking your first guitar lessons in Perth or are a professional musician, you will eventually want to write a song. Once you write one song, we can guarantee that it won’t stop there. Writing that first song can be difficult but it can also be a major breakthrough.

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Don’t trust your feelings - it is a trap! Sunday, August 17, 2014 10:30pm

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Musical performance involves many hours of dedicated repetitive practise. This leads to amazing skill and freedom of expression, but also deeply embeds particular habits of coordination.

There is a strong emphasis in musical training and practise on ‘getting it right‘. This can lead to significant problems. As the emphasis is given to achievement of technical skill at the expense of sustained good coordination, ease and flexibility in movement.

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Need Funds for a Musical Project? Try Crowdsourcing!Wednesday, August 06, 2014 11:46am


Music teachers, whether in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane, are always happy to see a former student succeed. One of the best pleasures we get is listening to an album from a former student.

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Networking for MusiciansMonday, July 28, 2014 12:25pm


When you have taken enough music lessons and want to start making money, you will probably be testing out the music scene in Perth, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne or wherever you may live. Some of you may have like-minded friends who see eye-to-eye with you musically and want to start a band.

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Aussies Invade Glastonbury 2014Monday, July 14, 2014 4:27pm

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Why is Glastonbury 2014 important to music teachers from Perth, Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane? There are two big reasons. First, nobody on that stage climbed out of the womb as a fully-developed musician. They had to learn from someone, and that someone was probably a teacher or many teachers.

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Feeling Vs Shredding: Which is More Important?

The rise of the Internet has provided a lot more access to musical techniques for guitar players. During the days of classic rock, there was no Internet and there were no videos. The ways to learn how to play popular songs were to either have someone teach them to you or buy a chord book and hope that it was correct.

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New Budget Slashes Music GrantsMonday, June 23, 2014 11:50am

New Budget Slashes Music Grants

Why music teachers from Perth to Melbourne are angry about this; and why you should be, too.

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Why Bass Guitar Players Always Have a JobFriday, May 30, 2014 11:33am

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When a child or a teenager decides on their own to play a musical instrument with no input from their parents, it is usually guitar, drums or a horn of some kind. But when it comes to being able to make a decent living from music, one of the best ways just might be playing the bass guitar.

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We devote a lot of time here to Australian bands and the local music scenes in various capital cities. We know that a healthy Australian music scene can lead to international success with the right exposure. 55 Aussie bands played in the prestigious SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas and 17 bands are scheduled to play in the UK at the Great Escape Festival as of this writing.

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Great Music Student

We have provided thousands of music lessons in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and across Australia. We would like to say that every student has gone on to do great things, but unfortunately, not everyone does. Like any other segment of society, music students fall into categories such as below average, average, above average and the occasional superstar.

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How Much Does an Australian Musician Really Make?

While top acts can make a lot of money, what about the guy who is gigging at your local club? Maybe he has an EP out and maybe he gets to tour a bit. Recently, ToneDeaf asked Nick Thayer that question. The answer was an eye-opener.

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Sydney Fights Back Against Musical OppressionTuesday, April 22, 2014 6:42pm

Sydney, Australia

The last seven months have  been up and down for Sydney’s music scene. In November, Clover Moore, Sydney Lord Mayor, introduced a report called “Live Music Matters.”

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Support Local Music

One of the joys of giving music lessons, especially in hubs such as Melbourne, Sydney or Perth, is walking into a club and seeing a former student making a living as a musician.

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Recently, we wrote about the shrinking large music festival industry due to many large festivals going under or downsizing in the last year. Attendance at the standard festival has slipped dramatically this year, down over 50% in many cases. Combined with acts demanding more money, this has caused a lot of big festivals and promoters to lose money.

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Subsequent to the release of their third album, Raise the People, Melbourne’s Calling All Cars is moving to England. For Australian bands to get international attention, it seems that they have to move to either the US or Europe. Calling All Cars decided to move to England and started a crowdsourcing campaign on PledgeMusic to raise the funds necessary to make the move.

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Has your guitar playing gotten to a point where you are boring yourself? Where it seems like you’re just playing the same licks over and over again with absolutely no feeling or inspiration? If you feel that way, you are not alone.

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While large festivals are in a downward trend, growth has appeared from an unexpected source: local “boutique music festivals.” What are they? A boutique music festival combines music with a themed event, attempting to match the music to the event theme as well as possible.

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Will Big Day Out Become Little Day Out in 2015?Thursday, March 13, 2014 4:08pm


Big Day Out is in trouble—there is no way to sugarcoat it. The official figures aren’t out for public consumption, but the estimates for all of the Big Day Out shows in 2014 fall far behind last year’s figures. It has already been made official that Big Day Out won’t be returning to Perth next year due to disappointing ticket sales, high production costs and an unfriendly State Government. 

