More about the sisters Melanie and Michelle
Mrs. Michelle Garside
Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood, Psychology)
Kodaly method teacher
Graduate Certificate in Mental Health (in progress)
A registered school teacher, Michelle has a passion for helping people of all ages to succeed at learning new skills, with a special heart for First Nations peoples. She brings 25 years of primary school teaching experience to the team, having taught classes from Kindergarten (Prep) through to year 10, as well as lecturing and tutoring students at James Cook University.
For many years Michelle was Head of Primary at an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander day and boarding College in Northern Queensland. Michelle’s love of arts and music is represented through nine years as a choral and school music teacher, running successful art programmes and her current role as a specialist performing arts educator in Dalby, Queensland. The nature of teaching music and art means facilitating many camps, concerts, plays and Eisteddfod performances, which has equipped Michelle with the ability to remain calm under pressure and to bring out the best in her students.
Michelle’s diverse teaching experiences include roles in learning support for reading, writing and maths intervention, and she is currently undergoing postgraduate studies in mental health support. Michelle has presented at various conference and facilitated education forums over the years, and stays at the forefront of teaching innovations.
Outside of the teaching environment, Michelle enjoys working and making natural products on her farm, singing and mentoring young members in a community choir, performing in musicals and creating beautiful works of art.
Mrs. Melanie Coultas
Diploma of Arts
Bachelor of General Studies (Education, Public Relations)
Postgraduate Certificate of Learning & Development
Certificate of TEFL
AMEB piano level 8
Cert IV in Leisure and Health (in progress)
Melanie's varied musical career includes teaching and working as a professional musician, co-directing a successful music studio and working as a primary school instrumental teacher. This included leading small rock bands, teaching stage and microphone performance techniques and tutoring small group classes across a huge range of instruments from tubas to trumpets, clarinets, percussion, to bass guitar! For many years she performed professionally in the contemporary band 'Fallen Stars' at weddings, parties and corporate functions across the Darling Downs as well as teaching individual piano for AMEB examinations or leisure.
Melanie then spent over 10 years working at universities, across several levels of government and for a charity as a public relations career professional covering communications, marketing, event management and stakeholder engagement, which equipped her with the skills to remain flexible, adaptable and calm under stressful environments.
After a short stint of teaching English as a Foreign Language in classes from three-year olds to business professionals near Barcelona in Spain, Melanie has returned to her first love of teaching music and is excited to be working with people of all ages and abilities to experience the joy of music, as well as art.
In Melanie's spare time she loves to create beautiful handcrafts and spend time in the garden on her property. She is looking forward to also sharing this art and gardening knowledge with others, whether in a mindfulness session or as part of a structured client therapy programme.