Music

Simon Edwards_Music Teaching Staff_Box Hill InstituteAcademic Course Manager

Simon is passionate about music performance and music education. He has recorded on an ARIA nominated album, and as a Triple J “Unearthed” winner has played major festivals such as Big Day Out, Bluesfest, and Womad. He backed major recording artists in the house band on a national television program for two years, and has also played at the MCG in front of an audience of 65,000 people. His Masters research focussed on psychological limitations to music practice and performance, and he has held a leadership position in Higher Education for six years.

Courses taught at Box Hill Institute

Bachelor Applied Music – Performance

Qualifications

  • Masters of Music (Performance)
  • Bachelor of Music (Performance)
  • Advanced Certificate in Music (Jazz/Pop)
  • Graduate Diploma of Education
  • Certificate IV TAE

Kevin Hopkins_Music Teaching Staff_Box Hill InstituteTEACHER

Kevin has worked in the entertainment industry for almost 30 years, primarily as an actor and director, and more recently teaching acting skills. He has been an ensemble member of the Australian Shakespeare Company for almost 20 years, and now in addition to performing  each summer in the botanic gardens, also runs several education programs for the company. Kevin has recently run actors workshops in Czech Republic, and this year toured a group of 13 student actors to Prague to present a musical adaption of a Shakespeare play. Kevin has appeared in feature film, TV series, commercials and corporate and training films, but most of his work has been in live theatre. Kevin was Head of Acting at Goulburn Ovens TAFE in NE Victoria for 3 years. For more information please visit www.kevinhopkins.com.au where complete performance and teaching biographies are available.

Qualifications

  • Graduate Oxford Theatre School, (1989)
  • Cert IV TAE

Affiliations

  • Affiliated with and employed by The Australian Shakespeare Company

Pete Satchell_Music Teaching Staff_Box Hill InstituteTeacher

Music has been a life long passion. I have been involved professionally in the music industry for the 20 years. Being able to see Australia and the world playing with my band Dallas Crane and other prominent Australian artists. Currently Dallas Crane are touring our 6th studio album and are recording songs for its follow up.
I enjoy all aspects of music production from seed to completed song and have written, engineered and produced over 250 songs.

I love teaching, it was a natural progression for me. I like to use my industry experience to create an environment that will benefit all students. I have designed music/Sound Production courses for quite a broad variety of groups; from youth-at-risk to Vocational and Higher Education.

I am currently undertaking a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Melbourne that is based on song-writing with youth-at-risk.

Courses taught at Box Hill Institute

  • Certificate‘s III & IV Music
  • Advanced Diploma / Diploma of Sound Production
  • Advanced Diploma / Diploma of Music
  • Bachelor of Sound Production
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Music Business

Qualifications

  • Advanced Diploma in both Sound Production (CUS60209) and Music (CUS60109)
  • Advanced Diploma in Music (CUS60109)
  • Certificate IV of Training and Assessment (TAE41110).
  • Currently I am undertaking a Masters of Fine Arts – Research at Victorian College of the Arts – Melbourne University based on the processes of song-writing with marginalized youth.

Affiliations

  • Singer Songwriter / Guitarist – Dallas Crane
  • Guitarist – Jimmy Barnes band
  • Session guitarist – several established Australian bands
  • Freelance sound engineer / Producer
  • Facilitator – Music Programs – Living Music Australia
  • Facilitator – Music Programs – Department of Human Services
  • Student (Master of Fine Arts) – Melbourne University – Victoria College of the Arts
  • Teacher – Music / Sound Production – Victoria University

TEACHER

Elizabeth is a vocalist, artist, performer, choreographer and self-proclaimed ‘vocal nerd’. After studying Fine Arts at Monash University, Elizabeth followed her artistic passions to undertake a degree in Musical Theatre. During this time she developed a strong fascination with the human voice, in particular its function and how it can be trained.

Following her 2011 graduation, Elizabeth continued her study of vocal health and technique, completing her CFP in Estill voice control and TAE in Music education. Through the extensive knowledge gained in her research, she became a highly sought after vocal coach to singers, speakers and performers alike.

Whilst working as a vocal coach has become a full-time career, Elizabeth still performs live in Soul Sextet, Miss Lizzy & The Night Owls, likened to a ‘female-led Rolling Stones’. As a vocalist, manager and songwriter, Elizabeth will continue to be a regular face on the Melbourne performing arts scene.

