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Meet our team

Our Trainers / Tutors

There is no substitute for experience. We have been so privileged over the years to have trainers at Music SA who have a wealth of experience in the music industry both as performers and behind the scenes – people who are actually doing it – who are willing to give back to the industry they love and help tomorrow’s crop of artists, managers and bookers make their mark on the local and national scene.

Matthew Hayward – Head of Training

matthew-haywardMatthew Hayward is an experienced educator who has been involved extensively in artist representation and advocacy. His group Central Deli Band was one of the first musical acts from regional South Australia to play the Big Day Out and tour nationally, supporting acts such as The Avalanches, Gerling and The Presets.

A graduate of the Music SA industry course, Matthew also found recognised success representing Triple J Next Crop artists Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire! and post rock band Steering by Stars. With a wealth of knowledge in national tour management, promotion and endorsement Matthew brings a strong passion for supporting local live music.

Dale Taylor – Training Coordinator

dale-taylorDale Taylor is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer, recording, mix, mastering engineer, acoustics consultant and music educator from Adelaide. Dale has performed on a local, national and international level over the past 20 years. He has worked with local and international artists in many genres from techno, rock, hip-hop, electronica to world music. Currently Dale is the guitarist of the band The Cities Alight and electronic outfit Gods of Techno.

Emma Coyle

emma-coyleEmma Coyle is a talented music industry professional with nearly a decade of experience within the Australian music scene. Having worked with such diverse artists as Paul Kelly, Sarah Blasko and The Drones at One Louder Entertainment as well in major festival tour promotion, Emma brings a wealth of experience to the Certificate IV program. Emma originally started her career in publicity, marketing and festival and event management working with WOMADelaide and The Gov.

Emma also works at Music SA in her current role as Industry Development Manager and coordinator of the South Australian Music Awards. She is also a Board Member for the National Live Music Awards.

Sharni Honor

sharni-honorSharni Honor is the original governor of the award winning concept of The Porch Sessions for the past 4 years running. In addition to this she has worked within some of South Australia’s leading festivals and music industry outlets, including WOMADelaide, Adelaide Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Rip It Up Magazine as well as being apart of a smorgasbord of boutique Adelaide events, concepts and ideas. She is wildly passionate about Adelaide and Persian rugs alike, and when she’s not organising events, she’s in and amongst them, experiencing exactly what makes good events, great, across South Australia and beyond.

Joel Byrne

joel-byrneJoel Byrne is an experienced music industry professional and singer-songwriter. His band Wolf & Cub were signed to international label 4AD and released their debut album Vessels to high rotation on Triple J. The band subsequently toured internationally, releasing two further albums and supported bands such as Wolfmother, Queens of the Stone Age and The Killers.

Joel also works at Music SA in his current role as Industry Development Officer coordinating the Clipsal Bands On Track Competition and bookings through Adelaide Airport and Central Markets.

Tom Gordon

tom-gordonTom Gordon is the singer-songwriter in local twin success stories Horror My Friend and West Thebarton. Having supported such varied international and national acts such as Violent Solo, The Cribs and Courtney Barnett as well as releasing his debut record Stay In, Do Nothing through Poison City Records, Tom brings his valuable touring and management expertise to the Certificate IV part time course in 2017.

Robert Taylor

robert-taylorHaving lived the majority of his life in London, Robert Taylor got his start in the entertainment industry through MCing at house parties and nightclubs. As an entrepreneur, artist booker and educator, Robert has brought a strong level of professionalism to the urban and reggae scene here in Australia. With over 25 years of experience working in his various roles, he currently acts as a board member at multicultural radio station 5EBi FM, a music business consultant with his business Urban Movement Entertainments and as a radio presenter on Fresh FM.