Since 2010 Melanie has held the position of piano teacher and accompanist at St Kevin’s College, Toorak, while continuing to work extensively as a freelance accompanist, and teach from her home studio in North Carlton, Melbourne.
After graduating from the Conservatorium High School, with a Certificate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Merit, and the Sydney Conservatorium, with a Bachelor of Music (Honours), Melanie received a Graduate Diploma of Education (secondary) from the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne. She is currently completing a Masters of Performance Teaching at the University of Melbourne.
Melanie has been privileged to study the piano with Lyall Duke in Sydney, Prof Dr Tibor Szász in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, and Dr Mark McGee and Elizabeth Mitchell in Melbourne. She has benefitted from participation in summer schools with Kathryn Selby in Sydney and Claude Helffer in Salzburg, Austria, and masterclasses with Lev Vlassenko, Misha Voskressensky, Cristina Ortiz and Richard Goode. Private Alexander Technique lessons in Sydney with Mary Cerny, and in Melbourne with Jane Refshauge, have formed an important component of her education.
Melanie is the recipient of numerous awards. These include the Marie Little Prize for instrumental proficiency, and the Shadforth Hooper Prize as an outstanding recital pianist, from the Sydney Conservatorium, and the Alethea Eddy Award, from Dalcroze Australia. With associate pianist, Anne Dillon, she was the recipient of the Irene Hope Gibson Award for Piano Duo, giving numerous piano duet recitals, including one as part of Musica Viva’s Mittagong Easter Festival. Several of Melanie’s solo piano recitals have been broadcast by 2MBS-FM radio station.