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How to Write Your First SongTuesday, March 11, 2014 4:12pm


If you have been playing an instrument for a while, especially guitar or piano, you could be itching to write a song but afraid to start because you don’t know how to do it or because you think it won’t be any good. No worries—nobody writes an international hit song the first time out of the box. Most established songwriters will tell you their first few songs were terrible.

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Over the past year, we have occasionally mentioned Sydney as a model of how a local live music scene can be built and provide musicians with more work. Last year, Sydney City Council was cooperating with musicians and venue owners; Sydney’s music scene was just beginning to be revitalised, with new music venues being established, along with a reputation as a great place for musicians.

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Guitar players are usually taught to improvise by first using the most popular scale in blues, classic or blues rock: the minor pentatonic scale.

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Neil Young has made a great career out of swimming against the current. From overcoming severe criticism of his voice to being sued by his own record label for “not sounding like Neil Young,” Neil Young has often been a lone, contrary voice in the music industry.

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When giving guitar lessons, our teachers get this question a lot: “Should I play slide in open tuning or standard tuning?”

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Australian National Piano Award 2014Thursday, February 13, 2014 3:30pm

Australian National Piano Award in Shepparton

The search is on for Australia’s next young piano sensation. Who will be the winner of the 2014 Australian National Piano Award starting on Monday, September the 8th?

For six sensational days and nights in September, twelve of Australia’s hottest new pianists will gather in Shepparton, Victoria to compete for a total of $65,000 in prizes...

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From Melbourne to the Grammys: Could This be You?Friday, February 07, 2014 6:47pm


At the 2014 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, one of the nominees was Melbourne’s own Hiatus Kaiyote, an R&B band whose sound is described as “future soul” or “neo-jazz.” Their song ‘Nakamarra,’ which featured a collaboration with Q-Tip, was nominated for Best R&B Performance.

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AJ Maddah is the promoter for two Music Festivals: Soundwave and Big Day Out. Both festivals are presented in multiple Australian Capital Cities. If Maddah’s recent comments on Twitter are any indication, Perth may be out of the rotation by next year—thanks to our local government.

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Did Santa treat you well this year? Did you find a nice guitar or a set of drums under your tree? Maybe a nice keyboard or full-size piano? If so, welcome to the world of music! However, you will need lessons if you want to play well and you need to be able to choose from the best teachers in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and across Australia.

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Every March, music executives from all over the world convene in Austin, Texas, USA for the South by Southwest (SXSW) music industry conference. Bands from all over the world but mostly the US play in a variety of venues. There is music at pretty much all times of day and night and many bands have caught the eye of music executives from major labels at their SXSW gigs.

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In December, the 2013 Electronic Music Conference (EMC) was held in Sydney. While many conference attendees weren’t all that interested, the highlight for those who care about the future of live music festivals was a panel discussion which featured pretty much every big festival promoter in Australia. Subjects included ticket prices, competition among promoters, the cost of booking bands and the cancellation of many would-be festivals this year.

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When a musician or artist reaches the top of the food chain, everything is done for them. A studio full of talented musicians appears on demand with one phone call; recording company executives bend over backwards to acquiesce to the whims and wishes of any artist who has proven that they can make millions of dollars for the company.

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Whether you are a seasoned musician or someone just taking your first music lessons in Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane or Sydney, you have probably been affected in some way by Michael Gudinski. When it comes to Australian music promoters, there aren't many bigger than Gudinski.

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Our network gives guitar, bass, drum, piano and voice lessons in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and across Australia. In addition, we are all musicians ourselves and many of us have had varying degrees of success in “the business.” As teachers, we feel that it is our responsibility to support Australian musicians and to keep an eye on what is making money and what isn't.

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For the first 50 years of popular music, the single was king. In the 1960’s, the album or “Long Playing (LP)” format became popular. Radio stations developed the Album-Oriented Rock (AOR) format. Most albums were 40 minutes long or thereabouts—many saw 40 minutes as the perfect length for a music album.

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Our little network of teachers who give guitar, bass, piano and voice lessons in major cities like Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and across Australia has two great reasons for wanting to see a healthy, vibrant music scene in every part of the country.

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Our network of music teachers gives guitar, piano, drum and voice lessons in all major areas such as Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth. One of the first things we do is make sure that students know basic music theory.

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As premier providers of guitar, piano and singing lessons in capital cities such as Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, we always keep up on all things having to do with Australian music. We are always there to back up local artists and do everything we can to nurture and support our local music scenes. Most of all, though, when we see a problem, we try to promote awareness and suggest solutions.

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Most guitar teachers and blues fans from Perth to Brisbane know who Dave Hole is. He tours the world 6 months a year and returns to his home in Darling Scarp for the other 6. He has released 11 albums and his work shows up on 12 different compilation/tribute albums.

