About Us

Our mission – music for everyone

At Music Academy Malta, we believe that music should be for everyone. We believe in creating equal chances for everyone in developing creativity, self-confidence, and fulfillment in life through music. We believe, music can heal people’s souls, empower them, and make connections between them stronger. We keep our mission in mind in everything that we do.

Meet The Team

Swetlana Reder M.A. – Piano and music theory

– Piano teacher & concertmaster since 1989 (Diploma, Music Highschool of Tchernigiv, Ukraine)
– Cultural Studies (M.A., University of Munich, Germany)
– Life Coach (certified by EAIC – European Association for Integrative Coaching)
– Book writer
– Psychologist i.e. (University of Hagen, Germany)

Swetlana started teaching already during her studies of the piano in Ukraine. She received her Diploma in the year 1993.

Her study of music was based on the Moscow Piano School. Moscow Piano School put the emphasis on a brilliant performance, highly professional teaching, and comprehensive syllabus. For example, every student was attending an obligatory 8 hours week of tuition at school. In addition, he or she was playing 2 hours daily the instrument of his or her specialization. This school taught me discipline, endurance, and self-confidence.

Most people would like to play the instrument not aiming for the highest performance. Instead, they would rather experience emotions such as joy, happiness, or excitement. In the first line, the music is here to make people connected. People like to spend time together enjoying playing music.

Swetlana achieved an M.A. degree in cultural studies in Germany. Being in Malta, she continues her education by doing a degree in Psychology and offering music coaching for emotional and personal development in defining life events.

Swetlana offers a unique teaching approach, considering music as a lifestyle with practical use for everyone to have a better and more fulfilled life.

Maya Grant – Singing and music theatre

– Singer, performer
– Singing teacher
– Based in Malta and the UK

Maya first performed on stage at the age of eight in London. Classically trained, she won several lead singing parts in local theatre productions, including Cinderella, Wendy (Peter Pan), Jessie (Toy Story), and Amanda in Feelgood Academy The Musical.

Training, Experience & Qualifications

Maya trained in the UK with professional singer and TV personality Penny Lane for over three years, and with West End actress Lauren Stroud, before moving to Malta and joining Brit Academy, where she relishes the rigorous performing arts training provided by their professional team, led by international dance coach Lee McCallion. She has undertaken extensive ballet training in London under Royal Academy of Dance tutelage as well as some Cecchetti classical ballet training with renowned Maltese teacher Johane Casabene.

Maya began taking part in competitive festivals at a young age, and at just 10 she achieved a bronze medal in Musical Theatre at the prominent Watford Festival of Music, Speech & Drama. With her group at Brit Academy, Maya won the 2019 Trinity London Exhibition Award for best Group Musical Theatre in Malta. In the same year, Maya was awarded a Distinction in her LAMDA (London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art) Public Speaking exam.

In 2020, Maya was awarded a Distinction (grade 7) in her Trinity London Musical Theatre solo exam, and in 2021 she achieved a grade ‘A’ in her Cambridge iGCSE Drama exam.

In 2022, Maya also joined Music Academy Malta where she trains in piano and composition with concertmaster Swetlana Reder and teaches singing to ambitious younger students. She sings publicly for live audiences on the weekends at local music venues.

Maya holds nine O’levels (grades A-C) and a Level 3 (highest achievement) school leaving certificate regulated by the European Qualifications Framework. She is now studying for A’ levels in English Language and Psychology and an Advanced Theatre & Performance (LAMDA A’ Level) qualification, while continuing her training in singing, dancing, acting, teaching, and piano.

Guitar – Jean Pierre

Jean Pierre has been playing guitar for 36 years and teaching for 34. He started on his own and was self-taught all the way. He studied theory with renown piano teacher Marika Attard and also studied classical guitar till diploma level. But his focus was on rock instrumental and teaching plus studying various styles and various harmonic concepts. He has taught countless people throughout the years and some of his renowned students are members of various top bands like Red Electric, Winter Moods, Airport Impressions, Colorblind, Broken Design to mention but a few plus local top freelance musicians like Marc Galea, Jonathan Ellul, Kersten Graham, Andrew Francica.

He played in various bands but he left his mark with Tribali were he stayed 6 years, recording an album and touring lots of countries even to Australia twice. Locally he played in some of the biggest gigs with impressive attendances. Today his focus is teaching which he does only one to one, song writing and producing a lot of his students in a vision he has to export local talent as much as possible. His styles of teaching and writing varies from rock to metal to blues to folk and goes even to jazz and progressive. He’s a vivid acoustic guitar teacher and writer also.

Mission statement

Our mission is to provide quality music education and positive life-changing experiences through music to people of every age, in different stages of life, and every financial situation.

With our holistic approach, we focus on the whole personality of a student promoting music as a lifestyle. We believe that the study of music can enrich people’s lives, make them happier, healthier, and more successful in life.

We believe in the importance of building strong connections between people, so we promote music as a quality time for families and friends doing music together. Teaching performance in solo, duets, and ensembles, we give our students tools for self-expression in every situation in their lives.

We believe that music is here to make both artists and the audience happy. Therefore, our highest priority is: 

Music for Happiness – Happy Stars!

Our core values

We put our students first advocating their joy, creativity, and opportunities to grow.

We see our role as teachers, friends, and mentors who inspire, teach, and accompany our students on our common musical journey.

We welcome professionals, volunteers, and interns who identify themselves with our core values, want to realize their ideas, and grow professionally and personally with us.

We set high standards and provide challenges that foster emotional intelligence, analytic thinking, discipline, and self-esteem.

We reward commitment, respect, and accountability.

We embrace families and friends involving them in our daily processes.

We believe that inclusiveness and diversity enrich learning.

Our Vision

Now and in the future, we see our “Happy Stars” Music Academy Malta as a place where students have the opportunity to grow professionally and personally.

We plan to grow by offering them more instruments and activities. We also plan to open our subsidiaries in South and Centre of Malta, and Gozo.

In line with our holistic appoach, we develop our students as both musicians and personalities. We plan to enforce this combination of music and psychology and to introduce music therapy to our offer. By doing this, we will be able to help children with mental problems such as e.g. ADHS disorders to focus better, to be more successful in school, and to gain more confidence in life.