Tutors

COMBINING 150 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY.

We’re very proud of our dedicated, professional and highly experienced teaching team. We hand pick experts and professionals from the industry, who bring to the course a wide range of different skills and expertise to support the breadth of learning and knowledge with which our students graduate.

Alongside our core team of regular lecturers we invite in specialists who have worked with musicians and artists of all genres from the likes of Justin Bieber, Will.I.Am, Closure In Moscow, Savage Garden, Olivia Newton John, The Living End, Pete Murray, Troye Sivan, Eskimo Joe and many many more in our Melbourne Campus alone.


David Weaver

Lecturer

David is a composer, sound designer, and re-recording engineer based out of Melbourne, Australia. Having worked extensively in short films, documentaries, TVCs, feature films, VR applications and video games, his work can be seen in festivals internationally, enjoying success in Mexico, Los Angeles, Paris, Berlin, London, and Canada. His work as an assistant composer and sound engineer to Original Score Studios saw a nomination for Best Music in a Documentary at the AACTA awards, and his work has been premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival, at TEDx Talks and Madrid International Film Festival. A sound library and sample Instrument developer, his interest in sound has him acting in diverse roles of audio teams at multiple levels in the industry.

Paul Edwards

Academic Manager

Paul’s career in the audio and education industry stretches over 14 years. He initially started out as a guitarist playing in numerous bands with various residencies throughout Melbourne before becoming the Chief Sound Engineer at one of Melbourne’s leading event management companies where he was responsible for FOH, and artist and event management for local and touring artists.

For 10 years Paul worked as both Audio Department Coordinator and Campus Manager at SAE Creative Media Institute before moving to Abbey Road Institute for its inception in 2015 as the National Academic Manager. Paul has subsequently been responsible for steering the organisation through registration and accreditation stages, whilst completing all curriculum design, implementation, and review processes for all Australian courses.

Paul holds a Cert IV in Music Business; a Bachelor in Music Industry through Victoria University; an Honors in Music through Monash University, and has completed a Masters of Business Administration through Southern Cross University in 2015.

Beau McKee

Lecturer

Beau McKee was a founding member and Drummer of Internationally successful band “Closure in Moscow” whom were signed to Equal Vision Records with such bands on their roster as Refused, Circa Survive and Coheed & Cambria. He has travelled the world and has had many fortunate experiences, most recently session drumming for Artist Sky Ferreira on a short run Australian tour in 2014. He has also had the opportunity to work alongside several top tier recording Engineers whilst abroad, enabling him to gain extensive industry knowledge and experience.

Beau has obsessively delved into engineering, mixing and mastering projects which has gained him attention both nationally and internationally for his ears and production techniques.

With the advent of boutique audio recording and niche sounds, Beau is comfortable recording a wide range of genres, consistently providing artists with an exceptional final product. With over a decade of musical experience up his sleeve, Beau has quickly become one of the most prominent engineer’s in today’s musical landscape.

Beau is based out of one Australia’s finest recording establishment Oaklands Studios located in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia and is also teaching Audio Production at Abbey Road Institute!

Julian Davis

Lecturer - Business and Law

Julian Davis is a music industry lawyer and business identity with many years experience in record label management, tour and event promotion, and ticketing and logistics. Julian is also an accomplished musician and producer in his own right, who has over a decades experience in delivering music industry business and law subjects in vocational and higher education environments.

Brad Toan

Technical Manager and Senior Tutor

Over the last 6 years, Brad Toan has forged a name for himself in both the Melbourne live performance and recording industries as an engineer, technician and audio equipment specialist. Working closely with both up-and-coming and established artists, Brad will often be found behind the sounds emanating from some of Melbourne’s most (in)famous music venues. In daylight hours Brad can be found sequestered in the technical office of Abbey Road Institute’s studios in Southbank where he serves as the Technical Manager of the state-of-the-art studios he personally designed, installed and now oversees with his trademark attention to detail and perfectionist mindset.

