Amelia Giles - Junior Choir Director

Amelia is a versatile musician who is active in both the New Zealand choral and instrumental communities. She holds a MMus in both 'Modern' and Baroque Violin Performance and has worked as a full-time professional orchestral musician; school itinerant, and private studio violin teacher and freelance choral musician. Amelia is also a fully qualified New Zealand teacher who has taught across the entire New Zealand Year 1-13 school system.

Amelia became interested in Kodály Concept Music Education a decade ago when searching for more effective means to remedially meet the needs of larger and larger numbers of students who were entering her Year 7 Classroom Music Programme with very little musical literacy. She quickly saw the potential impact Kodaly singing-centred music education pedagogy could have for all areas of her student’s musical development. Amelia attained full endorsement of the three level ‘Australian Kodály Certificate’ in Primary Music Education, in addition to a previously completed Level 1 of the Certificate in Secondary Music Education. In 2017 she moved to Hungary where she studied at the Liszt Ferenc Academy Zoltán Kodály Pedagogical Institute specializing in Kodály Concept Music Education Pedagogy and Choral Conducting. 

Amelia  is currently the sole-charge, fulltime Y0-6 Music Specialist at Royal Oak Primary School, in Auckland, where she teaches a Y1-6 Kodály Concept centred classroom music programme, directs the school’s five instrumental ensembles, facilitates and guest teaches in the Y3-6 Violin and Cello Programme, and directs the three choirs that comprise the school’s Y2-6 Choral Programme.

When she is not in the classroom Amelia maintains an active professional performing calendar as a violinist and choral musician in both project based, and long-term ensembles including New Zealand’s Baroque Orchestra ‘NZ Barok’ and ‘Luminata Voices’ Women’s Chamber Choir. She has also re-engaged in further certification in Orff Schulwerk Music Education pedagogy, and has begun study of Te Reo Māori.