Chelsea has enjoyed the benefits of a rich and musical environment from the very beginning. Her mother, a ballet teacher on the Mornington Peninsula (some of you may even know Miss Karla!) read Glenn Doman’s Teach your Baby to read and was inspired to educate Chelsea from an early age.
Chelsea has been a Suzuki violin student from the age of four. She completed seven levels of Suzuki Graduation with a wonderful and supportive Suzuki teacher before transferring to the AMEB method of assessment. While she excelled and completed Grades 3–8 and her A.Mus.A with an A-grade average, she found the AMEB method and it’s teaching attitude uncompromising and harrowing. She also studied music at VCE level in 1998 aged fifteen and was invited to perform at Top CATs in 1999.
Throughout her musical life, Chelsea has performed with many orchestras, including Peninsula Youth Music Society, Frankston Symphony, Melbourne Youth, and Toorak College’s Purcell, String, and Symphony Orchestras. In her VCE year she was Concertmaster of the Southern Regional Symphony Orchestra—an ensemble group composed of outstanding students across both public and private schools in the Southern suburbs of Melbourne.
Chelsea has performed solo from a young age at many and various Suzuki events as a small child, in Moonlight Stampede at the Melbourne Town Hall, and more lately, at concerts for her own students. She’s also busked from the age of six for various causes, both public (charitable) and private (needing a new violin) and still occasionally heads out to set her case up and provide a good example to her students.
Chelsea began to teach violin based on the Suzuki method in 1998. While attending Melbourne University, she completed the Suzuki Primary Teachers’ course and is now completing her Intermediate Accreditation. She currently holds a Bachelor of Arts with a Diploma in Publishing and Editing. Chelsea credits her academic and musical success to her mother’s early-education stance, and has watched several of her students receive scholarships due in part to their musical ability.
The two families who began her studio in 1998 have since grown to some thirty. In 2003, Chelsea was asked to run music classes at Mt Martha Primary School and Sorrento Primary School. Her students (aged 3 to 38) and their parents are involved in weekly Group Lessons at Sorrento, which encourage students to play with and be motivated by their peers. She has enjoyed great success with many families and looks forward to working with many more.
At present, Chelsea’s private teaching studio is located in Langwarrin; she gives weekly music lessons to students from Mt Martha, Mornington, Frankston, Karingal, Langwarrin, Somerville, Skye, Seaford, and surrounding suburbs as far up the Peninsula as Beaumaris.