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The Reels, Beautiful LP, 1982 (K-Tel) Friday, October 11, 2013 2:45pm


The melancholy electro-muzak of The Reels’ Beautiful LP is not the kind of record you’d expect to have found favour with post-punk icons Nick Cave, The Gun Club’s Jeffrey Lee Pierce, or Black Flag’s Henry Rollins. But in the liner notes to the 2012 CD reissue of Beautiful, filmmaker Paul Goldman recalls sharing a house in West Hollywood with Cave in 1984...

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Many guitar, piano, voice and drum teachers in Melbourne will be taking 10 days off in November for Melbourne Music Week 2013. Many of our teachers also play in local and regional bands and all in the Melbourne area are very excited about Melbourne Music Week 2013.

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Why Take Singing Lessons?Wednesday, September 25, 2013 1:17pm


Besides offering lessons on most popular instruments, we offer singing lessons in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne and across Australia. You might ask, “Why should I take singing lessons? I already sing good enough.”

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How a Guitar Teacher can Help with Online LessonsWednesday, September 18, 2013 12:22pm


Our guitar teachers in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and across Australia are top notch. They come in all shapes and sizes and teach all kinds of music from classical to pop to metal. When they have introductory lessons with new students, one of the first things they do, after listening to them play, is ask how they got to their current level of skill.

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Our network of piano, voice and guitar teachers in Perth have paid a lot of attention to this story. We were appalled when community radio almost went under, because it has a direct effect on local musicians. Consequently, we were extremely happy when we heard that the Greens Party has pledged $27 million to public radio.

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Is a 25% Quota Enough Airplay for Australian Artists?Wednesday, September 04, 2013 2:27pm


There isn't a lot that voice or guitar teachers in Melbourne or Perth can do to influence an entire industry on a national scale, but we can certainly voice our opinions. As people who not only teach future musicians but play music ourselves, we have always been in support of Australian artists getting airplay on Australian radio.

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Eastern Horizon Music

In his acclaimed history of Australian jazz, Bodgie Dada & the Cult of Cool, John Clare calls Eastern Horizons “arguably the most striking and powerful album in Australian jazz…(but) nobody seemed to take much notice of it”.

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Basic Chord Progressions for Popular MusicWednesday, August 28, 2013 5:44pm


Are you thinking of guitar or piano lessons in Perth or Melbourne but you aren't sure that you can ever get to “know” music like your friends in bands do? Have you ever wondered how some players can just walk into a band and seem to “know” every song?

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How to Be a Great Guitar StudentThursday, August 22, 2013 12:41pm


Our network offers guitar lessons in Perth, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and other areas across Australia. Like any other group of people, some students really shine and even become professional musicians. On the other hand, some are merely average. Usually, it comes down to motivation but we always like to see every student get so much out of their music lessons.

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We are a network of guitar teachers, singing teachers and piano teachers in major markets like Perth, Melbourne and Sydney. We like to have a lot of fun with this blog but we also make sure to speak out about industry issues when we need to. This is one of those times when we must make our voices heard.

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If you are taking singing lessons, guitar lessons or piano lessons in Melbourne, recent data from US entertainment data giant Pollstar says that you are making a great decision.

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Kim Salmon and STM, Hey Believer LP, 1994Thursday, August 01, 2013 9:11am


Bunbury-born guitarist/songwriter Kim Salmon formed one of Perth’s first punk bands, The Cheap Nasties, in August 1976 and has been making gloriously-irreverent music ever since, with critically-renowned groups such as the Scientists, the Beasts of Bourbon, and the Surrealists. Salmon’s discography is marked by intriguing collaborations too, such as...

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Sometimes, our network that provides guitar lessons in Brisbane or singing lessons in Perth hears about something that makes us wonder just what is going on in the Australian music industry. In June, we got another reason to scratch our heads.

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Bernard Fanning Announces TourMonday, July 29, 2013 10:53am

Do you want guitar lessons in Brisbane or piano lessons in Sydney? Bernard Fanning could probably teach both of them. However, the ex-Powderfinger frontman is extremely busy right now. The winner of eight APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association) awards is busy supporting his new album called “Departures.”

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Where are the Politics in Australian Music?Friday, July 26, 2013 12:16pm


As providers of piano lessons in Perth and drum lessons in Sydney, we try to stay out of partisan politics. We don't care which party you like or don't like; we just want to be the best providers of music lessons in Australia.

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Music Loses its Best Friend in PoliticsWednesday, July 24, 2013 10:39am


Whether you are looking for guitar lessons in Adelaide or singing lessons in Perth, you will be losing an advocate soon. Peter Garrett, the best friend the music business has ever had in government, is quitting politics after the next election. Garrett, the front man of Australian and international giant Midnight Oil, will be leaving his position of Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth.

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Ray Brown and the Whispers - Go To Him

The Nocturnes started out, like so many of their peers, as Shadows-style instrumentalists, playing their twang around Kogarah, Sans Souci, and the southern suburbs of Sydney, before recruiting Mersey-sounding/Hurstville-born singer Ray Brown and renaming themselves The Whispers for a post-Beatles world...

