Suzuki Teachers

Catherine West — Suzuki Piano

Cat West is very proud to be a Suzuki piano teacher! Having commenced her piano education with the Suzuki Piano Method at age 6, a life-long love of the method commenced young and stayed with her for life. Cat believes the encouraging and rewarding Suzuki Method is a truly wonderful piano education experience. Having learned violin, guitar and voice also, piano was the instrument that she decided she would focus on and that she would love to teach!  Cat is due to complete her Suzuki piano teacher training this year. She knows how important music education is for the brain and the soul, and she is very excited to share her love of music with students and families.

Evelyn Searle — Suzuki Cello

Evelyn Searle began her studies in cello, as a Suzuki student, at the age of four under the tutelage of Simon Meighan. She has completed a Bachelor of Music, majoring in Performance at the Conservatorium of Music, Melbourne, where she has been a member of the Symphony Orchestra, String Ensemble and numerous chamber ensembles and was also the holder of the E & D Rogowski Scholarship.  Evelyn is also a member of the Asian Australian Orchestra and the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet Orchestra and a pit musician for the Savoy Opera Company. She offers Suzuki method lessons and AMEB at Music Works Magic and is passionate about her teaching. Her Suzuki students have private lessons as well as 3 group lessons per term. Her AMEB students work towards exams though some elect to just work their way through syllabus without the pressure of exams. Her students perform in our end of term concert each term supported and often accompanied by Evelyn.

Havah Klajn — Suzuki Violin

Havah attended Music Works Magic classes as a toddler, and began learning violin at the age of three. Growing up, she particularly enjoyed playing the violin at community events, performing her own versions of Jewish tunes. Learning via the Suzuki method enabled her to develop a passion for learning music by ear, fostering a love for music which she hopes to pass on to her students.

Havah is a member of the University of Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra, and was heavily involved in her high-school Orchestra at McKinnon Secondary College which was on a tour in Europe in 2014.


Karen Dunlop — Suzuki Flute

Karen Dunlop (B. Mus, A Mus .A, L Mus A.) is a Suzuki Primary Flute Teacher, a Suzuki approved Baby and Toddler trainee, and teaches Orff Schulwerk at stage 1.

Karen has had extensive experience teaching kids flute privately, and in schools. She has also taught music for babies and toddlers privately and for organisations.

Karen finds music and education endlessly fascinating. Teaching music brings her the greatest joy.

Maddy Bryner — Suzuki Piano

Madeline Bryner grew up as a Suzuki piano student under the guidance of Nehama Patkin. At the age of 14, she travelled to Barcelona with Patkin to perform in the Palau de la Música. She has since acquired an Associate Diploma in Music (AmusA) from AMEB. Madeline has accompanied Vox Synergy choir for two years as part of Melbourne Youth Music, where she worked under the wings of Kate Sadler, Cameron Menzies and Rebecca Lang. She also plays violin and composes music for all instruments.

Madeline has also completed a Masters of Primary Teaching at The University of Melbourne. She has taught at Sholem Aleichem College and Bialik College, where she focussed on teaching languages with a mix of traditional methods and always aimed to incorporate music in the classroom.

She now teaches the Suzuki method to piano students. The Suzuki method is associated with the Mother-Tongue Approach, in that every child effectively learns his mother tongue, through encouragement and love from the family. Along with care and growing up in a nurturing environment, every child has the ability and aptitude to learn an instrument.

Meredith Connie — Suzuki Guitar

Meredithbegan her studies in guitar at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, before moving to the US to pursue guitar performance and instruction. She holds two masters degrees, a research masters in Musicology (MPhil) from the University of Sydney and a performance masters from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (MMus).

Over the last decades, while living and working in the States, she has undertaken to continue her studies in pedagogy through her Suzuki training as well as Early Childhood training (including Dalcroze and Orff). With broad experience over teaching at a variety of schools, Meredith chose to pursue completing her training in the Suzuki method (Books 1-9) and Suzuki Early Childhood training, due to a deep affinity for working with young children. Her students have ranged from three years old to seventy three years old, and she has worked in a variety of settings teaching music, from general music theory in a college setting (Montana State University, College of Technology Great Falls and Pierce College WA) to developing new pedagogical aids for teaching guitar in a group setting for young children.

In her performance career, she is most passionate about chamber music, and outside of teaching music, she is most passionate about composition. Those things were all combined when she conducted the combined Suzuki Guitar student ensemble at the 2016 Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference, performing her own composition “Mosquito
Stomp”. An active member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and an active collaborator with other instrumental musicians, Meredith brings to her lessons and group classes over twenty years of teaching experience.

Peter Hurley — Suzuki Piano

Peter Hurley has had a broad and lengthy career contemplating aural training. During a 25 year period, he has been involved in primary, secondary and tertiary music programs as a teacher, assessor and curriculum developer. Peter is currently lecturer in Aural Studies and Topics in Musicology – Music Theatre and Cabaret at the University of Melbourne. He continues to be involved in curriculum development and as an assessor with the AMEB, the VCAA and the Yamaha Music Foundation. Peter has also lectured at the VCA, Box Hill Institute, Melba Memorial Conservatorium, the VMTA, and the Suzuki Talent Education Association and continues associations with these institutions. He is currently engaged in post graduate research in audio cognition, specifically relating to pitch and memory. Peter is one of our wonderful senior  teachers here at Music Works Magic teaching traditional piano, Suzuki piano theory and aural musicianship as well as voice and musical theatre.

Yukiyo Hidaka— Suzuki Piano

As a qualified Suzuki piano teacher, Yukiyo is very passionate about Dr Suzuki’s philosophies in music and personal development. After completing the Suzuki teacher training course she has continued her self-development under the guidance of one of the most experienced and knowledgeable Suzuki teachers.

She takes pride in her calm and patient approach to teaching and sets achievable short term goals tailored to varying student abilities to ensure continued progression in the long term.  

Yukiyo is dedicated to building a solid technical foundation for her students and teaches with a goal of nurturing children into outstanding individuals who love and enjoy music for the rest of their lives. As well as listening and playing skills, Yukiyo also introduces music reading in addition to the Suzuki program at an early stage as she believes it is vital to learning music.

Her own children were introduced to Suzuki piano at an early age. With this first-hand experience as a Suzuki parent coupled with her Suzuki teaching qualification, she knows the ins and outs of what it takes to foster a young individual into a fine musician.