"There are so many wonderful things I could say about not only the concept and fundamentals behind Kindermusik, but also the special teacher that Ms.Christa is! My now 8 month old son and I have been going to classes since he was 5 months old and it has been amazing to see him develop over this short time. Children at all ages, but particularly young pups, learn by example, play, song, and repetition. The course material is set up to facilitate this and Christa is phenomenal at giving parents ideas for how to incorporate these lessons at home!
Lastly, Kindermusik with Christa values getting your money’s worth. At Henry’s age, he has had his fair share of illnesses and Christa has encouraged make up classes so we don’t miss out. If you are even considering Kindermusik, do it! You won’t be disappointed!" - mom Courtney
Miss Christa, Program Owner and Accredited Kindermusik Educator
Christa Beck is a licensed and certified Kindermusik Educator and began teaching in 2001. Christa has received the award of Top Program from Kindermusik. This award recognizes exemplary service as a Kindermusik Educator placing Christa in the top 5 percent of educators in the world for building a truly expansive program. Christa is from Greensburg, PA. A graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College, she also holds a Masters degree from Wake Forest University. While classically trained in piano, she has served in accompanist, organist, and choir director positions. She has also served as a coach for Kindermusik University for five years, training and supporting new Kindermusik educators and business owners Christa & husband Phil have 3 children; Kathryn, 24, Corey 22 and Joshua, 18. She looks forward to touching the lives of children and parents through the joy and love of music.
Miss Carrie, Accredited Kindermusik Educator and Group Piano Instructor
Carrie Harris has taught Kindermusik for ten years. Prior to teaching Kindermusik she taught elementary general music in the Penn Hills and McKeesport school districts. She has a BS in Education, Music Education from Clarion University. Carrie has been involved with music for most of her life. She plays piano and flute, which she plays at church and whenever she gets the opportunity. Carrie and her husband, Bob, have two daughters, Katie, 11 and Annabelle, 7. Both Katie and Annabelle have been in classes since they were 5 months old. Carrie loves watching families come together in Kindermusik classes. Seeing children grow and learn with music and watching them have fun as a family is why she loves teaching Kindermusik! Miss Carrie is also our beloved group piano instructor.
Miss Alison, Accredited Kindermusik Educator
Alison Dobies majored in Theater at Clarion University. Over her 4 years there she was part of several shows a year, including dance concerts, musicals and plays, and choral concerts. She worked onstage and off in various positions, learning many of the different aspects of performance. Alison's love for music began at a young age. She grew up in DuBois, PA, where she was involved with choir in school and church, as early as she was able to. In high school Alison joined the band and the show choir. She took part in several theatrical productions in school and in the community. In 2002, Alison moved to the Natrona Heights area back to her husbands hometown. Before her son Leo's first birthday, they enrolled in a Kindermusik class. Alison and her family immediately fell in love with the class and all of its benefits. Now Alison is thrilled to be a Kindermusik educator, where she incorporates her great love of music, with her joy of interacting with children.
Miss Allie, Accredited Kindermusik Educator
Allison Clepper has been involved with music since she was a small child. She remembers performing "Do Re Mi" for her doctor at two years old. Later, she became involved in church hand bell choir, an auto-harp group, and musicals. As a teenager, she was inducted into the Tri-Mmusic honor society. Allison participated in auditioned choir groups and school musicals. She also performed in the high school multicultural festivals yearly, singing German songs and performing German dances. She earned a degree in German language and literature with a minor in History from Allegheny College. While attending college, she was classically trained in voice and performed in choir. In her spare time, she enjoys recording songs for her mom, reading, researching genealogy, and crocheting. Allison and her husband, Josh, have three children, Joelie (8), Declan (5), and Verity (3). Verity has attended Kindermusik classes since she was a baby, and Allison loves teaching Kindermusik.
Miss Stephanie, Private Piano Teacher
Stephanie Shuey teaches three afternoon/evenings of piano lessons. She majored in Music Performance on bassoon at Youngstown State University. During her second year, a friend told her a music store near campus was looking for teachers. She showed up with her bassoon, but was handed the names of six piano students. It was fate. Stephanie he has taught a variety of ages, from 4 to 80 years old consistently since 2002. Stephanie exudes patience and kindness, and is a respected piano teacher in our program. Join us for private piano lessons and see how wonderful of a fit she is for your musician.
Miss Corinna, Private Piano Teacher
Corinna Neely is from the Sarver area and has been involved in music for many years. She taught piano lessons as a member of the Music Intern Teaching Program at Westminster College and has been teaching in her home for 10 years.
From Corinna "I love watching my students grow and progress, not just as musicians but as a person. I love teaching them about aesthetics and how their experience as a musician helps them relate to the world around them." Corinna and husband John are expecting their first musical child in July.
Corinna is patient and kind, and works well with children and adults of all levels. Her students have seen beautiful growth and progress through our program.
Josh Beck, Private Piano and Accordion Teacher
Joshua Beck has been playing piano since he was 7 years old. He is a second year student at Frost School of Music at the University Of Miami FL, majoring in jazz piano performance. Joshua has a passion for music, particularly keyboard instruments. In addition to piano and organ, he also plays the accordion, saxophone and oboe. He has a kind, knowledgeable approach to teaching, and connects well with children of all ages.
Corey Beck, Percussion Ensemble and Private Percussion Lesson Teacher
Corey Beck is a recent graduate of Lafayette College, with a double major in Physics and Math. Add music and you have the perfect left-meets-right-brained combination. Corey has directed the concert band, the pep band, led the percussion ensemble, and conducted the orchestra for an opera premiere this year. He also was the percussion instructor for the Easton Area Marching band and is working with Highlands High School Marching band this year. Corey loves all things percussion and is extremely knowledgable about mallet percussion as well as hand drumming and almost any other percussion instrument.
Miss Christy, Singing Instructor
Christy Ehman is our singing instructor. Christy is currently an elementary general music teacher at Kerr Elementary School in the Fox Chapel Area School District where she has been teaching for 25 years. In addition to teaching Kindergarten through Grade 5, Ms. Ehman also teaches a Pre K class and conducts the Kerr Chorus. On the weekends, you can find her at Memorial Park Church singing in the church choir on Sunday mornings or with the Saturday Night Band on Saturday nights. Ms. Ehman also teaches private piano and voice students. She received her undergraduate degree in music education from Seton Hill College and has taken numerous graduate classes at Duquesne University. Ms. Ehman lives in Gibsonia with her two daughters.