Kiddyrock teachers are fun, friendly and experienced early childhood educators as well as musicians!
Alice McNamara founded Kiddyrock in 2008, and has developed her practise as an early childhood music educator and children’s performer over the last 10 years, working with countless families, local councils, care centres and kindergartens to create programs and original music that respond directly to the needs of the community. At the heart of Kiddyrock is an ethos carried through from Ally’s time playing in successful rock outfit The Spazzys: that everyone can play music and experience the joy therein, no matter how young, old or inexperienced. Ally’s journey as a musician and artist has seen her involved in some incredible projects. She has toured internationally, and as her own company found its feet, she worked on the Justine Clarke DVD “Great Big World” and wrote and delivered The Songroom’s “Reading Bug” program which focused on developing language skills through music for newly arrived families in Victoria. Kiddyrock is now in it’s 10th year-and in addition to writing the educational program taught in workshops, Ally has developed a live show of original music for 4-7 year olds called “Ally Boom Boom and the Cool Bananas”.
Anthony Biancofiore has been an educator with Kiddyrock since 2018. Anthony is a full time musician with an extensive background in composition, arrangement and performance. You can see him rockin in the Elvis Big Band, the Tarantino’s, the Coffin Spinner’s or Fandango most nights of the week. He has also taught guitar to older children and adults for a number of years. Anthony is an accomplished guitarist, a patient teacher and a doting uncle who enjoys spending time with his beloved niece. He brings warmth, kindness and humour to all his interactions with the children and families that attend Kiddyrock.
Caitlyn specialises in jazz guitar and loves encouraging children to follow their musical intuitions in the spirit of this improvisational style. She brings a theoretical background in improvisation and child psychology to her work with Kiddyrock, having studied music at the Adelaide University Conservatorium of Music and recently embarked on graduate studies in Psychology at Melbourne University with a focus on music as an important tool for developing social and creative skills. Caitlyn has many years experience as a musician playing in bands all over Australia and working with diverse
community groups of all ages. Children have an astounding propensity for musical expression and Kiddyrock provides a rare platform for them to collaborate with trained musicians who can follow their lead and develop their practise through mutual listening and co-operation.
Patrick Telfer is a musician and early childhood educator with over a decade’s experience in each. He has played music all over Australia and internationally in various contexts whilst working in childcare and kindergarten settings. He has always had a passion for combining music and his work with children and has enjoyed experiencing the happiness that music brings to children and families alike. Whilst there was always a guitar in arms reach during his time working in early childhood, he has found his time at Kiddyrock to be so rewarding as he is able to focus on providing educational, musical experiences in a more concentrated and direct fashion. He is forever astounded by the capacity of the mind of the child for creativity and their ability to grasp complex concepts (musical and otherwise) when they are delivered carefully and scaffolded through repetition and extension. The thing that he enjoys most about Kiddyrock, however, beyond the academic pursuits is that it is so much fun for all involved! Music is a thing of beauty and such a wonderful vessel for joy and connection between people. Pat truly believes that the work we do benefits children and adults alike in such profound, important ways.