Maddilyn Goodwin is an Australian flutist and piccoloist based in Brisbane, Queensland. She is passionate about collaborating, teaching, performance, music research, yoga, and the application of meditation in a performance lifestyle. She offers lessons on flute and piccolo, from absolute beginners to advanced players, and everything in between. As a teacher she focuses on balancing technical skill with sensitive music making and acute mindfulness. If you're interested in what Maddi's approach to performance training can do for you, make an enquiry here.
"It is an incredible thing, to be a student. There is always more to learn and always room to grow. As a teacher, I am continually inspired by my own students, and I strive to understand their "why" and their vision, so that my work can ultimately respect their goals."
Maddilyn Goodwin is a musician from Queensland, Australia. As a classically trained flutist and piccoloist, she explores the application of tried-and-tested performance methods, yoga, jazz, and performance psychology strategies in her teaching and own performance. She currently enjoys the life of a freelancing and collaborative artist in Brisbane, offering lessons for all levels at her home in West End and at Browning Street Studios.
After studying in Brisbane, Hobart and Sydney, Maddilyn moved to Belgium to advance her music education, where she also freelanced, continued to conduct research, explored the musical culture outside of Australia, and broadened her perspective on life as an artist. She is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp in Belgium, where she was awarded a Master of flute performance with high distinction under tutelage of Aldo Baerten, and a Master of piccolo performance with high distinction under tutelage of Peter Verhoyen. Antwerp most significantly provided Maddilyn the opportunity to study the piccolo on an intensive level, a field in which she is intensely interested; she continues to develop herself as a specialised piccolo performer and educator, being particularly passionate about providing piccolo tuition to flute players in Australia. In 2018 she will travel to Orlando, Florida, to present a lecture on her research of Baroque performance practise relating to the piccolo at the annual National Flute Association convention, as well as compete in the semifinals of the Piccolo Artist Competition for the second time (2016 semifinalist). Learn more about Maddilyn's philosophy as a teacher and what she offers in her flute and piccolo lessons. Maddilyn explores her interest in physical and mental health through yoga, meditation and body mapping, and is currently training with the Yoga and Integrative Medicine Institute to offer yoga and meditation classes in 2018.
Maddilyn is currently in the organisational stages of premiering A Sunburnt Country in Australia, a multidisciplinary performance project which celebrates Australian culture and explores the concept of identity in artistic influence. In 2016 Maddilyn commissioned three Australian composers to write new works for flute for the series premiere - two chamber works (William Barton and Samantha Wolf) and a flute concerto (Michael Bakrnchev). In May 2017 the world premiere took place in Antwerp, with Maddilyn performing alongside William Barton and her international colleagues. The concept will head to Queensland in 2019 for its premiere on home soil. Some of the work can be seen on Maddilyn's YouTube channel or here.
qualifications / awards
Master of Music with high distinction (Performance - Piccolo) - Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp, Belgium
Master of Music with high distinction (Performance - Flute) - Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp, Belgium
Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Music Practice (Performance - Flute) Hobart Conservatorium of Music
Bachelor of Music (Performance - Flute) - Queensland Conservatorium of Music
Semifinalist - Piccolo Artist Convention - National Flute Association Convention, San Diego, 2016
Grant Awarded (professional development for emerging exceptional talent) - Ian Potter Cultural Trust, 2015
Grant Awarded (musical education scholarship for promotion/encouragement of performing arts) - PPCA Performer's Trust Foundation, 2014
Sir Victor Burley Postgraduate Scholarship in Music - Hobart Conservatorium of Music, 2013
An Educated Guess: The Employment of Historically-Informed Performance Practices on the Modern Piccolo in Antonio Vivaldi’s Flautino Concerto in C major RV 443 - 2017
A Sunburnt Country: An Exploration of Australian Culture, History and Identity Through Australian Art - 2017
"As an artist, I want to discover and explore this world and its artforms endlessly."
Learn with Maddi
I offer lessons on flute and piccolo to all levels of players - absolute beginners, advanced players, and everything in between! I'm currently the flute and piccolo specialist at Browning Street Studios in West End. I teach a structured and thorough curriculum, however I ultimately design my lessons based on a student's individual needs. We're all unique artists with unique learning styles, so my teaching is based on a flexible, adaptable and encouraging philosophy.
My experience as a piccolo player and my Masters education allows me to offer specialised lessons on the instrument. Piccolo lessons are appropriate for high school or conservatory students who play flute regularly and wish to improve their fundamentals on the piccolo. I can help you prepare for upcoming auditions, orchestral/band performances, or help you build up a solo repertoire. We will study the remarkable differences in tonal quality and intonation on the instrument and discover how the fundamentals of flute playing can both help and hinder your piccolo playing.
A few of the other key focuses in my curriculum include postural awareness and aural training. I believe it's imperative to set up students for injury-free futures - I implement body awareness techniques in my class so that students know how play both sitting and standing with correct posture and alignment. I address a wide scope of performance practices and techniques to encourage a well-rounded and confident musician, with an emphasis on building and maintaining a healthy mind and body between all those notes.
It's important that you're familiar with your child's (or your own) teacher - that you get along and share similar values. I'd love to chat about your expectations, offer some suggestions, and learn what your immediate and future goals are! Let's work together to build your ideal musical future. If you'd like a free consultation, get in touch!
Create with maddi
"I love collaborating and working with other artists, of any discipline! Get in touch if you need an open-minded flutist for your next project."
Current projects - A Sunburnt country project
A Sunburnt Country is an arts project which engages young Australian artists in the creation of new work, exploring themes that shape the nation's identity, its cultural story and our own story. The concept of the project is to discover how an artist's cultural background can influence their artistic output, and to promote Australian art on an international platform. This fusion of artistic disciplines not only encourages new work, but showcases existing outstanding musical works and historic literature.
The concept is an on-going concert series and recording project, engaging different young artists for each instalment. The flute is at the centre of the premiere concert; in May 2017, Maddilyn commissioned and performed world premieres of three new works for the instrument. Future concerts will celebrate a diverse range of instruments, artists, and inspiration.
World premiere of A Sunburnt Country Project
William Barton: Memories of Green Upon the Blue Fields of the Ocean for didgeridoo, flute and string quartet
Didgeridoo: William Barton;
Flute: Maddilyn Goodwin
Violin I: Manuel De Almeida Ferrer;
Violin II: Ana Tedim
Viola: Leonor Fleming;
Cello: Maria Paleaz
"Get in touch - say hello - let's create together."
If you are interested in composing a new work for the next series of A Sunburnt Country, send me an email with a little bit of your inspiration. We are open to any instrument combination and any artistic discipline - get experimental!
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