Music Academy adds top staff

The Blue Mountains Music Academy is stepping up the tempo. 

The new academy, formerly Waratah Music School, has just relaunched with two new studios and new teachers being added to the roster.

Academy director Tracey Yarad has 25 years of teaching under her belt. She studied at the NSW State Conservatorium of Music and since graduating has been teaching piano and voice. Recording her first pop single at the age of 20, Yarad went on to produce, train, coach and perform in Australian music groups with icons such as Eddie Raynor (Split Enz), Tommy Emmanuel, Sharon O’Neill and Hiram Bullock.

Yarad opened the school in 2002 and is pleased to be launching a brand new look for the academy.

Names from Oz music fame such as Tony Mitchell bassist and songwriter from legendary Australian band Sherbet is now available at BMMA for private classes on a monthly basis.

Rex Goh also joins this talented cast of teachers bringing with him the title of Australia’s ‘most heard’ guitarist. After working with greats such as Air Supply, Tom Jones, The Supremes and The Temptations, students at the academy who book in with Goh are in the very best of hands.

Pete Drummond, from legendary Australasian band Dragon, is a successful drummer, soundtrack composer and songwriter who has played and recorded with many artists. He has also taken up residence, offering weekly lessons that are booking up fast.

Other Oz music specialists including Robyn Dunne, Julia Day and Gina Tedeschi are joining the ranks and have extensive backgrounds as professional working musicians in Australia and abroad.

Yarad is pleased to offer a scholarship for lessons at BMMA and is proud to admit the school has helped many young students forge ahead into musical careers of their own.

Students at BMMA are given opportunities to perform and challenge themselves by joining forces with other students in band programs. 

Yarad said: “Music is a universal language that we should all learn. BMMA is a place to learn, a place to laugh, a place to meet and make musical connections and above all follow your passion.”

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