Do You Have a Musical Mind?
Of Course You Do, and So Do Your Kids!
“I wish I continued learning an instrument…I want my kids to experience music and learn an instrument”. Our founder, Tanya Bethune, has heard this time and time again from parents wanting to bring music into their child’s life. Parent-teacher nights and playground conversations were filled with these emotional wants and desires for their kids and themselves.
Musical Minds grew out of our founder’s passion for showing all ages how they can create and experience music—seeing the absolute joy in kids’ faces when they succeed. Those smiling faces are the driving force behind Musical Minds. Music is just as much for kids as it is for adults. When a child and parent share music, they’re building life-long memories.
Musical Minds has created a welcoming place where kids and adults can explore their musical minds. With experience in all areas of the teaching profession and drawing on the Orff-Schulwerk approach and Kodaly methodology, Tanya and her team expertly guide you through your musical journey.
The Musical Minds Team
Tanya Bethune – Director
Tanya Bethune is the founder of Musical Minds, a Music school for babies, children and adults. A little about Tanya: at the age of 6 Tanya was encouraged by her grandfather to learn music in her local Brass Band. She continued her love of music as a trumpeter and singer in orchestras and blues bands, playing with inspiring musicians across Australia. Tanya continued her education at The University of Melbourne, completing a Bachelor or Music (Honours) and Bachelor of Teaching. In her teaching experience she has experience as a classroom music teacher in Primary and ELCs and Head of Primary Music in leading schools across VIC and NSW. Tanya writes the music program using her experience as an Orff Practitioner and infusing the music program with the Kodaly methodology and Reggio Emilia approach. Tanya has experienced first hand the benefits of learning music from a young age and has researched, developed and written the programs that you learn today. She is currently learning Auslan.
“Miss Bethune, I can do it, listen to me, I can make a song using the music hand signs, I can sing ‘so’ and ‘mi’.”
Tanya loves to help children create music of their own and give parents and grandparents the skills to encourage their children to explore music at home. Tanya values self-confidence as the building blocks of an individuals growth. Though her experience Tanya and her team are confident that they can give you the best music foundation for your child’s development.
Andrew Donald is an experienced piano and singing teacher with a strong jazz and contemporary music background and extensive ensemble experience as a professional gigging musician for over twenty years. Andrew has a Bachelor of Music from the Queensland Conservatorium and is currently completing his Masters of Teaching (Primary Education) at Victoria University. He has extensive experience working with children (and adults) through individual and group music lessons and is passionate about sharing the many benefits of learning music through the Musical Minds community. He also loves a good chat about Archery.
Tony is a professional guitarist and singer and one of our early learning music educators. He is a super star on the guitar and ukulele and creates great excitement in singing. Tony’s enthusiasm is plain to see, sometimes you won’t know if the kids or Tony are having the most fun! He enjoys teaching young minds and hopes to ignite joy and excitement for everyone involved as we find the magic of music. He also cannot resist the temptation of chocolate.
Brodie is a registered Music Therapist and Early Childhood Educator. She is a professional guitarist and saxophonist… plus plays a huge range of other instruments. Brodie started at Musical Minds as a parent and continues as a teacher and parent. She loves celebrating children’s achievements with families as they grow and develop. She also loves a good chai and chat, especially around the campfire.
See What Some of Our Families Have to Say
“We have done a few music classes but Tanya’s are brilliant. She weaves music knowledge and understanding seamlessly through the fun activities and engaging songs, and there is cultural diversity in the material too. Kids use different age appropriate instruments and learn community practices like cooperation, packing away etc. She also has highs and lows to the energy so the kids don’t leave over-revved/over-stimulated. It’s wonderful.”
“I just wanted to say a big thank you to Tanya for your commitment to continuing classes this term. I’m pretty sick of zoom with my work but considering how interactive and performative music is- I take my hat off to you. Please know that through your small business you’re giving a lot of kids like my son a fabulous opportunity to sing, dance and just have fun which they all need. And during lockdown, the whole community needs a pick-me-up. I find because of your positivity and energy, I really feel better after your classes too! So thank you from me and my little guy. Musical Minds is not just about music experiences for kids, it’s a community and I’m so glad my little family stumbled across it!
“Thank you Tanya you were amazing! Our 3 Year Old kindergarten children had so much fun and so did the educators! The Musical Minds incursion was really hands on and relevant to the children and we all had lots of turns at playing all the musical instruments. Thanks once again Tanya we will definitely see you next year!
3 Year Old Kindergarten – Maria C
Children’s Music School
- 0 to 5 years
- ELC - Primary classes - Adult classes