Stage Fright, your friendly Monster

Some words. From Alison.

As anyone who harbours the secret dream to be on-stage knows, at a certain point the desire outweighs the fear. The fear never really goes away, but it becomes something you’re prepared to contend with. And contend with it I absolutely have.

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Meet the team! Darina Chakarova

Darina is our Creative Director, health and wellbeing guru, numbers whiz and coffee aficionado (she brings her own freshly ground in a keep cup from home). Originally from Bulgaria, Dari trekked down under with her husband Harry (who we roped in to help with our sound engineering, graphic design and furniture assembly!) Darina has blessed our Hawthorn studio with her presence on piano, vocals and workshops, working with Mell and Ali to curate and run all our creative outputs - she is also responsible for all our special arrangements - there is no song she can’t transcribe! Dari is the heart and soul of Mustud, and you can get to know her a bit more below!

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Meet the team! Brooke Kymberley

Brooke may be the newest member of our team, but we are already infatuated by her amazing multi-instrumental skills and excellent choice in clothing. Brooke has been playing trumpet since she was 8 years old, starting out in big bands & marching bands. She now plays throughout Melbourne in smaller ensembles and loves camping, cooking and doggos!

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Meet the team! Emily Macnish

Emily sacrificed the sunshine and beaches of beautiful Perth to come and teach in Melbourne, and we are so lucky to have her! This human ball of red-headed sunshine is our constant mood booster, with a permanent smile, excellent socks and positive attitude that can warm even the grumpiest of hearts. Her speciality is piano and children - she is the Peter Pan of our studio and has a devoted following of kids who have flourished with her!

Get to know our gorgeous Em below with our Studio Questionnaire!

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Meet the team! Alison Thom

Alison is our studio manager, pen finder, music printer and vacuuming enthusiast. She grew up in Melbourne and studied a Music Industry degree, majoring in songwriting. Alison works alongside Mellanie and Darina to ensure the daily running of the studio happens smoothly, helps to organise events and concerts and handles all the admin tasks. Her work hobbies include turning the heater up, spending 40 minutes browsing through Spotify and leaving cold half-cups of tea everywhere.

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Welcome to Mustud

It’s been a long time in the making, but we’re here. Welcome to our Music Studio.

The studio was formerly just a modest little music school, catering to those that wanted to learn music a little differently than the ol’ traditional approach. But that baby grew up and evolved into this music hub, a music studio that Melbournites love. Sure, you can come and learn piano, vocals, drums, guitar, trumpet, flute and loads of other instruments, but you’ll also be exposed to performance opportunities, collaborations, industry workshops, other like-minded musicians and access to some of the friendliest and giving bunch of muso’s around.

Mustud’s students are artists and musicians, so we book them gigs. In local pubs, at local festivals, on stages in art centres, music venues and out-of-the-box locations. We like to push the boundaries of what’s possible and help individuals to get out there and do their thing.

The music industry is tough. We need more spaces where people can come and collaborate, learn, rehearse, share, perform and mingle with a bunch of down to earth, industry crew who don’t discriminate or let ego determine who and what gets through the front door.

We’re here to guide kids and help them achieve their music dreams, not boxing them in to an ‘idea’ of what a musician should be. We’re here to help teens navigate life and music. We’re here to help adults achieve their goals and remind them it’s never, ever too late.

We’re real. We’re honest. We’re passionate. We’ll be with you every step of the way.

Welcome to Mustud.

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