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World's Oldest Instrument? You'll Never GuessFriday, June 28, 2013 10:58am

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Our network of music teachers in Australia, is composed of the best teachers in any given area. We are all very into the instruments we teach, and music enthusiasts and professionals in general. We always try to keep up on all things pertaining to music, and believe that we have a lot of knowledge in our group.

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If you need even more reasons to take singing lessons in Adelaide, Perth, or across Australia, a medical expert from the UK, Dr. James Le Fanu, has just provided a couple of good ones. In a recent column in The Telegraph, Dr. LeFanu provided a list of the benefits of singing, with the net result being a longer life and a face that looks younger than it would without the exercise of singing.

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If you are taking music lessons in Perth, Brisbane, Sydney, or really anywhere in Australia, you should take heart in the international numbers for 2012, which were released earlier this year. The numbers were part of the Digital Music Report, compiled by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), based in London.

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Our network of music teachers in Melbourne, Perth, and across Australia has known this for a long time, but it has now been confirmed by a study at Florida International University in their Centre for Children and Families: music does not detract from concentration, and can help young students with ADHD focus.

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If you are thinking about taking guitar lessons in Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, or any of our other areas of service, you probably have a few questions.

“How much do I need to practice guitar?”

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Three Steps to Better SingingFriday, June 14, 2013 12:39pm


One of the most important and basic steps to being a good singer is knowing how to breathe while singing.

One of the most common mistakes singers who haven't had lessons make is either forgetting to breathe, or taking breaths that are too shallow. This leads to a host of other mistakes, resulting in terrible tone, decreasing range, and making it more difficult to hit accurate pitches.

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Why Theory and Technique Must be Balanced with FunWednesday, June 12, 2013 11:11am


Whether we are giving guitar lessons in Brisbane or piano lessons in Melbourne, we always remember that music is supposed to be fun. If music was supposed to be drudgery, they would call it “working music” instead of “playing music.”

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Rapport: A Music Teacher's Best FriendFriday, June 07, 2013 10:52am

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As a veteran music teacher in Perth, with a network that gives music lessons and singing lessons in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, and across Australia, there is one quality that we insist that any teacher in this network has to have: rapport. If a teacher doesn't have rapport with a student, the student isn't going to learn as much as they should.

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Music Therapy Helping Premature Babies HealWednesday, June 05, 2013 10:53am

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We already know plenty of reasons to take guitar lessons or singing lessons in Sydney, Melbourne, or any of the other cities we serve, but we have just found another one: music therapy is helping premature babies. The pilot program is being conducted in Chicago, at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital.

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We have provided many singing lessons in Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne, and other Australian cities. We have talked to a lot of students about their hopes and dreams. While we haven't had anyone win Idol, we have seen many former students “gigging” around town.

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Tactics, My Houdini LP (Green, 1980)Friday, May 24, 2013 10:06am

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‘Australia’s Talking Heads’ has long been a three-word shorthand for describing the music of Tactics and it’s an accurate if limited comparison often made since frontman and chief songwriter David Studdert first banded with Angus Douglas (guitar), Robert Whittle (drums) and Geoff Marsh (bass) in late 1970s Canberra.

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Our network of music teachers in Australia is dedicated to keeping abreast of any knowledge or studies that can help us teach better. As we showed you here earlier this year, there is a direct link between music and learning a language. Now, we have found yet another study whose data suggests that music helps one learn language.

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Are you thinking of taking guitar lessons or singing lessons in Sydney, Melbourne, or Brisbane areas? If so, you may be looking at an entirely new place to gig: the public library. With Sydney leading the way, libraries are being used for performances in many arts, including music, poetry, comedy, and even cult film screenings.

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Music has been an integral part of our lower education system from its inception and now that aspect of education is under fire from those who don’t believe in it. Due to the rise of budget cuts and a more heavily enforced focus on standardised testing, music and the arts programs are often some of the first, if not the first, to be done away with or downsized to an unacceptable degree.

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More Good News for Local Artists? MaybeWednesday, May 15, 2013 10:38am


If you are thinking about taking music lessons in Australia, your future may have just gotten a big boost. Vevo has just become Australia's largest online network for streaming videos. In March, over 51 million videos were streamed on the network. Worldwide, it trails only YouTube and Facebook in popularity.

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If you are thinking about taking drum lessons in Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, or across Australia, we have some inspiration for you. Readers of Rolling Stone, the oldest and most authentic of serious rock magazines, were polled to find the 10 best drummers of all time. Here are the results.

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There is no “I” in Music TeacherFriday, May 10, 2013 10:52am


We have a variety of different music teachers in Australia. Music teachers have different styles, and teach different instruments. While we are proud to offer a diversity in teaching styles, there is one thing that we insist in from every teacher: check your ego in at the door.

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If you are getting ready to take your first music lesson, you may be excited, scared, or both. You probably have no idea what to expect. We want you to be successful on whatever instrument you choose to play, and our experience is that those who are the most prepared are the ones who get the most out of their lessons.

