SONGWRITER MUSICIAn ARTIST WRITER EDUCATOR
Believing strongly that music and singing powerfully engage neuroscience-proven memory power, Lesley specialises in alliterative lyrics set to upbeat songs as a fun way to practice English language and remember information. Her songs are animated with matching subtitles, so the internalised language is read with understanding.
Lesley is the only teacher-songwriter anywhere, to apply her unique set of skills strategically to create a song-themed, educational resources like Jazzles - her transformative, 'Big Picture' ELA pedagogy.
Jazzles Beginning English Method is the only scalable Arts in Education program synchronised to literacy and early learning, and the world's only Arts Integrated program meeting UNESCO (Releasing the Power of the Arts) criteria.
Her passion for educating the young to protect the beauty of the oceans and its inhabitants inspired her eco-entertainment Swishy Friends projects of cool, jazzy underwater songs and sequential children’s stories.
Her other passions include illustrating and writing children’s Picture Books, Australian Card Designs and Painting.
Lesley Beth’s cool, jazzy songs are unlike most ‘children's music’. Mature in content as well as style, everyone moves to the beautiful music and emotive lyrics that inspire love and care for our sea friends.
With some edited to HD footage with subtitles to sing-a-long, these sea-rhythmic songs calm and engage children (including SPED and ESL). Teachers can add actions, drama and Lesley Beth's illustrated lyric and activity sheets to support integrating English language arts in sea environmental units.
From a very young age, Lesley Beth has loved painting the beauty of nature using strong colors and the play of light. She has redirected these self taught skills into illustrating some of her picture books.
Lesley Beth has produced 2 series of Australian greeting cards featuring koalas and flowers.
Her unusual projects have included a 45 square meters backdrop for a 'Jungle Book' school musical, and converting depressing school walls into beautiful paintings of flowers with an almost '3-D' effect.
With her experiences over many years teaching young children, Lesley Beth enjoys writing stories that she believes will appeal. Sometimes she uses rhythm and rhyme, alliteration and humor.
Some Picture Books, Lesley Beth has paired with her watercolor, ink, pencil, pen or collage illustrations.
She has also written a 'Swishy Friends' chapter book series. These fantasy stories ebb and flow with reality to ignite a passion for the underlying message of caring for the marine environment.