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Stephen Cummins

BCA (Hons)

Examiner Number: 1182

Stephen’s interest in music began at an early age, learning piano and undertaking AMEB exams before taking up guitar and then bass during high school. His musical training covers a wide range of styles including classical, jazz, rock and contemporary music.

Stephen studied music composition at the University of Wollongong, graduating with honours. After this he concentrated more on performance, gaining experience in ensembles and as a solo performer. At this time he also expanded his teaching duties, from individual tuition to teaching guitar and bass in schools such as SCEGGS and St Patrick’s College, and to teaching composition and performance in the music diploma course at TAFE.

From 2006 to 2008 Stephen worked as the resident guitarist on Regent Seven Seas cruises, travelling around the world, performing with many excellent musicians from various countries, and learning much along the way. His role included performing on guitar and bass in the show band for theatre performances, playing in jazz ensembles and solo guitar sets. From 2009 to 2014 Stephen was the regular guitarist with the NSW Police Band, performing with their concert band, big band, rock band, and jazz ensembles for high-profile events at venues such as ANZ stadium and the Entertainment Centre. He also deputised on bass on many occasions.

In a teaching capacity, Stephen currently works as guitar, bass and music production tutor, digital music ensemble director and audio technician at St Pius X College, Chatswood; as a teacher at TAFE in the music diploma course; and as a guitar and bass tutor in his own private studio. Stephen was a lecturer in music theory and aural skills at the Australian Institute of Music in the degree and diploma courses from 2010-2015; and has taught at JMC Academy, TAFE NSW and the University of Wollongong. Stephen continues his performing career with various club acts around Sydney as well as freelancing as a guitarist and bassist. Stephen is an AMEB examiner for CPM guitar, bass and keyboard syllabuses and has recently been appointed as a Rockschool examiner.

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