For Glenview State School teacher Chelsea Harry, no child is too young to pick up a musical instrument and engage their inner artist.
A musician in her own right, with a stint at the The Queensland Orchestra under her belt, Chelsea encourages her students to use music both as a form of expression and as a tool to improve memory and learning across all disciplines.
Music as a learning tool is the driving force behind her ongoing research for a Master’s degree, findings from which she has shared across a variety of platforms from live radio interviews with the ABC to numerous written articles.
Chelsea can let the numbers speak for themselves. At Glenview there has been a huge surge in students joining choirs, and now over one third of the school are actively singing and performing. Furthermore, half of all students are involved in either singing, or instrumental tuition which is a huge feather in Chelsea's cap.
Extending herself into other fields, Chelsea now teaches as an Upper Primary teacher, and has developed a mantra “never let your brain stay the same”. She specifically trains underachieving students in developing a growth mindset.
Glenview State School parent Miriam Grey says “a more passionate educator would be hard to find” when praising Chelsea’s ability to connect with children of all levels.
“When you see her speak to the little ones around the school and then work alongside the older children, you become aware of her gift at truly meeting children,” Ms Grey says.
Since Chelsea began teaching at Glenview State School seven years ago, there has been a shift in gears to engage as many students as possible in musical disciplines, knowing it has a unique ability to engender confidence and growth, not only artistically, but academically.