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Over the years, our Director, Anna, has built a team of like-minded music teachers who are creative in their approach, highly qualified and experienced, but who never compromise on the educational value that they aim to provide.
At Music Works Magic, our class teachers are extensively trained and vastly experienced. We meet regularly for professional development and attend conferences locally as well as nationally and internationally, always discovering fresh, new, and interesting ways to present our material. We love what we do and you will too! This year we are celebrating 20 years of music making excellence.
We also have a team of highly qualified instrumental teachers, who teach individual or small group lessons to both children and adults. We offer both Traditional Method, Coloured Strings Method and Suzuki Method on a range of instruments. Meet our teachers below!
Anna Mlynek-Kalman Director of Music Works Magic. M. Mus., B. Ed., Dip Teach. A.Mus.A (flute) created Music Works Magic upon completion of her Master’s Degree in the U. S. in 1996. She has taught and directed music programs with children from K-year 12 for over 30 years at many schools both here in Australia and abroad.
Anna is passionate about high quality music education and has created a program that offers a sound developmental, educational base for children from birth. She directs the Music Works Magic Education and Resource Centre working closely with her team of dedicated and talented teachers. She looks forward to meeting her youngsters each week and watching their musical growth. Anna is currently enrolled in the PhD. program at Monash University.
Cathy Winestone B. Ed. is a Pre-School Music and Dance teacher and has a Bachelor of Education in Drama from Melbourne University. She has previously taught RAD Ballet and Pre-School Dance working with 3-8 year olds. For the past seven years she has taught Drama and Movement in pre-schools and primary schools across Melbourne.
Cathy has completed the Music Works Magic course in Early Childhood Music Education and was immediately invited to join our teaching staff. Cathy teaches in the Elsternwick Studio and various child care centres developing their pre-school music programs. Cathy also teaches The Magic of Music and Dance for little ones to experience a range of beautiful art music, world music and jazz music. Children and parents will move and dance with Cathy and discover the joys of this kinesthetic experience.
Laura Uhe B.A from the A.N.U. & Dip ED English, ESL & Drama from La Trobe University, has been involved in dance, theatre and music for most of her life! Studying classical ballet from the age of 4, she began performing children’s roles with the Perth City Ballet Company from the age of 8 and toured with a youth Ballet company at the age of 14 to the Aberdeen Interntional Festival of the Arts and to Vienna and the UK. Laura studied AMEB Piano to 7th grade and she also worked reading plays on the ABC radio series for children”Lets Join In”and has been involved in many theatre productions and plays.
During the course of her university studies she took courses in ethnomusicology and was an active member of the university choir. She continued to study dance , focusing on Flamenco and Spanish Dance and has been a professional flamenco performer for the last 20 years. During the course of her career she has conducted hundreds of workshop and her performances include in the Melbourne Festival of the Arts. The Apollo Bay and the Port Fairy Music Festival, Arts Centre Latin Concert Series and the Brunswick Music Festival. She choreographed a flamenco piece for Chunky Move’s production 'Wanted’ and conducted the successful series of Dancing in the Streets for the Melbourne Festival of the Arts in 2006. Most recently she has performed with the Australian Opera in Bizet's Carmen both in Melbourne and in Taiwan.
After participating in Music Works Magic classes with her own 2 children for many years, and having run her own dance studio teaching children and adults, Laura trained as a Music Works Magic teacher in 2003. She is passionate about teaching and loves sharing her joy of music, make believe and movement with all the children at Music Works Magic!
Navaz Varkey has loved to sing ever since she can remember! She strongly believes that EVERYONE can sing and her passion is to encourage children to find their own voice!
She enjoys working with each child’s unique gifts and learning needs to inspire them to rediscover their natural joy as music makers and be transformed into confident singers.
Navaz grew up with the wonderful tradition of community singing in her family! She continued to sing all through her schooling and university as part of choirs and performing in musicals, as well as conducting two university choirs. Navaz was a member of a Community Music Victoria choir and she is passionate about taking music into the community. She strongly believes in the power of music to bring joy and healing. Along with her husband, she has taken singing to young and old alike, in orphanages, retirement villages, community shelters and public spaces. Music making is a central part of her life as she continues to sing with her husband and children at their local church.
Navaz has completed Grade 6 piano from the Royal School of Music, London. She has a BA in Psychology, Literature and Journalism, and an MA in Literature. Navaz is also a trained Montessori teacher and this philosophy enriches her practice as an early childhood music educator. She has been working with Music Works Magic for the last 8 years, running programs in various kindergartens and early learning centres across Melbourne.
Stephanie Beza has been involved in the performing arts since the age of three. Her passion for theatre and music encouraged her to learn multiple instruments including piano and alto saxophone. In addition to Music Theatre, she has passionately pursued Martial Arts (karate) since 2006.
Stephanie’s ambitions lead her to join the Young Australian Broadway Chorus from 2007-2015, where she learnt a range of repertoire from many different musicals. In 2014, she attended the Studio Short Course at the VCA. Upon leaving high school, Stephanie began her formal training at Federation University in a Bachelor of Music Theatre Program, where she played “Belle May Steinberg” in My Favourite Year and “Velma Kelly” in Chicago. During her time at the Arts Academy she is proud to have worked with Anthony Crowley, Sara Grenfell and Alister Smith.