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GIANNI MICHELINI

Founder of National Music Academy

Gianni started his love affair with the guitar at the age of 11 and started to play professionally at the age of 13 at cafes and restaurants serenading the patrons.

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This humble beginning taught Gian that even though he was getting lessons which were fantastic these did not encompass any real world applications like setting up a PA, or even how to put together an appropriate set list. Gian went on to study at the Conservatorium of Newcastle studying a Bachelor of Music with acclaimed guitarist Gareth Koch. After graduating, Gianni furthered his studies in Italy and Spain studying under many acclaimed teachers including Manuel Berraquerro, Juan Martin, and flamenco master and virtuoso Jeronimo Maya

Gianni started teaching guitar in 1996 and his goal has been to create a program for students which nutures, mentors, guides and helps all students, no matter what level, to have an authentic experience at learning their instrument. Customising and finding out what students goals are has been the driving element in making National Music Academy more then just a place of tuition but a network of like minded artists who strive to help students achieve their dream.

Gianni is also an artist and songwriter and is one of today’s few unique artists to equally blend songs and instrumental tracks, Gian’s 20yrs of study and public performance in Australia and overseas has not only gained him respect from his peers but has also been creating attention with a list of credits and awards to his name.

Gianni collected the most awards ever received by one artist in one year at the 2005 ABC Music Awards being “Best Artist”, “Best Male Vocalist”, “Broadcaster’s Choice”, and “APRA Songwriter of the Year”. Prior to these he received awards for “Best Instrumental Artist In Australia”, “Top 5 Artist in R&B Category” and “Top 5 Artist in World Music Category” at the 2004 MusicOz Awards.

That same year Gian’s haunting Moorish track Aire featured on Petrol Records Compilation Beach Vibes – Byron Bay, which became the 11th most downloaded instrumental track on the US i-Tunes charts. Following this success, Gianni was quickly signed for an adjoined deal to ABC and Universal Records Australia.

In 2005, Gianni collaborated with Grammy nominated songwriter/producer Paul Pederson (The Corrs, Prince, and George Benson) and 2008 saw him tour extensively throughout 35 countries in South America, North America, Europe and Africa promoting his November 2007 album Feel the Music. Gian has also played in 2011 with Sheila E (Prince), (2012) Eric Bibb and many other national and international artists.

Performing at such venues as the Sydney Opera House, The Basement and Lizzotte’s to Miami’s World Music Conference, his vibrant and very musical performances with world-class musicians accompanying him brings Gian’s music to life.

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ELLA MOULDER

Vocal Specialist
Ella started teaching at 16 years old and has been inspiring her students ever since.
With a background in classical music, jazz, theatre as well as contemporary pop and rock she has helped many students gain music scholarships and acceptance into selective schools.

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Her love for music and helping other musicians to better their craft is what influences her the most.

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GIANNI MICHELINI

Founder of National Music Academy

Gianni started his love affair with the guitar at the age of 11 and started to play professionally at the age of 13 at cafes and restaurants serenading the patrons.

Read More

This humble beginning taught Gian that even though he was getting lessons which were fantastic these did not encompass any real world applications like setting up a PA, or even how to put together an appropriate set list. Gian went on to study at the Conservatorium of Newcastle studying a Bachelor of Music with acclaimed guitarist Gareth Koch. After graduating, Gianni furthered his studies in Italy and Spain studying under many acclaimed teachers including Manuel Berraquerro, Juan Martin, and flamenco master and virtuoso Jeronimo Maya

Gianni started teaching guitar in 1996 and his goal has been to create a program for students which nutures, mentors, guides and helps all students, no matter what level, to have an authentic experience at learning their instrument. Customising and finding out what students goals are has been the driving element in making National Music Academy more then just a place of tuition but a network of like minded artists who strive to help students achieve their dream.

Gianni is also an artist and songwriter and is one of today’s few unique artists to equally blend songs and instrumental tracks, Gian’s 20yrs of study and public performance in Australia and overseas has not only gained him respect from his peers but has also been creating attention with a list of credits and awards to his name.

