Teacher Seminar Autism- Melinda Ceresoli

Tuesday 2nd July 9.30am - 12.30pm


Tuesday 2nd July 9.30am - 12.30pm

Teaching Piano to Kids & Teens with Autism

By popular demand, Bernies is delighted to welcome back Melinda Ceresoli for a full three-hour seminar on teaching piano to students with Autism.

Melinda's true passion is teaching kids with Autism and her keynote presentation at our famous Piano Educators Day in January demonstrated that teachers are desperate for great guidance in teaching students with special needs. 

"If you've met one with a person with Autism, you've met one person with Autism!" Building on the introductory session held at this year's Piano Educators' Day, this 3-hour workshop will delve further into pedagogy, teaching and learning, and effective strategies to help your students with Autism.  

Melinda will cover the following:

-  Student background
-  Musical learning goals
-  Planning a relevant piano program

-  When things don't go to plan..!

We will start from Lesson No 1, and include several case studies.  Lots of useful resources, lesson goals, and behavioural suggestions will enable you to feel more prepared and confident with your learners on the spectrum. This session will also touch on some of the common co-conditions, including ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, and Synesthesia, and how they relate to the piano studio.

Piano Teacher Seminar: Piano & Autism

9.30am - 12.30pm Tuesday 2nd July
In the Seminar Room at: 
Bernies Music Land
381 Canterbury Road, Ringwood

Teacher Tickets $39 including notes, morning tea, and certificate of attendance.

For further enquiries, telephone us on 9872 5122 


Melinda Ceresoli is a specialist contemporary piano and singing teacher and vocologist.

Born into a family of professional musicians, Melinda started performing in her teens, as a singer and pianist. She has performed hundreds of live gigs and numerous studio sessions, mostly radio and TV jingles. She is a singing and piano teacher with over 20 years experience, and has taught classroom music in various educational settings, including schools (K-12), university & TAFE and preschool programs.

Melinda was, until recently, Head of Voice and Aural Studies at Box Hill Institute, Centre for Creative Industries. She has been a voice examiner for Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB), and a VCAA consultative panel member for VCE Music Peformance. She has held committee positions for the Austrailan National Association of Teachers of Singing (ANATS) and the Association of Music Educators, Victoria (aMuse).
Melinda's passion for helping students develop a musical ear, led to the creation of her book & CD series, called "VCE Musicianship Essentials" and the new "VCE Music Language Essentials", which have sold over 20,000 copies. Melinda loves working with VCE contemporary singers, preparing them to a high level for all assessments, and most of all, their final performance exam. She regularly runs teacher training sessions, and is invited to present sessions and workshops in both singing and musicianship.
Melinda is Australia's first certified "vocologist", from the National Centre of Voice and Speech, at the University of Utah, where she studied with world renowned voice scientist, Prof Ingo Titze. She has also completed voice disorders studies with Dr Katherine Verdolini, Professor of Communication Science and Disorders, University of Pittsburgh.
Melinda also has a strong interest in teaching piano and singing to kids/teens with Aspergers/ autism, and continues to undertake research in this area. She has developed a unique approach to teaching kids with ASD, which has proven to be successful. She is currently documenting her approach and strategies to share with other studio teachers.