Head of Children's Music Program/Teacher
Melissa started teaching Children’s Music and Keyboard at Central Coast Conservatorium in 1999. She has always loved teaching children and started her Early Childhood Music training studying Kodaly at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, later obtaining her accreditation with the NSW Chapter of KMEIA (Kodaly Music Education Institute of Australia). Melissa also studied ‘Eurythmics’- Dalcroze extensively and received her accreditation at Sydney Conservatorium of Music under Ruth Caldwell, Jeffrey Whilley and Karen Lemon. During this period, she also studied 'Music & Students with Special Needs' with Ruth Caldwell.
Melissa has taught Children’s Music, Pianoforte and Voice in many Schools around Sydney and on the Central Coast since 1999, including ‘do re mi’ Music for Children. She has also taught Children and Young Adults using Music for Special Needs at the Hall for Children, Hazelbrook, Werrington Park and Seton Villa Lodge, Eastwood. Melissa also worked with the elderly using Music as Therapy at Governor Phillip Special Hospital in Penrith.
Melissa studied Composition with the late Clifford Abbott, a former student of Paul Hindemith and also with Annie Nichols. She regularly composes songs and works for various projects including the children’s entertainment group ‘The B-Bops’, in which she has been a performer, partner and composer since 1998. Melissa is also part of the Music Worship Team at Terrigal Uniting Church. Her past work and interests include Piano Bar, Pianist/Vocalist at Penrith Rugby Leagues Club and Violinist in the Penrith Symphony Orchestra.
Melissa’s qualifications include:
- Licentiate Diploma in Composition and Associate Diploma in Teaching Pianoforte, both from Trinity College London
- Licentiate and Associate Diploma in Modern Pianoforte from the Australian Guild of Music
- Certificate in Early Childhood Music Education from The Australian Kodaly
- Cert. Dalcroze, Sydney Conservatorium of Music
- Grade 8 Vocal Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB)
- Grade 8 Pianoforte AMEB
- Grade 8 Theory, Australian Guild of Music
- Grade 5 Violin AMEB
Melissa recently took up the reins of Head of Program for CMP. She teaches the following CMP classes at Central Coast Conservatorium: Mondays 3.30pm (Level 1), Mondays 4.30pm (Level 2), Mondays (5.30pm (Keyboard Introduction to Music), Fridays 9.45am (0-2 yrs), and Fridays 10.30am (4 yrs).
Melissa also delivers a 1-2 year old class at Tuggerah Library from 9.30am on Thursdays, and a 3-5 year old class from 10.15am on Thursdays.
Qualifications:LTCL in Composition; GAGM in Modern Pianoforte; ATCL in teaching; certified in Dalcroze
We seek to inspire our Central Coast community to engage in and value music as an integral part of life through comprehensive music education and artistic endeavour.