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Pete Dyball, new Technical Officer at TAFE NSW Grafton – in the studio

Music industry heavyweight takes on teaching at TAFE NSW

After over 30 years in the music industry touring nationally and internationally and working alongside music greats such as The Eagles, Pete Dyball says it’s time to pass on some of his knowledge to the next generation at TAFE NSW.   Despite his industry experience, in 2014 Mr Dyball completed a Diploma of Sound Production at TAFE NSW Grafton to gain a formal qualification. “I walked into TAFE NSW with an open mind because I wanted to see how music production was being taught at a grassroots level. The course has a great balance between learning theory and developing practical skills in the studio and during live performances,” My Dyball said. Mr Dyball received the TAFE NSW Award of Excellence for the Diploma in Sound Production in 2014 and was also recognised as the 2014 TAFE NSW Creative Industries Student of the Year. He has since been employed as a technical officer at TAFE NSW Grafton. “It’s such a pleasure working with teachers and students in the multi-million dollar music production studio at TAFE NSW Grafton. It’s a state-of-the-art facility and I would be happy for any major artists to come and record here,” Mr Dyball said. “Every month the Diploma and Certificate IV Sound Production, Performance and Screen and Media students come together to perform at a public concert which forms part of their assessment.” “They are working in a simulated, professional, full production company, which gives them the real-world experience needed to work in the industry. The next concert is on 28 September and we encourage the community to come along.” Mr Dyball brings a wealth of industry experience to his new role, having toured extensively throughout Australia, Asia, Canada and the US with music industry greats and owning a recording studio near Coffs Harbour for the last 30 years. “I’ve worked with some big names along the way such as Angus and Julia Stone, Vikka and Linda Bull, Troy Cassar-Daley, Paul Kelly, Lucinda Williams and toured with The Eagles when Kasey Chambers was their special guest,” Mr Dyball said. “I’ve been working with country music star Kasey Chambers for the last 16 years as her front-of-house engineer. I’ve toured with Kasey nationally and worked as her tour manager for international gigs, so it keeps me very current in the industry.” Mr Dyball is now studying a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, with a view to teaching in the future. “I’d like to be more involved in teaching, inspiring and mentoring up-and-coming music industry professionals and pass on what I have learned,” Mr Dyball said. For more information about studying Sound Production, Performance or Screen and Media at TAFE NSW please visit or call 131 601.