Lynda McDowall AIRMT
Lynda is an experienced early childhood educator (New Zealand Playcentre Federation Certificate), junior music specialist and Registered Music Teacher (Early Childhood). She is also a member of NEWZATS – the organisation for approved singing teachers in New Zealand. In February 1993, Lynda opened the studio in Harrisville Road.
- Lynda organised and conducted the Majors ‘n’ Minors choir for many years and has previous involvement with the orchestras
- A history of staging children’s productions for both schools and churches as well as the M & M annual productions
- Over the past two decades, Lynda has participated in numerous music camps and workshops both here and in Australia
- Wide experience tutoring adult programmes that encourage teaching music to young children
- Worked for several years as a tutor at the Saturday Morning Music School in Papakura. Also did a full year as visiting school music specialist for a local school
- Since 2001 Lynda has been the Instrumental Convenor for The South Auckland Performing Arts Society competitions held annually in June and July. She is also the Vice President / Secretary of this society (SAPACS) and assists with the vocal and piano sections.
- Personal music skills: conducting, singing, guitar, basic piano/recorder and introductory programmes (the “Brainfood” sessions ran for 22 years)
- Has secretarial/computer experience as well as early childhood training
- Guest speaker or presenter for information sessions on children’s music and the SAPACS festival
- Three times a year Lynda hosts an examination centre for ABRSM (Royal Schools of Music) practical exams and in December for Trinity College (The M & M vocal students have an unbroken 100% pass rate).
Scott is a clarinet and saxophone tutor and player based in Pukekohe. He has a Bachelor of Music Degree in Clarinet Performance and is an Associate of the Institute of Registered Music Teachers. Scott teaches privately as well as in the itinerant music scheme through the Ministry of Education. From 2009 to 2013 Scott was the Supervisor of the Papakura Music School, a position that involved organizational and supervisory skills in addition to teaching. As well as tutoring, Scott plays for many types of performance situations and also for session work in recording studios. At Majors ‘n’ Minors he assists with all the major performances and records the repertoire for the choir each year.
Sarah returned to New Zealand in 2012 after nearly 8 years of studying, living and working in London. She has many years experience teaching a variety of music programmes to children of all ages. Sarah has a Masters Degree in Cello Performance from the Royal College of Music (London) and prior to leaving New Zealand she completed an ATCL in voice and studied piano and violin to university level. She has attended masterclasses, performed solo, sung in choirs and played in orchestras in many parts of the world. Sarah is particularly interested in teaching music to children at a very young age, running very successful baby and toddler groups whilst in London. She also enjoys musical theatre and directing children’s productions.
Deirdre grew up in a musical family, learning to play the violin, flute, piano, oboe and recorder. She progressed her musical studies playing violin in National Youth Orchestras and majored in Violin Performance as part of her musical studies at University. Deirdre has had extensive experience in solo, orchestral (some professional) and chamber music ensemble playing in New Zealand and in England. She enjoys performing with the Malvern string quartet and Devonport Chamber Orchestra in Auckland. She achieved her Performers Certificate examination on the flute and has played in a solo and ensemble capacity. When Deirdre isn’t teaching music, she works as a Dietitian in South Auckland.
From a young age, Bernice enjoyed violin and singing at the Majors ’n’ Minors studio. She found her love for performing and all things to do with music by being involved at the studio. Bernice progressed in her musical studies over the years by taking part in award winning orchestras and choirs, concerts and competitions throughout New Zealand. She won many awards and scholarships in violin and singing and is now pursuing her LTCL in singing and aiming towards finishing her Bachelor of Music. In 2015 Bernice worked as an itinerant singing teacher at Rosehill College. 2016 sees her focused on teaching privately as well as at the Majors ’n’ Minors studio.
After completing an LTCL in piano and a Bachelor of Music majoring in piano performance at Otago University, Bronwyn commenced a successful piano and theory teaching practice, becoming a registered music teacher in the process. After a few years break from music teaching (including two years working for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain) Bronwyn has recently moved to the Pukekohe area and resumed teaching. She has extensive experience in accompanying vocalists, string and woodwind players for exams and competitions as well as 20 plus years as a contemporary church musician and worship leader. Bronwyn has Grade 8 in singing and greatly enjoys choral singing – most recently with Auckland choirs Bach Musica and the Holy Trinity Cathedral Choir. She also has a BA in Psychology and several years experience in working with international students.