Courses taught at Box Hill Institute

  • Music and Musical Theatre courses

Qualifications

  • Fine Arts at Monash University
  • Degree in Musical Theatre
  • CFP in Estill voice control
  • TAE in Music Education

Affiliations

  • Soul Sextet ‘Miss Lizzy & The Night Owls’

Bachelor of Applied Business in Music Industry

Frank Varrasso_Music Teaching Staff_Box Hill InstituteLecturer

Frank Varrasso has run promotions and publicity departments at both state and national levels for numerous Record Labels, including Warner Music Australia, EMI Music Australia, and Festival Mushroom Records, and was Senior Director of National Promotions and Publicity at Sony Music, before starting his own media promotions and publicity company, Varrasso PR in 2009.

With over 20 years’ experience in the music industry, Frank has worked with international and local artists including P!nk, Justin Timberlake, Kings of Leon, Oasis, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Madonna, Blur, Green Day, Foo Fighters, Beyoncé, Eskimo Joe, to name but a few. Frank brings his wealth of knowledge and experience to the Box Hill Institute campus record label, booking agency and artist management company – “Boxa ” – which provides students with genuine ‘real world’ experience and small group mentoring. He also oversees the very successful Box Hill Institute Music Business internship program, helping place students into high profile music industry internships which often lead to ongoing employment in the industry.

Frank Varrasso lectures in the Applied Business suite of subjects, Marketing & PR, Record Industry, Artist Management and Internship subjects.

Penny Weber_Music Teaching Staff_Box Hill InstituteLecturer

Penny is a music business entrepreneur with businesses over the years ranging from music industry recruitment agencies to Artist Management. Her business managed the careers of: True Live, The Raah Project, Paris Wells, Josh Abrahams, Describe Eliza, Quadraphonic, The Grand Silent System (Shock), The Sound Movement, Virtue, Offcutts (Rubber), Lindsay Gravina (producer at Birdland Studios), Irwin Thomas (Jack Jones) to name a few. She has also works in Music licensing and Film.

Penny has created, facilitated and run education programs, conferences, forums, workshops, masterclasses and online seminars nationally and locally on business practise within the music industries. She has worked as the Professional Development Manager of a Music Industry Advisory body and as the director of the Digital Entertainment Program Plug In Summit and recruitment agency Cover Your Artz.

Penny has contributed to the film, music, digital and education industries as an artist manager and arts administrator for the music business sector. Her roles have varied from working with film composers (Cezary Skubiszewski), record companies (Standard Records RCM International/Standard Music Publishing), Industry associations, artists (Jam Packed Entertainment), Venue Bookers (Indie Initiative at Metro Nightclub) and music producers (Lindsay Gravina of Birdland Studios). Her experience in film has been as a producer/ music supervisor for independent production company, Truncated Pictures on the film Verite taking it to Cannes Film Festival in 2007.

Penny lectures in the Management suite of subjects and Entrepreneurship.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Performing Arts – Monash University
  • Masters in Business Administration (Executive) – RMIT
  • Masters of Commerce – RMIT

Abby Gee_Music Teaching Staff_Box Hill InstituteLecturer

Abby Gee has an extensive event management and music industry experience spanning some 20 years. She is the principal of music and events company One Little Indian Enterprises and has worked on tours with artists including Katy Perry, Lana Del Ray, U2, Wolfmother, Bjork, Madonna, Garbage and Portishead amongst others.

Her previous and current client roster includes Future Entertainment, Fuzzy, the Australian Independent Record Labels Association Awards, Sound Campaign, Secret Sounds, Rubber Records, Universal Music, and the Honorable Al Gore’s Climate Project and His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s national tour as national events manager.

Abby’s academic record evidences her solid foundation in events and music management theory: Abby has a Music Business Diploma from Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA; an Advanced Diploma in Events from Swinburne University; a Bachelor of Business (Music Industry) from Victoria University, Melbourne, and Abby is currently in her final year of her Bachelor of Laws at Victoria University.

In 2011 Abby’s first book, Event Management Theory & Practice was published by US publisher McGraw Hill and received wide industry praise for its relevance and detailed and practical industry focused content.

Abby lectures in Event Management, Law and Business Creation & Development.

Shayne Hood_Music Teaching Staff_Box Hill InstituteLecturer

Shayne has been working in the music industry for over 10 years. He has held roles such as Record Label Manager, Tour Manager and Artist Manager and worked along side some of the Australian music industries most influential business counterparts. His scope also spans beyond music, though his work as local marketing and branding ambassador for some of the worlds biggest skateboard companies and street culture communities. He is also an acclaimed photographer and filmmaker. This wealth of experience, makes him a very versatile lecturer.

Shayne has been a music business lecturer at Box Hill Institute for over 8 years, he specialises in fields such as Marketing, Copyright Law/Publishing, Contract Law, Future of Music and Artist/Event Management.

