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

Kelly Ryu

Ukubebe Early Childhood Music Teacher

Kelly is currently completing her Bachelor of Music Education majoring in Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She was extensively trained in both jazz and classical performance, composition, and musicology at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. Hoping to pursue a lifelong career in music education, Kelly has been actively involved in classroom teaching and education-related research since starting her degree. 

Kelly's passion lies in facilitating a highly creative and inspiring learning experience for children. Her educational philosophy is shaped by the values of creativity and self-expression - whether the children are listening, singing, playing, or moving, she strongly believes that practical and active music-making experiences should be the central focus.

As an Early Childhood Music Educator at Ukubebe, Kelly hopes to bring her love of teaching and highly proficient musical abilities to every session and allow children to freely express and develop their musical identities.

Victoria Cotta

Claire Hu

Claire holds a Bachelor of Music (Music Education) from the University of Sydney. She has recently returned from two years in London where she taught music in a number of Primary Schools. There, she admired and continued British school traditions of putting on singing assemblies and nativity plays. She also enjoyed the celebrated BBC Proms and West End Musicals. Claire’s teaching is informed by Kodaly, a renowned Hungarian music educator, and Dalcroze, who highlighted the crucial relationship between music and movement. On a study tour to Budapest early in 2018, she had the privilege to visit Kodaly’s hometown and witness accomplished Kodaly practitioners in action.

Born in a musical family, Claire wishes to share the joy and possibilities of music with her students. Her main instrument is the piano and she also loves to sing and play the violin. In addition to her passion for music, she is studying a Diploma in French.

As an Ukubebe Early Childhood Music Educator, Claire inspires in children a love of music from an early age as this has an abundance of proven developmental benefits. She believes in learning through play and that each child is full of unique potential and abilities.

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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