We grew up in adjoining suburbs in the Sutherland Shire, but only met when we were studying music at Wesley Institute, Sydney. Long car trips to uni soon resulted in a friendship that grew into something more, and we married in June 2007. Along came our awesome boys Jeremy (2010), Nate (2012) and Ben (2014) to ensure we have lots of fun and not much sleep in our lives!
After our growing family meant teaching from home was no longer viable, we decided to open a commercial premises and create the music school we had long dreamed of – the kind of place we would have loved to be part of when we were young. When the basement premises of Ettingshausens became available, it seemed an obvious solution to offer students the convenience of dance, acting, martial arts and music lessons all on the same site.
SVA opened in February 2013 and since then has grown to approx 200 students and 7 staff. It has been a crazy time, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. We love to see our students grow into amazing, confident musicians who engage thoughtfully with music and look beyond the top 40. We also love to see the personal development in students that comes as a result of being part of SVA – new friendships, increased self-esteem and the ability to do anything they put their minds to. It’s so exciting to hear parents say “I never thought my child would get up and perform, but they just did and I have discovered how talented they are”.
The future is bright for SVA as we continue to grow and serve the local community.
Tim & Lauren Moxey