Melissa Hoile

Melissa began learning flute as a 12-year-old in group classes at a local primary school. She made rapid progress and completed her A.Mus.A Diploma just 5 years later. On finishing school, she studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, graduating with a Bachelor of Music (Performance) under the expert guidance of Michael Scott and Rosamund Plummer. In her first year she was awarded a BBM Youth Travel Scholarship, enabling her to further her studies in London with Masterclasses and lessons at the Guildhall and Royal College of Music. After graduating, Melissa discovered her real passion was teaching and she has dedicated her life since to the development of young musicians. She has been teaching flute and conducting for almost four decades, working with a range of students from the youngest beginners through to tertiary. In addition to her busy private studio, she teaches flute for the Bachelor of Music program at UNSW and is on staff at Abbotsleigh as a flute tutor and ensembles conductor. In 2002, Melissa was appointed as a Woodwind Examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board. This gave her the opportunity to observe and learn from the work of many gifted and dedicated teachers across metropolitan and regional NSW. More than anything, this experience influenced her ideas about music education and the importance of equitable access to quality music programs. In 2009, Melissa was awarded an AMEB Shield for teaching excellence and was recently named in the AMEB top ten teachers for 2022. She is currently part way through a Master’s Degree at Macquarie University in an effort to keep learning and evolving as a musician and teacher – it’s a lifelong journey!



Dance Troupes

Speech and Drama

Classical Vocals

Contemporary Vocals (Choirs, Pop and Musical Theatre)


String Instruments and Instrumental Ensembles

Wind Instruments