Brett Canning_Music Teaching Staff_Box Hill InstituteLECTURER

Brett Canning is a Melbourne based musician. He has performed and/or recorded with a range of artists including Missy Higgins, The Audreys, Ross Wilson, Elle Greenwich, Pete Murray, Delta Goodrem and Ben Lee. He has been nominated for an APRA award (Blues and Roots Song of the Year) for his songwriting work with Josh Cunningham of the Waifs. Brett composed the score and is Musical Director for the Sydney Opera House funded show BPM Beats Per Minute. BPM have enjoyed sell-out seasons at the Sydney Opera House, Chapel Off Chapel, Adelaide Festival and the Pasadena Theatre in Los Angeles.

Brett’s bass playing can be heard on several commercial recordings including; Missy Higgins ‘Special Two Ep’, The Audreys ‘Sometimes the Stars’, ‘Till My Tears Roll Away’ and Dave Ross McDonald (Waifs) ‘Knuckled, Brassed and Bone’. His TV and DVD appearances include; Waveaid (live at the SCG), MTV live from Darling Harbor, CDUSA, Max Sessions, O2 Wireless Festival (UK), Hey Hey its Saturday and Rove Live.

Brett is regularly employed by major production companies as a bassist in theatre. He has performed in national and international productions of Jersey Boys, Cats, Rock of Ages, SHOUT and Rocky Horror.

Brett holds a degree in music improvisation and is completing a masters degree by research. He teaches the subject “History of Music and Popular Culture” into the Music Business Degreee.

Warren Burt_Music Teaching Staff_Box Hill Institute

LECTURER

Warren Burt is a composer, performer, writer, video maker, instrument builder, software designer and a few other things.  He attended The University at Albany (BA 1971) and University of California, San Diego (MA 1975) before moving to Australia in 1975. In 2007 he received a PhD from the University of Wollongong, for his work in microtonal music.  In Australia he has worked in academia, as a freelance composer, a radio producer, a writer, and a community arts organizer.  His compositions and video works have been performed around the world, including a number of performances and commissions over the years from the Astra Choir, and his music has been released on Pogus, Tall Poppies, XI, Move, Capstone and Logos Records among others, as well as almost 100 releases on his own Scarlet Aardvark label. He currently teaches “aesthetics” into the Music Business course.

Matt Voigt_Music Teaching Staff_Box Hill InstituteLECTURER

Matt Voigt started working at RBX studios in 1992 where he worked on the recording and mixing of TV Ad’s, documentaries, jingles and Freeza battle of the band winners. After nearly 2 years, he moved to the famous Sing Sing Studios. There he learnt recording, mixing and production techniques from international producers such as Nick Launay, Nick Dadia, Tom Lord-Alge, VictorVan Vugt and many other acclaimed local producers.

During Matt’s time at Sing Sing he worked on classic albums like, The Living End debut albumand Powderfinger Odyssey Number 5. Matt has also recorded and mixed for acts like, Cat Power, The Dirty Three, Kiss,The Killers, Will I Am, and on the sound for films such as Lantana and Praise. In more recent years Matt has worked on projects for bands such as The Smith Street Band, Big Scary, The Twerps, The Ocean Party, The Nation Blue and Oh Mercy.

Matts continues to produce record and mix music and is passionate about sharing his
knowledge, experience and ideas with like-minded artists and producers. He is currently studying a Masters of Fine Arts (Production) at VCA – Melb University.

Master of International Music Business

Penny Weber_Music Teaching Staff_Box Hill InstituteLecturer

Penny is a music business entrepreneur with businesses over the years ranging from music industry recruitment agencies to Artist Management. Her business managed the careers of: True Live, The Raah Project, Paris Wells, Josh Abrahams, Describe Eliza, Quadraphonic, The Grand Silent System (Shock), The Sound Movement, Virtue, Offcutts (Rubber), Lindsay Gravina (producer at Birdland Studios), Irwin Thomas (Jack Jones) to name a few. She has also works in Music licensing and Film.

Penny has created, facilitated and run education programs, conferences, forums, workshops, masterclasses and online seminars nationally and locally on business practise within the music industries. She has worked as the Professional Development Manager of a Music Industry Advisory body and as the director of the Digital Entertainment Program Plug In Summit and recruitment agency Cover Your Artz.

Penny has contributed to the film, music, digital and education industries as an artist manager and arts administrator for the music business sector. Her roles have varied from working with film composers (Cezary Skubiszewski), record companies (Standard Records RCM International/Standard Music Publishing), Industry associations, artists (Jam Packed Entertainment), Venue Bookers (Indie Initiative at Metro Nightclub) and music producers (Lindsay Gravina of Birdland Studios). Her experience in film has been as a producer/ music supervisor for independent production company, Truncated Pictures on the film Verite taking it to Cannes Film Festival in 2007.

Penny lectures in the Management suite of subjects and Entrepreneurship.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Performing Arts – Monash University
  • Masters in Business Administration (Executive) – RMIT
  • Masters of Commerce – RMIT