MEET THE TEAM!
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. Michael has 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, workshops and events. 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. You can book Michael for an event here.
Amanda de Grussa is Player 1 co-founder, web designer, party co-ordinator & marketing director. She co-runs the cafe, is the book keeper & loose end tier upper! She is married to Michael and they have two young boys who both do music lessons at Player 1. 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.
AMANDA DE GRUSSA
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 currently in her second year at WAAPA completing a Bachelor of Music specialising in Jazz Performance with the intention of completing a postgraduate in Secondary Education. In 2018, Lucy was given the role of lead vocalist in the Western Australian Jazz Youth Orchestra and is the newest vocalist for the WAAPA Phat Funk Ensemble. 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, including our kids singing group on Saturdays. Book your free trial lesson!
David learned classical piano as a child (ABRSM Grade 7 Certificate with Distinction) and has since taught himself to play contemporary piano by ear. His lessons focus on practical exercises to learn the building blocks of music that will enable students to play by ear to any song they listen to. David teaches contemporary piano lessons, focusing on play-by-ear with interactive online exercises (ear training, sight reading, composition, music appreciation). He has experience as a pianist working with R&B/hip hop, pop, and electronic artists and is an aspiring music producer. Read more about David. David's teaching method will suit children and adults of any skill level (beginner, intermediate, or advanced). 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. In 2019 he will be an integral part of the ensemble program with Grant (guitar) and David (piano)! Book your free trial lesson!
GUITAR, BASS, UKULELE TEACHER
Always in a good mood and a smile on his face, Grant is one cool dude who loves music and teaching; he constantly inspires his students of all ages. His students look up to him and want to be like him! Grant has over 10 years of experience teaching both kids and adults; his extensive experience as well as his kind and patient manner has produced some of the most brilliant guitar players we have at Player 1! He customises lessons to the individual, their level of experience and their goals. He is an integral part of Player 1 and due to his experience with teaching bands he will be a big part of the ensemble program coming soon! Book your free trial lesson!
GUITAR, BASS, UKULELE TEACHER
As a singer, songwriter, and professional musician, Bel has been playing the guitar for most of her life! She has been performing her own original music and covers for over 12 years. With over 10 years teaching experience she also teaches kids and adults with special needs. Bel says.. "There are so many facets to music… melody, rhythm, your ear, your voice, live performance, sound and patterns on the fretboard. It takes time… and every single person is better at one of these facets. Everyone learns differently. I will find your strength and help you develop the others.
You have to practice. It takes moments - 10 mins here and there. However it is up to you to find your passion. What makes you WANT TO PRACTICE? If you have that figured out… I can help." Bel plays, writes, records, sings, and teaches with incredible enthusiasm and adds fantastic inspiration to the Player 1 students! Book your free trial lesson!
GUITAR, BASS, UKULELE TEACHER
David is completing his Bachelor of Music (Jazz) at WAAPA. He has experience teaching kids 8+ years from complete beginners through to experienced musicians wanting to hone particular skills on the guitar. David teaches technique, theory, aural skills and/or reading based on what the student is looking to learn. He places focus on each student’s individual goals and teaching guitar skills practically by learning the songs they want to play, he will suggest tunes to learn based on areas they want to develop. In his experience that has been the most fun way to learn that encourages practice! Book your free trial lesson!