Caryn Eastman has been interested in music all her life and as a child all she wanted to do was be a teacher. She combined her love of music and her desire to teach into a career now extending over 30 years.
Caryn wanted desperately to learn music as a child but no one in the family played a musical instrument and the financial situation in the family wasn't able to provide music lessons. Caryn really wanted to learn the piano. For her 11th birthday Caryn was given a guitar by her parents and then lessons were arranged. Now why a guitar ?? because they were cheaper than a piano and she was told to prove she would practice and then maybe a piano could be purchased.
The guitar lessons turned out to be with a very good teacher who taught classical guitar and this became a new passion in Caryn's life. Classical guitar was to be her major instrumental study when she attended her first tertiary course in the mid 80s.
After completing up to grade three guitar with honours Caryn then asked again for the piano she had always wanted and this time it was purchased for her. A very old piano arrived in the family home and piano lessons were then begun.
Caryn was blessed with winning an academic scholarship to Clayfield College to do her high school studies and under the wonderful teaching of Judith Johnson she went on to enter Kelvin Grove College of Advanced Education ( now QUT Kelvin Grove) to complete a Diploma of Teaching in Music and Maths.
During this time Caryn continued extra studies and gained a A.Mus.A in the Theory of Music which included composition.
When Caryn completed this diploma she never wanted to stop studying and continued on to do a Bachelor of Education including early childhood studies.
Also the desire to learn more about piano teaching lead her to continue study with Rhona Morton a very well known music teacher in the Brisbane area. Under the tutelage of Mrs. Morton Caryn gained another 3 diplomas, ATCL ( piano teaching), LTCL ( piano teaching) and A.MusTCL ( in theory of music)
Caryn has also recently studied at University of Southern Queensland a Diploma of Studio Music teaching which she completed in December 2008.
During her years at Kelvin Grove Caryn became involved in KMEIA ( Kodaly Music Education Institute of Australia). This is where she started to learn about the benefits of early childhood music education. In 1989 she taught her first early childhood classes and has taught many hundreds of children in group classes for babies to 8 year olds over the last 20 years. Caryn also was the co-ordinator for Do Re Mi music classes for 9 years in Queensland during this time.
Caryn has also won awards including a Maestro teacher award as a former Kindermusik teacher from Kindermusik for three years running for her service to early childhood music education. and a Quest newspapers business achievers award for her service to the business of Early Childhood education.
Caryn has also taught at several private schools in the Brisbane area, Clayfield College as piano, guitar and organ teacher, All Hallows as guitar teacher, Stuart Holme as guitar teacher, St.Paul's Bald Hills as guitar, piano and flute teacher and St Pius Banyo as guitar and piano teacher. Caryn currently teaches the string prgoram at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School, Darra and St Williams School, Grovely.
Music has been a passion that she has held in her heart and from this has touched the lives of many families and children with the love of music and the opportunity to develop music skills in a loving and positive environment.
Caryn's desire now is to also teach the teachers and give them to opportunity to learn from her experience and her skills.