Melinda Gindy is the managing director at MGMS. Melinda also teaches Piano, Flute and Music Theory within the studio. Melinda has completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts at Wesley Institute for Ministry and the Arts and graduated with distinction. She then went on to complete a Graduate Diploma in Education, specialising in Secondary Music at UWS Nepean, also graduating with distinction. In this same year, Melinda launched Melinda Gindy Music Studios. In 2002, Melinda commenced employment as years 3 to 8 music teacher at Penrith Christian School, before having her first child in 2004. Melinda has worked and performed as the leading accompanist for three musicals: Oliver, Pocahontas and The Wizard of Oz.
Melinda continues to regularly to attend teaching training with the Australian Music Examinations Board, NSW Conservatorium of Music and Music Teachers’ Association of NSW and has completed a Graduate Certificate in Gifted Education and a Masters in Education (Special Education). Melinda is the President of Gifted NSW Incorporated, a not for profit organisation for which she volunteers for with passion. She is also President of the Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented (AAEGT) and Australian Delegate to the World Council of the Gifted and Talented (WCGTC). Melinda is proud of where the studio is today, with 4 teachers and 60+ students. She divides her times between her work at Regents Park Christian School where she is the Leader of Diverse Learning, the Studio, her family, church and volunteer work. in 2019, Melinda was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Teachers’ Guild of NSW.
Esther Whitbread is one of our piano and theory teachers. Having begun playing the piano at the age of four years she has had a wide variety of experience in teaching, performing and composing different styles of music. Before joining Melinda Gindy Music Studios Esther studied nursing and worked in the field for three years. When the opportunity came to work for Melinda Gindy Music Studios she jumped at the chance to again be able to teach something she loves doing. Esther provides not only technical aspects of piano and theory but also finds equally important the emotional side of playing the piano. Her goal is to impart this to her students so they may also not just play well but love what they are doing. Esther is married with two young children.
Natalie Tseung has been playing piano since the age of 6, completing her AMEB Grade 8 Piano atthe age of 15 and going on to complete her Certificate of Performance 3 years later. Along with piano, Natalie is the organist at her local church, as well as playing the piano accompaniment for the children’s choir. Currently, Natalie is a student at the University of Sydney, however, she devotes her spare time tutoring students and teaching piano.
As a classically trained pianist, Natalie has had over 3 years of private teaching experience before receiving the opportunity to work at MGMS. As a teacher, she focuses upon a more holistic approach to teaching, ensuring a well rounded foundation in both musicality and music theory. This ensures a student will be well equipped with the skills to love learning, as well as being able to appreciate and explore the instrument themselves.