Maddie joined Mini Maestros in 2012 and was one of our senior teachers and trainers, and our Business Development Officer. She taught Mini Maestros classes at South Yarra and Burnley for much of her time with us. Maddie has been teaching in London and travelling Europe for the past 14 months, but has recently returned to Melbourne and is now teaching on Saturdays in Ascot Vale.
Maddie has received a Bachelor of Performing Arts with First Class Honours from Monash University, and a Graduate Certificate in Literary Studies from Deakin University.
As a child, Maddie participated in a program similar to Mini Maestros. Coming from a musical family, Maddie learnt to sing at a very young age with her sister and Mum, who were known around Mildura as the Thiele Singers. Maddie began learning the violin at the age of 5 and studied for 13 years. She commenced ballet at the age of 7 and trained for 12 years. Maddie writes, sings and plays numerous instruments with local Melbourne band Odie Ida. In 2012 Maddie co-founded a children’s theatre company called Sausage Dog Productions, with whom she produces, composes and writes theatre for children.
Maddie has fallen in love with the Mini Maestros program and believes is a great way to prepare children for all aspects of their future learning. When asked about a favourite Mini Maestros moment, Maddie said, “I love hearing children sing for the very first time. At the beginning of the year I am always surprised to see how much the little ones have grown over the break, and it’s great to see them move up to the next age group. In the first week of Term 1 this year, an entire 2-3 year old class of returning students sang out loud with their brand new Bumblebee puppet, “Good morning Bumblebee!” It was heartwarming to see so much trust and confidence in the classroom!”