Unlocking the key to musical success with Jordan Springs’ Lynsey Mackay
The pitch is perfect and the vibes are high for Lynsey Mackay on the back of her studio’s success at the Sydney Fringe Festival.
Kaleidoscope, an anti-bullying musical written and produced by the Jordan Spring’s music teacher, is a show ‘for kids, by kids’ with a live band and professional actors. Showcased at this year’s Fringe, Lynsey said her students were ecstatic about being part of such a ‘dynamic’ festival.
“We are very blessed to have been part of the Sydney Fringe Kids Week and hope we can be part of this again,” Lynsey said.
“It gives the children a chance to perform as part of a professional show and act and perform as part of a team. The show has a beautiful message of tolerance and acceptance and we really enjoyed producing theatre for children.”
Originally hailing from Scotland, Lynsey has been a professional entertainer for 30 years and has travelled the globe before settling here in Jordan Springs.
Her worldly experience allows her to teach piano and singing lessons to people of any age or life stage, teaching children from as little as four years of age, right through to seniors in their golden years.
The key to musical success for her students is simple – measure every student against themselves, and celebrate every milestone and win, no matter how big or small.
“I measure their success on their own goals,” Lynsey said. “So, the students that finish their book in class is as much of a success as my students that compete or perform. I try to foster a non-competitive and loving environment for the students so the they can inspire and support one another in their pursuits.”
In a post-COVID world, Lynsey’s students have thoroughly enjoyed performing in-person concerts and shows, with some landing roles in local musical theatre companies to perform in shows such as Shrek and Annie.
“This year we have performed at the Hawkesbury Show, Royal Easter Show, St Mary's Spring Festival, Relay for Life in Penrith and taken part in multiple competitions including the City of Sydney Eisteddfod,” Lynsey said. “We are looking forward to various Christmas events as well as our end of year concert with a live band in November.”
If you’ve thought about giving singing or music lessons a crack, Lynsey said it’s never too late to try.
“Penrith has so many talented people and it is really great to see more local venues with live music and more performing opportunities for both students and professional musicians,” said Lynsey. “It really is never too late to learn – my oldest student is 90 and he has developed a wonderful hobby in his piano playing.”
You can learn more about Lynsey’s music studio here.