We at the Grosse Pointe Music Academy would like to give you a glimpse into the background of our wonderful Music Together teachers. Our teachers all complete an in-depth Music Together training and come to us with a rich background of music experiences, including college music degrees. Come and meet these wonderful teachers in person at our free demo classes next week!
Hazimah Sovoda graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor 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 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.” Welcome to the Grosse Pointe Music Academy, Emily!
By Sarah Boyd, Music Together of Grosse Pointe Director