Gianni collected the most awards ever received by one artist in one year at the 2005 ABC Music Awards being “Best Artist”, “Best Male Vocalist”, “Broadcaster’s Choice”, and “APRA Songwriter of the Year”. Prior to these he received awards for “Best Instrumental Artist In Australia”, “Top 5 Artist in R&B Category” and “Top 5 Artist in World Music Category” at the 2004 MusicOz Awards.

That same year Gian’s haunting Moorish track Aire featured on Petrol Records Compilation Beach Vibes – Byron Bay, which became the 11th most downloaded instrumental track on the US i-Tunes charts. Following this success, Gianni was quickly signed for an adjoined deal to ABC and Universal Records Australia.

In 2005, Gianni collaborated with Grammy nominated songwriter/producer Paul Pederson (The Corrs, Prince, and George Benson) and 2008 saw him tour extensively throughout 35 countries in South America, North America, Europe and Africa promoting his November 2007 album Feel the Music. Gian has also played in 2011 with Sheila E (Prince), (2012) Eric Bibb and many other national and international artists.

Performing at such venues as the Sydney Opera House, The Basement and Lizzotte’s to Miami’s World Music Conference, his vibrant and very musical performances with world-class musicians accompanying him brings Gian’s music to life.

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ELLA MOULDER

Vocal Specialist
Ella started teaching at 16 years old and has been inspiring her students ever since.
With a background in classical music, jazz, theatre as well as contemporary pop and rock she has helped many students gain music scholarships and acceptance into selective schools.

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Her love for music and helping other musicians to better their craft is what influences her the most.

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DANE BALDWIN

Drums Specialist
Dane has been playing drums professionally for 32 years and he has performed in an endless amount of gigs and tours. He has just gotten back from touring in New Zealand and has also spent a lot of time touring overseas.

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time over in the United States in Nashville, performing with Morgan Evans, who is a Nashville based Australian country superstar. 

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ISABELLA CREBERT

Junior Administration
Isabella Crebert is a part of the Junior Administration team, as well a regular performer for NMA. Isabella is an award winning photographer and has written blog posts for companies such as Studios 301.

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She specialises in guitar and vocals, and has performed at prestigious locations such as The Civic Theatre and Lizottes. Isabella is an enthusiastic and bright personality with a strong love for music and multimedia.

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ADAM OSMANOVIC

Guitar Specialist
Adam started playing guitar when he was eleven years old and since has built a strong reputation as a rock and blues guitarist and has shared the stage with artists such as Angry Anderson, Kevin Borich, Nat Col and the Kings, Nathan Cavaleri and Grant Walmsley.

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Adam realised he wanted to play music after growing up watching his uncle Izzy Osmanovic who was lead guitarist of Australian rock icons The Screaming Jets. This passion has led Adam to develop his art making him the guitarist and musician he is today.

Adam has a Bachelor of Music attained at Newcastle Conservatorium, an Advanced Diploma in Music Business and a Certificate IV in Music Technology. Whilst at the Conservatorium he studied jazz, blues, country, contemporary and classical styes and is currently the lead guitarist, singer and songwriter for hard rock/blues band Heart Attack and Vine.

Adam has had a lot of experience teaching and playing live and loves mentoring students to help achieve their goals. This is a very versatile guitarist who really understands his art and loves to teach all his tricks and share his knowledge.

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RACHEL COX

Assistant Manager/Vocal and Piano Specialist
Rachel Maria Cox is a vocal specialist as well as a keys player and award-winning songwriter.

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They’ve released two critically acclaimed EPs with a debut LP on the way, with singles receiving airplay on Triple J and being shortlisted for the prestigious Vanda & Young Songwriting award.

Their background spans classical music, musical theatre, jazz, pop, rock and punk/hardcore music, and they are passionate about helping students achieve their goals and develop a lifelong love for music.

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