MUSIC TOGETHER TEACHERS
Sarah Boyd; Center Director/Certified Music Together® Teacher
Sarah is a certified (Level 1) Music Together teacher, holds a current Michigan Music Education teaching certificate, and has completed certification in Early Childhood Music Development through the Gordon Institute of Music Learning. Growing up, Sarah loved playing piano and teaching piano, and toured nationally in high school with a choral group. She remembers her family making music with her at a very young age, her mom playing accordion while they all cleaned the kitchen together! After teaching music at Cornerstone Schools in Detroit for 4 years and upon the arrival of her first child, Julia, Sarah pursued a career as a Music Together teacher and director. Sarah is grateful for the opportunity to bring her love of music and young children to the community, and looks forward to sharing Music Together with more and more families each year!
Hazimah Sovoda, Registered Music Together Teacher
Hazimah Sovoda is a registered Music Together teacher. She graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Music Education. While enrolled in the Music Program there, she sang in the Women’s Choir and in the University Choir. She also plays clarinet and recorder. She taught K-6 music at Warrendale Charter Academy in Detroit, and realized that her real passion was working with the younger age groups. She then found her dream job at Grosse Pointe Music Academy, where she first taught the “First Steps in Music” method, and then “Music Play”. Now, she is a registered Music Together teacher at GPMA, and is actively teaching the Music Together curriculum to very young children along with their caregivers. She is also currently working on obtaining a ZA (Early Childhood) endorsement so that she can learn even more about children 0-8 years of age, and hopes to teach preschool some day. However, her main focus will always be the Music Together program, and she plans to always teach these classes at the Grosse Pointe Music Academy.
Emily Schienke, Registered Music Together Teacher
Emily Schienke was a music therapy major and has a BMT from Eastern Michigan University where her major instrument was voice. She performed with EMU’s university choir in Carnegie Hall in NY City. She also plays guitar and some percussion instruments and played flute in grade school and high school marching band. She has worked as a music therapist for the past 8 years working with children and young adults with varying disabilities including autism, Downs Syndrome, Williams Syndrome, and other types of cognitive, speech, and motor delays. She has also taught piano lessons to typically developing children as well as children with special needs. Emily is presently doing part time music therapy work, and is a mother to 3 wonderful little girls, and is looking forward to teaching Music Together classes. Emily is a registered Music Together teacher. As Emily says in her own words, “I have experienced the enjoyment and powerful bond that music can bring to a family in my own home and in the homes of many of the children I have worked with. These experiences led me to the Music Together curriculum as a way to teach and further be involved in family music making.”
Leah Fox, Registered Music Together Teacher
Audrey Frieberg, Instructor, is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Westminster Choir College. She is a professional opera singer in the Metro Detroit area and has a private voice studio in Berkeley and Farmington Hills. Audrey has recently moved from the Washington D.C. area where she sang currently with the Washington National Opera chorus, Loudoun Lyric Opera, Victorian Lyric Opera and Maryland Lyric Opera. She is the children’s choir director at the First Presbyterian Church of Ypsilanti and sings at Greenfield Village in the summers and at Christmas time. Audrey recently completed the Music Together teacher training this past December after falling in love with the program with her 18 month old son. The thing about Music Together that she loves most is watching the creative ways that children explore music. It is magical to see the growth and love throughout the semester!
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