Simone is the mum of a rapidly growing 7 year old boy and is amazed at how much he sings!! She has a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education from Monash University and has recently completed Graduate Certificate in Special Education. In 2017 Simone completed her Masters of Music Therapy through the University of Melbourne. She has also worked at the local kindergarten as both a 3 and 4-year-old teacher, for 9 years. Simone has recently commenced work at Mansfield Autism State-wide Services, as a Music Therapist.
Since moving to Mansfield in 2004, Simone has taught music at both Merrijig and St. Mary’s Primary Schools, taught piano for over 20 students, taught 3 year kindergarten in Alexandra and of course, has created Simone’s Music Garden!
Being lucky enough to be brought up in a very musical family, Simone has played the piano and trumpet and sung in variety of choirs and musicals, from a very young age. She believes very strongly in the power of music and has seen many times through her years of teaching at kindergartens, and schools, how children can connect and relate to music.
Children are all different, their backgrounds, their families, their values, are all different, how children respond to the classes is also different. Some run in each week ready to sing and dance around, others take their time warming up and will observe from a safe spot until they are ready. With Simone’s teaching and musical experience, she is able to guide the children in a gentle, caring manner, helping both the child and the family, along the way.