About OTRM

At On The Run Music (OTRM) we specialise in contemporary music. We teach Drums, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Piano, Keyboard and Voice with a unique approach encouraging group learning and maintaining student focus and commitment. 


Our carefully selected, industry-active music teachers keep students motivated and inspired by allowing them to select the artist, band and music that interests them. OTRM works on building the student’s skills, confidence and creativity, which is enhanced by the performance opportunities we offer.



Our program encourages group learning, which is available through our after hours rock band program or one of our holiday group workshops. 


We are always striving for new ideas, which may result in extra programs and further development opportunities. This way everything remains fresh and energized.

OTRM teach ALL ages and we have programs to suit all students. We offer lessons during and after school hours at school or at the students home.


We currently run programs at Quintilian and Freshwater Bay Primary Schools.

Meet the Teachers

Michael Basham (Director) - Guitar, Bass Guitar, Band Tutor

Michael has been teaching and performing contemporary, classical, jazz and blues for over 15 years. His passion for his music and the development of his students continues to grow. Michael has been performing all over Australia since his teens. He continues to develop new techniques on his music journey which he shares with his students. Michael is a highly energetic, friendly and caring teacher who takes pride in watching his students become competent players and performers. Michael has studied for many years and continues to delve into new teaching styles to better his method. He believes each student relates to music differently and that there is no such thing as a single technique or method for all.

Shaun Pickett - Guitar, Bass Guitar, Band Tutor

Shaun is a seasoned teacher boasting over 10 years of experience. He has maintained a strong passion for music while simultaneously guiding his students through their musical journeys.  Shaun studied at WAAPA completing his advanced diploma in contemporary music in 2008. He’s since spent his time balancing his love for teaching while maintaining an active role in the music industry performing at some of Perth’s top venues, as well as internationally.

Ashka Rhodes - Vocal Teacher

Ashka Rhodes is a singer and songwriter from Perth, Western Australia. Having just finished her final year at WAAPA in the Bachelor of Contemporary Music (Vocals), Ashka has spent the last 4 years developing her craft. Throughout her studies, Ashka has performed in an array of shows including performances with the WAAPA Gospel Choir at the Astor Theatre, Late Night Shows at the Ellington Jazz Club to ECU Events with the Perth Symphony Orchestra. Ashka has a love for singing and performing that she can’t wait to share with her students, along with inspiring them and helping them to develop their talents.

Cam Barrett- Drum Teacher


Cameron has had over 18 years of private drum lessons learning from one of Perths finest, Ric Eastman (Head Drum Tutor at WAAPA). He teaches all formal drum notation, including reading and writing, and is capable of teaching beginners to advanced students.

Cam has been involved with several studio projects and in all forms of the recording process from writing, recording to mixing.

His band (Ragdoll) won EP of the year for their track ‘Here Today’ and best local release with rock magazine - The Rockpit.

Cam has spent many years touring regional Australia and internationally with his current band Ragdoll.


Ash Smithers - Keyboard Teacher

Ash has been playing piano for 17 years and teaching for 10 years. He has completed grades 1-8 AMEB exams and received his Cert II and III in Music Industry, Advanced Diploma of Contemporary Music (WAAPA) and currently studying a Bachelor of Contemporary Music (also WAAPA).
Ash performs in a duo called "AViiDA" who were on the last season of "The Voice" and The Easy Tigers, a Popular Perth Corporate Event/Wedding/Pub Cover band.

Ash devotes his life to music and spends his spare time doing session work in recording studios and performing all over WA.


Niki Stramsek - Keyboard Teacher

Niki has been teaching piano for over 10 years and has helped her students prepare for their Australian Guild of Music Education examinations (theory and practical).  She teaches students of all ages and levels including adults.  Niki has an advanced Diploma in Contemporary Performance from WAAPA and is currently studying a Bachelor of Music Education (secondary) degree.  She works regularly as a fill in keyboardist for popular cover bands in the Perth music scene and has a new show band called Big City Magic.

Julian Anderson - Piano/ Keyboard Teacher
Julian Anderson is a young pianist from the south coast of WA. He has spent nearly a decade in the music industry, and is currently in his second year in the Bachelor of Contemporary Music at WAAPA. You can find Julian playing in various ensembles around Perth including his jazz-inspired indie band HOAX, and as a popular fill in for local original and cover bands. Julian is an enthusiastic and energetic teacher, who prides himself on helping his students reach the goals they set for themselves, while making sure they are getting enjoyment out of playing music.