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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!
Dr Anna Mlynek-Kalman Ph.D, M. Mus., B. Ed., Dip. Teach., A.Mus. A. (flute) has taught and directed music programs with children from K-year 12 for over 40 years at many schools both here in Australia and abroad. She founded Music Works Magic having completed her Master’s Degree in Music Education with a Kodaly emphasis in the United States in 1996. Recognising the need for organic music programs that begin with parents and neonates, she launched an education and resource centre, offering classes for children. She designed training courses for adults working with children and continues to offer courses and ongoing mentorship. Anna tutored aural musicianship at Melbourne University for five years. She has presented lectures, papers and workshops at conferences, universities, schools and preschools to teachers, teacher trainees and students. Anna continues to offer mentorship and professional learning and development to teachers and heads the Music Works Magic team who run classes at our studios, in preschools and early learning centres. Anna continues to teach parents and children, directs the Magic Voices Children’s Choir, Toot Suite, Toot Encore and Tooty Fruity recorder groups and the Uke’n sing and Strum family classes.
In 2020 her PhD. Agentic Voices, Transformative influences for ECE singing self-efficacy and musical identity was ratified by Monash University. It was the culmination of a six year longitudinal study working with Early Childhood Educators, researching the effect of early childhood musical experiences and creating an effective framework to help early childhood educators, teachers and carers find their singing voices alongside their children. She has created online preliminary courses explaining the research to enable educators to take initial steps to vocalise and sing with their children.
Informed by her research, Anna runs training courses specifically for adults wishing to gain confidence when working with babies-8yr olds, and offers the Kodaly preschool teacher training course. She supports her instrumental teaching staff, offering assessments, advice, exam and performance opportunities as well as support to parents, students and teachers ensuring a smooth path for her students embarking or progressing through their musical journey.
She has produced 5 CDs and accompanying Teachers’ Manuals and continues to donate proceeds from the CDs to the Learning for Life Autism Centre and Ausimed - Breast Cancer Research Project.
Anna has also written and published:
- Sing and Stum Guitar Fun,
- Uke’n Sing & Strum Sing, dance and play songs from around the world with friends and family
- COO-EE! Giving Agency to our Voices: From Vocal Play to Song,
- YOO-HOO! Collaborative Learning through Musical Play and Discovery in Early Childhood: A Music Framework
- The Little Red Hen Picture Cards with mp3 Download
- On A Log Picture Cards
Anna and her staff are passionate about building strong musical foundations for life-long musicking and take much pride in offering high quality music education. Together they create programs that offer a sound developmental, and educational base for children from before birth and into adulthood.
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.