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Camilla Caldwell began violin in a kindergarten string program and knew straight away that a career in music was for her. Camilla also studied piano and percussion, plays recorder and viola, and sings with ensembles, but violin remains her first love. She achieved her Associate of Music, Australia in 2009, and has performed concertos and solos at Melba Hall and the Melbourne Recital Centre. In 2016 Camilla graduated from The University of Melbourne with her Bachelor of Music.
Frequently employed as concertmaster and associate concertmaster for Opera Victoria and the Australasian Orchestra, Camilla is also in demand as a violinist for visiting international artists and plays for various musical theatre productions as well as with Melbourne Youth Music, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne Youth Chamber Project, Melbourne Fiddlers and State Music Camp. Camilla played in the Australian premiere of “Catch me if you Can” and the Chapel off Chapel Australian premier of “High Fidelity” as well as performing in the Music Theatre Guild of Victoria awards and the Lyrebird Awards. Camilla plays an acoustic, and a semi-acoustic violin custom made by Paul Davies.
From the age of 16 Camilla has helped tutor young string, percussion and recorder groups. She has recently begun her Honours in classical violin at Monash University. Camilla is currently enjoying teaching students from beginners to VCE level in AMEB and Suzuki at a number of Melbourne schools.
Emma Charles, B. Mus. completed her Bachelor of music at Monash University in 2010 and is currently undertaking her honours degree in music performance. She is also undertaking the Suzuki Primary Accreditation course. She began her musical journey at the tender age of two, learning Suzuki violin under the tutorage of Cathy Lee in San Francisco. Since then she has learnt from top teachers including Moirsheen Kelly, Goertz Richter, Fintan Murphy and Elizabeth Sellars. Emma is currently in several chamber ensembles including the ‘’Banksia Trio’’ and Monash Sinfonia, who recently undertook a tour of Brazil. She has played on 3MBS as a soloist and in chamber groups as part of the ‘’Live at the Convent’’ program. Emma loves the mixture of teaching all age groups and has a strong focus on technique and musicality.
Nicki Kramer is a highly motivated and versatile fiddle player and teacher with 15 years experience running her own teaching studio and working as a freelance musician. Nicki is an accredited Suzuki violin teacher but also specialises in Traditional Irish Music and has been very involved in community music festivals.
With extensive performance experience both in Melbourne and interstate, Nicki recently returned and completed a Bachelor of Music that she saw as an enriching experience, giving her many opportunities to grow as a musician. She is excited to connect with the next generation of performers and teachers.
As well as her Suzuki violinists, she has had many older students and particularly enjoys helping adult beginners whose lack of confidence is usually the biggest hurdle to overcome. Nicki has excellent people skills and genuinely enjoys seeing her students improve and develop as musicians. She is passionate about teaching music completely by ear. We welcome Nicki to Music Works Magic.
At primary school Sylvia was spotted for talents playing the triangle in classroom music and was offered a free term’s tuition. Thus began her love affair with the violin. She has taught violin and viola since the late 1980s in various schools and is currently enjoying working with primary school students at Melbourne Grammar and secondary students at Mazenod College. After being formally introduced to Kodály methodology at the National Conference in 2001 she completed Kodály Secondary training and subsequently taught classroom music as well as Strings. At the National Conference in 2010 she met Géza Szilvay, author of the Colour Strings method which applies the Kodály principles to String teaching. In 2014 she attended Géza’s workshops in Toowoomba. Sylvia is currently teaching Colour Strings instrumental lessons. Parents are an essential partner in this method, attending lessons and assisting with practice at home. To complement the instrumental lessons, attending musicianship classes is highly recommended.
Beginning her musical education on the violin at the age of 5,Tahli Elsner continues to pursue her love for music and the violin. Under the tutelage of Beth Hemming, Tahli was awarded her Associate Diploma of Music in 2010 and her Licentiate Diploma of Music in 2011 from the Australian Music Examinations Board. In 2017 she earned her Diploma in Music Performance at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music studying violin with Dr Curt Thompson. In 2014, Tahli performed solo at the Melbourne Recital Centre and has also been a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra, Melbourne Youth Orchestra and the Melbourne University Symphony Orchestra. Tahli’s passion for the violin led her to begin teaching in 2017 at Caulfield Grammar School. She is currently completing her Suzuki Primary teaching accreditation which she hopes to complete in 2018.