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Our network of piano teachers in Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, and across Australia have given a lot of piano lessons. In the past, piano lessons were restricted to those who had a piano around the house.

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Our belief in the power of music to touch people emotionally, and take them to places where nothing else can, was one of the determining factors in starting our network of music teachers in Australia. Music has been described by many as “the universal language”. It breaks down barriers and brings a lot of happiness to a lot of people.

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Community Radio Needs Your HelpFriday, April 26, 2013 3:38pm

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Usually, our network of music teachers - drum, singing, guitar, and piano teachers in Brisbane, Perth, and across Australia uses this space to tell you about developments we think are important in Australian music. That usually involves giving you what we think is great information, and telling you how it relates to music lessons and music teachers.

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We have piano teachers in Brisbane, Perth, Sydney, and most points in between. We’ve taught a lot of piano lessons across Australia. When our teachers get together and discuss music education, piano teachers have many challenges in common, but one of the basic challenges is teaching and positioning to beginners.

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Are you thinking about taking singing lessons in Melbourne? If you are even thinking about it, it sounds like a pretty good idea. According to the Victorian Live Music Census, live music has an impact of $1.04 billion on the Victorian music economy.

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How to Find the Best Singing LessonsFriday, April 19, 2013 11:13am


Your favourite musical artist may make singing look easy, but the reality is that most people who make it in the music business as vocalists eventually take singing lessons. We have taught lots of singing lessons in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, and many other Australian cities, and we have seen two distinct patterns emerge over the years.

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If you are taking music lessons, or looking for a piano teacher in Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, or most other places in Australia, the Natural Cultural Policy could have a direct effect on your future. If you’re currently a musician, there may or may not be good news for you. The policy is now called Creative Australia, and was unveiled for the first time on 13th March, at the National Press Club, located in Canberra.

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Different Ways You Can Learn MusicMonday, April 15, 2013 5:10pm


If you’re thinking about taking guitar, piano, or drum lessons in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, or any place in Australia, you have come to the right place. Our network of music teachers stretches from Perth to Sydney and most points in between. We have hundreds of different teachers, which guarantees that you can find the right one to help you be the best musician you can be.

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Aye, Matey: The Pirates Strike BackFriday, April 12, 2013 11:12am


Just when our wide network of music teachers in Australia thought we knew everything about piracy, along comes one of the most controversial reports the industry has seen in a long time. According to a new study conducted by the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC), illegal downloading of music does not have nearly the effect we thought it did on legal downloading of music.

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Andrew Schwartz is an MBA student, incoming president of the school’s Graduate Business Association, and an intern at Tunefruit, a music startup based in Atlanta. In America, as in Australia, it seems like every school system is try to cut its budget, and the first budget cuts always come out of the music program. Schwartz was asked to contribute an article to CNN concerning the benefits of music as part of the traditional school curriculum.

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Glenn Richards (Augie March) on Crow's Li-Lo-ingTuesday, April 09, 2013 6:48pm

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When Augie March was first starting out and we were trying to get some songs together, Crow was very influential, particularly the album Li-Lo-ing. We ended up having the great fortune to tour with those guys quite a bit, supporting them.

Li-Lo-Ing appealed to me on many levels, not only did it feature musicians that were playing in other bands that I had a lot of time for like The Necks, The Dirty Three and The Bad Seeds, Crow excelled at dark Australian, literate, intelligent but wild guitar music …

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I have taught guitar lessons in Perth for many years. My students have told me of every insult they have ever heard from a parent or friend who aspires to be an amateur comedian. One of the most often used analogies is that of a wounded animal. If a recent experiment at the University of California is correct, that particular insult may now have the perfect comeback: “That’s exactly how it’s supposed to sound.”

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Music Can Change How Your Food TastesFriday, April 05, 2013 11:49am

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If you are taking piano or singing lessons in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, or anywhere across Australia, you may have more power than you think. According to a recent study, music affects the brain in a way that changes how we perceive the taste of food. The study was conducted recently at Oxford University, and was called the “Bittersweet Study.” It was conducted by a professor at Oxford, Charles Spence, who teaches experimental psychology.

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Practise Tips for Violin (Or Any Other Instrument)Wednesday, April 03, 2013 1:55pm


A lot of our readers don’t know it, but Monster Music offers violin lessons in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, and many other areas across Australia. While making our daily cruise for music info on the Internet, we came upon a nice little piece about practicing violin, and realised that these practice tips are great for any instrument.

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Today’s post from your favourite guitar teachers in Adelaide and Perth is about a form of music that a lot of people enjoy: reggae. Bob Marley only lived for 36 years, and died in 1981, but he remains an icon in the music business even today, and his legacy lives on through the many artists who are still playing his music.

