Founder & Director – Rachael Berry
BerryJam Music was created from a vision and passion to equip, educate and inspire children through music to sing, be creative, write and perform together. BerryJam Music provides kids the opportunity to write their own music, perform regularly and to be mentored through their journey.
Our team of qualified and caring educators aim to nourish, enrich and inspire young, creative minds through encouragement, positivity and to always ensure that our lessons are fun, practical and educational. Dedicating yourself to a musical instrument discipline or vocal studies is an investment of time, practice, repetition and patience. Children who play a musical instrument are more likely to excel in all their academic studies, work better collegially and enhance their critical and cognitive thinking skills.
Throughout our curriculum, our team establish achievable and relative goals, as the child develops through their instrument. We strive to ensure they recognise a sense of achievement, development and pride in the work, technique and learning. Encompassing our lessons is not only practical but a strong aspect of our classes involve theory and performance technique, ensuring each student is reaching their full potential.
Rachael Berry began her career in the performing arts from a young age. Under the direction of Leigh McCrae (Australian Idol, The Voice), Rachael has gone onto perform across professional musical theatre such as My Fair Lady and alongside contemporary industry icons like Christine Anu, Marcia Hines, Tania Doko, Renee Geyer, John Paul Young & Mark Holden. A top 11 finalist in Channel 7’s Popstars in 2003, Rachael also competed in Australian Idol reaching top 40 in 2006. Training under Kerrie Biddell (Sydney Conservatorium of Music) Rachael has featured on the Jazz circuit across Sydney & Melbourne including touring throughout 2000, Rachael worked across Canada including at the famous Honey Jam Showcase (Nelly Furtado) in front of music industry professionals.
Featured on Triple J, her song with Canadian producer, Evren ‘I Want It Now’ was picked up on Canadian Screens for the hit show ‘David Rocco’s Dolce Vita’. Competition pieces ‘Breathe’ won the international remix competition on Beatport and her song ‘You Say’ was released through Universal Canada.
Graduating from RMIT Melbourne with a Diploma in Music Industry (Technical Production) and B.Mus (Voice), Newcastle Conservatorium. Rachael has worked for boutique record label PLW (Melbourne) founded by Producer Paul Wiltshire (Delta Goodrem, Human Nature) as Vocal Editor, Artist Relations. Recording with international artists – Ruel (Aria Award Winner). Rachael currently teaches across primary and secondary education and performing arts schools (Oxford Falls Grammar School (Vocal Tutor, Senior Choir Director), Sydney Vocal Arts Centre (Balgowlah) under the direction of Margi Coen.