JMC Academy wins big

Melanie Sano

Music educators have been recognised at the 2013 ACPET Awards for Excellence.
JMC Academy wins big

JMC Academy's Rob Care, ACPET Teacher of the Year (Image cropped)

JMC Academy was awarded the title of Higher Education Provider of the Year by the Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET) in acknowledgement of its outstanding contribution to the creative education industry.

The Awards for Excellence recognises achievement within the independent tertiary education industry. ‘These awards help to promote awareness of the variety of independent higher education and vocational education and training in Australia and provide public recognition for the success of the leaders across the sector,’ said ACPET’s CEO, Claire Field. 

Teacher of the Year was awarded to Rob Care, JMC Academy's Head of Audio Engineering. Care is a percussionist with a strong industry background, having worked with various local and international record labels over the past fifteen years. He has produced audio content for advertising, media and broadcast, and has worked with Katie Underwood, Kate Alexa and Anthony Callea.

Care shares his knowledge from these practical activities with students. ‘I believe that having a firm understanding of how the industry operates is a key tool to bring into any classroom. Discussions and learning situations can be focused around real world practice, giving the students immediate insight into the field that they are hoping to break into,’ he said.

Care encourages students to operate with enthusiasm, integrity and higher-level thinking, and he has an effective motto for those wishing to make a successful creative career: ‘Work hard – Practice makes perfect – Sleep is optional.’

The teacher’s achievement is applauded by JMC Academy’s CEO, George Markakis. ‘Not only am I proud of the organisation and all our continuous efforts but especially proud to see one of our staff receive such a great acknowledgement in a highly regarded individual category,’ he said.

JMC Academy is a creative industries institution that offers Degrees and Diplomas in Music, Audio Engineering, Film and Television Production, Entertainment Business Management, 3D Animation and Game Design. It combines academic and industry professional teachers with state of the art technology and practical courses to develop employable skills within students.

The institution has a global focus and has recently joined the Berklee School of Music’s International Network, an initiative committed to promoting the effectiveness of contemporary music education worldwide. This will see collaborations with international creative institutions, ensuring JMC Academy remains globally relevant.

Recognition from ACPET is a high accolade in the education industry. ACPET is the national association for independent providers of education and training for Australian and international students. It develops policy for various bodies, forms benchmarking strategies for organisations, holds an annual national conference for educators, and publishes a higher education journal, making it a central communication ground for the education industry. It also provides a tuition fee assurance scheme for Australian students.

According to Field, the level of submissions for the Awards of Excellence was particularly high this year, displaying the exceptional standard of private education providers within Australia. Despite the competitive arena, JMC Academy has come out on top, earning its title as one of Australia’s leading creative industry educators.

Applications are currently open for 2014 course enrolment at JMC Academy, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

About the author

Melanie Sano is an ArtsHub writer.