Welcome! Thanks for visiting - if you'd like to get to know my practices as a musician and teacher then read on, but if you'd like to skip all of the stuff that makes me sound really good then you can go ahead and contact me.
I am a flutist and piccoloist based in sunny Brisbane, Queensland. I'm passionate about collaborating, teaching and performance, and music in the healthcare sector - I regularly visit hospitals to provide sonic care in palliative and oncology wards through The Stairwell Project. I offer lessons on flute and piccolo, from absolute beginners to advanced players, and everything in between, and I simply love to teach. In my lessons I focus on balancing technical skill with sensitive music making and acute mindfulness. If you're interested in what my approach to performance training can do for you, make an enquiry here. Fun fact - I'm also the creator and crazy bird person behind BINKABU, a small business which aims to promote avian wellbeing and appropriate care for our feathered friends.
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 an Australian flutist and piccoloist based in Brisbane, Queensland. In her teaching and performance practices, she explores the application of her extensive classical training, performance psychology strategies, jazz methods, body mapping, and yoga and meditation. Maddilyn has freelanced with numerous orchestras, ensembles and projects in Europe and Australia, and is currently focused on developing her work as a chamber and freelance musician in Brisbane. She has competed as a piccoloist internationally, having won semifinalist prizes in the 2016 (San Diego) and 2018 (Orlando) NFA Piccolo Artist competitions, as well as Best Performance of the Newly Commissioned Work in the 2018 competition. She has also received grants for emerging exceptional talent and international study from the Ian Potter Cultural Trust and PPCA Performer's Trust in Australia. She currently enjoys the life of a freelancing and collaborative artist in Brisbane, performing with Duo Faun and offering flute and piccolo lessons for all levels at her home in West End and at Browning Street Studios.
Maddilyn has studied performance degrees in Brisbane, Hobart, Sydney, and Antwerp (Belgium). She is a 2017 graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp, where she was awarded a Master in flute performance with high distinction under tutelage of Aldo Baerten, and a Master in 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 deeply 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. She is also involved in music research; she has presented lectures based on her research of Baroque performance practise relating to the piccolo at conventions in the US and Australia, in collaboration with her former teacher Peter Verhoyen.
Learn more about Maddilyn's philosophy as a teacher and what she offers in her flute and piccolo lessons.
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
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 and at my home studio 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!
duo faun - flute & harp
In 2018, I formed Duo Faun with Harp Tidings harpist Bart Seaton-Said. Together we perform in hospitals, nursing homes and aged care facilities, as well as events and functions. Our unique combination of flute and electronic/amplified flute offers a luscious and healing ambient sound scape, which works well in healthcare and meditative settings. We play a wide range of repertoire, from song covers and folk tunes to classical favourites for flute and harp, as well as plenty of flowing improvisations. Our work in hospitals is predominantly conducted through The Stairwell Project, which relies on donations to keep the program alive in its current stage. If you would like to support this initiative by Jugglers Art Space Inc co-founder and director Peter Breen, please consider donating. This is powerful, important work - thank you for your support.
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.
PREVIOUS PROJECTS - A Sunburnt country project
A Sunburnt Country was an arts project which engaged 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 was to explore 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 encouraged new work, but showcased existing outstanding musical works and historic literature.
The flute was at the centre of the premiere concert; 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, Maddilyn commissioned and performed world premieres of three new works for the instrument.
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