70 per hour Violin
Music
Melinda Coles

Melinda Coles Yatala, QLD 4207

  • Suzuki Strings Tutor - Melinda Coles. I am a creative professional musician with 25 years experience in Classical and Celtic music fields, dedicated and self motivated to provide music tuition within the College environment
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About Me

My goals are to inspire Students to achieve better results and become more confident using music as a discipline and a forum for creative expression

• Teaching individual private Suzuki Method string lessons

• Evaluating Students’ interests, ability temperament, and individual characteristics to determine suitable structure for lessons to encourage self discipline and continuous improvement

• Playing a wide range (11 different kinds) of instruments to connect with Students, inspire them to take up music, and demonstrate musical scales, tones, and rhythm

QUALIFICATION SUMMARY

I am a creative professional musician with 25 years experience in Classical and Celtic music fields, dedicated and self motivated to provide music tuition within the College environment

• Confident and experienced in private and group tuition in College and School settings

• 32 years experience on the Violin, 20 years on Cello and Viola and 6 years experience on Harp

• Actively involved over the years in Philharmonic Orchestras, City Orchestras, Chamber Groups, BushBands, String Quartets, Old Time Dance Bands and performed Solo at many Concerts




Melinda is a fantastic teacher, with the ability to quickly develop a rapport with her students, and tailor her lessons to suit. Melinda teaches both of our children, and we wouldn't trust their musical education to anyone else. Under Melinda's tutelage, our daughter has thrived and developed a passion for music and love of performance. Our son is following closely in her footsteps.

-Tim and Rose Callaghan - Narangba - July 2015



MY 7 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER BEGAN WITH MELINDA 12 MONTHS AGO. HER ATTENTION SPAN LASTED 5 MINUTES, SHE WOULD CHATTER CONSTANTLY DUE TO NERVES AND ANXIETY. SHE IS NOW DOING 20 MINUTES A WEEK EXTRA PRACTICE AND GAINING MORE CONFIDENCE EACH WEEK. SHE CAN LAST A WHOLE 1⁄2 HOUR CONCENTRATING WITH MELINDA AND IS TOTALLY ABSORBED IN HER LESSON, SHE HAS EVEN STATED THAT HER LESSON WENT REALLY QUICK TODAY. MELINDA MAKES EACH STUDENT FEEL SPECIAL, SHE HAS A CONTAGIOUS LOVE OF MUSIC WHICH SHE IMPARTS ON TO HER STUDENTS, ENCOURAGING THEM TO BE THE BEST THAT THEY CAN BE AND MORE.

Jenni Brzeski - Caboolture - July 2015
I AM A MATURE AGE STUDENT, AND HAVE HAD PRIVATE VIOLIN LESSONS WITH MELINA COLES FOR MORE THAN TWO YEARS. I STARTED MY LESSONS STUDYING SUZUKI BOOK 2 AND HAVE GRADUATED BOOK 4. MELINDA IS THE BEST, VERY INTUITIVE AND KNOWS HOW TO WORK WITH THE INDIVIDUAL STUDENT, TO REACH FULL POTENTIAL .
NOT ONLY THAT, MELINDA HAS A BEAUTIFUL PERSONALITY , AND A GREAT SMILE, IS VERY DEDICATED TO HER WORK WITH INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS AND THE MORTON CELTIC FIDDLE CLUB. IT'S HARD TO FIND ENOUGH WORDS TO PRAISE HER AS A MUSIC TEACHER.

SHARON BORGGAARD - MATURE AGE STUDENT - JULY 2015
MELINDA COLES HAS BEEN TEACHING MY DAUGHTER CELLO FOR NEARLY TWO YEARS AND WE HAVE BEEN EXTREMELY HAPPY WITH HER. SHE IS A DILIGENT, CONSISTENT TEACHER WHO BUILDS A RAPPORT WITH HER STUDENTS AND ENCOURAGES THEM TO DO THEIR BEST. I WOULD HAVE NO HESITATION IN RECOMMENDING HER.

