Melinda first began education work as a member of the West Australian Youth Orchestra, taking part in the “Babies Proms”, introducing music to infants and toddlers once a year. She developed her interest further whilst studying at the RNCM, observing and taking part in masterclasses including Ralph Kirshbaum, and observing the RNCM Junior Strings Project. As part of the performance courses at the RNCM, Melinda studied Pedagogy and Dalcroze with Katie Wearing.
Melinda has worked with special needs children, volunteering for a project “Hear Me Out” at the Royal School for the Deaf and Communication Disorders in Manchester. She worked for Special Virtuosi for over two years, where she taught musicianship, orchestral techniques, put on fundraisers and organised concerts for young people with special needs in Manchester.
Seeing the benefits studying music can bring to people with special needs, Melinda is keen to help others with music. Following an observation day at In Harmony in Liverpool, Melinda volunteered for Sistema Scotland’s project Big Noise in Raploch.
Melinda worked as a private tutor in the UK, teaching Cello, music theory and piano to people of a wide range of age and ability. She was the lower strings tutor Glasgow’s Strings Training Orchestra, and has given masterclasses at the Jersey Academy of Music.
Since arriving back in Australia, Melinda has been teaching Cello at Presbyterian Ladies’ College and St. Mark’s Anglican Community School.
Melinda is currently a member of MusicBook – an ensemble that performs music set to children’s books.