I  began learning the Violin at the age of 6 studying under the first International Suzuki Violin teacher Ms Hirrokio Primrose. 

At age 8 I was part of a group of students who travelled to Japan to perform at the International Suzuki Violin School, at concerts throughout Japan and have private lessons from Dr Sinichi Suzuki. 

I completed my study of the Suzuki Method then furthered my qualifications by studying A.Mus.A in Violin & Cello at the Conservatorium under the direction of Wollongong Symphony Orchestra 1st Violinist Alice Fitsummons.

 
Over the years I have performed at the Wollongong & Sydney Conservatorium & the Sydney Opera House. 

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I have held positions in the Central Coast Orchestra, Central Coast chamber group, Launceston Philharmonic and the Launceston City Orchestra,  
 
In 1987 I moved to Tasmania where I was introduced to the vibrant and exciting energy of Celtic Music, which has become a dominant part of my teaching style. 

Having experience playing with Celtic groups such as the  

"Tasmanian Celtic Fiddle Club",  "Liffey Folk Club",  "De-ja-vu",  Strings & Things, Roscoes, 

over a 12-year period with Performances all over Tasmania. Melinda attends a regular yearly pilgrimage with advanced students to Celtic Music camps & schools in Tasmania & Victoria and the National folk festival Canberra. 
 
For 26 years I have taught the Suzuki method for strings in Catholic & State education in Tasmania & Qld as well as privately. 

In 2007 I founded the MCFC (Moreton Celtic Fiddle Club), which has grown from 12 – 61 members. Through MCFC I continue to share my passion for Celtic Music with my students and members of the public. 

I am a strong believer in encouraging ALL of my students to be involved in performances for their school ensemble/orchestras. Also extending that further by becoming involved in the many community music groups available.  

During 2016 I was lead violinist / Cellist in Musical the musical theatre productions of "Joseph and his Technicolour dream coat" and "Bugsy Malone" with Beenleigh theatre and in Sister Amnesias Country Western Jamboree with Sunnybank Theatre.

 

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I currently teach

Violin - Classical, Celtic, Bluegrass

Cello - Classical, Celtic, Bluegrass

Viola - Classical, Celtic

Harp - celtic

Contact details - melindacoles@icloud.com

0402266480