Over a vast career spanning more than fifteen years, Jen has taught everything from primary, high school and university music, directed choirs, taught private singing lessons, presented workshops, written papers for national and international conferences and symposia in music education and carved out a career as a professional live and studio singer. As a mother of young children and a believer that the very youngest children should receive the very best musical upbringing, however, Jen’s passion lies in early childhood music education, and this is supported by a huge body of research around the positive benefits of sharing music with infants and children.
Jen comes highly qualified, with a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education from the University of Queensland as well as an Australian Kodaly Certificate in Primary Music Education. Her accolades include an Australian Government National Award for Quality Schooling and a Queensland College of Teachers Excellence Award. In addition to working extensively with choirs of all ages and backgrounds as a music director, Jen has been invited to work with numerous children’s and adult choirs as a workshop facilitator and guest conductor.
St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School in the Brisbane suburb of Corinda is the main venue for Jen’s beautiful community early childhood music classes. She also provides mobile classes for mothers’ groups, playgroups and birthday parties.
Jen has developed comprehensive and highly regarded whole-centre music programs for a childcare centres in Brisbane, on the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast and in Sydney. Through Hush Little Baby she works alongside educators to ensure that every child in every room room receives a minimum of one specialised weekly music class. In addition to this Jen works as a contractor for Phoenix Support for Educators providing consultation and professional development for centres wishing to integrate music more thoroughly and effectively into their daily practice.
Through her baby, toddler and preschooler classes, Jen aims to give parents and caregivers opportunities to connect with their children and with others, as well as ideas, games and songs that can be taken home and enjoyed over and over again.
Elissa is passionate about giving infants and children the very best start in life, and the opportunity to work for Hush Little Baby was the perfect match for her passion and skills. Elissa works behind the scenes, ensuring the smooth running of the business. She is also the friendly voice at the other end of the phone for our valued clients in early education and care settings.
Elissa prides herself on ensuring that all of Hush Little Baby’s clients are looked after every step of the way. She is proud to be working with such talented musicians delivering a world class music program to infants and young children.
Jess is an accomplished singer, songwriter and performer who adores children and appreciates the importance and benefits of music education during early childhood. She holds a Bachelor of Music (majoring in Voice) from JMC Academy, where she attended as a scholarship student and college ambassador. Her work in both musical groups (The Counterfeit Umbrellas, The Lighthearts) and solo projects has seen her achieve commercial success, including nationwide commercial radio play and television appearances; and the opportunity to take to the stage at well-renowned festivals and events such as Caloundra Music Festival and Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. Jess currently performs gigs across Brisbane and is preparing to release her debut original music as a solo artist. She is also the host of her very own podcast, ‘Divine By Jess Irvine’ – “a podcast for creatives, dreamers and spiritual seekers.”
Jess’s intuitive and empathetic nature ensures that all children are able to enjoy her music classes. She loves sharing her passion for music with the babies, toddlers and young children who attend the Hush Little Baby music classes that she teaches. As Teacher Support and Training Manager Jess also works closely with all of our teachers in providing ongoing training and support, to ensure an outstanding music program continues to be delivered to all of our early education and care services.
Danielle holds a Bachelor of Music Performance majoring in Vocals and Piano from JMC Academy. During her time studying she was nominated as a peer mentor by her lecturers and was awarded an exclusive internship in music teaching. Danielle is a solo country music singer, pianist and songwriter with a recently released debut single being played on country music radio stations worldwide.
As a mother to two young girls Danielle loves to share her passion for music with young children. She considers it a blessing to enrich young children’s lives with music, believing strongly in the scientific research that links music learning to the holistic growth and development of children. Danielle is thrilled to be a part of the Hush Little Baby team.
Children light up around Demi – she is kind, fun-loving and passionate. She loves sharing her passion for music with the babies, toddlers and young children who participate in her Hush Little Baby music classes.
Sara Jane relishes the opportunity to foster an early love and appreciation for music in children, and firmly believes in the holistic benefits of music for all. She is delighted to be a part of the Hush Little Baby team.
Madeline is a singer-songwriter with a welcoming, approachable nature. She recently completed her Bachelor of Music at JMC Academy with a double major in Vocals and Songwriting. With her beautiful, expressive singing voice, Madeline currently performs at weddings and events around Brisbane in a folk/pop duo.
Madeline has worked with young children in a number of settings, including as a children’s retreat and youth group facilitator. As a natural born leader, Madeline captures children’s attention and delight in her music classes, and her playful personality and upbeat energy ensure that learning is made fun for children of all ages.
Jade has extensive experience working with children of all ages in Primary School and Early Childhood settings, and is passionate about ensuring that music is a part of every child’s life. With warmth and kindness, Jade ensures that the students in her classes all feel included, and her cheerful nature along with her beautiful singing voice engages children of all ages.
Throughout her university studies, Emma ha s had the opportunity to work with many distinguished musicians both from Australia and overseas as well as conduct an internship with Opera Queensland. Additionally she has studied Music Psychology and Linguistics, which have informed her music teaching.
Emma enjoys many genres of music and loves to share her passion and excitement for music with young children. She is an engaging, patient and kind teacher with a beautiful voice and a strong belief in the importance of music learning in early childhood.
Annie has always been surrounded by music, and as a child and teenager sang in choirs and musicals regularly. She recognises the value of music being in children’s lies from as early as possible, and through her work with children’s choirs has discovered a love for helping young children to engage with music. Annie’s bubbly personality and happy nature make her Hush Little Baby music classes fun, engaging and full of joy.
Mia enthusiastically recognises the importance of music in early childhood, having been involved in music from a young age. Through her work with young children in choirs and music classes, she has captured the attention of many children with her expressive singing and cheerful and light-hearted demeanour. Mia loves engaging in fun and exciting musical learning experiences with young children through her Hush Little Baby music classes.
Rosemary is a singer and pianist with a passion for working with young children. She holds a Bachelor of Contemporary Music, majoring in Voice, from JMC Academy. Rosemary has worked with children in various youth choirs including the Queensland Show Choir. She has also created and performed in several pieces of children’s theatre, including the recent “The New Tales of Quinn” at The Brisbane Powerhouse. A well-established musician, Rosemary is conductor of the Cannon Hill Anglican College Community Choir, and teaches Piano to students of all ages.
Rosemary has never seen a stage she didn’t want to be on, but her dual loves of pop music and musical theatre have led her towards the world of cabaret and writing her own material. She is also a keen comedic improviser. As a teacher, Rosemary loves watching her students grow and develop through music. Rosemary’s warm, calm and friendly teaching approach is appreciated by the children in her Hush Little Baby music classes.
Jaime has also sung to and with thousands of children through her roles as ‘Cinderella’ in the Bonnie Lythgoe Pantomime Cinderella at Sydney’s State Theatre, touring with the ABC and Live Nation for the Giggle and Hoot Christmas Show and as Tinkerbell in Peter Pan and Tinkerbell Return to Neverland. Her Disney dreams came true when she was cast as Ariel in The Little Mermaid (Birdie Productions) in 2018.
Jaime has always had a passion for children and children’s entertainment, and she has worked extensively with young children. Her love for children and music is evident in her Hush Little Baby music classes, and children love Jaime’s bubbly nature and genuine warmth.