Melinda Ceresoli, (pronouned CHE-re-soli), is a specialist contemporary singing & piano teacher, and vocologist.
Born into a family of professional musicians, Melinda started performing in her teens, as a singer and pianist. She has performed hundreds of live gigs and numerous studio sessions, mostly radio and TV jingles. She is a singing and piano teacher with over 20 years experience, and has taught classroom music in various educational settings, including schools (K-12), university & TAFE and preschool programs.
Melinda was, until recently, Head of Voice and Aural Studies at Box Hill Institute, Centre for Creative Industries. She has been a voice examiner for Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB), and a VCAA consultative panel member for VCE Music Peformance. She has held committee positions for the Austrailan National Association of Teachers of Singing (ANATS) and the Association of Music Educators, Victoria (aMuse).
Melinda's passion for helping students develop a musical ear, led to the creation of her book & CD series, called "VCE Musicianship Language Essentials", which have sold over 20,000 copies in Victoria.
Melinda is Australia's first certified "vocologist", from the National Centre of Voice and Speech, at the University of Utah, where she studied with world renowned voice scientist, Prof Ingo Titze. She has also completed voice disorders studies with Dr Katherine Verdolini, Professor of Communication Science and Disorders, University of Pittsburgh.
Melinda has chosen to now focus solely on teaching students with various needs and mental health issues. Most of her students are Autistic, with a range of co-conditions.
Melinda & Autism
Melinda's first experience with teaching students with autism was over 10 years ago, when she was a secondary school music teacher. One of her schools had a large inclusion program, where classroom teachers received extensive training in teaching kids with additional needs. She worked side-by-side with integration aids and parents, to help devise individual learning plans, and to create resources for her students. Over the years, Melinda's interest in teaching Autistic learners increased. However, it is in the past 5 years that Melinda has focussed her private studio teaching on kids and young adults on the spectrum.
In 2015, Melinda founded "Sing-Swing-Play", a non-profit music program for preschoolers with autism. The program started with group classes and then moved to one-to-one lessons, so as to focus on the individual needs of each child. This was an incredible 'on the job' learning opportunity, and motivated her transition to become an Autism specialist teacher.
Melinda has experience working with kids with Down Syndrome, Retts Syndrome, Tourette Syndrome, intellectual disability, physical disability and speech disorders. She has been a volunteer music tutor at a Melbourne special school, which she absolutely loved!
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Melinda's interest in autism and music led to her postgraduate study, to determine how learning singing and piano could benefit students with autism. This is a work in progress, however, the benefits are being observed every week in her studio.
In 2018, Melinda was invited to present her first session on teaching students with ASD. This has led to regular teacher-training engagements at school and association PD workshops and conferences. The response has been overwhelming, which is wonderful! We need more music teachers with knowledge of Autism to address the number of Autistic individuals wanting to learn an instrument.
Master of Music Studies
The University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Music
Major in Jazz Voice and improvisation
Minor in Aural Studies & Vocal Pedagogy
- Recipient of three awards for academic work and vocal performance skills.
Graduate Diploma in Education
The University of New England
Graduate Certificate in Arts (Music)
Certificate in Vocology
National Centre for Voice & Speech
University of Utah
Certificate IV in Training & Assessment
Box Hill Institute
ABA Therapist Level 1
ABIA, December 2019
Melinda holds a current (2019) Working With Children card.
Professional Memberships 2020
Association of Music Educators (aMuse) 2019 Vice President
Victorian Music Teachers Association (VMTA)
Kodaly Music Education Institute of Australia (KMEIA)
(formerly Autism Victoria)