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After many years touring Australia with various bands, including performing at Byron Bay’s renowned Splendour in the Grass festival, Matthew Gray stepped off the stage and into TAFE Queensland’s Coomera campus.

“I decided it was time to strengthen my existing knowledge and expand into other aspects of music with higher education,” said Matthew.

“It seemed like a natural step in my progression and career as an artist and producer.”

The 26-year-old Bachelor of Contemporary Music (3003140) student said his passion for learning was reignited when he became aware of TAFE Queensland’s partnership with Southern Cross University (SCU).

“The collaboration with TAFE Queensland and SCU meant I could study on the Gold Coast and wouldn’t have to drive to Lismore or Brisbane to complete a music degree,” he said.

“The mix of hands-on learning fused with university level theory is such a great combination and I can’t recommend it enough to anyone who is thinking about studying music.”

Being less than six months into his degree, Matthew has already learnt skills that have enhanced and enriched his existing industry experience.

“I’ve learnt much more about analytical and critical listening over the last few months which has added to my arsenal of production skills and mixing abilities.”

“The teachers are a wealth of information and always provide constructive feedback which has helped me determine different areas of strength and weakness I need to focus on.”

The Coomera campus student said the learning facilities are exceptional and exactly what he came across working in the industry for many years.

“I would happily bring the bands I work with into the Coomera campus studios to rehearse and record as they are of industry standard, if not better.”

Matthew discovered his love for music at age 11 when he picked up the saxophone and over the years has learnt multiple instruments and honed in on his production skills.

He has done production work for Google and Village Roadshows and hopes to one day own a record label or recording studio.

 

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