Melissa Wiblin- Available Friday

Brief History -


My name is Melissa Wiblin and I specialize in saxophone tuition though I can teach clarinet and flute as well.

I attended Mt Ku-ring-gai High School where I performed in the wind and jazz ensembles performing in the local area and on tours to country towns and New Zealand. I also received a service to music award in years 10 and 12. In 2011 I achieved an A grade for ameb 6th grade.

In 2014 I played in the AIM production of the opera L’elisir D’amore and in 2015 AIM’s production of Hansel and Gretel. In the past 2 years I have performed as a soloist in the St Andrews Cathedral on numerous occasions. I have also performed many times in the weekend day time concerts in the NSW Art Gallery playing solo, duets and trios with other instrumentalists.

In 2015 I received a Bachelor of Music in Classical Performance at The Australian Institute of music on saxophone. There I played in the AIM orchestra (playing bassoon lines) and took part in a ‘Symphony of Australia’ tour playing arranged Australian works and other classical pieces, such as the Marriage of Figaro overture.

I have been taught by and performed with Benjamin Carey, Andrew Smith, Jay Byrnes, Nick Russionello, Nathan Henshaw, James Nightingale, Dr Michael Duke, Niels Bijl, Barry Cockcroft, Jessica Voigt, Carmen Nieves, Margery Smith and Jo Carey. I am currently under the tutelage of Jay Byrnes.

In 2015 and 2016 I performed in Sydney Uni’s Education and Social work revues as a member of the band where I helped edit arrangements done by other members. In 2016 and 2017 I performed on baritone sax for Sydney Uni’s science revue. Also in 2016 I performed on baritone saxophone with Ashfield Musical Society’s production of ‘Sweet Charity,’ and Rockdale’s production of ‘Leap of Faith’ while in 2017 I performed in UNSWs production of ‘The Addams Family’ on reed 2 (flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, soprano sax, tenor sax, baritone sax).

Currently I am now at UNSW doing another undergrad degree in music and education. I am also an active member of two ensembles, Wind Symphony and Jazz Orchestra.


Teaching Philosophy -

Striving towards goals is paramount in learning and I believe it’s my job to make those goals achievable and enjoyable along the way. I consult many different method books to incorporate different needs for each student, with individual focuses on what the student is good at and what they need to improve on. I also use the AMEB syllabus for students if they want to achieve a grade and if not some repertoire choices/scales can easily be used for students not wishing to sit an exam. Ensuring homework has a healthy mix of fun items and things that need work and effort allows a student to remain motivated throughout their practice. I enjoy teaching jazz and classical approaches to the saxophone and other instrument

My Musical Interests -

I enjoy a wide range of music from the eclectic to the mainstream. This includes modern electronic, rhythm and blues, jazz fusion, rock, classical, romantic, 20th century etc. Bands/artists include Flume, Vulfpeck, Sufjan Stevens, Abba, Spyro Gyra, Snarky Puppy, Rimsky-Korsakov, Shostakovich, Chopin, Kapustin, Yoshimatsu etc. etc. etc.

Styles Of Music Taught -

I use classical and modern approaches when teaching. I believe that both jazz and classical approaches should incorporate other styles in learning to achieve some varied skills, but it is up to the student as to how much they wish to centre their interests. I have played many differing styles and enjoy whatever the student wants to progress with!


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