Melbourne Recorder Academy
Our aim is to support talented young recorder players to be involved in ensemble playing. That is why over the next three years we are organising workshops, masterclasses and performance opportunities for young musicians of a wide variety of standards. If you're interested in being involved, or would like more details, we'd love to hear from you.
All levels welcome, ages 5-21
Exact details will depend on the participants, but we anticipate offering four tiers:
*Beginning Players (lower-middle primary school, AMEB Gr 1+)
*Intermediate Players (upper primary-lower secondary school, AMEB Gr 4+),
*Advanced Players (upper secondary school, AMEB Gr 7+)
If you don't fit into those categories, don't worry at all - they're just a guide to get us started. Please register on the trybooking page or email us with any questions.
Meet the team
Kaylene moved from Canberra to Melbourne in the 1980’s to study flute with Mardi McSullea at the Victorian College of the Arts. She then travelled to France and New York to attend classes with flautists including Michel Debost and Robert Dick. Kaylene went on to complete a Master of Music in Performance at the University of Melbourne, where she later taught flute students at the Faculty of Music. With a keen interest in contemporary music, she has enjoyed performing in various chamber music groups and collaborating with actors, dancers, sculptors and poets.
In recent years Kaylene has studied with Hannah Coleman and become an avid recorder player and teacher. Last year she completed specialised training with Kathleen Schoen in Canada to become an accredited Suzuki Recorder Teacher, the only one in Melbourne so far. She is now delighted to have a growing home studio of very young recorder players.
Rachel Snedden started music teaching in 1995, while completing a Bachelor of Music, in Early Music (Recorder), at The University of Melbourne. Rachel currently teaches at three schools and takes private students at her studio, as well as directing RECORDICA, a group for high-school aged recorder players. In 2004, Rachel began publishing The Rainbow Recorder Series that takes students from beginner level to exam level in seven stages. Rachel also encourages her students to participate in AMEB exams and the Monash Youth Music Festival. Rachel has conducted the Melbourne Recorder Orchestra since 2011. At the end of each year, Rachel directs the Recorder Students’ Spectacular, a showcase concert that brings all her students together to celebrate the recorder.