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Helen Perris Music Studio About Music Lessons Blacktown Hills District Western Sydney Lalor Park

“A learning environment where exploration and creativity are nurtured and encouraged!” – Katrina

Location

Helen Perris Music Studio has been operating in various locations for over fifteen years and now services Blacktown, Seven Hills, Lalor Park, Kings Langley and the Hills District of Sydney from our permanent location in Lalor Park. Many students travel from further afield to attend lessons at the studio.

We also offer online lessons for those who cannot attend in person lessons.

Aims & Philosophy

The Studio’s aim is to provide a safe space for creative exploration, where every student is set up to succeed. We believe that a high quality music education that develops each student’s authentic voice is essential. HPMS is a welcoming place for all, and we embrace and celebrate individual difference. We have a special interest in the support of neurodivergent, anxious and/or “quirky” students. We are committed to continued professional development to ensure that our methods are aligned with best practice.

Students will be immersed in both the technical and artistic sides of their chosen instrument, with a strong focus on communicative techniques. Theoretical and historical context is also covered in order to achieve a holistic approach to developing musicians, not just singers or pianists. Many students also explore composition, songwriting and improvisation. Lessons are tailored to individual needs.

Students will be given guidance not only throughout lessons, but also on how to make the most of the time between lessons. Goal setting, task management and learning how to prioritise are integral to lesson structure, empowering students to take control of their learning experience.

The Studio fosters a strong sense of community, encouraging students to perform with and for each other whenever possible.

Student Successes

Current and previous students have been accepted into institutions such as NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art), AMDA (American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City), WAAPA (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts), Newtown Performing Arts High School, University of Western Sydney, McDonald College, Macquarie University, JMC Academy and the Australian Institute of Music, offered recording contracts, performed professionally in theatre and film, and some are now teaching in schools or private studios themselves.

Other past students have gone on to successful careers in areas outside of the arts (including science, law, medicine and finance) and credit their performing arts education as integral to their success.

Awards and Commendations

Helen Perris Music Studio has received the following awards in the Blacktown Local Business Awards:

  • 2024 – Winner – Outstanding Performing Arts
  • 2021 – Winner – Business Person of the Year (Helen Perris)
  • 2020 – Winner – Outstanding Performing Arts
  • 2018 – Winner – Outstanding Sole Trader
  • 2024 – Finalist – Outstanding Youth (Bella Riitano)
  • 2023 – Finalist – Outstanding Youth (Bella Riitano)
  • 2023 – Finalist – Outstanding Performing Arts
  • 2022 – Finalist – Business Person of the Year (Helen Perris)
  • 2022 – Finalist – Outstanding Youth (Bella Riitano)
  • 2022 – Finalist – Outstanding Performing Arts
  • 2021 – Finalist – Outstanding Youth (Bella Riitano)
  • 2021 – Finalist – Outstanding Performing Arts
  • 2020 – Finalist – Outstanding Youth (Bella Riitano)
  • 2019 – Finalist – Outstanding Sole Trader
  • 2017 – Finalist – Outstanding Specialised Business
  • 2016 – Finalist – Outstanding Specialised Business

Helen Perris Music Studio has achieved the following commendations:

  • 2024 – Winner – Yamaha Music Teacher Award: Breakout (Helen Perris)Helen Perris, dressed in black sequins, is presented with her Yamaha Break Award by Managing Director of Yamaha Music Australia, Masa Shibazaki. He is wearing a blue blazer and white shirt and they are standing in front of a lit, blue curtain.
  • 2021 – Winner – Yamaha Music Teacher Award: Breakout (Helen Perris)
  • 2023 – Finalist – Performing Arts Category – Australian Women’s Small Business Champion Awards
  • 2023 – Finalist – Music Tuition Category – Australian Small Business Champion Awards
  • 2022 – Finalist – Music Tuition Category – Australian Small Business Champion Awards
  • 2022 – Finalist – Performing Arts Category – Australian Women’s Small Business Champion Awards
  • 2021 – Finalist – Performing Arts Category – Australian Small Business Champion Awards