Sabrina - Student
“I first met Andrew whilst studying at the Australian Institute of Music (AIM) where I was enrolled in the Bachelor of Entertainment Management course. I had recently moved to Melbourne from a small town in NSW and had big ambitions of working in the entertainment industry. Andrew was my lecturer for music journalism as well as numerous entertainment law classes. These classes remain my favourite classes from my studies at university.
Andrew is enthusiastic and passionate about both the entertainment industry and teaching, and he has the ability to convey these passions to his students through his engaging and entertaining lectures. Andrew would provide anecdotes and stories of his own personal experiences in the industry to further communicate an idea or information to the class. He is a strong believer in ensuring the content he teaches is relevant and up-to-date and he would often come into a lecture with an update on a recent development in the ever-changing music industry or legal system.
Andrew is so knowledgeable and full of insight and the fact that he is still actively working in the industry is a huge bonus to anyone who is lucky enough to be taught by him. Together these attributes demonstrate Andrew’s dedicated approach to his role as an educator as well as his genuine interest in his students’ learning experience. I think it’s also important to note that Andrew doesn’t teach because he has to; he does it because he truly enjoys it.
Andrew is incredibly passionate about helping those who demonstrate a willingness to learn and determination to succeed both academically and professionally. Andrew identified these traits in me and has since become a mentor to me. As well as offering academic advice and making himself available to answer any questions I had, Andrew has played a pivotal role in the beginnings of my career. He assisted me in securing an internship on a television production which then led to a paid job whilst I was still studying. I am proud to say that I am now working full-time at a successful television production company a mere month after completing my degree.
I would not be where I am today without Andrew’s advice, guidance and constant encouragement along the way. I have learnt so much from him and I am extremely grateful. I know that there are many other students out there who are also achieving their dreams because of Andrew’s support and belief in them.
Music Business Education is proud to have received the following testimonials from past and present students and members of the Australian music industry.
Jaddan Comerford - UNFD
“Andrew Watt is a great supporter of Australian music.
His commitment to education is something that is very important. As the industry grows, this is going to become more and more important
On top of this, Andrew is a great guy and as someone who is heavily involved in the Australian music business, we are lucky to have someone like him taking the initiative to publish books and create classes like this.”
Michelle - Student
“To put it bluntly. I owe my career to Andrew Watt. However, that makes for a boring testimonial so let me expand on that a little…
After moving to Melbourne from Perth with a Bachelor’s degree already under my belt, I felt like I lacked specified and practical knowledge in the Entertainment Industry. I enrolled in a course where I first met Andrew as my lecturer in a Music History class. This is hands down still one of the best classes I’ve ever participated in. Andrew's extensive knowledge and passion for the music industry made for an engaging and entertaining class. Not to mention having some first hand stories to share about many of the artists he was educating us on - Ask him about Prince..
Andrew’s dedication to ensuring each of his students is engaged and understanding content made him a standout lecturer to me. He even took time out of his schedule to chat to me about my plans and future career goals, which lead to a job interview in my desired field. I wont deny that I had a strong drive and determination to make it in the entertainment industry, however without Andrew’s expertise and strong belief in the small town girl from Perth, I wouldn’t have got to where I am today. I am now in my dream job as a Producer at a successful Melbourne TV production company, only a year and a half after being one of Andrew’s students. I know, I’m still pinching myself.
The most important thing is that Andrew lives and breathes for this industry and that is one of the most important things to find in a teacher. He has a genuine interest to pass on his knowledge and help students make it into this world. Plus, it’s a rare gift to find someone who can make copyright law a really interesting subject! Andrew has become like a mentor to me and through his teachings I have seen him help countless other students through internships, introductions, interviews, advice.. the list goes on. With over 6 years in the “post high school study game”, I can confidently say Andrew is the cream of the crop when it come to lecturers and I can’t thank him enough for all of the knowledge and belief he has instilled in me.”
Patrick Donovan - Music Victoria
“I have known Andrew Watt for about five years since he joined Music Victoria’s industry education sub committee. He has recommended a number of bright students for internships.
His passion and knowledge for music education is inspiring for young people wanting to forge careers in the music business. His recent book Welcome to the Jungle is the most thorough and up-to-date publication summarising the current (and ever changing) landscape of the music business and opportunities within in the industry. Andrew draws on many years of experience as a publisher, journalist, teacher, lawyer and manager and it is important that this knowledge is passed on to the next generation of music industry professionals.”