Kayla Caruso,  

FOUNDER & CEO, Music Lessons australia

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A 26 Year Old Tech Start-Up Entrepreneur With Humble Beginnings…

What began in 2017 as a modest endeavour to pay her way through university has developed into a powerhouse brand in the musical education industry across Australia.

From her small rented apartment in Sydney, NSW, Kayla Caruso has revolutionised the music lessons industry, delivering a fresh and innovative approach for students of all ages across a number of instrument disciplines.

Driven by her passion for music, her vision to provide endless opportunities for music students to explore their full creative potential & individuality is innovative, daring, and inspiring.

Kayla’s innate understanding of an old staid industry approach, along with her unparalleled willpower, has resulted in a fast and ever-growing number of 550+ students learning across Australia. She is quickly propelling her music lessons formula to the forefront of the musical education industry.

She has expanded the Music Lessons Australia brand into a true destination for music tuition for x12 instrument disciplines in Australia. She plans to grow into the USA and UK markets in 2025 & 2026.

It’s about authenticity and embracing community. It is Kayla Caruso and the united community of teachers and staff at Music Lessons Australia.

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Kayla’s Story

Music Lessons Australia, a music school tech start-up, is fast becoming Australia’s leading music education studio, delivering the type of music tuition the marketplace desires.

Considered the leading innovator, Kayla Caruso has been responsible for creating and marketing the company’s music lesson services since she founded the brand a few short years ago.

How did it start?

2003. Kayla began learning the piano. Inspired by her music teachers, she had always known she wanted to teach music as a career since the age of five.

2016. After graduating from high school, Kayla was accepted into a Bachelor of Music at UNSW. The same year, her high school music teacher asked Kayla to teach piano to her niece & nephew. Kayla’s first two students are still learning under her guidance.

2017. Piano Lessons Australia‘s website and mission were built with the intention to find Kayla more students to teach. After fielding more enquiries than she could handle, Kayla sought help from university friends to teach piano around Sydney. With gritty determination, combined with years of experience as a student in the musical education industry, Kayla created a music teaching program to deliver exciting music lessons, implementing fresh new approaches to a formally staid & mothballed industry.

2018. Kayla decided to leave her university studies behind to concentrate on building a more significant music teaching community beyond Sydney, and Piano Lessons Australia grew nationwide.

2019. Piano Lessons Australia reached 150 students. Music Lessons Australia was born out of an interest in teaching multiple instrument disciplines, encompassing piano lessons, drum lessons, violin lessons, guitar lessons, flute lessons, saxophone lessons, voice lessons, trombone lessons, trumpet lessons, clarinet lessons, bass lessons, and ukulele lessons.

2020Music Lessons Australia leads the Australian Musical Education industry by storm, not only surviving through the COVID pandemic but continuing to grow, reaching 350+ students and a network of 120 teachers across 12 instrument disciplines Australia-wide.

2021. Music Lessons Australia surpasses 550 students. From January 2021, Kayla has been working closely with James Corne, managing director of The Franchise Institute, in creating Music Lessons Academy Australia into a household name and franchise business. In September 2021, Kayla Caruso was announced as a finalist for “Outstanding Young Business Leader”, and Music Lessons Australia won the “Excellence in Micro-Business Award” by Business NSW.

2023. Kayla Caruso was once again recognised as a finalist for “Outstanding Young Business Leader”, and Music Lessons Australia for the “Excellence in Micro-Business Award” by Business NSW.

What makes the brand unique?

With a continuously evolving vision, Music Lessons Australia understands the balance between delivering a fresh perspective to an otherwise stale classical approach and finding the right teachers to provide this new perspective is vital to our student’s success. Even with a strong emphasis on teaching young students – the program is also open to adult learners.

BNSW 2021 Awards Reg Winner Black
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Franchising Opportunities Available

The Music Lessons Australia franchise combines remarkable financial opportunity with the ability to make a profound and lasting impact on the lives of children & adults in your community. Partners trust us, and students love our lessons.

“Your children are already amazing, we just help them show it”
Kayla Caruso

What does the future hold for this young CEO & brand?

Kayla is currently and actively working towards taking her brand global.

Growth in her company will result in more opportunities for both the students & teachers of Music Lessons Australia. She plans to take Music Lessons Academy to both the UK and USA marketplaces in 2025 & 2026.

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