Kathleen Chiu ~ Director & Head Teacher
(Associate in Pianoforte Performance (ATCL), Licensed Kindermusik Educator, Certified Simply Music Teacher)
Kathleen is a pianist, having completed the 8th grade pianoforte exams from both the Royal Schools of Music, London and Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB), and obtained the Associate Diploma in Pianoforte Performance (ATCL) from Trinity College London in 1995. She has been teaching piano to students of all ages since then, from beginner to advanced students.
Strongly believing in the benefits of music, Kathleen came across the Kindermusik program when looking for a quality music program for her new born daughter and decided to become a Kindermusik educator herself. She completed the teacher training and became a licensed Kindermusik educator in 2007. She has taught the Kindermusik program to kids from birth to 7 years old in her own studio (formerly named Kindermusik with Fun), other Kindermusik studios as well as childcare centres.
When Kathleen discovered the Simply Music program she knew straight away that she had the chance to share her love of music in a powerful way that really creates successful, self-expressed musicians. Kathleen is now a Certified Simply Music Teacher and teach piano with the Simply Music method to school kids, teenagers, adults and seniors; and teach the pre-keyboard program “Play-a-Story” to the 4-6 year-olds.
Marja Roodt ~ Teacher
Marja started playing piano under the loving supervision of her grandmother, a music teacher herself, at the age of 5 years. She quickly realized that music was a great way to express yourself creatively, of sharing joy and laughter with others and of acquiring skills like determination and precision. She completed her Grade 8 piano UNISA examination and was the top final year music student in the Western Cape, South Africa in 2000. She also completed her grade 6 examination in classical guitar.
Whilst being a Rotary Youth Exchange Student in Germany 2001, she played violin in the Holzminden City Orchestra.
As an Occupational Therapist Student at the University of Pretoria, she accompanied various local groups and individuals at singing contests and / or on both the guitar and piano. It was during these years that she started using music in therapeutic sessions to treat people from various ethnic backgrounds with a wide range of disabilities (both physical and psychological) as it was clear that music is a common language spoken by and understood by all.
She attended Kindermusik classes with her son in 2015 and realized this is the perfect opportunity for her to enjoy her passion for music and use her Occupational Therapy skills to make a difference in people’s lives.
She qualified as a Kindermusik Educator in 2016 and is excited to start teaching from February 2017, at My Musical Adventure – hoping to bring as much joy to the children and families in her classes as she experience with her own son, as a Kindermusik parent.
Sharole O’Hara ~ Marketing/Administration Assistant
About – Sharole
Sharole is the person behind the phone! She got involved in Simply Music when she first signed her daughter up for piano lessons several years ago. It was such a good program, they stuck around! Eventually Sharole with a love for music, started working with Kathleen in her business.
Sharole was looking at both the traditional method and a creative method whilst searching for a piano teacher. She could see how dull and uninterested her daughter was with learning the traditional way, with scales. She opted for a more fun way and that was the Simply Music Program. She loves it!
Sharole is Kathleen’s – right hand wo-man! She helps with the day to day running of My Musical Adventure. Some of the stuff you’re reading on a regular basis, that’s from her. If you have any new ideas, or feedback, she’d love to hear from you.
Sharole learned guitar when she was 10 for one year from a teacher and she enjoys playing and singing with her children. For some reason she tends to country music with the guitar. Sharole taught her year 9 music class at High School to play the guitar!
Sharole work’s from home, in between raising 4 rambunctious kids. For a bit of sanity she loves to spend time in her garden. She also enjoys playing away on the piano (self-taught), she states “I am by no means amazing but I get joy out of learning new songs” and loves to hear her daughter playing away. She loves the blues pieces she plays, and doing duets together.
It started out that Sharole was better at piano than her daughter! Now Sharole feels she is better than her! And she’s ok with that. Sharole says “Music is a great way to bring people together and make bonds with those that matter most- your family!” Sharole feels happy seeing her daughter with a love of the Gift of Music.