Local artist Laura Jenkins is one of the tutors announced for the new academy.
Local artist Laura Jenkins is one of the tutors announced for the new academy. Contributed

New music academy for Byron Bay

A GROUP of local professionals have geared up to launch a new not-for-profit music academy in Byron Bay's industrial estate.

The aim is to harness local potential and to provide the kind of structured music tuition that will foster musical excellence and not exclude anyone on the basis of capacity to pay.

The team hopes to make Byron a place of pilgrimage for music students from across Australia.

One of the founders of the new enterprise, Phil Shayer, previously established a similar project in the UK.

When Phil's Byron-based brand Ernst Kaps Pianoforte took on premises in Centennial Circuit recently he wondered what to do with unoccupied space there.

The Cape Byron Music Academy is in busy development as a not-for-profit, already with a full stable of qualified teachers, and ready to take in its first students.

According to their website, the initial list of tutors will be:

  • Guitar:  Laura Jenkins  and Phillip Brandolini
  • Piano: Christina Ryigert, Christina Gobet-Freeman and Sarah Mulvin
  • Saxophone: Michael Raymond
  • Flute: Jillian Broughton
  • Strings: Dominic Rado
  • Vocals: Laura Jenkins
  • Music theory: Dominic Rado
  • Contemporary music studies: Dominic Rado
  • Music therapy: Kassie Sofia
  • Early learning introduction to music: Christina Gobet-Freeman
  • Songwriting workshops: Laura Jenkins
  • My music classes (ages three - 12): Christina Rygiert

The Cape Byron Music Academy will be located in 67 Centennial Circuit, Industrial Estate, Byron Bay.

Click here to visit their website. 


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