19 Dec Award-winning music coach calls GOTS International School home
Award-winning music coach calls GOTS International School home
Our new music coach, Chanelle Gabrielle Guerzo, is no stranger to performing, as she comes from a famous musical family.
On her paternal side is the legendary Solianos, considered the country’s first family of jazz.
Her mother is power-packed singer Michelle Nunis, who is equally adept at jazz, cabaret, and rock.
Guerzo was a member of Muzza & The Razzle Dazzle band and still has a few solo gigs, but found her calling as an educator.
She said she brings something different and unique to Global Oak Tree Scholars (GOTS) International School.
“I have been teaching music since 2014 at several music schools and another international school before joining GOTS International School,” said Guerzo, who is classically trained in piano and guitar.
“Coming from a musically-inclined family, I know what it takes to be a performer as that is what most of my family members do for a living. I am also a performer and can share my experience with scholars.
“I have found a new career path in education, but music is in my veins.
“So now, I do what I can to nurture my students into becoming the best musicians they can be.”
Recently, Guerzo received wonderful news after she was awarded the top marks among Malaysians in Rockschool London’s Grade 8 vocal examination.
“The award was for 2020 as the ceremony is every two years,” said Guerzo, who also plays the keytar – an electronic musical instrument consisting of a keyboard with a neck to control the altering pitch.
“I decided to enter the competition during the pandemic as I had nothing much to do. I was surprised to get the top marks.”
Guerzo, a certified Yamaha Music School instructor, is also studying for a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, majoring in special needs education.
“Although I have been coaching children in primary and secondary schools, I want to add to my resume,” said Guerzo, who joined the Shah Alam-based GOTS International School in July.
“Although I have been here since July, I find GOTS different and the atmosphere welcoming.
“I was also pleasantly surprised to find many talented scholars here. Many can play several instruments, and there are some really good singers, too.
“It is good working with them each day and I look forward to nurturing the musical talents of GOTS scholars.”