We’re very proud of our dedicated, professional and highly experienced staff. We hand-pick experts and practitioners in the music industry, and they bring a wide range of skills and talents to the course.

Scott Saunders

Academic Coordinator

Scott Saunders has had a remarkable musical career for over 40 years as a composer, performer, musical director, producer, educator, and researcher. 

Best known as the founder of DIG (aka Direction in Groove) which toured locally and internationally playing jazz festivals including; Montreux, North Sea, Vienna and many other venues establishing a unique and highly respected place in Australian musical history.  

Scott has received a Gold Record, a MO and 2 APRA awards and several ARIA Nominations. 

He has composed scores for screen, theatre and large-scale works for Sydney Festival and the Queensland Music Festival.

Scott has collaborated with many artists including Dave Mason for the VIVID festival and Touch Sensitive (Future Classic).

Scott also has a Master of Philosophy (Music) thesis; “The Aesthetics of Groove”.

His latest venture Vudu Boogaloo explores funked up Hammond organ Soul Jazz grooves.

Stefan Du Randt

Stefan Du Randt has quickly earned a reputation as one of Studios 301’s most prolific producers, mixing and recording engineers. Stefan moved to Australia in 2015, relocating from South Africa where he owned and operated his own studio in Johannesburg. He was also the principal engineer for Grammy Award-winning producer Darryl Torr (Soweto Gospel Choir), where he worked on albums by MTV and SAMA award-winning artists Die Antwoord, Spoek Mathambo, Zebra & Giraffe, Gangs of Ballet and Shortstraw. 

Stefans engineering credits are highlighted by his work on Mac Millers’ posthumous album “Circles”, alongside an impressive list of notable Australian and International artists such as Elton John, Zedd, Delta Goodrem, Peking Duk, Diesel and many more.

Stefan has recently developed a niche for mentoring up and coming engineers alongside building and facilitating the 301 Academy. He hopes to continue sharing his knowledge and expertise with Abbey Road Institute students, particularly in the mixing and recording process.

Simon Cohen

Simon Cohen is undoubtedly one of the best vocal producers and mix engineers in Australia.

His work is commonly showcased on a global stage, having achieved Grammy and ARIA nominated accolades, along with multi-platinum accreditations and several billion plays on Spotify and iTunes combined.

It’s Simon’s precise and detailed approach to vocal recordings which has made him a sought-after producer and engineer for both Australian and international artists alike.

Highlighted by his vocal engineering for Justin Bieber’s worldwide #1 smash hit “Love Yourself”, Simon’s engineering credits span an admirable list of renowned artists from Australia and across the globe, including Will.I.Am, Guy Sebastian, Illy, Set Mo, Vera Blue, Thundamentals, Thelma Plum, Indian Summer, Jess Kent, Horrorshow, M-Phazes, ASTA, Justice Crew, JOY, Nicole Millar, Tuka, Urthboy, Movement and many more.

As a mix engineer Simon’s skills are showcased on credits such as Starley’s breakthrough hit single “Call on me”, Voice 2017 winner Judah Kelly’s #1 single “Count on me” and an array of releases by Jessica Mauboy, Kilter, Glades, Teddy Cream, Coda Conduct, Horrorshow, JOY, Will Sparks, Savage, Stara, Emma Pask, Spit Syndicate and the list goes on.

Most recently honing his craft towards artist development and full-fledged track production, Simon’s speciality lies in consistently capturing the absolute best performance from his clients, while maintaining a technically-savvy approach to his craft.


Adrian Breakspear

Adrian Breakspear is a GRAMMY nominated and ARIA winning producer, engineer and mixer whose credits include Gang of Youths, Boy and Bear, Delta Goodrem, Ricky Martin and Pharrell.

Adrian began his career in London in 2001 and spent 11 years working in some of London’s most iconic studios, including Miloco, Strongroom and Abbey Road.

In 2017 Adrian won the ‘Producer of the Year’ ARIA Award for his work on Gang of Youths’ sophomore album, ‘Go Farther in Lightness’. Adrian also has two ARIA ‘Engineer of the Year’ nominations, and a Grammy Nomination for his work on Pharrell’s chart-topping album, ‘G I R L’.

More recently Adrian has been working with CLEWS, Johnny Hunter, pinkiscool, and The Two Romans (Switzerland) in production and mixing roles.

In 2021, Adrian joined the roster of engineers and producers at Studios 301, making his wealth of knowledge & experience available to clients as well as becoming part of the wider 301 community by joining Abbey Road Institute as a guest lecturer.

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This course taught me how to set up a freelance structure. Knowing things about invoicing and tax and learning how much I should charge. Abbey Road taught me that I have to look after this myself.

Alex Mraz, Graduate

Before I was at Abbey Road, it was easy to write a song, and get a singer. But the songwriting process doesn’t work like that. It was important to understand vocal production, writing, and music. It should all happen simultaneously.

Joel Robinson, Graduate

Abbey Road really helped me with the foundation of audio. It’s an overwhelming subject at first, but [the course] really breaks it down and really makes it digestible.

Charlotte Adelle, Graduate

The time I spent at Abbey Road Institute helped me transform my skills. I came from a bedroom producer who made music as a hobby to an audio professional.

Phoenix Manson, Graduate

Abbey Road was the perfect stepping stone into my professional career as an artist and audio engineer.

Alex Braithwaite, Graduate

Studying the past year at Abbey Road has been phenomenal. The teaching staff are top notch and I now have a community of people to draw on who are as obsessed with music as me.  

Emily Toner, Graduate

Abbey Road Institute gives students the head-start they need to succeed in today's industry.  The facilities at Melbourne are second to none and it’s great to see students grow and be rewarded for their efforts.

David Weaver, Academic Coordinator