jetty-roadDiploma of Music Performance IV (1998)


​Successful county music band, Jetty Road met while studying music at Box Hill Institute in 1998. The foursome has firmly established themselves on the country music scene achieving success in Australia and now making waves in Canada and Europe.

With an impressive stable of 4 albums and had nine singles reaching the top 10 on Australian country radio, Jetty Road has now won their second Golden Guitar at the Country Music Awards Australia for Best Group/Duo.
We interviewed Paula Bowman after their exciting win.

What course did you study at Box Hill Institute?

We studied Diploma of Music Performance IV and graduated in 1998.

What did you enjoy about the course?

We enjoyed everything about the course. It was practical and it covered things like how to make a living from the music business. We studied the realistic aspects of being a musician, so we were prepared for what’s out there after study. Now we’re travelling around the world facing the realities of being professional musicians we can see how usefully our Box Hill Institute course was.

Did you feel the diploma prepared you for a career in music?

Yes, the teachers encouraged us to get out there and have a go at playing live. I thought I’d die doing a gig, but the teachers really helped us to get out there. The course helps you build a network of people and full time work opportunities.

Before the course, had you considered any other study or career path?

When I first year left high school I went into photography and my sister Lee went into hospitality. After trying these things we both knew what we were meant to do. We had no career counselling, but we just knew hospitality and photography were not for us.

What advice would you give to prospective students?

Be yourself, don’t try to imitate anyone. Have the knowledge in your heart, and find that thing about you that stands out and makes you unique. You should always be true to yourself.

What’s been the highlight of your career?

The second award we received this year at the CMAA has been extra special. At the awards we had dinner with an idol of ours, Vince Gill, who was very down to earth. We played on the same stage and he kindly listened to our music.

We’ve been fortunate to have travelled the world on tour, which has been amazing. The good times are heightened by having our family around us to celebrate.

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