Alex Braithwaite

Alex’s career in the music industry started eight years ago with the release of the first Trumpdisco song into the blogosphere. Taking solo control of the Trumpdisco project in 2012, Alex played gigs in South Korea, Europe, Canada and South Africa as well as Australia, while the Trumpdisco remix of Kanye West’s ‘Black Skinhead’ was played in the opening sequence to the 2014 MTV VMAs. In 2017 the Trumpdisco project was rebranded to SUB-human and signed to Flux Pavilion’s ‘Circus Records’ with a debut EP due for release in mid 2017.

Alex’s professional audio engineering career started after working with Slumberjack on their debut EP which went on to great success. This gave Alex the confidence to start his own mixing and mastering business.

In 2016 Alex graduated from Abbey Road Institute Melbourne which enabled him to refine and develop his audio skills far beyond his expectations. His time at Abbey Road Institute also helped him to understand the professional workings on the industry and both his solo project and engineering business have benefited greatly. Since graduating Alex was honoured to be asked back to Abbey Road Institute Melbourne where he will be teaching the trimester two students Ableton.

Steeve Body

Steeve is a screen composer and multi-instrumentalist with a background in music production & engineering, originally from the French Island La Reunion. He has over 10 years working experience in the Australian market. Steeve has owned and operated studios, engineered world renowned artists such as De La Soul, Yothu Yindi and Seal, composed music for major brand TV campaign such as Yalumba, Holden and HTC, scored several short films and a feature film, and mixed countless amounts of content for TV and cinema.

Steeve’s formative years were focused on classical music before transitioning, as a teenager, to the inevitable appeal of Rock, Alternative, Pop & Funk. Playing the guitar, bass and a bit of drums Steeve’s passion for music grew deeper as he started developing a keen interest for traditional music from La Reunion and folk music from around the world. Consequently he started to acquire a variety of exotic instruments and percussions from Africa, Asia and Europe and learnt their mechanics, sounds and culture implications as he went along.

After studying physics at university, Steeve decided to leave his native Reunion Island in 2001 for a bigger island – Australia and pursue his musical dreams, graduating with a degree in music production in 2003. Fresh out of school he started his own commercial recording studio in Sydney with a fellow classmate and slowly made his way up in the industry.

After many years producing, song writing and engineering for other people, whilst working as a freelance sound mixer and sound designer for film and tv, it has become clear that his skills and passion are best suited for the field of music composition for film and television. Writing music for picture has proven to be the most fulfilling experience Steeve has had as a musician as it has allowed him to combine his love for instrumental music, film and technology together in one.

Paul Brandoli

Paul Brandoli is a songwriter/topliner, vocal producer and producer. Currently signed to Ministry Of Sound’s (AUS) 120 Publishing, Paul works with some of the most talented artists in the electronic & pop music genres today and has had releases with labels including Spinnin’ Deep, Armada, Musical Freedom, Ministry Of Sound, Sony, One Love, Vicious and Central Station.

 

Having several ARIA #1 Club hits, numerous ARIA Club chart top 10s, a Beatport top 5 and a few ARIA top 40 singles under his writing belt, Paul combines the creative aspects of songwriting with an A&R sensibility.

 

“Expressing your artistry is vital but having a realistic vision and plan as to where you want to take your career is essential.Make sure you have the right elements from the start.”

Education is more than a lecture. It is decades of experience from all corners of the globe brought together into a community of dedicated and passionate individuals joined together in journey to push the limits of creativity. This is what we aspire to every day at Abbey Road.

Paul Ledingham, CEO

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.

Paul Edwards, Academic Manager

There is surely no better place to be when you are studying music production and sound engineering!

Tori Sunnucks, Graduate

On the first day of the course it was clear that I had found my tribe; we’re like a family, and it’s uncanny how everyone gets on creatively.

Deborah Melliard, Graduate