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Our network of music teachers, who provide guitar, piano, drum, and violin lessons in Brisbane, Perth, Sydney, Adelaide, and all points in between, is always interested when one of the giants of the music industry has something to say. Make no mistake about it, Michael Coppel is a giant in the Australian music industry. He is currently the President and CEO of Live Nation Australasia, and wields a lot of influence in the music business.

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How to Understand Music by EarMonday, March 25, 2013 3:02pm


Whether you’re looking for guitar lessons in Melbourne or a piano teacher in Sydney, one of the best skills as you can acquire is to be able to understand any piece of music by ear. To play music you must be able to listen, and you must know what scale is being used and what key the song is in. Eventually, you can learn to play any song in any key.

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10 More Benefits of Playing a Musical InstrumentFriday, March 22, 2013 12:55pm


In our previous post, we told you about the seven benefits of playing a musical instrument, which our network of music teachers in Melbourne and Perth would definitely agree on. Here are 10 more benefits.

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Seven Benefits of Playing a Musical InstrumentThursday, March 21, 2013 12:13pm


Most music teachers - drum teachers, guitar teachers, piano teachers in Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth, or anywhere across Australia will tell you that playing music has its own reward, but playing an instrument provides many unseen benefits. In a 2 part series, we are going to tell you about some of those benefits.

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February 2013 brought great news for music teachers in Australia, their students, and anybody who really cares about the Australian music business. Thanks to digital sales and digital streaming services, the Australian music market experienced its first upward movement in sales in the last three years.

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Toni McCann

The 1960s was a decade of massive social and political change in Australia with many young people rejecting the values of their parents and the policies of their government, calling for racial equality and increased environmental awareness, demonstrating against nuclear energy, the arms race, and conscription into the Vietnam War.

Perhaps the biggest change was the rise of feminism. Women in Australia had long been socially segregated...

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Do you take music lessons in Melbourne or singing lessons in Brisbane? Do you want to be the next Gotye? You just might be able to get help from what appeared, as little as six months ago, to be the most unlikely of sources: the Victorian government.

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Many fellow music teachers - drum, guitar, violin, piano teachers in Sydney, Perth, and across Australia have struggled with technology. Here are some helpful questions that one must ask when considering which technology is appropriate for teaching music.

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Do You Think Music Lessons in Melbourne are Tough?Wednesday, March 13, 2013 1:29pm


For those who think guitar lessons in Adelaide or Perth can be tough, or that there are too many obstacles to “making it” in Australia, how about a place where music lessons really are tough: Afghanistan?

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Parents of children taking piano lessons in Melbourne or Perth now have another reason to be happy for their children: starting music lessons before age seven has been found to improve visual and auditory sensorimotor synchronisation. In other words, kids who take music lessons before they are seven years of age have better hand-eye coordination than those who start learning music afterwards.

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Every kid who ever took singing lessons in Perth or guitar lessons in Melbourne, and allowed himself or herself to dream, had dreams of making it in the music industry. You know how it goes: take a few lessons, start a band, and someday, you have CD’s in music stores and you tour the world every year.

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ABS Stats Prove that Children Want Music LessonsThursday, February 28, 2013 2:47pm


We like to monitor the Australian Bureau of Statistics website for music education studies. As you know, we have a network of music teachers in Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, and most cities in Australia, and we feel that music education is important. We have been critical of music education in Australia’s schools, and for good reason.

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Should Government Subsidise Private Music Tuition?Monday, February 25, 2013 11:39pm

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Question: Should the Australian Governement subsidize the cost of "private" music lessons to school kids who genuinely want to learn music, given the education system is clearly unwilling and/or unable to make this important element of learning and development an option to ALL children?

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Wouter “Wally” De Backer, better known as Gotye, capped off a great year by winning three Grammys. Gotye was born in Belgium, but his family emigrated to Australia when he was two years old, and he is Australian through and through.

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Last month, music lovers of all kinds, from teachers to students to musicians to fans, protested in the streets of Sydney. We wish we could have been there. When something like this happens, it is bad for the business, not only in Sydney, but in Perth, Melbourne, and any other city in Australia you might want to mention.

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Frank Sinatra in Melbourne, April 1959Thursday, February 21, 2013 2:41am

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The Fifties marked the start of Frank Sinatra’s love/hate relationship with Australia, which he visited seven times in all, beginning in 1955. On the plus side Australia gave Not-So-Ol’Blue Eyes the biggest crowds he’d ever played to, but he always seemed to run into problems here...

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Audio Streaming Takes a Bite out of Piracy in 2012Friday, February 15, 2013 3:59pm


According to a post at, less people are illegally downloading music, as newer, legal alternatives give music fans more options. As usual, our first thoughts were, “What does this mean to music teachers in Perth, or someone taking piano lessons in Melbourne?”

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As funds for AMRAP are running out, our network of music teachers from Perth to Melbourne is fully in support of those who are speaking out against the government for leaving Australian music high and dry when they decided not to include AMRAP in the budget announced last June.

