Simone is the mum of a rapidly growing 8- year- old boy and is amazed at how much he sings, how loudly he plays the drums and he’s dance moves are also quite groovy! She has a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education from Monash University and a Graduate Certificate in Special Education. In 2017 Simone completed her Master of Music Therapy through the University of Melbourne.
She has worked at the local kindergarten as both a 3 and 4-year-old teacher, for 9 years. In 2018 Simone commenced work at Mansfield Autism State-wide Services, as a Music Therapist. In 2018 she was a performing arts teacher at the local primary school grades 3-6 and has a private clients both adults and children with varying abilities, who come to music therapy sessions.
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 old 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 and 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.