ANDREA FARGNOLI - BURPENGARY - JULY 2015
“MELINDA HAS BEEN AN INSPIRATIONAL TEACHER AND CONTRIBUTES FAR MORE THAN REQUIRED IN TERMS OF TIME, ENTHUSIASM AND COMMITMENT. SHE HAS MAINTAINED MY DAUGHTER’S INTEREST AND ENJOYMENT IN MUSIC IN HER EARLY TEENAGE YEARS WHEN OTHER LESS POSITIVE ACTIVITIES COMPETE FOR ATTENTION.MELINDA IS A POSITIVE ROLE MODEL FOR MY DAUGHTER OF WHAT IS POSSIBLE WITH DETERMINATION, PERSEVERANCE AND LOVE OF MUSIC”

Therese Marty - Emily Marty Cellist - Student since 2010
“MY 13 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER HAD LOST INTEREST IN THE VIOLIN AFTER PLAYING FOR 6 YEARS, UNTIL WE CHANGED TOMELINDA. NOW SHE NOT ONLY EXCELS CLASSICALLY, SHE HAS A LOVE FOR CELTIC MUSIC AND CAN PLAY THAT GENRE ALSO. MELINDA INSPIRED AND MOTIVATED HER BY MAKING MUSIC FUN AND CHALLENGING AND INCREASED HER LOVE OF PERFORMING.”

Susanne Armstrong - Anna Armstrong Violinist & Cellist (Student from 2009-2010 now living in UK)
“WE HAVE BEEN FORTUNATE ENOUGH THAT MELINDA HAS BEEN TEACHING OUR DAUGHTER JESSICA VIOLIN FOR 8 YEARS. JESSICA HAS ALWAYS ENJOYED HER LESSONS THOROUGHLY AND HAS PROGRESSED TO A LEVEL THAT SHE HAS PLAYED WITH THE GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY YOUNG CONSERVATORIUM, AFTER GAINING ENTRY VIA AN AUDITION PROCESS. MELINDA'S FANTASTIC ENERGY AND INSPIRING OUTLOOK ON LIFE HAS ALWAYS BEEN NOTICEABLY CONTAGIOUS TO ALL HER STUDENTS.”

Debbie Trueman - Jessica Trueman Violinist & Cellist (Student since 2006 )
“IF IT WASN'T FOR YOU I WOULDN'T HAVE FULFILLED MY DREAM OF PLAYING FIDDLE IN A IRISH BAND. YOU BELIEVE YOUR STUDENTS CAN ACHIEVE HIGH LEVELS SO THEY DO.MUSIC IS EVERYTHING IN MY LIFE AND I OWE IT ALL TO YOU.”

Terry Matthews - Violinist (Student since 2009)
“I HAVE JUST PASSED MY AUDITION FOR THE JUNIOR ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC IN LONDON. I WOULDN’T HAVE BEEN ABLE TO GET WHERE I AM TODAY WITHOUT YOU. YOU'RE A FANTASTIC TEACHER AND HAVE INSPIRED MANY OF YOUR STUDENTS.”

Anna Armstrong - Violinist (Student 2003-2009)
“MELINDA HAS BEEN TEACHING OUR CHILDREN VIOLIN FOR MANY YEARS. BECAUSE OF HER LOVE OF MUSIC AND INSPIRING TEACHING THE KIDS HAVE PROGRESSED WELL AND BECOME INVOLVED IN OTHER MUSICAL ACTIVITIES SUCH AS CHURCH PERFORMANCES, BUSKING, CELTIC MUSIC CAMP AND PERFORMING WITH DEEP BLUE ORCHESTRA.”

Deanne & Stephen Wong - Madison Wong Violinist & Cellist and Morgan Wong Violinist (Students since 2008)
"I HAVE BEEN AMAZED AT AMANDA & SAMANTHA'S PROGRESS WITH THEIR MUSIC OVER THE PAST 5 YEARS. THIS IS DUE TO YOUR DEDICATED APPROACH TO TEACHING AND THE WAY YOU ENCOURAGE THEM. THEY LOOK FORWARD TO THEIR VIOLIN LESSONS EACH WEEK, AND LOVE TO PLAY FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. AMANDA WOULD LIKE TO BE A VIOLIN TEACHER WHEN SHE GROWS UP."

