Baby Love Music Fun Founder and Director - Melanie Maslin has been a professional singer and performer of opera, music theatre and international concerts for over 20 years. She holds a music, drama teaching qualifications and now has over 12 years experience in running early childhood development education classes. Opera patrons and critics know Melanie Maslin (Duncan) as a past winner of the prestigious Mietta Song Recital Award and from her solo and ensemble performances with Opera Australia and the Victorian State Opera. Her teaching qualifications include degrees from AMEB and Trinity College in speech and drama teaching and she also possesses Bachelor and Masters degrees in Music from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and Monash University.
Further education and research has always fascinated Melanie and in 2000 she completed a 100% research Masters in acoustics and musical perception of vocal duet singing. This fascination into wanting to know more rose up again on the birth of her first child in 2006. She learned all she could about which type of music and how to about use music to foster her young baby's developing brain in positive ways. Her research led her to the importance of learning music in a group and the impact this has on social development so the idea and need for a group music program for babies using music to promote milestone development was born.
Baby Love Music Fun has now become an international music program success and continues to grow with our first Australian licence holder opening in Barwon Heads in 2017. International licences of BLMF courses are held by music schools in Malaysia and Singapore and the full program is exclusively licenced by Gym Angel Early Development Centre in mainland China and now runs in over 60 centres.
Ever the performer, Mel could not give up wanting to be on stage. So under the Baby Love Music Fun banner she has created, produced and performed in small and large scale concerts across Australia and Asia. Performances by Melanie for the BLMF program have been several international concert appearances in Malaysia and Singapore.
Recently Melanie starred in 3 large-scale music concerts of the BLMF Magic Legend Musical in China for GymAngel of China and CCTV 10. Yes - screened to millions across China!!!!
In Australia for BLMF Melanie has appeared in over 30 concerts at the Melbourne Recital Centre and many concerts for BLMF in Richmond.
Other Career Highlights : Mary Poppins role for Singalong Mary Poppins at ACMI at Federation Square. opening Carols by Candlelight with Ten Diva's at the Myer Bowl, and the Grand Prix Ball with Ten Diva's for Diva's Inc and Opera Under the Stars concerts in Port Moresby for Extraordinary Acts,
A message from Melanie...
I love singing and teaching children and sharing my love of music with them and their carers. If you know me you will know that I can find a song in anything. Music is just how my brain works. Thank you for your interest in the Baby Love Music Fun program and the benefits of music in early childhood development. In over 13 years of teaching music to babies and the adults who love them I have witnessed some truly wonderful moments and made some lasting bonds with families that make this an experience not a job. I have seen and enjoy teaching others to see the true magic of music and it's powerful connection with babies and children. Research has found evidence that music benefits the wiring of the brain, language and speech development and social development and that the period of 0-3 years is an especially important time in your baby's development. Getting to know your baby and setting the foundation of the bond that will last a lifetime can also be aided by the use of music in everyday routines, settling and creative fun and developmental play. Personally as a mother and from my experiences in classrooms over the last 13 years and to know what I've witnessed is also backed by research I'm confident in the benefits to children of my music program and I look forward to sharing my creative ideas, activities and more musical fun in the future with as many lucky babies and their adults as possible.