About Us at MusikMakers
The MusikMakers Programs are written by Julia Newton of Perth, and Linda Pierard of Melbourne. Catherine Solomon of Brisbane was closely involved in the preparation of the Maestro for Schools Program. All three women have participated in the training of studio teachers and in piloting the programs. Julia, Linda and Catherine are all highly experienced in early childhood music education.
Julia Newton has a Bachelor's Degree with a major in Music from The University of Western Australia, a Diploma of Teaching (WA) and is an Associate of the Music Examinations Board (Australia). She has over 30 years experience in early childhood education as a primary teacher, advisory teacher and a specialist music teacher. Julia is an experienced and successful piano and music theory teacher with National Accreditation. In recent years, Julia has specialised in music education for very young children and the production of materials for that age group, culminating in the MusikMakers Programs.
Linda Pierard has a Bachelor's Degree with a major in Music from the US, plus five years study at the Nordwestdeutsche Musikakedemie in Germany. She has had more than 25 years experience in teaching music young children.
Catherine Solomon has Bachelor's Degrees in teaching primary music from Queensland University of Technology, and also in Educational Studies from University of Queensland. She has taught music theory, piano and recorder for 15 years and taught for two years as a music specialist in a Brisbane primary school.
While Linda and Catherine are still a part of the MusikMakers company, both have now retired from active involvement. Julia is now largely responsible for the continuing development of the educational programs, and continues to promote the MusikMakers vision of a uniquely Australian early childhood music education program, developed to give children the best start in both their musical and general education!