About us

Welcome to Downtown Creative Studios

Downtown Creative Studios began as the brainchild of two old university friends, Samantha Perren and Kathleen Meakin. Since graduating their Bachelor of Music, they both took very separate roads that would eventually lead them to the same destination just 4 years later. Kathleen performed all around the country, completing three national tours in shows and tribute acts. Samantha wrote original music, performed in bands and recorded two original EP’s.

The one thing they had in common though, was there passion for teaching music. This is how, 4 years later, these girls came together again in a Milton coffee shop discussing the possibility of opening a music school together.

Downtown Creative Studios was born…

Today Downtown Creative Studios is a thriving music school located in the central suburb of Grange. With teachers to cover instruments from Drums and Guitar to Singing and Piano, Downtown boasts over 150 students eager to learn. Samantha and Kathleen have prided themselves on creating a safe, nurturing and encouraging environment for all students to learn at the own pace and achieve their personal musical goals.


Meet our Directors

Kathleen Meakin

Director/ Singing Teacher

As well as completing her Bachelor of Music, Kathleen has recently completed her Graduate Certificate of Music Studies majoring in Vocal Pedagogy. Kathleen is always looking forward to new creative opportunities, putting her incredible energy into developing the talents of the students she teaches at Downtown Creative Studios.

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Samantha Perren

Director/ Guitar Teacher

Samantha is a Bachelor of Music Graduate who now performs professionally around Australia as a solo artist whilst writing and recording original music. She is passionate about teaching guitar and believes that while technical ability is important, it is equally important to teach the student to love and appreciate music and their instrument as a whole.

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Our Vision

If you’re thinking about joining the Downtown Creative Studios family, here’s what to expect!

At Downtown Creative Studios we promise to:

1. Always put the needs of our students first.

We understand that not everyone learns the same way. We accept this and tailor each lesson around the individual students needs and goals.

2. Create a safe and comfortable environment to learn in.

We don’t expect you to be the very best at your chosen instrument, especially at the beginning! Our teachers are here to help you improve on your personal musical goals in a safe and nurturing way.

3. Provide performance opportunities for our students

We believe performing is the best way to build your musical confidence. At Downtown, we strive to provide as many performance opportunities as possible for the students who wish to partake in them.

4. To provide correct and relevant information during lessons

All of our teachers are highly trained and very qualified to pass on relevant information to students regarding their chosen instrument.

5. To make learning music as enjoyable as possible

Music is there to be enjoyed! We want you to have as much fun learning music as we do teaching it.

We hope you enjoy learning from the team at Downtown Creative Studios and we look forward to watching your progress!

Kind Regards,

Samantha Perren and Kathleen Meakin (Directors)