About Melinda

Melinda Ceresoli

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 continues to teach several VCE contemporary voice students each year, however Melinda's main focus is teaching kids and teens with autism.

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 4 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.

 

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!

 

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 started presenting teacher-training workshops to piano and instrumental teachers. The response has been overwhelming, which is great! We need more music teachers with knowledge of Autism to address the number of Autistic individuals wanting to learn an instrument.

Melinda's Qualificatons

Master of Music Studies

The University of Melbourne

 

Bachelor of Music

Major in Jazz Voice and improvisation

Minor in Aural Studies & Vocal Pedagogy

Queensland Conservatorium

- 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)

Monash University

 

Certificate in Vocology

National Centre for Voice & Speech

University of Utah

 

Certificate IV in Training & Assessment

Box Hill Institute

 

ABA/RBT training in progress, through the Institute of Behavioural Training.

Melinda holds a current (2019) Working With Children card.

Professional Memberships 2019

Association of Music Educators (aMuse) 2019 Vice President

 

Victorian Music Teachers Association (VMTA)

 

Kodaly Music Education Institute of Australia (KMEIA)

 

Amaze

(formerly Autism Victoria)

 

Aspergers Victoria