Ukubebe Music was founded by Joanne Steel, a passionate and dedicated early childhood educator who loves to sing and play music with young children and their families.

'Joanne is an extremely
dedicated and passionate
Early Childhood Educator...
she incorporated her extensive
knowledge of music into the
program, creating a joyful and
vibrant atmosphere.' 
Ruth Weinstein - Director/Owner, Wee Care Kindergarten and Wee Care2 Child Care Centre
Joanne Steel

Joanne Steel

Jo loves seeing the joy of music-making touch the lives of children and their families. She believes that music is the most wonderful medium to engage children and to extend their interests and learning.

As the founder of Ukubebe, Jo is trained and experienced and draws on a background both in Early Childhood Education and Specialist Early Childhood Music Education. Jo’s music teaching is inspired by the combined wisdom of Kodaly, Orff, Dalcroze and Suzuki.

Jo plays piano, guitar, ukulele, and piano accordion, and is also an experienced singer. She presents music workshops, she composes music and conducts choirs.

Prior to establishing Ukubebe Music, Jo worked in Early Childhood at Wee Care2 Child Care Centre Bondi. There she developed a music and movement program for the children and staff. This program was integrated into the daily program (within the Early Years Learning Framework).

Jo also spent a decade with Rocking Horse Music Education in Canberra, as a Specialist Early Childhood Music Educator. She brought music to many Early Childhood Centres, as well as facilitating music playgroups.

Joanne Steel has a current Working with Children Check

Christina Higham

Christina Higham

Ukubebe Early Childhood Music Teacher

Christina completed a Bachelor of Music/Creative Arts at the Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne. In the years since she has explored many styles of music teaching. Her primary instrument is the piano, and she also loves to compose music and sing.

In particular, Christina is passionate about bringing music to younger children, and her focus is fostering a warm, creative, fun and inspiring environment for learning and beginners, resulting in a solid understanding of introductory music learning. She is passionate about music education and believes it is an essential part of a child's development.

In her role as Ukubebe Early Childhood Music Educator, Christina combines her love of music and working with young children and their families.

Christina Higham has a current Working with Children Check

Victoria Cotta

Victoria Cotta

Ukubebe Early Childhood Music Teacher

Victoria is a passionate musician who has been playing music since she was 3 when she started violin. She then took up piano at the age of 6 and has since become a dedicated musician playing, writing and teaching. Victoria plays the piano, flute, ukulele, guitar and trumpet.

After studying classical piano with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music Victoria went on to complete her Bachelor of Music graduating with distinction. Since then she has taught children in Italy, Qatar and Australia.

Victoria has an intuitive ability to communicate with young children, guiding them to achieve their highest potential whilst reassuring them, resulting in greater self confidence. She loves sharing music and brings a bright, fun and caring attitude to the Ukubebe team.

Victoria Cotta has a current Working with Children Check.

Megan Lipworth

Megan Lipworth

Ukubebe Drumming and Percussion Teacher

Megan Lipworth completed a Bachelor of Music Studies in Percussion Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, along with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at Macquarie University, and she is currently pursuing a Master of Teaching through the University of New England.

Megan has more than 13 years experience teaching percussion and instrumental students of all levels, from early beginners to tertiary students, including tutoring the African Drumming course previously offered at Macquarie University. She has performed with many and various ensembles, as well as touring for the Musica Viva school shows program. Megan has worked extensively for 13 years with the Department of Education and Communities Arts Unit with their selective wind ensembles and annual Junior and Senior State Music Camps. She is currently the Instrumental Director and Conductor of the band programs and Lindfield and Randwick Public Schools.

Megan is thrilled to be joining the Ukubebe team this year, and is looking forward to running fun and engaging sessions using hand drums and handheld percussion.

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