Player 1 is not your regular music school!
As a family owned/operated small business we're proud of the welcoming, stress free, family friendly venue we have created. Player 1 is truly a unique, creative and exciting place to learn music.
Player 1 was founded in July 2014 on Fitzgerald Street in North Perth by Michael de Grussa, a Perth musician. Michael had been working as a musician and managing music schools for many years when he decided to start his own music school. He wanted to create a place where both kids and adults would feel excited to visit and inspired to learn music. It didn't take long before the parents and kids in the Perth community embraced his vision and as a bonus he had a place to share his retro game collection in the waiting area!
Player 1 moved to 5 Woodville Lane in 2017. We are now located next to Playgroup WA, North Perth Lesser Hall, North Perth Primary School and the Angove Street Cafe Strip. We have collected the best and brightest young music educators in Perth who really embrace the Player 1 ethos; each teacher has their unique style of teaching and they are all passionate about music education.
The Player 1 Video Arcade has evolved from Michael's original console collection to arcade games such as Donkey Kong, Galaga and Space Invaders. We now have the space to hold kids and adults birthday parties and events!
Scroll down to read more about our team of teachers below...
MICHAEL DE GRUSSA
Michael de Grussa founded Player 1 and supervises the day to day management of the school. He started his music career performing in restaurants, hotels and bars around Perth, Western Australia in 1999, including the legendary Mojo's in Fremantle. He has released two albums of original work.
In 2003 he was the bass player for Fremantle band The Kill Devil Hills. In 2005 he became the session piano player for Australian rock group Eskimo Joe and played with them for the 'Black Fingernails, Red Wine' tour. Michael's passion for music started in his early teens while at Scotch College playing the bagpipes which he learnt from his dad, Norm de Grussa. He has studied music theory however he is mostly self taught on many of the instruments he plays; piano, bass, guitar, double bass, harmonica and the banjo to name a few.
His philosophy on music teaching is that lessons are not a one size fits all, lessons should be fun and not a chore. He also runs the cafe and answers countless questions from kids and adults about retro arcades and boardgames. He's our go to person if we need a problem solved or anything fixed! He performs at events, weddings, festivals, bars and restaurants around WA.
Amanda Porrins is Player 1 co-founder, web designer, party co-ordinator & marketing director and supervises the day to day management of the music school. Amanda also organises vouchers and fundraising for schools, charities and community events. Book a party or make an enquiry about using the space at Player 1.
ACCOUNTING, MARKETING &
SIMPLY MUSIC PIANO TEACHER
With over 10 yrs experience Adele specialises in teaching the Simply Music method to ages 4+ as well as Blues Composition/Improvisation and creating arrangements of Popular songs. Adele thoroughly enjoys teaching and loves seeing students get instant results learning through Patterns, Shapes, rhythm diagrams and understanding chord progression of songs and how music is created. "Seeing my students singing and playing their favourite songs is a great joy." Book your free trial lesson!
Kirsten is completing her Bachelor of Education Jazz at WAAPA and is a qualified Sykes Music Teacher. She is particularly interested in students having a well-rounded musical education, focusing on all aspects and different styles of music. She is passionate about helping students to develop a love of music and explore creativity and self-expression through music. Her patient and calm nature is a huge bonus working with children and adults alike! Book your free trial lesson or read more about the Sykes Music Method.
Lucy is in her final year at WAAPA completing a Bachelor of Music specialising in Jazz Performance. Lucy has had the privilege of receiving a lead vocalist position in the Western Australian Jazz Youth Orchestra for 3 years and performs regularly with leading Jazz musicians in Perth with a residency at the Ellington Jazz Club. Lucy is highly passionate about music, creativity and collaboration. As a mentor, she encourages confidence, a positive mind and a 'can-do' attitude. At Player 1, Lucy teaches one on one vocal lessons and group lessons. Book your free trial lesson!
Cain is currently completing his Bachelor of Education (Secondary) at WAAPA. He has five years teaching experience in music schools. His lessons are catered to student and parent goals. He begins with rudiments basic patterns teach beat and a fill. He prefers to teach his students songs they enjoy listening to, although examples of songs he recommends for beginners are Another One Bites the Dust and Smoke on the Water. Book your free trial lesson!
GUITAR, BASS, UKULELE TEACHER
With 10+ years of guitar and bass teaching experience, Shaun is a seasoned teacher with a strong passion for music and guiding students through their musical journey of all ages and levels. After studying at W.A.A.P.A for his Advanced Diploma in contemporary music in 2008 he has been honing his craft since while being an active musician performing regularly at some of Perth's top venues including international gigs. Playing with his corporate band, Little Belle, he has played alongside international touring acts such as Boy George, Mental as Anything, Ice House, Marcia Hines and Daryl Braithwaite. Book your free trial lesson!
Teaching combines two great pillars of joy in Matt's life; playing music and working with children. Matt has had been learning the piano since he was six years old. After acquiring the fundamentals, the way he has primarily learnt music is intuitively and by feeling, which to him is the most important part. He has a well developed natural feel for the piano and refined technical ability. His teaching approach is to first establish a love for the creative and playful side of music then allowing that to express itself through a good understanding of theory and technique. Book your free trial lesson!
Aiden started teaching guitar in 2017 and is currently completing a Bachelor of Jazz Performance. He has completed ATAR Music, a High Fidelity music industry course and 11 years of private instruction.
Aiden is new to Player 1 in 2020 so we asked him a few questions about himself!
How old where you when you began learning guitar?
I was 7 years old
What other instruments do you play?
Guitar, Bass and Ukulele (and I'm trying to learn piano)
What are your strengths as a guitar teacher?
My strengths as a teacher are structuring lessons and practice routines through the evaluation of individual students and ensuring measurable progress in students. I think it's important to give students a fundamental understanding of music, as well as the necessary instrumental skills to perform it.
What do you like about teaching guitar?
I enjoy perpetuating a love for music, and the satisfaction of creating and evaluating measurable progress in students.
After completing study at a Certificate 4 and Diploma level in performance of Musical Theatre and jazz performance respectively, Nonie is currently in her third year undertaking her bachelor of music majoring in jazz performance. Nonie has been performing from a young age and has been involved with numerous events with The City of Perth and Telethon.
Nonie has studied and taught singing in a variety of styles and genres, and has a focus on nurturing confidence and a love for music in conjunction with providing a sound technique in a fun and supportive environment.