Emerging indie pop singer-songwriter Bayley Pearl has had a dream kickoff to her professional music career, with her 2018 debut release ‘About You’ making the semi-finals of the international songwriting competition, and her follow up single ‘Crossroad’ scoring a highly commended at the Queensland Music Awards.
Not bad for someone who’s still in high school.
The Palm Beach Currumbin State High student believes that she was given a competitive advantage through her recently completed Certificate III in Music Industry with TAFE Queensland, delivered through the TAFE at School program.
“I’ve been singing for the past 10 years and playing guitar for six, so to be able to gain a nationally recognised qualification and connect with industry professionals was just the edge and confidence I needed to move forward in my career,” says Bayley.
And she’s far from done with her studies.
“Once I finish high school at the end of this year, my goal is to continue studying music and/or sound production at the TAFE Queensland Coomera Creative campus to get a more in-depth understanding of the audio and production side of things,” she tells us.
The Tugun-based singer has already made waves on the Gold Coast music scene with her original, eclectic fusion of pop, rock and country sounds, and wants to continue to push her musical boundaries, something she said the practical training she received in her course really enabled her to do.
“It gave me an opportunity to try some other instruments and collaborate with some really talented musicians.. [it’s] has helped me grow as a musician and songwriter and has enabled me to gain more work in the industry.”
Upon completing her course, Bayley was selected to be part of the Gold Coast’s exclusive Business of Music program, which is a project-based group-mentoring program designed to teach the crucial skills involved in running a successful music business, a skill that’s important to have in addition to musical talent. Already it’s working for Bayley.
“It’s helped me develop strategic plans for future music releases,” she says.
Given the head start the course has given Bayley in her chosen career, she wants to urge her peers to think about taking on the TAFE at School program in their chosen field.
“It is a great way to trial a career to see if it is something you really want to do before investing money and time into a university degree,” she says.
“Being able to study your chosen career outside the school environment with teachers who are industry professionals is such a fantastic stepping stone and will open the doors to more opportunities.”