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Then there are the musicians whose entire discography seems undervalued. Though lauded by the few, they fail to trouble the ears of an oblivious majority, releasing albums of distinction across the decades to continual critical acclaim but never mass exposure or much reward. Musicians like Spencer P. Jones.

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Chelsea Basham (Golden Guitar Winner 2013) & MeFriday, February 01, 2013 2:27am

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I've been lucky enough lately to be working alongside Chelsea Basham, recent Australian Country Music Golden Guitar Award Winner.  People who know me would be aware that whilst running Monster Music I'm also a working musician...

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The Best of 2012 in MusicTuesday, January 29, 2013 12:00pm


We would like to wish everyone a happy and prosperous 2013, and take a look back at some of what we think are the best of 2012. 

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Is your child having problems with language studies? Do you want to learn a second language? At any age, whether it’s a first or second language, both formal and anecdotal research suggest that music can play a large part in helping to learn any language faster.

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The X Factor AuditionsSunday, January 20, 2013 9:48am

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The X Factor is back for 2013!  Will YOU be Australia's next megastar?

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Recently, five major tours were announced for Australia. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Birdy, the Presets, Julia Stone, and Guy Sebastian were all announced for Australian tours for the first part of 2013. All except Birdy, who is from England, are Australian artists.

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More Challenges for Australian Music EducationThursday, January 10, 2013 12:04pm


In the past, we certainly haven’t tried to keep it a secret that we aren’t fond of how public schools are “teaching” music. If you’re looking for singing lessons in Melbourne or piano teachers in Perth, you aren’t going to find what you really need in the school system. Schools across the board have cut budgets, and many have stopped teaching music altogether.

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We’ve found yet another compelling reason to take music lessons. Whether you’re in Melbourne, Perth, or really anyplace in Australia, it’s about to get a lot easier to get the funding you need to help reach your goals in music.

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For those who don’t know who Michael Chugg is, he is Australia’s most prolific music promoter. If you have seen a big act in concert, there is a very good chance that Michael Chugg promoted the show. Basically, when Michael Chugg talks, music industry people shut up and listen.

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In my time giving guitar and other music lessons in Perth, I have always suspected that people who took music lessons were a little sharper than those who didn’t. I never really had any proof, but it just seemed that kids who were doing music had it a bit more “together” than those who don’t.

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Some of the most popular music on the world scene right now is coming from Australian Aboriginal artists. Interest in the music of Australian Aboriginal artists is at an unprecedented level, and we think it’s great.

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The Moffs 'Another Day In The Sun' (1985, Citadel 7") Wednesday, December 19, 2012 1:19pm


The Moffs' guitarist/singer Tom Kazas recalls the making of his band's timeless debut, ‘Another Day in the Sun’, while Richard Lane, Monster Music comrade and member of then label-mates The Stems, shares why the song is still his favourite lesser-known Australian rock gem.

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25% of Australians Listen to Community RadioMonday, December 17, 2012 5:03pm


Yes: you read it right. 25% of Australians listen to community radio. The number, which comes from a McNair Ingenuity survey, was revealed at the recent Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) conference in Melbourne.

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On 1st November, at 12:30pm, approximately 600,000 students in schools across Australia sang the same song at the same time. The song, Different People (Stand Together), was written by professional musician, singer, and songwriter Josh Pyke and three high school students: Sun Woo Kim, a Year 12 student from James Ruse Agricultural High School, NSW; Ryan Chelva, a Year 12 student from Heathdale Christian College, VIC; and Jorja Bromley, a Year 10 student from Shepparton High School, VIC.

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Bethlehem Meets The Year 2012Thursday, December 06, 2012 11:16pm

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This may not be a post about music (Xmas actually), but it's a pretty hysterical clip!  I couldn't resist sharing it.  Funky sound track too  :)

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We covered this a bit in a recent post about learning guitar on tabs, but we feel that it is important to help you fully understand why it’s essential to have a music teacher for any instrument.

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Guitar, piano or drum lessons can be daunting. Years of experience from Perth to Melbourne and all over Australia have taught us that most people are either afraid that they won’t be able to learn, or are impatient and want to play their favourite songs right now.

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Tabs are great, and they are an excellent way to learn. But not if you don’t know what you are doing in the first place. We can help with that.

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Unmarked Tracks: Adventures in Australian MusicTuesday, November 20, 2012 10:16am


Every fortnight or so, Unmarked Tracks will dust off a different record or event from Australian music history, to discuss some of the more significant but overlooked moments in this country’s creative past.

We’ll trawl through the discount bins, along poorly-lit op shop shelves, through dog-eared old copies of street press filled with almost-forgotten concerts or events, to find underappreciated local music worth celebrating.

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Danny & Bailey Achurch

"What is Monster Music?" I hear many people ask.  My short answer is "It's an agency for music teachers", though this is a generalisation and there's a bit more to it...

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We came across a government website called “Artfacts.” It has a lot of great statistics and facts about music. It doesn’t connect the dots very well, but it gives a great series of snapshots about how Australians feel about music, and how they participate.

