Redfern Music School
Inspires the Musicians and Actors of Tomorrow
If you’re a parent in Sydney’s eastern suburbs and looking for a modern and progressive music school for your kids, then Imperial Artistry is a ‘must see’ for your list. Opened in 2016, the School was Founded by Caleb Alloway; probably best known to Australian audiences as Will Zannis from Home and Away.
Before he appeared on our television screens, Caleb studied music at university. He graduated with an Associate Diploma in Music (for the piano and grade 5 trumpet) and went on to qualify as a certified teacher through the Australian Music Examination Board (AMusA and CMusA). It will come as no surprise to those who know him, that while at university he also taught himself to play the guitar and flute.
But it was not until filming finished on his big screen debut that he began teaching. It was the Sci-Fi film ‘The Osiris Child’ where he appears alongside Rachael Griffiths and filming for his next movie appearance was not due to start for months. Faced with the prospects of no income until then, he decided to teach piano. What began as a stop gap between acting jobs quickly snowballed and as word spread, he was swamped by friends wanting to add their children to his growing list of students.
Teaching music to school aged kids is not for the faint hearted. Perhaps it stems from his own childhood experiences and having grown up with 11 brothers and sisters, but Caleb has a unique affinity with children. Opening the School has allowed him to combine this with his greatest passion – music. Clearly the combination works and works well because the little enterprise he started 4 years ago now has more than 120 weekly students and employs another 12 professional music and acting teachers.
Piano, guitar, flute and trumpet are amongst the instrument focus with lessons available for beginners, intermediate and advanced. The school also offers programs in music theory as well as singing and acting lessons. Word has it that adult classes will soon be added to the list.
At Imperial Artistry, each new child receives a free introductory lesson. This allows the child and their parents to experience the School firsthand before any commitment is made. Students are assessed according to aptitude, skill and ability and a lesson program is then designed to meet their individual needs.
As music schools go, Imperial Artistry is relatively new on the scene and therefore not steeped in tradition. The teaching methods are best described as modern and progressive. Parent participation is encouraged, and instead of the typical authoritarian teaching style you’ll find teachers, parents and students are equally respected. As for the culture, it’s a spirited community where everyone has an important part to play and they all share the same goal – to create an environment that nurtures and inspires artistic talent.
So, if your child is aged between 5 and 17 and the have an ear for music, show interest in playing an instrument or they simply enjoy the limelight and entertaining the family at home - then Imperial Artistry could very well be what you’re looking for.