EARLY CHILDHOOD MUSIC and ADULT MUSIC
View Noe's Bio
Noe has three main interests in life– music, nature, and fostering human connection. These threads come together for her in teaching. Whether hiking a trail with a parent-child group or leading a group of women in song, Noe’s mission is the same– to bring people together in ways that encourage authenticity, uplift the spirit and enliven the heart. Also a professional singer-songwriter, Noe has released six critically-acclaimed albums of original songs and toured the country, opening for many artists, including Ani DiFranco.
Noe loves working with little ones and adults in a variety of settings. She is the founder of Meadowlark, a nature-inspired parent child music class. She leads a parent child class for Golden Bridges School called Apple Star. She also teaches for Music Together of San Francisco. For women of all ages, she directs Mothersong Chorus, which brings an intergenerational group of women together weekly to sing.
Noe holds a masters degree from Harvard Divinity School, and a Waldorf teaching certificate from Antioch, New England. Motherhood, however, has been her greatest teacher. She is mother to Ember, born in 2012, and Peregrine, born in 2015.
View Crystal's Bio
I love inspiring grown folk and wee folk to explore music together. I have been exploring music myself for nearly my entire life! I began studying piano when I was four-years-old, and later attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA) as a vocal music major. It was at LACHSA that I profoundly fell in love with music and the beautiful and universal form of communication it provides.
I continued to study with incredible musicians and professors at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at Long Beach State University, where I earned a Bachelors degree in Choral Vocal Studies, and later a teaching credential in music. After graduation, I taught elementary and secondary music in classrooms, co-directed after school programs, and taught private voice lessons for several years before taking a hiatus from classroom teaching to homeschool my own children.
After enjoying homeschooling for several years, I saw a need for helping to empower home educators to explore music-making with the children in their lives. In 2017, I released a book series and music curriculum called Legends of the Staff of Musique, which explores music literacy (how to read music) holistically through singing, storytelling, movement, and visual art. The lessons were inspired by my own background studying the music education theorists Zoltan Kodály (my favorite), Émile Jaques-Dalcroze, Edwin Gordon, Carl Orff, and Shinichi Suzuki, as well as the holistic learning methods pioneered by Rudolf Steiner, Charlotte Mason, Maria Montessori, and others who seek to bring a whole-child approach to education. My hope through this program is to provide tools for grown folk to feel confident to teach their wee folk music, and even learn alongside them in the process!
Aside from music I love food, art, dance, literature, nature (especially clouds), and the many extraordinary sentient beings with whom we share this beautiful planet. I am admittedly an "analog girl in a digital world," but am learning as I go about the wonders of technology.
When I am not teaching music, homeschooling, or writing, I enjoy living the simple life with my family on a working horse ranch surrounded by horses, goats, chickens, dogs, cats, and my own little wild things... my children.
VIEW ROSE'S BIO
Hi, I’m Rose. I am a singer, unscary singing teacher, pianist, songwriter, choir leader, occasional harpist, pretend-cellist and all round musically-keen person.
I revel in the various magics singing offers. Catharsis, connection, joy, meaning, self-expression, as well as just plain old fun.
I have always sung, and I have always been an enthusiastic sharer of songs. I have also always been very very curious about the whole thing. I have a Bachelor of Music majoring in Vocal Performance and have undertaken and explored many courses and ideas to do with vocal technique since.
I lead community choirs of varied and wonderful repertoire, filled with laughter, wonderfulness and skill-building, both in-person and online.
I think choirs are magical places of connection, meaning, and fun.
Many people are scared to sing. Our cultures lays the baggage on thick.
But you can sing, you are allowed to sing, you can learn to sing and there is actual concrete, practical useful things to learn.
And I love helping people learn them.
With my performer hat on, I am acutely aware of what a privilege, and all round awesome thing, it is to have the chance to shape the energy of a space, and to create a shared musical moment. I sing in pretty much all the styles, self-accompany with piano, harp, keyboard or something else, sing unaccompanied, sing with myself with a loop pedal, or enthusiastically suggest everyone sing along.