Paula Melville-Clark is a well known Australian music educator, an accomplished pianist and a registered classroom teacher with over 30 years of experience. She writes and conducts the Muzik4Kidz Music and Movement programs for children and teaches piano from her studio in Toowoomba.
As a Dalcroze practitioner and experienced musician, Paula is a regular guest teacher at many workshops and conferences in Australia and overseas and has presented at the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference, National AUSTA Conference, the UQ Summer Music Program, the USQ Residential Music Pedagogy School, the Queensland Orff Schulwerk Association, the Queensland Youth Orchestra Camps, the Yamaha Academy, the National Institute of Education in Singapore and many others.
She is one of the few practitioners in the world applying Dalcroze techniques to instrumental learning and performance and has a special interest in working with musicians and teachers in the area of kinaesthetic musical response. Her approach to piano teaching and performance is innovative and creative and her research into piano performance and the body received a highly commended award from the Musicological Society of Australia.
Supporting music in the community
Paula was President of the Toowoomba Eisteddfod (2008 - 2010) and is actively involved in supporting music in the community. She is a regular consultant to several local Early Childhood Centres including Chiselhurst Pre-school & Kindergarten Association in Toowoomba. Her innovative approach to music in the early years is documented in her book, ‘Music, Moving & Learning in Early Childhood’ published in 2006.
Paula has held teaching positions in England, France, Hong Kong & Australia working with children, tertiary students, teachers, dancers and actors in many areas related to music and movement. She lectured in Music and Music Education at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) from 1996 – 2008 and was the founding Director of the Junior Academy of Music at USQ from 2003 – 2006.
Read more about Paula
Early Childhood Australia Feature Article: Interview with Paula Melville-Clark
Qualifications & Memberships:
MMusic (USQ); GDipMusic; BA (Creative); Licentiate Guildhall School of Music (London); Licentiate Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (London); Dalcroze Certificate (Australia); President of City of Toowoomba Eisteddfod Inc 2008 − 2010; Professional Member Music Teachers Association of Qld; Committee Member Music Teachers Association of Qld (Toowoomba Branch); Director of Music & Movement Education Australia; Committee member of 11th Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference.
Advocate for Alex Steinbach Pianos & Samick (Pianos 1st)
Paula has been a wonderful music teacher for my children. She has a great rapport with the children and her music experience is extensive. Louise
My children have been attending classes at Music and Movement Education Australia for a number of years now. I have found the service and quality of education received to be of outstanding quality with a very personal touch. The caliber of teaching cannot be compared to other commercial music education businesses. I would highly recommend this business to anyone seeking a quality musical experience for their children. Wendy
We have really appreciated the fun, engaging, clever, purposeful, carefully planned and intelligent lessons you have put on week after week. I am thrilled that my children have been able to attend your classes and look forward to more music with you in the new year! Lindsay, Toowoomba
Paula is a fabulous teacher and I have had multiple learning experiences with her both as a Dalcroze student and as a young teacher observing how to teach. She is highly enthusiastic towards her teaching and this excitement and passion rubs off on anyone who enters one of her classes. There is simply no better way to learn music. Pheber Slager, Toowoomba