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Estelita Rae grew up in New Zealand and moved to Australia to pursue a combined music and visual arts degree at the Australian National University which she completed in 2013. She completed the Professional Performance Program at the National Academy of Music in 2014, and has recently complete her Honours degree in Violin Performance at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. She has experience through years of teaching violin in schools, individually and in groups extending to the tutoring of chamber music through the ANU Pre-tertiary program. Her passion for teaching continues through private tuition at Music Works Magic and at collective lessons at Sholem Aleichem College.
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.