Michelle began playing musical instruments from an early age, starting with the recorder and moving on to the flute, piccolo, oboe, piano and saxophone.
After graduating from UCT in 2002 with a BmusEd and Honours in African Music Michelle moved to London where she worked in the field of education as a mainstream and special needs supply teacher. In 2009, after gaining a Masters in Music Therapy from Roehampton University, Michelle ran her own Music Therapy and Teaching business working alongside a number of schools, charities and care homes. In 2012 she project managed a music therapy project for children under five from impoverished backgrounds funded by the British charity Children in Need.
Returning to Cape Town in 2015 Michelle managed the Africa Voices Trust charity as well as being the event and logistics manager for Shy Music.