Amber Thomas - Samantha and Amanda Thomas Violinists (Students since 2006)
"MELINDA HAS BEEN TEACHING VIOLIN TO OUR DAUGHTER VIRGINIA SINCE 2006. VIRGINIA HAS NO FINGERS ON HER LEFT HAND, YET MELINDA WAS ABLE TO HELP HER ADAPT TO PLAYING THE VIOLIN USING HER RIGHT HAND. VIRGINIA HAS PLAYED IN THE SCHOOL BAND AND MANY OTHER EXTERNAL PERFORMANCES WITH MELINDA. MELINDA'S DEDICATION, PASSION AND DYNAMIC PERSONALITY HAS HELPED BUILD VIRGINIA'S SELF ESTEEM AND HELPED HER RECOGNIZED THAT VERY FEW THINGS ARE IMPOSSIBLE. WE HAVE RECOMMENDED MELINDA TO FRIENDS IN THE PAST AND WOULD ENTHUSIASTICALLY ENDORSE HER AS A MUSIC TEACHER TO ANYONE SEEKING A QUALIFIED, PASSIONATE TEACHER.

Peter Sultana - Virginia Sultana Violinist (Student since 2006)
“MELINDA IS PATIENT, PERSISTENT, PROFESSIONAL AND POSITIVE! ANTHEA HAS PROGRESSED IN LEAPS AND BOUNDS SINCE YOU BEGAN TEACHING HER”.

Janet Major - Anthea Major Cellist (student since 2010)
" MY SONS ABILITY AND ENJOYMENT OF THE VIOLIN HAS INCREASED DRAMATICALLY SINCE YOU STARTED TEACHING HIM. THANKS”

Cassandra Schloss - Alexander Schloss violinist (student since 2009)
“WELL MELINDA, I WOULDN'T BE WHERE I AM TODAY IF IT WEREN'T FOR YOUR FANTASTIC TEACHING SKILLS, ENTHUSIASM IN YOUR CAREER, HAPPY SPIRIT AND ENJOYMENT FOR MUSIC. MOST OF ALL, YOU'RE AN INSPIRATIONAL TEACHER, WHO I LEARNT LOTS FROM AND WHO BROUGHT BACK MY LOVE FOR MUSIC.”

Anna Armstrong Violinist & cellist (student since 2009)
AFTER 2 YEARS PERSEVERING WITH OTHER TEACHERS, MY DAUGHTER NADIA WAS AT THE POINT OF GIVING UP PLAYING VIOLIN. SHE HAD BECOME VERY DESPONDENT AND LOST ALL MOTIVATION TO CONTINUE. FORTUNATELY, THAT’S WHEN MELINDA CAME ALONG. NADIA’S ATTITUDE AND MOTIVATION CHANGED OVERNIGHT. BY SHARING HER OWN INFECTIOUS LOVE OF MUSIC, MELINDA BROUGHT BACK THE ‘LOVE OF PLAYING’ THAT NADIA HAD LOST. MELINDA BUILT ON IMPROVING NADIA’S SKILLS, TO GIVE HER EVER-INCREASING CONFIDENCE AND ENJOYMENT. MELINDA ALSO SOUGHT OUT EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO INVOLVE NADIA IN PLAYING WITH OTHERS, INCLUDING PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANS, AS A WAY OF PROVIDING FURTHER MOTIVATION AND ENHANCING HER LEARNING. MELINDA WAS AND STILL IS THE KEY TO NADIA’S CONTINUING PLAYING.

Petra Cash - Nadia Cash violinist (student since 2009)


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Subject

Suzuki and Celtic private 1/2 lessons $35

Suzuki an Celtic private 1/2 lessons $35

Suzuki and Celtic private 1/2 hour lessons $35

Suzuki and Celtic 1/2 hour private lessons $35


Lesson Information

  • Lesson Type:
  • One to One
  • In Group
  • Lesson Language:
  • English-General
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