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Musical Paradigms

For most of “modern” education, it has been accepted that there are three basic learning styles: audio, visual, and tactile.

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Which Style of Guitar Playing is Best for You?Tuesday, October 30, 2012 1:14pm


So, you want to take guitar lessons. Great—you’re in the right place. Now, we need to figure out what is the best style of guitar playing for you. 

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Music LessonsTuesday, October 23, 2012 2:54pm


Over years of being involved in learning, teaching, and playing music, we have identified patterns that can help anyone get the most out of their music lessons. Here are a few tips and traits that seem to be common for most musicians.

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Take piano lessons, practice, and profit: could this be you someday? On behalf of Monster Music, I would like to congratulate Daniel de Borah on his performance in winning the Australian National Piano Award (ANPA).

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In the not-too-distant past, finding a music teacher was a very haphazard process for many. There were gifted students and gifted teachers, but they didn’t always find each other.

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What Kind of a Music Learner are You?Tuesday, October 16, 2012 4:52pm


We have helped people take a lot of music lessons from a lot of different music teachers, in Perth, Melbourne, and most points in between.

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How Long Does it Take to Play Real SongsTuesday, October 09, 2012 11:48am


Music teachers get asked this question all of the time. Really, though, it isn’t a “one size fits all” question. Situations and people are different, and the answers are as varied as those people and situations are.

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Should You Take Singing Lessons?Monday, October 08, 2012 2:46pm


Singing lessons are essential for anyone who wants to sing. From Perth to Melbourne to the US to England, or really anywhere: the music business is beginning to demand that singers are a lot better at their craft than they could get away with as few as ten years ago.

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What it Takes to Play DrumsFriday, October 05, 2012 12:18pm


Despite all of the jokes and stereotypes about drummers, drums are difficult to play; ask any drum teacher in Perth. So, how do you know if you might have what it takes?

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What it Takes to Play PianoThursday, October 04, 2012 11:19am


Have you ever noticed that sometimes it seems like everybody is a guitar player or bass player, but there just aren’t that many piano players around? 

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What it Takes to Play BassWednesday, October 03, 2012 2:17pm


Bass guitar is a deceptively simple instrument. The upside is that you can become competent in a very short period of time. The downside is that it takes a lot longer to master than one would think.

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What it Takes to Play GuitarTuesday, October 02, 2012 12:17pm


In the late 1950’s, there was a working-class lad from England. He was really into blues, rhythm and blues, rockabilly, and rock and roll.

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How to Decide Which Instrument to PlayMonday, October 01, 2012 11:07am


As we mentioned in the last post, first of all, you need to play the instrument that you want to play: not the instrument that someone else wants to play. 

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AFL Grand Final supports Aussie actsFriday, September 28, 2012 4:23pm

Tim Rogers, guest musician at the AFL Grand Final 2012

After the debacle of Meat Loaf's performance at last year's AFL Grand Final, there will be a lot more attention paid to tomorrow's half-time entertainment than usual.

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How to be a Great Music StudentFriday, September 28, 2012 2:34pm


So, which student are you planning on being? Here are a few tips to help you fulfil your potential at whatever instrument you pick up.

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Music Copyrights and WrongsMonday, September 24, 2012 4:25pm

Men At Work

Ever been sued for the music you've made? Not a great experience, as John Fogerty, George Harrison and Men at Work have found out only too well...

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Bruce Springsteen: Therapy, Yes; Drugs, NoThursday, August 02, 2012 8:15am

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In a fantastic new article in The New Yorker, Bruce Springsteen reveals he's been in therapy for 30 years, while bandmate Steven Van Zandt says that Springsteen is the only man he knows who has never used recreational drugs of any kind...

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Online Piracy Rates Fall By 50% in New ZealandWednesday, July 25, 2012 7:43am

Three Strikes New Zealand

Online piracy rates in New Zealand have "halved in two years", according to the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand...

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RIP Deep Purple's Jon LordWednesday, July 18, 2012 7:31am

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Jon Lord, member of Deep Purple and one of rock music’s greatest keyboard players, died on Monday 16 July, at the age of 71.

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John Peel's Record Collection Goes Online Monday, June 11, 2012 3:46pm

John Peel Vinyl Collection

When renowned British broadcaster John Peel passed away in 2004, he left behind a record collection containing some 25,000 vinyl records. Last week marked the start of a huge project to catalogue them all online...

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Rage pays tribute to Beastie Boys' MCAFriday, May 11, 2012 12:36pm

MCA from Beastie Boys

Tonight, ABC TV's Rage will pay tribute to the late Adam 'MCA' Yauch, by replaying two shows guest programmed by he and his fellow Beastie Boys.

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Slam Rally - Don't Kill Live Music

Australian music website Mess+Noise has reported that Arts Minister Simon Crean has committed to additional funding for contemporary music initiatives, to the tune of more than $750,000 per year.

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