About US

 

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Here's A Taste of Some of Our Amazing Courses:

Violin Technique & Repertoire

Orchestra Audition Preparation & Coaching

Chamber Music & Ensemble Coaching

Classical Music Improvisation

Non-Tonal Improvisation

Improvisation - Diverse Musical Styles

Cross-Arts Improvisation

Improvisation Ensemble Skills

Songwriting & Composition

Contemporary Studio & Stage Techniques

Music As Meditation & The Art of Mystical Improvisation

Extended Playing Techniques

Soundscapes & Contemporary Playing Techniques

Going Electric for Strings

Live Looping for Going Electric

Understanding Rhythm, Harmony, Chords & Melody

Personal Mentoring & Coaching Sessions

Meditation & Relaxation For Musicians & Music Teachers

Healing Stage-Fright

The Keys To Creative Awesomeness

Music Improvisation For Teens

Bands & Solo Acts Workshop Series
Healing-Based Activism

 

 

 

 

 

What Makes Us Unique

The courses at The School of Creative Arts are holistic education approaches to practicing, performing and teaching music and the arts, and also include special courses in performing and teaching music improvisation, cross-arts performance, meditation, healing stage-fright, violin technique and repertoire, audition preparation, chamber music coaching, teacher training courses for instrumental teachers, and even some very progressive approaches to holistic activism.

Holistic means everything is done in balance, that we are giving as much focus on the journey to discovering and becoming more aware and comfortable with what unique gifts we have to offer, what we might wish to improve on, and how to function as a bright spark of light in this modern age, as much as we give focus to all the wonderful depth and detail which the music performance and teaching itself contains.


The reason for this is simple: if we can access and bring our deepest essence, experience, intuitive memory and ways of reaching timeless places in ourselves and our students or audiences with the music, it is going to make a difference and bring much value to the world.

As leading artists and teachers in our respective fields, we explore what new leadership could look like through practicing our art form and teaching in ways which touch people’s hearts, bring hope, and which let us be the most useful influence to help what is hurt in us and in others to heal, while we work on ways for feeling safe in our self, deepening our self-esteem, understanding the modalities of coaching, mentoring and teaching, and how each of these modalities has its own special place in music education and situational life.


Holistic courses don’t work by just giving you information and approaches you can use on others, they provide a place for you put them into practice yourself to grow, and change whatever you feel needs changing in your approaches to become everything you would like to be, in any aspect of music performance and teaching which you are passionate about.

We warmly invite you to talk to our Course Office, come and visit our Academy campus, or just enroll in our courses and experience the difference of professional development, education and training which seeks to support you to live your greatest ideals and make a real difference for humanity and the planet.

 

 

 

 

 

Our Faculty

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rupert Guenther

Director of School
Head of Music

 

 

Rupert Guenther is an international concert artist and composer who performs his own original works entirely through improvisation. He has toured and given recitals and live radio broadcasts worldwide for over 20 years, and has independently released over 28 CDs of his own original improvised music since 2003 including five CDs commissioned and recorded for Radio ABC Classic FM in Australia. His concerts and recitals of his original music include Melbourne International Festival (Australia), Bombora House New York City (USA), The Guildhall Festival (London), St Anna Church, Vienna (Austria), Perth Winter Arts Festival (Australia), Monsh University Churchill campus (Australia), London Docklands Museum (UK), Tate Britain London (UK) and further recitals in Italy and Austria. He also performs extensively on electric and acoustic violins in blues, rock and world music groups and has worked with many of the top session players in Australia including Chris Copping (Procul Harem), Stephen Housden (Little River Band), Garry Young (Daddy Cool), Geoff Wright (JJ Cale), Allan Zavod (Frank Zappa, Jean-Luc Ponty), and utilises contemporary playing styles and technology in solo recitals using live looping and electronics.

He has developed and taught his approaches to classical music improvisation, meditation, and healing stage-fright in hundreds of workshops and masterclasses for students of all ages in universities, schools and holiday music camps throughout Australia, the UK, Italy, and Austria for over 15 years. He wrote and founded the classical improvisation courses at the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) at Edith Cowan University and the universities of Monash, Queensland and Western Australia, and has taught masterclasses at Vienna University for The Performing Arts (Austria), the St Paul Summer Academy (Austria), and Vorarlberg State Conservatorium (Austria). He has presented at The European String Teachers Association (ESTA) international conference in Falun, Sweden, The International Society for Improvised Music (Denver USA, and Chateau d’Oex Switzerland), The Reflective Conservatoire (The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London), as well as private classes for some of the world’s top soloists, chamber ensembles, and key players from opera and symphony orchestras in Europe.

His background as a professional violin player includes a Bachelor of Music Performance in classical violin with Brian Finlayson at The Victorian College of The Arts (Melbourne University), a further 3 years of studies in Vienna (Austria) with the renowned Professor Helfried Fister, and Masterclasses with Professor Igor Ozim throughout Australia and Europe. He has held principal positions with The Vienna Chamber Opera, Helios 18 Baroque Ensemble (Vienna), The Johann Strauss Sinfonietta (Vienna), The Australian Pops Orchestra, and played solo electric violin in Greek superstar Demis Roussos’ band, recitals with Hollywood singer-songwriter Lisbeth Scott, as well as tours with pop legends Olivia Newton-John, Anthony Warlow, John Farnham and The Beatles’ producer Sir George Martin.

 

Join Rupert in his music courses:

 

 

Management

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Tanya Servaas

Management, Administration
& Communications

 

 

Tanya Servaas has more than 25 years experience in management, administration and communications in both government and the private sectors. She has been responsible for the overall management of marketing TAFE, training and apprenticeships and traineeships in Western Australia, the project management of large-scale campaigns and events and delivering a high-level of customer service to clients, customers and students.

Tanya is passionate about the arts and meditation, wellbeing and professional and personal development.

Tanya has a Graduate Certificate in Management, Masters in Counseling and Psychotherapy, BA in Social Sciences, Certificate IV in Analytical Psychotherapy; Mentoring and Coaching; and Training and Assessment.

 

Join Tanya in Meditation & Personal Development, Mentoring & Coaching.

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